Grantee Voices


Mother & Father Wit: Life Lessons

Throughout the spring, long-time legendary jazz singer, story-teller, and Creative City grantee Valerie Stephens worked with Boston-area seniors for her live story-telling project, Mother & Father Wit: Life LessonsRead more »


Creative City Q&A with Maia Dolphin-Krute and Jesse Erin Posner

Maia Dolphin-Krute and Jesse Erin Posner’s Creative City-supported The Way We Live Now (2018) is a multimedia, performance-based collaborative project centered on the Susan Sontag short story The Way We Live Now (1987). This project updates the story, originally set during the AIDS epidemic, to reflect our current opioid epidemic and uses this updated script to facilitate the public processing of what too often remain private and painful experiences. This project uses the model of Susan Sontag’s short story to ask: What does it mean to live within an epidemic? How do we continue living?Read more »


Tortilla Social in the city!

Last fall, artist Salvador Jiménez-Flores led his Creative City project Tortilla Social, a mobile, interactive community participatory visual art and culinary project throughout Boston. Read more »


The Chroma Line: Bridging the Gap

At the end of 2017, after many months of community listening, project planning, and municipal red tape, lead artist Jillian Wiedenmayer installed her Creative City project, The Chroma Line, a curated art walk across Allston’s Franklin Footbridge, located between Lincoln and Cambridge Streets in Allston.Read more »


Double Edge Theatre collaborates with students in Springfield, MA

This presentation of Double Edge Theatre's Grand Parade (of the 20th Century) was funded in part by the National Theater Project (NTP) Presentation Grant.

Conventional community engagement happens under the auspices of a presenter--the local anchor or fixture in its community, with vested interest to...Read more »


Artist Voices: Creating Play

Four years ago, I set myself in-Motion to foster an artistic practice that was physically, visually and playfully explorative; one that was rooted in methods of tinkering, a fondness for materials, colors and textures, and born from vivid childhood memories of running amok and unconventional innovation; a practice that distanced itself from the new-media hungry culture around me. Coincidently, at the time, I fled from the athletic sphere where I had competed and coached for a decade, and abandoned the traditions of painting with an urgency to adapt a more physical process as an installation artist (one with a performative/theatrical flare). In the past year, my projects emerged with the intention of creating a structure and/or apparatus that revealed implied functionality or activity from its curious user. When named artist in residence (summer 2015) at the Boston Center for the Arts and presented with the challenge to create a public interactive installation, it became a reality that the work must come to life and that participants, the materials and the maker must be on the move!Read more »


Reflecting on CCX: Creative Portland and the Creative Economy Award

Originally from Idaho and Montana, Greta Rybus is world-traveling photographer who now calls Portland (ME) home. She is an artist-entrepreneur with a burgeoning portraiture business who exemplifies our city’s creative community. Her recent work has focused on editorial portraiture, food, and travel photography and has...Read more »

Reflecting on CCX: Olneyville Square and the Creative Economy Award

I was a little nervous about coming to my first CCX conference a few weeks ago up in Keene, NH.  No, it wasn’t because the arts community is a particularly intimidating bunch, or because us Rhode Islanders are a particularly intimidated bunch when it comes to traveling out of their county.  My concern was 24 beautiful flower baskets that...Read more »


Grantee Voices: Watertown Community Mural Project

A year ago, Watertown’s first public mural in decades, titled A Bicycle Ride Through Watertown, was being completed.  We had been working on a plan for a community bicycle/pedestrian path through Watertown and responded to a suggestion that a long blank wall on the path was a perfect spot for a mural.  Knowing nothing about public art, we talked to neighboring communities, formed a committee, and received funding from local businesses.  We sought out and interviewed local artists, and were thrilled to find...Read more »


What I Think About When I Think About Dancing


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