Temporary and Site-specific

For Boston, and all who are curious and engaged, Now + There is a public art curator that challenges our city’s cultural identity by taking artistic risks and consistently producing compelling projects. Our projects are temporary and site specific, hence our name.

Our Mission

Our mission is to deliver thought-provoking, public art projects that advance new definitions of public art, acculturate Boston to the cultural, social and economic benefits of art, and help define Boston's essential public art identity.

 
 

Our Values

Now and There strives to create engaging works of art and inspired spaces. Here are our core values:

  1. We put our artists' visions first when selecting a project.
  2. We are nimble of mind and action. 
  3. We are brave.  (We know not everyone will like the work we present.)
 
 

Leadership

Now and There is led by curator, artist, and cultural changemaker Kate Gilbert. With support from a Board of Directors and Advisory Committee comprised of independent artists, curators, and other professionals from the art world, this team brings together curatorial vision, funding capacity, and executional drive to produce engaging public art in neighborhoods across greater Boston. Now + There's goal is to build a public art city.

 

KATE GILBERT
Executive Director

 Photo by Sylvia Stagg-Giuliano.
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EMILY BRODRICK
INTERN

maddie doctor
Office Manager and Development Coordinator

 

Board of Directors

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Alberta Chu
Founder, Facetopo
 

 

Emily Foster Day
Vice President of Development, Boston Center for the Arts

 
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Charla Jones
founder and CEO, Eu2be Nourishing Skin Care

CHRIS COLBERT
Director of Programming, Harvard Innovation Lab

 

Geoff Hargadon
Artist; Senior Vice President, UBS Financial Services
 

 

LISA TUNG
Director, Bakalar & Paine Galleries, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Advisory Board

Nick Capasso
Director, Fitchburg Art Museum

 
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Elizabeth Dobrska
Director, TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good)

 

 
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Cher Krause Knight
Professor of Art History, Emerson College

 

Gioia Perugini
Associate Director, Philanthropy and Family Office Services - ‎Hemenway & Barnes, LLP

 
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Kathy Sharpless
Director of Marketing & Communications, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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silvia lopez chavez
Artist
 

 
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JENNIFER EPSTEIN Partner, Wheelings Hospitality Group; Co-owner, The Beehive restaurant

 
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natalie lemle
Founder, art_works
 

 
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Barbara Quiroga
Founder, BQ+Associates: PR and Strategic Communications

 
 
 

Our Roots

Now and There is the reinvigoration of UrbanArts Institute (UAI) a 501c(3) organization, which facilitated public art and design projects in Boston from 1980 to 2012. UrbanArts was founded in 1980 by Pamela Worden based on the belief that the cultural vitality of our communities depends on incorporating the arts in the public realm, and by engaging artists, and citizens. In 1983 UAI secured a contract to create the Orange Line Public Art Program. Dedicated in 1987, the artworks from this program recorded the lives of community members affected by the rapid transit line through an award-winning, community-based Urban Writers project and thus solidified the organization’s commitment to community-driven process.

In 1999 UrbanArts aligned with Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) under the then college President Kay Sloan and UAI director Ricardo Barreto to strengthen each institution’s commitment to the study and practice of public art and design. Barreto along with project manager Christina Lanzl provided expertise in the administration of public art projects; administered a public slide bank and engaged communities and youth in educational programs until 2012. UrbanArts' complete history and archives are currently be catalogued at the Boston Public Library. Click here for an abridged portfolio of UrbanArts Institute projects. 

In 2014 after disassociating from MassArt, UrbanArts elected Kate Gilbert their new director and embarked on a bold new road to curatorially-based work that is sensitive to community context and place.