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.)

Freedom of speech is the foundation of our communities and our nation. The public artworks Now + There curates and produces for Boston may awe, illuminate, challenge, unsettle, confound, provoke, and, at times, offend. We believe in the freedom to create content and exhibit such work and we recognize the privilege of living in a country where this freedom is a constitutional right. To exhibit a work of art is to uphold the right of all to experience diverse visions and views. If and when controversies arise from a work of art supported by Now + There, we welcome public discussion and debate. We believe communal conversation is integral to the experience of the art. Consistent with our fundamental commitment to freedom of speech we will not censor public art projects in response to political or ideological pressure.



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.


Executive Director

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Leah triplett harrington
assistant curator

polina starobinets
Project Manager


aaron Luckman


Board of Directors


Jesse baerkahn
president & founder, graffito sp


Emily Foster Day
V.P. of Development, Boston Center for the Arts


Geoff Hargadon
Artist; Senior Vice President, UBS Financial Services


Kathy Sharpless

Managing Director, Harvard Innovation Labs


COLLECTOR and local artist Advocate

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Charla Jones
founder and CEO, Eu2be Nourishing Skin Care

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


Advisory Board

Nick Capasso
Director, Fitchburg Art Museum


Elizabeth Dobrska
brand & social responsibility, Lovepop



Cher Krause Knight
Professor of Art History, Emerson College


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


silvia lopez chavez


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


natalie lemle
Founder, art_works


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.