Temporary and Site-specific

Now and There is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating impactful public art projects in Greater Boston. 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.



Now and There is led by Kate Gilbert, a non-profit administrator, artist, and curator, with support from a board of directors and advisors comprised of independent artists, curators, fabricators, funders and art world professionals.

Together we bring together curatorial vision, funding capacity and executional drive to make great public art happen (and all the good that comes from that). 



Executive Director


Photo by Sylvia Stagg-Giuliano.
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maddie doctor

Office Manager and Development Coordinator


Board of Directors


Alberta Chu

Founder, Facetopo


Emily Foster Day

Vice President of Development, Boston Center for the Arts



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


Director of Programming, Harvard Innovation Lab


Geoff Hargadon

Artist; Senior Vice President, UBS Financial Services


Advisory Board

Nick Capasso

Director, Fitchburg Art Museum


Elizabeth Dobrska

Director, TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good)


Cher Krause Knight

Professor of Art History, Emerson College


Gioia Perugini

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


Barbara Quiroga

Founder, BQ+Associates: PR and Strategic Communications


silvia lopez chavez




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


natalie lemle

Founder, art_works


Kathy Sharpless

Director of Marketing & Communications, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


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.)

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. UrbanArt's 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.