This month marks the beginning of Now + There's third year and as I look back on another successful year of programming, I'm proud to report that we've remained committed to our values:
- We put our artists' visions first when selecting a project.
- We are nimble of mind and action.
- We are brave. (We know not everyone will like the work we present.)
I'm also reminded that we are the sum of our parts.
Our parts include participants like you, the dedicated interns and staff who helped get us going in 2015/2016 — shout out Audrey Hsia, Anna Stable, and Gianna Stewart! — the 2016 Public Trust team of artist Paul Ramirez Jonas, Artist Ambassadors and Production Director Bianca Mauro, and our current team. You are ALL helping expand the impact of free, participatory projects that open hearts and minds.
Please join me in welcoming the 2017 Winter/Spring Team of Emily, Maddie, and Aaron, who you'll be seeing much of more once the weather warms up!
EMILY GLASER, Program and Communications Coordinator
Emily Glaser is a wordsmith, crafter, activist, and aspiring typographer. She fell in love with New England during a snowstorm six years ago and hasn't looked back. Emily is the Communications Director for Boston Makers, a nonprofit makerspace in Jamaica Plain, and is an avid book collector (and sometimes reader).
Emily is continuing with Now + There after successfully herding over 30 volunteers and Artist Ambassadors during Public Trust and doubling N+T's social media followers during the same time period.
MADDIE DOCTOR, Research and Development Intern
Maddie Doctor is a senior at Tufts University, where she became involved in the artistic community while living in the Crafts House, Tufts' student-run co-op. She now lives in a different house but is still dreaming up ways to intersect creative community building with equitable development. Other interests include exploring Boston, comedy podcasts, and a well-cooked pad thai.
Maddie is continuing her work with Now + There researching possible sites for public art, community partners, and providing all kinds of facts and figures our artists need to develop site, or context-specific works. Maddie's continuing work on the donor database allows N+T to keep accepting your donations!
AARON LUCKMAN, PROGRAM INTERN
Aaron Luckman is an artist, exhibition preparator, and degree candidate in the graduate program of Museum Studies at Harvard University. He is also interested in collaborative art practices, alternative spaces, and community-based art initiatives. Aaron is also an avid explorer of new food frontiers and cities by foot.
Aaron joins us this semester to assist with the Public Trust book launch and partner outreach as he studies local and national models of community-engaged public artists.