Public Art Funding

For Boston: A Year of Public Art

For Boston: A Year of Public Art

Site-specific public art is the lens through which we experience common spaces and grow as a community. In 2017, Chicago is celebrating a Year of Public Art by funding permanent and temporary works, performances, education, and gatherings to promote civic discourse through art. Here's how we think Boston can—must!—have a Year of Public Art.

Measuring impact

Measuring impact

Evaluating the impact of public art is the Achilles heel of artists and public art administrators worldwide. Instinctively we know that public art is a catalyst for economic development, that it increases the appeal and safety of one’s environment, and that it delivers unexpected surprise and wonder to our shared places.  In this blog we offer three techniques for measuring impact and ask, is it even needed?

 

Waiting by the light: One artist's account of riding the T

Waiting by the light: One artist's account of riding the T

Guest blog post by MBTA public art finalist Elisa Hamilton on the importance of public art in her childhood and it's influence on her career as an artist.

"Did you know that the glass tile wall of that bus tunnel used to light up?  I have childhood memories of waiting near that wall all aglow in blue and red, as if it was magically lit from within.  Those colors are still vivid in my memory; maybe you’ve also felt that brilliance.  I believe that the people in our communities deserve to have that light alive in our public spaces, and I believe that - with enough support - we can keep the light of public art shining in Massachusetts, so that we can all be illuminated in its glow."