Social Practice

Are we living more bravely one month out?

Are we living more bravely one month out?

How have the words you spoke at Public Trust with Paul Ramirez Jonas taken up residence in your life? Reflections one month out and an invitation to share your story about how making a promise, and making it public, has inspired you to take action and live more bravely. (Plus win a gift certificate to get your promise framed!)

Art in Service: Quality

Art in Service: Quality

Maggie Cavallo wrestles with the thorny issue of addressing quality in socially engaged art in this guest post, the third in our four-part series Art in Service with Big Red & Shiny and Alter Projects.

Faces of Dudley book now available

Faces of Dudley book now available

Yesterday, we brought copies of Faces of Dudley to share with our friends at the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library. Copies are now available for sale on Blurb for $7.25 so everyone can remember that day when a neighborhood came together in pride. 

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?

 

In 2025

In 2025

Looking back and ahead, a New Year's greeting from Director Kate Gilbert. In a decade from now when Greater Boston is a must-see destination for public art enthusiasts I believe we’ll look back at 2015 as a pivotal year. 2015: the year public art became an integral part of the re/development of engaging public spaces, the year when artwork selection processes shifted from juried to curated, and the year we learned to balance spectacle and civic engagement.