Temporary Public Art

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.

Inside Out Project — surprise second site!

Great news! JR's Inside Out Project Photobooth truck is returning tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 8, to Boston!

The truck's new location is Back Bay Station. So if you can't make it today, make arrangements to get over tomorrow and don't miss out on "the people's art project".

Have extra time tomorrow and want to earn our eternal gratitude? Sign up to volunteer.


"Faces of Boston"
WHEN: Thursday, October 8th, 11am – 6pm
WHERE: Back Bay Station
145 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA 02116
MBTA Orange line and commuter rail

Let's make this look a whole lot better...with your face!
(Back of the station. Truck will be on the front, 145 Dartmouth Street.)

Beach Reads-Public Art Style

Kate and I have had the beach constantly on our minds as we transition into this sweltering August weather. We both fantasize about lying on an obnoxiously bright towel at a picturesque sandy spot with a good book while we work away at our respective desks in our closet size office. So in an attempt to live out our fantasy vacation, we have compiled a list of 5 great beach reads, public art style. Safe for non-beach goers too!  Guest post by Now and There staffer Audrey Hsia.

inMotion: Memories of Invented Play

We sat down with Amy Archambault, the BCA’s Summer 2015 Public Art Resident, on the eve of the opening of her first interactive public art work, inMotion: Memories of Invented Play, and chatted about how she’s successfully transitioning from the unconventional artist/builder to public artist. 


We're excited to co-sponsor another panel discussion, Play in Public Art, and we're taking the topic very seriously – by holding it outside among a temporary installation of giant rabbits at the Lawn on D!

Please join Now and There with co-sponsors BSA Space and the D Street ArtLab, on July 9, 6–7pm forPlay in Public Art a lively discussion with the artists, architects and citizens who are making public art happen in Boston. We’ll explore the role of play in three current public art topics – spectacle, site, and architecture – in a fast-paced, round robin discussion followed by Q&A.

Valuing art over policy, and action over talk, at the Public Art Network (PAN) pre-conference

Having recently visited Chicago for the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network pre-conference N+T director Kate Gilbert calls on Greater Boston to create bold, temporary projects during the 2016 conference. 

It’s understandable how a public art freak from Boston can get cultural envy visiting Chicago. Rich in monumental, plaza-anchoring sculpture and steeped in a history of financial and political backing for the arts, Chicago gives us pause, asks us to look at our challenges, and ultimately calls us to be a bolder, unified Greater Boston.

The Big Bowl of Sunshine at Lawn on D

In an art town as small as Boston, worlds often collide. Recently N+T’s own Kate Gilbert sat down with fellow SMFA alum Thomas Stevenson to discuss his latest project, “Living Room”, commissioned by theLawn on D at Gilbert’s suggestion. The following is an excerpt of the conversation between artist and curator about how “Living Room” came to be, about fear in public spaces, and about learning to be flexible when you come upon big rocks in your tiny sandbox.

Know your past to chart your future: three successful projects in Boston’s history

As we at Now and There prepare for our first project, we’ve been looking back over some of the more successful temporary public art projects in Boston’s history. After all, you need to know your history before you can chart a new course. For this guest blog post we asked Sarah Hutt, former Director of Director of Public Art in the Office of Cultural Affairs under Mayor Tomas Menino, to choose her top three favorite projects. In the essay below Hutt focuses on the years 2001–2002 around the time of the Office’s Boston Cultural Agenda Fund that funded over 100 projects in Boston.