Joyce Kulhawik visits Public Trust, Dudley Square

Joyce Kulhawik visits Public Trust, Dudley Square

"When Melania Trump stared straight into the camera and said, “My word is my bond,” and those words were stolen — whose bond was it? Were the words binding at all? Did that constitute a public promise? What value do any of our words have, and has that value wavered over time?" -- More from WBUR's Joyce Kulhawik's video coverage of Public Trust in Dudley Square

Help Build Public Trust

Do you want to see more public art in Boston--and all the good that comes of it--like we do? Then please consider a tax-deductible donation in any amount to support our upcoming project, PUBLIC TRUST with Paul Ramirez Jonas, and future projects.


To bring more public art projects like PUBLIC TRUST to Greater Boston, Now + There is asking you to make another kind of promise, a pledge of your financial support.

Donate an amount that is meaningful to you via our secure site, receive our undying love, AND get some great swag showing you helped build Public Trust. We appreciate any and all support and will recognize your promise kept on the Public Trust website!

Public Trust in Action

Something this big deserved a little R&D, and thus, Public Trust was tested this past winter by Ramirez Jonas during his residency at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, California. Over two Saturdays during the Santa Ana Art Walks, Paul performed the work and tweaked the process each time. The final performance was led by an actor and became the basis for a script that a team of Boston-area performers will follow during Public Trust's 21-day run.

Working with CSUF alum Robert Huskey (BA, Visual Communications ’14), GCAC created a lovely video documenting the process of Public Trust during their February opening.

Our sincere thanks goes out to John D. Spiak and the entire GCAC team for helping develop Public Trust.

I promise to stop underestimating myself.
— anonymous

Investing in Strong Communities

In 2015, the Lewis Family Foundation expanded its philanthropy into Boston's public art arena through the anonymous support of Now + There. Their support helped us establish firm roots and helped fund our first collaboration, "Faces of Dudley." 

Now, we are thrilled to announce that The Lewis Family Foundation is provided full funding for Paul Ramirez Jonas’ Public Trust. With their generous support, we are able to bring this timely project about promises to three Greater Boston locations and provide the opportunity to use art to give voice.

The Lewis Family Foundation seeks to empower young people, develop courageous citizens and leaders, level the playing field for educational and job opportunities, and create strong strategic alliances. The Lewis Family Foundation believes that our communities grow stronger through artistic expression.




Meet Paul

During an invitational interview one unseasonably warm day in the spring of 2015, Paul Ramirez Jonas cycled through the streets of Greater Boston and astutely noted the lack of places for civic dialogue and asked, "Where does everyone in Boston congregate?"

Little did we know then that he was developing the kernel of an idea that has become Public Trust, a project that allows the public to make a promise in the context of other promissory statements made by politicians, scientists, community groups, and even countries—and to do so in very visible way.

Over the course of the past year, we've watched Paul develop and workshop this conceit that we, everyday people, can make things with our words; things like contracts and trust. 

When Paul is not cycling in Boston he can be found in his Brooklyn studio preparing for his upcoming 25-year survey at The Contemporary Art Museum Houston, teaching at Hunter College and watching his daughter grow up too quickly. Learn more about Paul here or watch his October 2016 artist talk

Promises are one of the few things we can do with words. I can say ”I’ll see you tomorrow” and I can make it happen.
— Paul Ramirez Jonas

The Project

Now + There is pleased to announce our first commissioned project with the world-renowned artist Paul Ramrez Jonas. Over the past year, N+T has worked with Ramirez Jonas to develop an interactive public art project made specifically for Greater Boston that documents and contrasts participants' promises with those promises that appear in society at large. 

Public Trust will occur in three locations throughout Greater Boston and will employ local performers to activate the work.  This socially engaged art draws on Ramirez Jonas' long history of engaging the public to complete the work. For more on his practice view his October 2016 artist talk with N+T and partner MassART.

Public Trust opens August 27 and closes September 17, 2016. Visit for updates.

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