Wentworth Design Studio
Thanks to a Presidential EPIC Mini-Grant from Wentworth Institute of Technology, the ArtsCommons has become the "real life client" for a Senior Architecture Studio taught by Professor Rob Trumbour. This follows a partnership between the ArtsCommons with Wentworth's RAMP bridge program in the summer of 2017. Here, newly-admitted students provided meaningful brainstorms for the studio course and the future of the ArtsCommons.
For the studio, the students created a "kit of parts," moveable and easily manipulated accessories, that can provide modular public art spaces. Students developed prototypes, with input from local artists and others, that enabled them to modify the existing containers (provided by Eagle Leasing) to support a broad range of activities including music, visual art, spoken word, projection art, and performance.
Our goal with these containers, transformed into the ArtsCommons: to work with communities, neighborhoods, organizations throughout Greater Boston to provide flexible spaces for installations, performances, improvisations, and the unexpected...all informed by neighborhood-focused civic engagement.
Thanks, Wentworth, for helping the Lab bring this to life. More news on this as it breaks!