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WHO IS THE PUBLIC? 

WHAT IS THE PLACE?

HOW CAN ART REFLECT ON BOTH? 

OUR WORKSHOPS

BostonAPP/Lab hosts issue-and-action focused open Workshops, informed by the interplay of the art, the public, and the place. The Workshops seek to provide a forum in which to poke and probe for new, robust, and dynamic collaborations that strengthen and sustain arts in Greater Boston’s public places. 

To date, the Lab has produced nearly three dozen of these collaborations – “brainstorming hubs” for discussion, for experimentation, for making art – that in turn have attracted nearly 500 participants. In designing and facilitating these workshops, the Lab has engaged, as co-leaders, nearly 60 representatives of arts organizations, city and local agencies, individual artists, designers, schools, and universities. Areas of focus have included technology, urban design, and community-building, among others.

Do you have any ideas for a future workshop?

CULTIVATING COLLABORATION

Implicit in each of the Lab's Workshops is the imperative of getting under the skin of that phrase: Who's the public? Where's the place? How can art reflect (or reflect on) both? 

 

Below is a look at one of our earlier workshops, which provided the impetus for what eventually became the ArtsCommons while seeking to respond to some of these questions.

PAST WORKSHOPS ​

HONORING IMMIGRANT NARRATIVES THROUGH ART IN PUBLIC PLACES

April 29, 2019

 • How can the stories of Greater Boston's multiple immigrant communities be

gathered, shared, built on, and continually added to -- in and across

neighborhoods?

 • What kinds of platforms -- digital, physical, verbal – are possible/desirable?

FACILITATING MOVEMENT IN PUBLIC SPACE

January 28, 2019

  • What are the inhibitors to such enhancements — whether physical, psychological, or some combination?

  • What are some possible enablers?

  • What kinds of art...or design...or both can contribute to the creation of new “desire lines” — new opportunities for movement — in these spaces?

FOR CHARLESGATE PARK AND BEYOND...ART+DESIGN FOR ACCESSIBILITY IN PUBLIC SPACES

November 05, 2018

  • What role(s) can art – however defined and in whatever medium! – play as an element of inclusive design in public spaces?

  • We’ve included the responses by a number of participants to a set of questions posed at the end of the Workshop. 

  • Check these out – and the notes themselves – for the range of ideas and recommendations generated...and send along your own ideas and responses to info@bostonapp.org!

ART IN THE PUBLIC REALM: FORGING, REFLECTING, INFORMING URBAN IDENTITIES

January 20, 2018

  • How does one develop site-specific public art projects which provide opportunities for all- adults and kids, those from various socio-economic backgrounds, to participate?

  • How can mural arts projects create a platform for engagement and interaction?

  • Discover speaker Pedro Alonzo's presentation here

AUGMENTED REALITY

June 26, 2017

  • What new opportunities does AR open up for civic participation?

  • How can AR "democratize" art?

MAKING PUBLIC ART FOR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

May 04, 2017

  • How can public art intentionally or otherwise, trigger civil engagement?

  • What forms could such public art take?

THE FUNCTION OF PUBLIC ART IS TO TRANFORM THE WAY PEOPLE RESPOND TO EACH OTHER

March 22, 2017

  • Art itself helps to craft community

  • What kinds of "rituals" can be generated through art in public places?

     

CATALYSTS FOR CREATING NEW -- AND STRENGTHENING EXISTING -- SOCIAL NETWORKS

November 30, 2016

  • Artists can create contexts – space, structure – for contributions by/from the community

  • People crossing boundaries, going to places they normally wouldn’t go

     

CIVIC INNOVATION, DIGITAL MEDIA, & ARTS IN PUBLIC PLACES

October 04, 2016

  • Joint effort with Emerson’s Engagement Lab

  • Metaphor, at all scales, as power tool for civic engagement

  • New ways of building social networks, focusing on collaboration

FACING HISTORY: ENRICHING BOSTON'S HISTORIC PLACES THROUGH ART

July 27, 2016

  • Role of art in “extruding” history from a place

  • Version of “Pokemon Go” that reveals history instead of creatures

  • “Humans of New York” as model for engaging with places

FROM APPS TO ART IN PUBLIC PLACES: CODING FOR CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND SPIRITS

May 05, 2016

  • How to expand from CfB’s community-drive approach to app- making to something comparable for art-making in public places

  • Integrate creative technologies and urban strategies to make cities better for people living in them

BOSTON APP/LAB GOES TO BOSTON ARTS ACADEMY'S STEAM LAB

February 23, 2016

  • What model of collaborative work does the STEAM Lab hold for artists working in public spaces – including schools!?

FOOD & ARTS: A MARRIAGE IN THE PUBLIC MARKET

January 26, 2016

  • Communicate the Boston Public Market/The Kitchen experience beyond the walls and downtown

  • Create “community table”: Humans of New York → Humans of the Public Market

ARTSCOMMONS ON THE GROUND

December 15, 2015

  • Create/sustain dialogue with community to find out what the ArtsCommons means to them

  • ArtsCommons/”black box” as means of creating place of activity: to draw, engage, connect people

ARTSCOMMONS IN THE COMMUNITY

November 24, 2015

  • Travel/create links to other neighborhoods: what does ArtsCommons “pick up” along the way?

  • Tie in with parklet initiatives

  • Detachable panels to serve as canvases for neighborhood graffiti

     

ART IN PUBLIC PLACES: LET'S FACE THE MUSIC

October 27, 2015

  • The need for busking-specific infrastructure throughout Boston

  • Separate, or the same, value propositions for public, artists, politicians?

CREATIVE COMMUNITY BUILDING: INSTITUTIONAL COLLABORATION, PUBLIC RESULTS

September 29, 2015

  • MACDC and Rose Kennedy Greenway at the table

  • Collaboration allows “big vision” to take root

  • How CDCs are weaving arts, culture, creative place-making into their work

THE CITY AS ART: DESIGN AS CATALYST FOR ART IN PUBLIC SPACES

June 23, 2015

  • Design spaces/interventions that generate agency among users

  • Some key strategies for street-art – guerrilla-style and otherwise

DESIGN IN COLLABORATION: RE-IMAGINING PLACES THROUGH ART AND COMMUNITY

May 13, 2015

  • Rose Architecture Fellowship at the table

  • Collaborative action builds trust/builds of strengthens communities

  • Social and community context can/should shape design

  • Increase opportunities for people in neighborhoods to be part of what happens around them

ART AS PLAY: WHAT, WHERE, FOR WHOM?

March 26, 2015

  • How to prompt spontaneous play in public spaces

  • From social games to found games using urban infrastructure to sound/work/tech play

ARTSCOMMONS AND THE THREE P'S: PHYSICAL STRUCTURE, PROGRAMMING, PARTNERSHIPS

February 18, 2015

  • Curation by neighborhoods, plus outreach to artists/organizations

  • Participatory “museum” for work originating in individual neighborhood

MAKING THE ARTSCOMMONS COME ALIVE: HOW? FOR WHOM?

December 10, 2014

  • Provide ability for artists/works to respond to viewers’ inputs

  • Pop-up shop tactics as model for use/re-use of “armature”

  • See Video!

ARTSCOMMONS: SHARING RESOURCES & LINKING DISCIPLINES TO CREATE ART IN PUBLIC PLACES

November 12, 2014

  • Public installation with which people can interact

  • Ex.: a sonic playground walk; public chalkboard

OPEN WEB, ART, AND THE CIVIC REALM

September 30, 2014

  • Browser as “collaborative canvas”

  • Interrelationships among open web, civic realm, public art?

  • Create an on-line “commons”: cf. dancydots; cellflight; etc.

INTERSECTION OF TECHNOLOGY AND ART IN PUBLIC PLACES

June 10, 2014

  • Collaboration with Catalyst Conversations

  • Strategies for involving – and empowering -- the public as co-creators

MORE THAN PIPES: ENRICHING PUBLIC SPACES THROUGH VIRTUAL, SOCIAL, AND PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

April 30, 2014

  • Identify public and private physical and social resources not currently being used

  • Art and infrastructure/art as infrastructure

ART AND DESIGN AS PRACTICAL SOCIAL ACTION

March 25, 2014

  • Allow community to speak to/with itself

  • Art that engenders/propels civic value in communities

BEYONE THE ONE-SHOT DEAL: ART IN PUBLIC PLACES, NEW DEVELOPMENT, AND THE LONG VIEW

February 25, 2014

  • Partnerships with developers: art as ingredient for increasing economic value

  • Create culture of saying “yes,” without long planning/permitting process

  • Provide accessible tools: allow people to play with them

LESSONS FROM CAMBRIDGE'S MAGAZINE BEACH

January 28, 2014

  • Public spaces as venue for pop-ups

  • Prove viability and develop community around it

TACTICAL URBANISM/TACTICAL ART

November 06, 2013

  • Combine community activity with physical activity

AN ARCHITECT, AN ARTIST, AND A DEVELOPER WALK INTO A BAR

September 23, 2013

  • Create relatable piece of art that are meaningful/connect to place

MAKING IT HAPPEN: WHO NEEDS TO KNOW HOW TO BRING ART TO GREATER BOSTON'S PUBLIC PLACES

June 27, 2013

  • Daylighting the process of making art in public places

  • Introducing the BostonAPP Gameboard

PUBLIC ART MEETS URBAN DESIGN

April 18, 2013

  • Function of Public Art: transform the way people respond to each other

CREATIVE STRATEGIES/PRACTICES/COLLABORATIONS

March 26, 2013

  • How does a project have the capacity to “build community?”

  • Define “build community”

COLLABORATION AT NEIGHBORHOOD SCALE

February 26, 2013

  • Somerville Honk! Festival as model

  • Explore opportunities for cross-border festivals/installations

BUILDING A NETWORKING/COMMUNICTION STRATEGY AND IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

January 22, 2013

  • From creative financing strategies to informal meet-ups

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