WHO IS THE PUBLIC?
WHAT IS THE PLACE?
HOW CAN ART REFLECT ON BOTH?
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.
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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.