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Mayor’s Mural Crew adapts to COVID-19 needs
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Mayor’s Mural Crew adapts to COVID-19 needs
The end of August marked the 29th completed year of The Mayor’s Mural Crew, a program that employs high school students from around Boston to create murals and public art projects citywide. This year the Mural Crew employed nearly triple its typical number of students in an effort to provide safe, in-person work experiences and opportunities during this challenging time.
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Wellesley College exhibition celebrates Black graduates virtually
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Wellesley College exhibition celebrates Black graduates virtually
“Seed to Harvest,” an outdoor photo exhibition at Wellesley College by artist Alexandria Smith, portrays five of the first Black graduates of the college in bold portraits.
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Starlight Square safely stages performances, public art
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Starlight Square safely stages performances, public art
Live, socially distanced performances are now taking place under the stars in Central Square. Starlight Square, a parking lot repurposed as a community space, provides a hub for safe public art, performances, markets and dining.
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‘New Narratives’ explores diverse Asian American experiences
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‘New Narratives’ explores diverse Asian American experiences
“New Narratives: Reclaiming Asian Identity Through Story,” running through Sept. 8 in Unbound Visual Arts’ virtual gallery, explores the dynamic cultures and experiences of Asian communities around Boston. Curated by Leslie Anne Condon in response to the increased racism against Asian Americans during COVID-19, the show aims to illustrate the diversity in the community.
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Mike Hinson's poster art satirizes contemporary culture
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Mike Hinson's poster art satirizes contemporary culture
Illustrator Mike Hinson is serving up humor with a side of social satire in his show “Welcome to the Future, I Hate It Here,” showing at the Montserrat College of Art’s Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery through Sept. 12.
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MassArt Art Museum celebrates Elizabeth Freeman Day
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MassArt Art Museum celebrates Elizabeth Freeman Day
Last week, the MassArt Art Museum (MAAM) launched an ongoing celebration of Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, the African American woman who sued for her freedom in 1781 based on the Massachusetts Bill of Rights and won.
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City seeks artist for public art project at BPL Roxbury branch
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City seeks artist for public art project at BPL Roxbury branch
Last week, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and the Boston Art Commission announced a search for an artist or artistic team to create permanent public artwork for the renovated Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library.
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Marla McLeod greets the quarantined  art world with optimism
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Marla McLeod greets the quarantined art world with optimism
When Marla McLeod began working on her thesis for her MFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, she had no idea the world would turn upside down in the middle of her final year. As COVID-19 shut down galleries and canceled her in-person thesis exhibition, McLeod began translating her powerful, large-scale pieces into pandemic-friendly formats.
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Differently abled artists of color showcased in Gateway Arts exhibition
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Differently abled artists of color showcased in Gateway Arts exhibition
Gateway Arts, an art studio devoted to supporting artist with disabilities, has dedicated its summer exhibition to celebrating Black, Indigenous and Latinx artists working at Gateway Arts, now and in past years.
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AREA CODE Art Fair debuts with egalitarian aims
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AREA CODE Art Fair debuts with egalitarian aims
August 1 through 31, AREA CODE art fair will debut as one of the only fairs exclusively featuring contemporary artists with ties to New England. The fair will show solo artists and galleries from the region both online and in socially distanced outdoor spaces.
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The new museum experience
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The new museum experience
Several attractions and museums around Boston opened last week with safety precautions in place to protect staff and visitors during COVID-19. Measures like timed-entry ticketing, hand sanitizer stations, one-way passages and required masks are molding the new museum experience.
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Yinka Shonibare 'Wind Sculpture' installed on Rose Kennedy Greenway
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Yinka Shonibare 'Wind Sculpture' installed on Rose Kennedy Greenway
Last week, the Rose Kennedy Greenway installed its latest public art commission, “Wind Sculpture (SG) V” by Yinka Shonibare. The 22-foot-tall sculpture, which will be on view for a year, features Shonibare’s signature batik-style bright print and represents themes of colonialism and cross-cultural exchange.
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