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cultureNOW: Does Public Art Create a Sense of Place?

July 28, 2014 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Price: N/A
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston

cultureNOW: Does Public Art Create a Sense of Place?

Boston, like many other creative cities, has frequently teamed up with the arts community as part of the city’s design process. A clear example of the synergy between art and design is the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Located within walking distance of BSA Space, this ribbon of greenery replacing the Big Dig makes use of commissioned public art to enhance its parks. Similarly, and also a few blocks from South Station, a passionate group of more than 300 artists are actively engaged in energizing and rebranding the Fort Point neighborhood and the Seaport District.

What is the role of public art in creating a sense of community in Boston’s waterfront? What is the best approach, and how should we assess it? 

Join cultureNOW and a group of prominent panelists for a provocative conversation about the role of public art in shaping and transforming urban spaces.


Ron Mallis, Boston APP/Lab


Elizabeth Devlin, FLUX. Boston 
Kate Gilbert, Independent Curator and Artist
Karin Goodfellow, Boston Arts Commission
Elizabeth Keithline, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
Jen Mecca, Fort Point Arts Community
John Powell, Light Time in Space, Inc.
Peter Vandewarker, Photographer
Judge Douglas Woodlock, USDC Massachusetts