Arts + Policy

Arts + Policy


In Hynes redevelopment, you've got to have arts

In Hynes redevelopment, you’ve got to have arts

State should think boldly -- and creatively -- in planning reuse of convention center

GENE RODDENBERY’S classic television series explored the voyages of the starship Enterprise, exploring new worlds, seeking out new lives and civilizations and to boldly go where nobody has before. We have that opportunity today here on Earth with 4.4 acres of underutilized space in central Boston. Gov. Charlie Baker is moving ahead with a plan(...)

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Street mural artists explain their craft

Street mural artists explain their craft

Viewing art as “the creative genius of humanity”

ARTISTS, SAID PERCY FORTINI-WRIGHT, are “documenters” of history. “Without artists, you wouldn’t know what went on in the past,” he said. “Art is what man has created up until now…It’s the most important thing and should be kind of put on a pedestal and not looked at as like art as a profession. It should be(...)

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Murals: An emerging form of community development

Murals: An emerging form of community development

Many cities find urban art can be transformative

THE WALLS OF the affordable housing buildings in The Point neighborhood of Salem have been painted for as long as 15-year-old Bunny Spodick can remember. For a long time, they were painted with nasty messages and graffiti, giving the neighborhood a dim, dark feel, she said. Then El Punto Urban Art Museum started in 2017,(...)

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Boston's corporate sector needs to step up on arts

Boston’s corporate sector needs to step up on arts

Firms need to broaden their support beyond large institutions

WHEN I WAS a working musician, few metrics mattered more to me than my orchestra’s concert attendance. A full house has a flywheel effect where the energy between the performers and audience creates a positive feedback loop. It’s no surprise then that corporations tend to support large arts institutions with loyal audiences. This type of corporate sponsorship(...)

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CommonWealth wins six awards from New England newspaper association

CommonWealth wins six awards from New England newspaper association

Four first-place honors across a range of coverage areas among the winning entries

COMMONWEALTH WON SIX AWARDS, including four first-place designations, from the New England Newspaper & Press Association in its Better Newspaper Competition. The awards were for articles written between August 1, 2020 and July 31, 2021. The awards were announced over the weekend at the association’s annual convention in Boston.  CommonWealth competed in the category of(...)

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Using art to address social issues

Using art to address social issues

Projects across state taking up the challenge

First in a series of commentaries on arts in community LeLand Gantt’s performance of Rhapsody in Black was an entry point for people in an overwhelmingly White region to talk about race. This compelling one-man show exploring racism, identity, and self-image was presented virtually in 2021 through a Berkshires community collaboration. Clinton Church Restoration is(...)

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New Samuel Slater Experience spotlights ‘father of American manufacturing’

New Samuel Slater Experience spotlights ‘father of American manufacturing’

Interactive Disney-like museum teaches about Webster mill magnate

AS SAMUEL SLATER traveled from England to the United States in 1789, he voiced his ambitions to revolutionize the US textile industry with knowledge he had gained in England. Yet he also heard the voice of his mentor in his head telling him if he left England, he would be considered “a spy, or worse,(...)

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Asian-American/Pacific Islander arts face unique challenges post-COVID 

Asian-American/Pacific Islander arts face unique challenges post-COVID 

Groups struggled with racism, loss of community 

TWO YEARS AGO, Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy had 200 students learning martial arts in Malden and Quincy. Its performance team was hired to perform lion and dragon dances and martial arts demonstrations at festivals, weddings, and business openings.  Then the pandemic hit. Wah Lum offered classes online. But for students used(...)

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New Bedford arts groups making connections

New Bedford arts groups making connections

Historical society seeks to promote city’s abolitionist history

THE NEW BEDFORD Historical Society, whose focus is the history of people of color in the South Coast city, appears poised for a takeoff.  The society is developing a park and a historic district centered around the abolitionist movement in New Bedford and the city’s role in the Underground Railroad. “Between 1790 and the Civil(...)

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The Quabbin lesson of doing big things (mostly) together

The Quabbin lesson of doing big things (mostly) together

In a time of division over even incremental steps, the project to deliver water to Greater Boston stands out even more

BEFORE THE FLOOD Destruction, Community, and Survival in the Drowned Towns of the Quabbin By Elisabeth C. Rosenberg 232 pages, Pegasus Books TODAY IT MIGHT be hard to imagine something that would stir more controversy than a massive dam project, which would displace several towns and thousands of people, and literally inundate the local environment(...)

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