Arts + Policy

Arts + Policy


Focus on the building, not the 'starchitect' who designed it

Focus on the building, not the ‘starchitect’ who designed it

The shortcomings of Paul Rudolph's Lindemann Center need to be addressed

AS AN ARCHITECTURAL historian, I’m usually delighted to learn that an architecturally significant building has been saved from demolition. But there is no avoiding the fact that the Baker administration’s recently released plan to adapt and preserve much of Paul Rudolph’s Boston Government Service Center, due in large part to the demands of historians like myself,(...)

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Supporting BIPOC artists helps grow communities

Supporting BIPOC artists helps grow communities

Workshops teach you business of being an artist

Second in a series of commentaries on arts in community ARTISTS, AND THE cultural expression they create, are essential to the future of Massachusetts cities and towns. Communities must do our part to support their development, celebrate their work, and amplify their voices. Justin Beatty makes visual art in Western Massachusetts based on his worldview(...)

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Finding synergy between artists, innovators, developers

Finding synergy between artists, innovators, developers

Artisan's Asylum expanding footprint in Allston-Brighton

IF YOU THINK of some of the world’s greatest and most productive cities through history – Florence, Paris, Hong Kong, New York, and of course, Boston – there is an underlying quality that makes them flourish. In these cities, innovators and artists have always worked side by side sharing their creative spirit, knowledge, and entrepreneurial(...)

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Fitchburg aims to drive back to the future

Fitchburg aims to drive back to the future

Reconfiguring Main St., arts initiative, new housing all pieces of revitalization puzzle 

EARLY ON  A RECENT Thursday morning, Fitchburg Mayor Stephen DiNatale climbed into the passenger seat of a 1914 Model T and took a ride down Main Street into the city’s future.  At first blush, the occasion seemed to mark the kind of humdrum event that could only excite a municipal traffic planner – opening the(...)

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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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