Urbano invites professional artists and artist-teams to propose interdisciplinary and experimental contemporary arts and performance projects in partnership with urban teens in our studio. Artists' Projects foster artistic exploration, collaboration, and community participation. Individual artists and artist teams working in all media propose semester-long projects, undertaken in collaboration with a group of 15 Boston public high school students.
The Emancipated City: Reimaginaing Boston
July 8 – August 24, 2013
Monday – Friday, 2:00- 6:00pm
Through collaborative large-scale installations and performative interventions in public space we will address a variety of social justice issues in our surrounding communities such as environmental racism, ecological issues and issues of urban planning. We will encourage our professional and teen artists to thoughtfully engage with communities to re-imagine community spaces. These "imaginings" could be utopian or futuristic in nature as we hope to address issues of social justice while looking at the city with foreign eyes. Students and artists will work together to create visual and performance art projects that will incorporate film, media, urban planning and design. Come and join us this summer as one of our teen artists!
2012-2013 PROJECT THEME
Urbano's 2013 project theme is Narratives of Exclusion: Racial and Cultural Boundaries in the Urban Landscape, inspired by architect and urban planners Interboro Partners' forthcoming book The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion. Dan D'Oca, Tobias Armborst, and Georgeen Theodore explore ways in which urban design and architecture influence culture and relationships, and how urban planners can challenge segregation, exclusion, and boundaries between communities. Do you feel that the city of Boston is an inclusive place? Have you been excluded from a conversation, organization, or neighborhood? What can artists do to break down geographic and racial boundaries in Boston? We encouraged our artists to think about their own identities and history, as well as ways to bring art and performance out of the gallery and onto the streets.