New Cohort of Boston Artists-in-Residence and Funding for Continued Projects Announced

Boston Artists-in-Home is a civic partnership involving socially-engaged artists and Town departments.

Mayor Michelle Wu and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Tradition, in collaboration with the Boston Parks and Recreation Office, Boston Setting up and Improvement Agency (BPDA), Natural environment Office, and the Boston Transportation Division (BTD), these days introduced 6 artists have been picked for the next cohort of Boston Artists-in-Residence (Boston AIR). The Metropolis is also awarding funding to five previous AIRs who have ongoing jobs outside of their residency.

Images: Graphic highlighting new cohort of Artists-in-Residence with six artist's headshots and alternating blue and red backgrounds. Text: Boston AIR, A civic partnership between socially-engaged artists and City departments, 2022 Artists-in-Residence, Ashton Lites, Lily Xie, Ellice Patterson, Jaronzie Harris, Melissa Teng, Heloiza Barbosa

“The Boston Artists-in-Inhabitants application is a creative opportunity to empower Boston artists to rethink how we can supply town services for our people,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “I look forward to fostering these collaborations and maximizing the city’s civic and artistic partnerships.”

“We’ve seen how impactful it has been to have artists doing the job collaboratively with Town departments to make good improvements to City units, guidelines, and procedures,” said Chief of Arts & Society Kara Elliott-Ortega. “This yr, we’re excited to not only commit in a new cohort of artists representing a large vary of creative backgrounds and ordeals, but also help artists develop the assignments they begun with us.”

Boston AIR is the City of Boston’s artist residency application the place a group of artists devote 15 months collaborating with a parallel team of Metropolis of Boston companions to co-layout jobs that imagine and take a look at new techniques to problems the Metropolis faces. Previous tasks contain a taiko drummer who worked with older adults in Grove Hall to advocate for a safer crosswalk in entrance of their local community centre, a poet who created an oral background listening booth that traveled to different libraries and areas all through the town, and an artist who developed a Cultural Unexpected emergency Reaction framework that was built-in into the Place of work of Unexpected emergency Management’s work.

The Mayor’s Place of work of Arts and Culture introduced a Call to Artists for the fifth cohort of Boston AIR in January. A committee of community arts leaders and Boston Artists-in-Residence mentors reviewed all submissions, and the prime applicants had been invited to go to interviews. The following artists and Metropolis companions have been picked to make up a cohort that features a mix of artistic disciplines and ordeals:

“As Director of Study, remaining a member of the Artists-in-Residence application is a specific chance to examine a new language and vocabulary for expressing the financial and social disorders of the city’s citizens, primarily those people who have been most impacted by financial inequality and social exclusion,” said City spouse Alvaro Lima.

Five of the artists will do the job with their Metropolis companions to co-design and style jobs that consider the demands of Boston’s varied communities, take a look at Town insurance policies with a lens of resilience and racial equity, assistance residents recognize how local authorities impacts them, aid a collaborative generation of Town insurance policies and procedures, and deliver a product for civic exercise that departments can use heading forward. Melissa Teng will be doing the job with the Mayor’s Workplace of Arts and Lifestyle to carry out participatory action exploration all through the program.

“This software aligns with a path that I want to expand in direction of, working hand in hand with departments within Town Corridor to creatively cultivate adjust that will effects communities who will need it the most,” said Boston Artist-in-Residence Ashton Lites. “I’m fired up to study, working experience the backend of policy-pushed Metropolis function, and to convey my grassroots knowledge to the desk to create some thing good with other artistic artists and Town departments. Lastly, I am enthusiastic for all the people today who will benefit from these stunning collaborations for a long time to arrive.”

Every Artist-in-Residence gets a $37,000 artist stipend and up to $10,000 for venture components. In addition to the tasks that this new cohort will codesign and implement, the Metropolis is also allocating $30,000 in funding to aid the following former Artists-in-Residence as they carry on jobs that stemmed from their residencies: 

  • Karen Young, whose project “Older and Bolder” was intended to bolster the voices of elders utilizing taiko drumming, creativity, and personalized stories.
  • Victor Yang, whose challenge “Health Arrives To start with (HCF)” builds the electric power of BIPOC youth in Boston by drawing on the arts, storytelling, and grassroots organizing to renovate faculty cultures around mental wellbeing.
  • Rashin Fahandej, whose project “A Father’s Lullaby” interrogates racial bias and structural racism by highlighting the job of gentlemen in boosting kids and their absence thanks to the racial disparities in the legal justice system.
  • Pat Falco, whose project requires the distribution of zines made by community youth to publicly obtainable newspaper packing containers about the city. 
  • Maria Molteni, who is obtaining a drone to assistance capture their different general public art tasks.

Considering the fact that the inception of Boston AIR in 2015, a whole of 25 numerous artists have worked with above a dozen Metropolis departments and agencies. The projects established by artists and their City associates have taken several varieties, but have all focused on supporting the efforts of City departments and far better serving Boston’s communities.

To understand much more about the Boston AIR method and this year’s cohort, visit