JP Residents, Urbano Project Receive City Grants for Public Art Projects in Response to COVID-19

Several Jamaica Plain residents and a local nonprofit received public arts grants from the city focused on addressing public connectedness during these insecure times. A total of $35,000 in grants were given through the city's Transformative Public Art Program. The city announced a call to artists in April with particular interest in temporary and new media art projects that respond to COVID-19. Grants were provided in two categories: Now and Later. Now projects will take place in a virtual or public setting through September 30 of this year, and are $5,000, $2,500, or $1,000 grants.

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Open Reception: Rachel Allen’s “airplay” at Urbano Project

Urbano Project celebrates the opening of "airplay," a site-specific interactive installation by Native American artist Rachel Allen (Nez Perce) on Thursday, January 23, 6:00-8:00PM. The culmination of her Fall 2019 artist residency, Allen's "airplay" will be on view at Urbano's Jamaica Plain gallery through March 14, 2020. Allen aims to unsettle the air we breathe and otherwise manipulate. If we think about our experience through the air-the ubiquitous material we are suspended in-then we can contemplate what decolonization requires. If decolonization is not a metaphor or symbolic act, then we must reassess the entire environment we occupy.

Native American Artist Rachel Allen’s airplay Opens at Urbano Project

Urbano Project invites the community to celebrate the opening of airplay, a site-specific interactive installation by artist Rachel Allen (Nez Perce) on January 23. This is the culmination of her fall 2019 artist residency, Allen's airplay will be on view at Urbano's Jamaica Plain gallery from January 23 through March 14, 2020 with an opening reception on Jan. 23 from 6 to 8 pm. Allen aims to unsettle the air we breathe and otherwise manipulate. If we think about our experience through the air-the ubiquitous material we are suspended in-then we can contemplate what decolonization requires.

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Holiday Open House to kick-off Urbano Project’s 10th Anniversary

Urbano Project kicks off its 10th Anniversary Celebration with a FREE Holiday Open House, sponsored by State Street Bank. There will be live music, art workshops and demonstrations, drinks, holiday snacks, and lots of cool prints created by Urbano’s artists for sale!  All happening at Urbano's gallery in the Brewery Complex, 29 Germania Street.  FREE admission. Join us at our studio/gallery for behind-the-scenes exhibition tours, a family-friendly drop-in origami workshop with Artist-in-Residence Erin Genia, a bookmaking class demonstration by Artist-in-Residence Rachel Allenand her Youth Artist Project students. The first in a series of events celebrating Urbano’s 10th Anniversary, this day-long event gives you a rare opportunity to take part in our organization’s daily projects and to hear firsthand from youth, staff, and artists about their current conversations around land and social issues. Plus, find out about volunteering and work opportunities at Urbano!

Urbano Project Holiday Open House on Dec. 14

Urbano Project kicks off its 10th Anniversary Celebration with a free holiday open house on Dec. 14th. The Urbano Project invites the community into their studio/gallery for behind-the-scenes exhibition tours, a family-friendly drop-in origami workshop with Artist-in-Residence Erin Genia, a bookmaking class demonstration by Artist-in-Residence Rachel Allen and her Youth Artist Project students. There will be live music, drinks, holiday snacks, and lots of cool prints created by Urbano’s artists for sale. This is the first in a series of events celebrating Urbano’s 10th anniversary.

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