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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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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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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Know What ‘Okoŋwaŋžidaŋ’ Means? Find Out at New Urbano Project Exhibition Opening Oct. 24

Urbano Project is presenting Artist-in-Residence Erin Genia’s first solo show in Boston, Okoŋwaŋžidaŋ, which means “oneness, being of one mind” in the Dakota language. The exhibit is opening October 24, and is running through December 21, with an opening reception on Thursday, October 24 from 6-8 pm at Urbano’s gallery at the Brewery Complex in Jamaica Plain. Genia (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) is a multidisciplinary Dakota artist with an MS in Art, Culture and Technology from MIT. She works with painting, ceramic, sound, performance, and video installation to create a powerful presence of Indigeneity that invokes an evolution of thought and practice aligned with the cycles of the natural world and the potential of humanity. In Dakota philosophy, all things exist within a continuum of life, and the concept of mitakuye oyasin -- we are all related, extends not only to other people, but to animals, plants, minerals, electricity, air, objects, and everything in existence.

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24 Jamaica Plain Orgs & Projects Receive Boston Cultural Council Grants

A smorgasbord of Jamaica Plain organizations and projects received thousands of dollars thanks after the city dispersed its Cultural Council Organizational Grants. The Boston Cultural Council (BCC) Organizational Grants are distributed annually to arts and cultural organizations that are based in Boston, or offer programming in Boston. Grants varied for each organization, going as high as $5,000 per organization. The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, in partnership with the Boston Cultural Council (BCC), awarded grants to 221 Boston arts organizations and projects, totaling $487,000. "Boston is home to so many incredible arts organizations and cultural institutions that work tirelessly to bring opportunities to engage in creative expression to every individual, in every neighborhood," said Kara Elliott-Ortega, Boston's Chief of Arts and Culture, according to a press release. "It's great to see Boston provide increased support and resources to these organizations year after year, and witness the impact it has on our local communities."

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