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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New Urbano Project Exhibition, ‘Wandering in the Land of Oblivion,’ Responds to Forced Migration and Displacement

Considering current events, artist Contanza Aguirre's new exhibition at Urbano Project is very timely. Her art references thousands of her fellow Colombians who were forced to leave the country due to the drug war and civil conflict. The Paris-based artist's exhibition features large-scale black and white works on paper that represent people in movement performing acts of human work and labor. Within her work she looks at emancipation and reclamation. "The social impact of Aguirre’s work resides in the fact that it acknowledges the importance of art and craft making­ – herein painting – as a meaningful and dynamic representation of the vital need of humanity for freedom and progress,” said French art critic Gérald Souillac, according to a press release.

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La Victoria: Resilience and Creativity at Urbano Project

La Victoria: Resilience & Creativity, an exhibition of photographs by the SALTO Collective examining issues of belonging and identity in their home city of Santiago, Chile, will be on view at Urbano Project, September 5 – November 8, 2018. An opening celebration will take place on September 5 from 6-8PM, with a talk by Chilean-American writer and human rights activist Marjorie Agosin. Urbano is presenting La Victoria as part of a series exploring the themes of Resilience and Sustainability. The "Población La Victoria" is one of the most emblematic neighborhoods in Santiago, Chile. Viewers can imagine La Victoria as a small town with unique characteristics within the big city.

Chilean Photography Exhibition Opens at Urbano Project on Aug. 30th

La Victoria: Resilience & Creativity, an exhibition of photographs by the SALTO Collective examining issues of belonging and identity in their home city of Santiago, Chile, will be on view at Urbano Project starting August 30. An opening celebration will take place on Sept. 5 from 6 to 8 om, with a talk by Chilean-American writer and human rights activist Marjorie Agosin. The exhibit runs through Oct. 5.

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Urbano Project Awarded $100,000 Grant to Support Youth Artist Projects

Local nonprofit Urbano Project has received a grant of $100,000 from the Cummings Foundation’s ‘$100K for 100’ program. The Urbano Project is located at the Brewery Complex in Egleston Square, and is one of 100 local nonprofits chosen from a total of 597 applicants to receive a Cummings Foundation $100K for 100 grant, including fellow Jamaica Plain nonprofit Boston Scores. Urbano Project is a non-profit community art studio that fosters public and participatory art as a vehicle for personal transformation, community cohesion and social change. Bringing together professional artists, local youth, and community members to learn and experiment through place-based projects, the organization promotes the model of the artist as citizen, actively engaged in conversations with our community through the lens of contemporary art. Urbano supports youth to become civically engaged artists as they are challenged to tackle current social issues in their community that directly affect their lives.

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