Join Together We Rise: A Counter-Inaugural Celebration of Resistance as we raise our voices for a more just, creative, & peaceful future. The one-of-a-kind event–to be held on the eve of the presidential inauguration–will include a procession to the theater, social justice art show, mobilization fair, and a call-to-action concert featuring a talented and inspiring set of performers including renowned musician Larry Watson and his ensemble. Spoken word artist Ashley Rose Salomon will emcee the event. Additional performers to join the bill include spoken word poets, comedians, authors, dancers, and more.
October 25 - December 1, 2016
Gallery Talk: Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Gallery Closed: November 19 - 28 (Thanksgiving week)
TEN ARTISTS SELECTED FOR BOSTON ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
October 3, 2016
Mayor Walsh, the Office of Arts and Culture, and Boston Centers for Youth & Families announced the ten artists picked for the second year of the program.
BOSTON - Monday, October 3, 2016 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, and Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) today announced the ten artists selected for the City of Boston's second year of artists-in-residence program, Boston AIR. This second year of the Boston AIR program helps fulfill a commitment made in Boston Creates, the city's cultural plan, and expands the size of the artist cohort, increases the length of the residencies, and grounds each residency at BCYF through their community centers and core citywide initiatives, such as the BCYF Streetworker Program, youth summer programs, and leadership development for young women.
"Arts and culture form the building blocks that make our city thrive. They encourage us to engage with each other and connect to the larger community," said Mayor Walsh. "Boston AIR brings this creative practice into the work of our city departments. I am excited to announce the new Boston Artists in Residence and look forward to seeing the positive impact they will have on BCYF."
Recognizing and supporting artists' essential contribution in creating and maintaining a thriving, healthy and innovative city is a stated goal in the Boston Creates plan launched earlier this summer. Boston AIR is one initiative as part of the plan that will integrate creative thinking into the work of municipal departments and planning efforts.
Through Boston AIR, artists are supported as agents of reflection, collaboration, and activism, whether through process-oriented practice, direct community engagement, or as leaders of system-wide change projects at BCYF and other City agencies. The ten selected artists are invited to study and expand their own civic and social practice, alongside a parallel cohort from 10 BCYF community centers and other City employees who will explore methods to incorporate artistic social practice into government and community work. Both the artist and City cohorts will share examples of their work, attend master workshops and lectures by guest artists, and have opportunities to exchange ideas and co-design proposals.
The ten selected artists, each with firsthand knowledge of the cultures and communities of Boston, were chosen by a selection committee consisting of current Boston AIR participants, local arts professionals, BCYF leadership, and City staff. The artists are:
- Salvador Jimenez-Flores, an interdisciplinary artist born and raised in Jalisco, México. Jiménez-Flores is currently participating in a two year-long artist residency at the Harvard Ceramics Program, Office of the Arts at Harvard University. He is also a Resident Teaching Artist at Urbano Project and instructor at both Wheelock College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Harvard Ceramics Program, Office of the Arts at Harvard University.
- Maria Molteni, a multimedia artist, educator, and organizer who has lived and worked in Boston for the past 15 years. From fiber to found-object sculpture, puppetry to pedagogy, movement to publication, she employs tactile and tactical processes to encourage participation over spectatorship.
- Lina Giraldo, a Colombia-born, Boston-based artist, she explores the questions of being Latino in the US. This is why for over 15 years her work has been focused on creating messages where she depicts the fragility of our environment, immigration concerns, and community equality.
- Jennifer De Leon has worked as a teacher in Boston Public Schools, a public speaker, a college access counselor in Roxbury, a GrubStreet Creative Writing instructor, and most recently, as the Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence. She currently teaches at Emerson and Berklee and is working on two novels and an essay collection.
- Marjorie Saintil-Belizaire is a Haitian-American mixed media artist who lives and creates in Mattapan. Her work is driven by her fascination of color and the physicality of texture. With art degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Boston University, she believes the making of art is an ongoing experiment in an ongoing process.
- Cornell Coley, M.Ed. is an experienced drummer, dancer, teacher, and public performance artist whose influences include the traditions of West and Central Africa, the Caribbean, and Brazil. Also a trained HealthRHYTHMS facilitator and certified by the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild, he works in community-building, education, and therapy.
- Charles Coe is an author and poet. His poetry and prose has appeared in a number of literary reviews and anthologies and has published two books of poetry. He is in the second year of a three-year term as an Artist Fellow for the St. Botolph Club, an organization that supports arts and the humanities in Greater Boston.
- Ann Hirsch is a public artist, sculptor and educator creates site-specific works that integrate historical and contemporary practices. Ann gained wide recognition with a sculpture on the plaza of Boston City Hall dedicated to the legacy of human rights activist and basketball champion Bill Russell. She teaches at Rhode Island School of Design.
- John A. Walsh tells stories with and pictures. John is the co-author and illustrator of the graphic novel The Bad Times, a story of love and friendship set during the Irish Famine. His graphic narratives often explore the intersection of racism, religious bigotry, and immigration.
- Rashin Fahandej is a multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker whose projects include feature documentaries, video-sound installations, photo, sculpture, and painting. Fahandej is currently a research fellow at the MIT Open Documentary Lab where she is researching new forms of documentary filmmaking and developing a transmedia project based on the narratives and stories in the city of Boston.
Each artist will be awarded a $22,500 stipend for a nine-month-long residency to develop and test ways that creative approaches can meaningfully impact the work of the public sector and society at large. Each artist will be paired with one of ten designated BCYF community centers and provided a studio space at that center.
"When we began the Boston Artists in Residence program, we hoped that by embedding the artists in City Departments it would bring creative thought to municipal problem solving and project implementation," said Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston. "The work of our first three Artists in Residence exceeded our expectations. This time, we hope to have the same impact on the work being done by Boston Centers for Youth & Families."
The mission of Boston Centers for Youth & Families is to enhance the quality of life of Boston's residents by partnering with various organizations to offer a wide range of comprehensive programs and activities according to neighborhood needs and interests. BCYF's ACES programming framework (arts, civic and community engagement, education, and sports and fitness) is designed to provide access to these programs at every BCYF center. Through Boston AIR, BCYF hopes to expand their arts and civic engagement programs.
The residencies will be grounded in the following community centers:
- BCYF Roslindale Community Center, Roslindale
- BCYF Blackstone Community Center, South End
- BCYF Perkins Community Center, Dorchester
- BCYF Mattahunt Community Center, Mattapan
- BCYF Quincy Community Center, Chinatown
- BCYF Curley Community Center, South Boston
- BCYF Tobin Community Center, Mission Hill
- BCYF Vine Street Community Center, Roxbury
- BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center, Jamaica Plain
- BCYF Hyde Park Community Center, Hyde Park
"There are so many benefits to being exposed to art at a young age," said William Morales, Commissioner of Boston Centers for Youth & Families. "We are honored to host these talented people in our community centers and look forward to seeing how their projects will help enhance the work that we do here at BCYF."
Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture (MOAC)
The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture's mission is to support artists, the cultural sector, and to promote access to the arts for all. The office houses the Boston Cultural Council, the Boston Art Commission, the Mayor's Mural Crew,and the Poet Laureate program. Responsibilities include leading the City's cultural plan, Boston Creates; managing the Boston Artist-in-Residence program; curating exhibitions in City Hall; and operating the historic Strand Theater in Dorchester. For more information, please visit here.
About the Boston Creates Cultural Plan
The cultural plan was created out of a year-long community engagement effort designed to help local government identify cultural needs, opportunities, and resources and to prioritize, coordinate, and align public and private resources to strengthen cultural vitality over the long term. The full cultural plan can be found online on the website.
Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF)
The mission of Boston Centers for Youth & Families is to enhance the quality of life of Boston's residents by partnering with various organizations to offer a wide range of comprehensive programs and activities according to neighborhood needs and interests. BCYF operates 36 community centers which offer affordable programs ranging from after school, teen and girls-only programs to youth employment, violence prevention and intervention, senior activities, and recreation. For more information, please visit here.
HOGAR NÓMADA | NOMADIC HOME
The Urbano Fellows
SECOND PUBLIC INTERVENTION
Saturday, October 1, 2016, 10AM - 1PM
Binney St & Third St | Cambridge, MA 02142
The Urbano Fellows, in collaboration with lead artist Salvador Jiménez-Flores developed an interactive, multi-purpose, movable sculpture. The style behind this sanctuary is rasquache, making do with what’s available; it invokes feelings of “home” in a natural and aesthetically uncomfortable way. Encompassing our annual theme of The Commons | The Other, we have united our unique cultural identities to create a space that is representative of our group. We have decided to challenge societal norms of identity by inviting people into this sacred space and spurring uncomfortable feelings for those who think our “ethnic” cultures are easily accessible. We have also challenged what it means to be “the other,” and we have concluded that everyone is an other and everyone has an other––that identities are intersectional, and all equally noted.
The Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard is pleased to present an exhibition by our 2015-2017 Artist-In-Residence, Salvador Jiménez-Flores. “Nadie descubrio las Americas | No One Discovered the Americas” will be on view from August 29 – September 24 in Gallery 224 at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard at 224 Western Ave, Allston, MA 02134. A gallery reception will be held on Friday, September 9, 2016 from 5pm - 7pm. The exhibition and the reception are free and open to the public.
"My art practice is informed by historical revisionism and explores the themes of colonization, migration (voluntary or involuntary), “the other,” stereotypes and cultural appropriation. I am particularly interested in events that have shaped history in the Americas and its people. In this new body of work titled Nadie descubrio las Americas, I explore the questions of what does it mean to discover or to be discovered, and what are the consequences of the imposition of religion, language and culture to the “discovered” group. Through a visual and cultural syncretism in this series of self-portraits, I combine Pre-Columbian imagery with relevant, present imagery and symbols as a hybrid form.
Our nation is currently echoing messages of hate, xenophobia, oppression and inequality. As an immigrant, I have experienced this oppression and the challenges of migrating and adapting to a foreign culture, language, and lifestyle. As an artist I feel I have the responsibility to address the issues that affect my community and to create awareness and propose actions through my art."
Dates: September 6 - November 22
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Salvador Jiménez Flores
Course description: In this course students will explore different hand building and image techniques in both utilitarian and decorative vessels. Students will utilize the collections of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture to draw inspiration. Part of the class will focus on observing and recreating a historical vessel while implementing the possible ancient methods of creation. Students will also have the opportunity to create their own designs and personal narrative with a contemporary approach.12 classes/13 weeks.
Course Fee: Harvard Undergraduates: $125, Harvard Graduates: $225, Community Returning: $860.00, First Time Community: $780.00
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I had the privilege to be part of the "Nature in Ceramics" Artists-Invite-Artists a week ago and I had my watershed experience. I was able to create a new body of work based on the research that I've been working on for the past months as Artist-In-Residence (AIR) at the Harvard Ceramics Program. These two weeks were crucial to produce the work that will be show case in September as the completion of my first year as AIR at the Harvard Ceramics Program.
Amazing place, knowledgeable creatives and endless possibilities.
Examining the multiple personae immigrants take on, Mexican-born artist Salvador Jimènez-Flores crafts ceramic works from a mold he took of his own face. In the striking video “Camaléon,” in his show at Urbano Project, one morphs into the next.
The faces, which also hang on the wall, are monstrous, angelic and daunting, laced with references to myth and popular culture. The artist uses different clays, glazes, and firing techniques to add to the diversity. “Picante pero sabroso” refers to a green hot pepper, spicy but tasty; a streak of emerald green runs across the figure’s chest. The terra cotta “Flying Bandit,” with a mask and a florid mustache, deploys an old stereotype.
These soulful pieces outshine the artist’s more political art, which is less layered, such as “¡Libertad ahora! Free Oscar López Rivera,” an exhortation to release the Puerto Rican nationalist from federal prison. He’s been there for more than 30 years on charges that include seditious conspiracy; some consider him a political prisoner. The screenprint calls attention to López Rivera, but it raises no questions and offers no insight.
SALVADOR JIMÈNEZ-FLORES: I AM NOT WHO YOU THINK I AM Working in several mediums, Jimènez-Flores weaves myth and history with popular culture and politics, turning up the volume on what it means to be Mexican in America today. Through June 10. Urbano Project, 29 Germania St., Jamaica Plain. 617-983-1007, www.urbanoproject.org
January 21, 2016
The Harvard Ed Portal is excited to offer The Art of Clay: An Introduction to Ceramics to members ages 10-14 (grades 5-8) during February break.
In this course, Harvard Ceramics Artist-in-Residence Salvador Jiménez-Flores will teach students the basics of working with clay. Students will produce handmade tiles and cups to take home with them at the end of the class. No prior experience is required and all materials will be provided.
Be sure to reserve your space now! The course is free, and space is limited. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis; attendees must attend all four sessions (9am-12pm, Tuesday, Feb. 16 through Friday, Feb. 19). Registrants or their families will be required to drop off a signed attendance commitment form and a small, refundable deposit prior to the first day of class.
I'm looking forward to teaching this class!
Last summer while backpacking through Perú, I visited the Museo Rafael Larco Herrera Lima, Perú. Last week, thank you to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University I have the opportunity to hold and analyze these artifacts as part of my art residency at Office of the Art at Harvard in the Ceramic Program.
More heads to come, soon they will open their eyes and look at you. Más cabezas en camino, pronto abreran sus ojos y te miraran.
I had a great time presenting and demoing at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.