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UrbanArts, Inc. Records

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Administration

Programming and Project Files

Publications and Publicity

Oversize Material


UrbanArts, Inc. Records, 1970-2014 | Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database

By Margaret Phalen, under the supervision of Eve Griffin, 2014

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Collection Overview

Title: UrbanArts, Inc. Records, 1970-2014Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates: 1980-2014

Collection Identifier: FA 2015.02

Extent: 300.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The records were inventoried and arranged into four series prior to donation to the Boston Public Library by Paul Dobbs, Library Director at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Matthew Hincman, Associate Professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The collection was further arranged chronologically within each series during the creation of this finding aid. The collection is made up of 113 boxes sepeterated into four series: Adminstration, Programming and Project Files, Publications and Publicity, and Oversize Material.

Date Acquired: 08/29/2013

Subjects: Art, Municipal--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century., Art, Municipal--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century., Art and architecture--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century., Art and architecture--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century., Art and society--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century., Art and society--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century., Art and state--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century., Art and state--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century., Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century., Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century., City planning--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century., Civic improvement--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century., Civic improvement--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century., Installations (Art)--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century., Installations (Art)--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century., Landscape design--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century., Landscape design--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century., Massachusetts College of Art and Design., Massachusetts Cultural Council., Public architecture--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century., Public architecture--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century., Public art--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century., Public art--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century., Public art spaces--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century., Public art spaces--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century., Public sculpture--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century., Public sculpture--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century., Sustainable design--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century., Sustainable design--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century., Sustainable urban development--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century., Sustainable urban development--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century., UrbanArts, Inc.--Correspondence., UrbanArts, Inc.--Press coverage., UrbanArts, Inc.--Records (Documents), Urban beautification--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century., Urban beautification--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century., Worden, Pamela.

Languages: English

Abstract

The collection provides a comprehensive history of the UrbanArts Institute public art activities of Boston and is a vital resource for scholars and historians of public art administration, urban planning, and contemporary Boston history. The collection includes photographs, slides, negatives, contact sheets, samples of artwork, administrative records, newspaper clippings documenting the activities of the institute, and a small amount of oversized materials.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The UrbanArts Institute is an independent, non-profit organization 501(c) (3) affiliated with Massachusetts College of Art and Design. An award winning non-profit, UrbanArts has a thirty-year history of managing and implementing temporary and permanent works of public art and design. The collection provides a comprehensive history of the public art activities of Boston and is a vital resource for scholars and historians of public art administration, urban planning, and contemporary Boston history.

The UrbanArts Records are comprised of visual materials such as photographs, slides, negatives, contact sheets, and samples of artwork, as well as administrative records such as business correspondence, publicity (posters, pamphlets, flyers, published reports, manuscripts and galleys), artist contracts, and annual reports. There are newspaper clippings documenting the activities of the institute, and a small amount of oversized materials. There is a small amount of AV material: audiocassettes of oral history interviews documenting the Orange Line, as well as VHS recordings of various public arts projects.

The collection is made up of 113 boxes sepeterated into four series: Adminstration, Programming and Project Files, Publications and Publicity, and Oversize Material.

The administration series (1970-2012) contains general program files, director's files, financial files, grant research files, and board of director's files. It primarily contains correspondence, financial, and grant information, including applications for grants, acceptance and rejection letters, and monthly project updates for grant-funded projects. It also contains agendas and meeting minutes from Board of Director's meetings, as well as correspondence and administrative files for UrbanArts founder and director, Pamela Worden.

Programming and Project Files (1974- 2012) covers administrative, correspondence, and grant information for the Arts in Transit, the Central Artery Project, and YouthWorks/Art Works programs, as well as smaller, individual projects. These files contain photographs, slides, negatives, contact sheets, AV material, artist contracts, publicity, and other administrative information about each project.

Publications and Publicity (1980-2004) contains newspaper clippings and press releases related to public art and UrbanArts, Inc. It includes clippings from local newspapers and newsletters, including The Boston Ledger, Southwest Corridor News, the Harvard Advocate, Cambridge Chronicle, Jamaica Plain Art News, The Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, and The Boston Herald, among others. It also contains publication preparation files, which include drafts of reports, photographic prints of images used in publications, author biographies, and film negatives.

The Oversize Materials (1980-2002) Series also covers works that do not necessarily fit into other catergories in addition to oversized material. It includes VHS tapes of TV news segments about public art projects, audio cassettes of radio interviews, and oversized materials including copies of posters and handouts from UrbanArt events.

Collection Historical Note

UrbanArts, Inc. is a not-for-profit public arts agency in Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1980 by Pamela Worden, the UrbanArts mission has been based on the belief that the cultural vitality of communities depends on incorporating the arts in the public realm, by engaging artists and citizens. The alliance in 1999 of UrbanArts with the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, provides a unique and revitalized platform from which to promote this ideal. It has been widely recognized for its important contribution to the revitalization of urban America. Award citations from the American Institute of Architects, the US Department of Transportation, the President's Commission of the Arts and Humanities, the Boston Society of Architects, and the City of Boston have recognized the high quality of art produced as well as the unique way in which UrbanArts engages communities in the design process, encouraging citizens to become full players in planning for the future of their communities.

UrbanArts has designed and managed projects for the City of Boston, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the Massachusetts Highway Department, the Massachusetts Port Authority, and countless neighborhood organizations. In addition, UrbanArts maintains the largest and most diverse artists slide registry in the region. Notable projects undertaken by UrbanArts include "Arts in Transit," installing public art works in the Southwest Corridor of the Orange Line MBTA route, "YouthWorks/Art Works" programs, providing children and young adults in Boston with the opportunity to work with professional artists and experience art in new ways, and the Central Artery "Artery Arts" Project, installing public artworks into the highway infrastructure and the pedestrian environment.

In 1994 UrbanArts was the recipient of a Commonwealth Award, and in 1995 received an  Institute Honors award from the American Institute of  Architects, presented for “distinguished achievements that  benefit the environment and the architectural profession,”  noting in particular UrbanArts’s strong advocacy for citizen  participation in the city design process and its role as a liaison  between the public and those who make public policy.  UrbanArts led the artist selection for South Boston Maritime Park,  which won a National Honor Award from the American Society of  Landscape Architects in 2006. In 2007 Americans for the Arts  granted a Year in Review award for the Honan-Allston Library Bike Rack and Tree Guards project.

UrbanArts is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency supporting the arts, humanities, and sciences.

Subject/Index Terms

Art, Municipal--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century.
Art, Municipal--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century.
Art and architecture--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century.
Art and architecture--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century.
Art and society--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century.
Art and society--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century.
Art and state--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century.
Art and state--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century.
Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century.
Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century.
City planning--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century.
Civic improvement--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century.
Civic improvement--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century.
Installations (Art)--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century.
Installations (Art)--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century.
Landscape design--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century.
Landscape design--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century.
Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Public architecture--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century.
Public architecture--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century.
Public art--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century.
Public art--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century.
Public art spaces--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century.
Public art spaces--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century.
Public sculpture--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century.
Public sculpture--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century.
Sustainable design--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century.
Sustainable design--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century.
Sustainable urban development--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century.
Sustainable urban development--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century.
UrbanArts, Inc.--Correspondence.
UrbanArts, Inc.--Press coverage.
UrbanArts, Inc.--Records (Documents)
Urban beautification--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--20th century.
Urban beautification--Massachusetts--Boston (Mass.)--History--21st century.
Worden, Pamela.

Administrative Information

Repository: Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions:

Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. The Boston Public Library does not hold copyright on the material in this collection. Researchers are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

When reproducing material from this collection please include the credit line "Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library/ Arts Department."

Acquisition Source: Massachusetts College of Art

Acquisition Method: Gift

Processing Information: Margaret Phalen, under the supervision of Eve Griffin, 2014


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Administration],
[Series 2: Programming and Project Files],
[Series 3: Publications and Publicity],
[Series 4: Oversize Material],
[All]

Series 3: Publications and PublicityAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Newspaper ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Box 103Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 103: Box 103, 1980-1997Add to your cart.
Contains public art clippings and press releases from Cambridge, Lawrence, Lowell, Salem, Springfield, and other Massachusetts towns, as well as public art clippings from Michigan and Minnesota. Clippings cover the "Percent for Art" project, the Lowell plan, "Arts on the Line," and other public art projects. There are also project planning files for a few of the projects being reported.
Box 104Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 104: Box 104, 1983-2004Add to your cart.
Contains public art clippings from Boston and Cambridge. Includes press releases as well as article clippings about UrbanArts projects and public art, Boston "Percent for Art," Cambridge "Arts on the Line," the City Hall Plaza project, and other small projects as reported from a number of newsletters and newspapers.
Box 105Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 105: Box 105, 1985-1988Add to your cart.
Contains press clippings for On Site/New England and other art projects. Includes clippings from local newspapers and newsletters, including The Boston Ledger, Southwest Corridor News, the Harvard Advocate, Cambridge Chronicle, Jamaica Plain Art News, The Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, and The Boston Herald, among others.
Box 106Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 106: Box 106, 1986-1988Add to your cart.
Contains press clippings for the Oral History project, the Southwest Corridor project, and general public art projects. Includes clippings from the JP Citizen, Bay State Banner, South End News, Boston Tab, Brookline Citizen, Nashua Telegraph, Boston Sunday Herald, Worcester Telegram, Middlesex News, Lawrence Eagle Tribune, Dorchester Argus, Boston Globe, New York Times, and other local newspapers and newsletters.
Sub-Series 2: Publication PreparationAdd to your cart.
Box 107Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 107: Box 107, 1988-1995Add to your cart.
Contains photographic prints of artworks used in the Arts in Transit project; slide registry information; artist contracts; photographs from the City Hall Plaza competition signed by Mayor Menino; oversized materials; Alice Adams slides for the slide registry; the original layout for New Roles for Arts and Humanities in Urban Revitalization by Myrna Margulies Breitbart and Pamela Worden;  the original layout for The Citizen's Guide to Public Art; a cassette tape from WBUR labeled "Fresh Air;" old maps of Mattapan Square; photographs and prints of art projects by Dan George; copies of posters and handouts from UrbanArts events.
Box 108Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 108: Box 108, 1990-1998Add to your cart.
Contains UrbanArts publications preparation. Includes author biographies; Xeroxes of photos used in publications; an inventory of photographic documentation of Arts in Transit Literature installations; a box of 4x5 color film positives of the Orange Line; a bag of mounted exhibit labels with artist names on them; a box containing project information about the Boston Greenway; a box of 4x5 color film positives and color 35mm slides of Back Bay neon signage; a box of photographic prints and film positives for various projects; a box of 4x5 color positive film for the Southwest Corridor Park and Orange Line stations; and a box of photograph exhibit labels.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Administration],
[Series 2: Programming and Project Files],
[Series 3: Publications and Publicity],
[Series 4: Oversize Material],
[All]


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