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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


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[Series 1: Administration],
[Series 2: Programming and Project Files],
[Series 3: Publications and Publicity],
[Series 4: Oversize Material],
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Series 4: Oversize MaterialAdd to your cart.
Box 109Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 109: Box 109, 1980-2000Add to your cart.
Contains 25 VHS tapes, one 3/4" copy of an Aerial Image Demo, 4 Zip Disks, 1 CD Rom/DVD, and 15 cassette tapes. Zip disks contain information for the UrbanArts website, cassette tapes include primarily interviews with artists, the VHS tapes contain interviews, news segments, and documentaries about UrbanArts and public art projects.
Box 110Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 110: Box 110, 1986-2002Add to your cart.
Contains 34 VHS tapes of reports on UrbanArts projects from news stations. Also contains a tape of Public Interventions produced by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Other tapes include Roundabout Boston's Public Art/Holocaust Memorial featuring Pamela Worden, Mary Shannon, and Alex Krieger, On Site New England's Public Art in Perspective, and Pulling it Together in North Philadelphia by WHYY.
Box 111Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 111: Box 111, 1986-2002Add to your cart.
Contains 39 VHS tapes of documentaries and news segments about public art projects and UrbanArts. Includes the Nesson Media/Boston UrbanArts report W-Dub from Beta Reel, an UrbanArts panel on "Why is Public Art Important Now?", YW/AW on WBZ-TV news, BNN-TV "In Full Effect," and the documentary "Tell Me Somethings I Can't Forget: Low Income Women Write About Their Lives" by Diane Garey and Lawrence Hott.
Box 112Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 112: Box 112: UA/MCA 15, 1991-2001Add to your cart.
Contains agendas and information packets for the Annual Board of Director's meeting (2007-2010), Creating a Sense of Place in Urban Communities report to the Massachusetts Foundation of Humanities, a binder containing list of proposed panelists for Central Artery projects (1993), a certificate of appreciation from Action for Boston Community Development (1996), and a file of blank deposit slips for the UrbanArts bank account.
Box 113Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 113: Box 113, 1995-2012Add to your cart.

Collection of oversized materials covering a range of different projects. Include: Three process and committee boards for the Harold Connolly Tribut by C. Lanza (2005); design boards for the Deer Island Memorial Project by Lloyd Gay (2003); notes from the key stakeholder vision session for the Hamilton Canal District Point Park and National Historic Park Visitor Center and Multi-Modal Transit System stop (2011); the Wentworth plan for the Kitty Dukakis Park upgrade (2004); a portfolio for James Carpenter Design Associates for Sign Art Studios (2001-2002); a draft master plan for Park Enhancements of the Evans Way Park (2004); Hakim Raquib, photograph project coordinator, Mission Hill prints for exhibition at Mission Main office (1995); and oversized photographs from UrbanArts projects.

Also includes artist proposals from multiple UrbanArts projects including: Artistic Markers Proposal for the Fenway Cultural Alliance by Linda Ross (2004); the Harold Connolly Tribute by Pablo Eduardo; multiple proposals for the Deer Island memorial; the Artwall for Mass College of Art by Kyu Sung Woo (2002); Hakim Raquib's Mission Hill project (1995); and others.


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