Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Boston to create public art directory?

Could the city of Boston be developing a web-based directory of public art around the community? That sounds like a great idea. And that seemed to be a plan of the Boston Art Commission when it advertised in November for an intern to “work on a highly focused project on the development of dynamic website for Boston Public Art/Boston Art Commission,” including “planning, concept and design of a website for Boston Public Art.”

But yesterday when I spoke with Karin Goodfellow, staff director for the commission, she kept the commission’s plans close to the vest. “We are just mapping it out still,” she said.

The idea seems to be to create a website for the five-member commission, a mostly volunteer board established in 1890 (“the oldest municipal art commission in the United States”) that approves new public art on property owned by the city. And this website may (or may not) include a listing of public art, plus temporary public art projects, plus maps. Let's hope it does.

Comments on public art on “Radio Boston.”


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