ORDINANCE 5-2 Art Commission - An Act to Further Regulate the Boston Art Commission
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For Immediate Release
March 12, 2013
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Ryan McMahon

Mayor Thomas M. Menino and The Boston Art Commission are pleased to announce ordinance 5-2 Art Commission, an Act relative to the nominating process for candidates to the Boston Art Commission, was passed by signature of Governor Patrick on December 20, 2012. In addition, the Mayor and the Commission would also like to announce the appointment of two new members to the Boston Arts Commission. Ekua Holmes, local artist, designer and curator and Mark Edward Pasnik, AIA, LEED AP will join the Commission this spring.


Founded in 1890, the Boston Art Commission (BAC) is the oldest municipal art commission in the country.  The role of the Boston Art Commission is to oversee all public art projects on City property. These artworks, both permanent and temporary, range from traditional and new media public art pieces to municipal design elements, such as way-finding systems and artistic lighting. The BAC guides and monitors the design development process through reviews at various stages to ensure artistic and design quality, integration with the site, and relevance to the community, and approves the final design prior to fabrication, the installation procedures, and maintenance plan prior to installation.     


The Boston Art Commission enabling legislation has not been updated since 1986, therefore these ordinance updates enable the Art Commission to operate more effectively and efficiently by appointing a board that reflects the current arts community. These changes will allow the City to utilize the expertise found in this community, promote itself as a world-class center for innovative and creative culture, and, most importantly, ensure that the board of the Boston Art Commission reflects the diversity found throughout the neighborhoods of Boston and that Boston’s public art will be representative of today’s Boston, an internationally connected and technologically innovative place.    


“These ordinance changes ensure the board of the Boston Art Commission reflects the diversity of our great city,” Mayor Menino said. “The new appointees are both prominent Bostonians in the art and design community, and I look forward to seeing the cultural landscape and public art projects expand, reflect, and celebrate the diversity of our neighborhoods.”    


Visit http://www.publicartboston.com/content/why:  BOSTON CODE - ORDINANCES, 5-2 ART COMMISSION, to view ordinance updates.       


“Public art acts as tangible evidence of past and current culture, an affirmation of communal beliefs, and a declaration of place.  The public art of one hundred years ago tells us the story of our history writers.  As the culture of the City of Boston changes, with shifts in population and industry, the artworks produced for public space also change,” said Karin Goodfellow, Director of the Boston Art Commission.  “Ultimately, the intention of updating the Ordinance to ensure that our art program reflects the contemporary public dialogue by engaging diverse arts leaders who believe in the importance of artwork in the everyday lives of all people in Boston.”        




About the Boston Art Commission  


The Boston Art Commission, established in 1890, exercises legal authority to approve and site new public art on property owned by the City of Boston. Woven through the urban landscape, site-specific artworks identify Boston as a place with long history and a great capacity for innovation. These artworks, both permanent and temporary, range from traditional and new media public art pieces to municipal design elements, such as wayfinding systems and artistic lighting. In addition, the Art Commission has care and custody of all paintings, murals, statues, bas-reliefs, sculptures, monuments, fountains, arches and other permanent structures intended for ornament or commemoration on City property. It is the conviction of the Boston Art Commission that, in order to engender and support a thriving artistic consciousness within the city, community involvement shall extend beyond everyday appreciation to meaningful engagement in the creation, evolving interpretation and ongoing care of artworks throughout Boston’s neighborhoods. For more information, visit the Boston Art Commission’s website at www.publicartboston.com.   


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