Trotter Institute Co-presents Weekend of Public Art, Performing Arts & Discussion in Franklin Park

Colleen Locke | August 04, 2015
Diana Vertus of Pop-Up:Franklin Park Art Grove looks at one of Lisa Link and Blanca Bonilla's 50 Word Wrap designs

Diana Vertus of Pop-Up:Franklin Park Art Grove looks at one of Lisa Link and Blanca Bonilla's 50 Word Wrap designs
Image by: Lisa Link

Performances, Guided Tours Saturday and Sunday; Outdoor Exhibition Lasts All Month

UMass Boston’s Barbara Lewis has curated a free public exhibition featuring artwork, dance performances, guided art tours, food trucks, and a panel discussion at the Franklin Park Art Grove in Boston this weekend.

Lewis, the director of the William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black History and Culture, has teamed up with the Boston Art Commission, Franklin Park Coalition, and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department to create Pop-Up: Franklin Park Art Grove. Performances, guided art tours, and games are scheduled for Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; other elements of the pop-up exhibition run all month long.

Lewis chose “endurance” as the theme of the exhibition. She also designed an arts workshop for youth of color who are enrolled this summer in Artward Bound, a Massachusetts College of Art youth enrichment program, and is moderating three talks. Saturday’s noon talk is titled “Empathetic Environments: Animals as Mentors, Masks, and Mirrors.” 

As part of the Art Grove events, Lewis invited the public to reflect on how art can be a healing force.

“I’m here because I said a project in Franklin Park inviting the public to reflect on art needs representation from youth of color who are seeing people who look like their fathers, mothers, and friends killed in public. The stream of constant death is traumatizing, and art can heal,” Lewis said. “Art is a connector. It can pull fragments and colors together creating a more vibrant whole."

Lisa Link, a senior web designer at UMass Boston, is among the artists taking part in the project. You can see the other participating artists here.

A grant from the Boston Cultural Council is supporting the Trotter Institute’s involvement in the project.

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Posted by Donna Stewartson | August 10, 2015 - 11:58 a.m.

What a great way for UMass Trotter Institute to give back to the community. Congratulations to Barbara Lewis.