Art, Climate, and Boston – WeSpoke Gallery Talk July 28th

On Wednesday, July 28th, SPOKE will host its second WeSPOKE Gallery Talk “Art, Climate, and Boston.” This timely discussion with Allison Maria Rodriguez, Franklin Marval, and Carolina Aragón, will explore how and why these artists have put climate change at the center of their work here in Boston and beyond. Donna Brown, Executive Director of South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation & SPOKE Board member, will moderate the panel.

This discussion coincides with Allison Maria Rodriguez’s current show at the new SPOKE Gallery “Once in a Lifetime,” the latest in a series of solo shows entitled Layered Time. Curated by Kathleen Bitteti, Layered Time features Boston artists working in a range of media exploring themes of time and its passage. Rodriguez and Marval are also working with SPOKE on the project “New Art in Old Colony,” a creative placemaking initiative in South Boston’s Old Colony neighborhood.

Rodriguez, Allison Maria, video still from the project Once in a Lifetime , video installation, 2021

Rodriguez’s new video installation draws directly from her time volunteering in Costa Rica, the title inspired by the jarring, unique experience of witnessing an endangered juvenile blue whale becoming washed up on the shore of the Playa Cabuyal beach. The work, according to Rodriguez is, “both a memorial to and a witnessing of this particular whale, as well as a summoning within the viewer of a sense of the presence of interconnection. . . Multiple biologists stated that to see a blue whale this close is a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity. The title of this project comes from the tension I experience in this phrase.” Rodriguez provided further context for this experience at her July 14 gallery opening discussion. Marval says he’s driven by the question, “how can I contribute to make a small change” through his colorful, emotionally resonant civic art projects.

The panel discussion also coincides with ”FutureSHORELINE,” Carolina Aragón’s temporary art installation that illustrates projected flooding in Boston due to sea level rise. The installation uses visual art to raise awareness and inspire urgency in Boston residents when considering the impending impact of climate change.

Courtesy of www.carolinaaragon.com/

Courtesy of www.carolinaaragon.com/ Photo credit: Matt Conti

 

The WeSPOKE Gallery Talk series began in May exploring artist Amanda Shea’s video BODY, where a panel of black artists and creators engaged in a deeper conversation around their journey with their own body and how it shaped their livelihood. This ongoing series of gallery talks addresses the role of the artist in timely topics such as climate change, racial reconciliation, and addiction and recovery, building on SPOKE’s nearly 30 years of activating art to triage critical community needs.

“Art, Climate, and Boston” will take place in the SPOKE Gallery at 840 Summer Street in South Boston from 6:30-7:30 pm.

Register on Zoom for this hybrid in-person and virtual event here.

 

“New Art in Old Colony” workshop 2 with Franklin Marval and Allison Maria Rodriguez

Title: “New Art in Old Colony” workshop 2 with Franklin Marval and Allison Maria Rodriguez
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Description: SPOKE and its South Boston partners invite you to be part of New Art in Old Colony, an initiative to create public art for the Old Colony neighborhood as part of its next phase of redevelopment.

SPOKE commissioned Boston artists Allison Maria Rodriguez and Franklin Marval to lead a series of workshops with Old Colony residents at the Tierney Learning Center to explore how works of public art can best reflect their vision, ideas, concerns, and hopes for the neighborhood.

Workshops will take place Thursday, July 29 and Thursday, August 5th, both from 6-7:30 pm. To register, go here: https://forms.gle/q3D6KcDpyurCP3cn9

SPOKE is a nonprofit organization that works to activate art to heal, transform community, and drive social progress. The organization (formerly Medicine Wheel) will make its future home in Old Colony by converting the former Boston Housing Authority headquarters building into a public arts center and the hub of a cultural campus that will serve residents of Old Colony and visitors from across Greater Boston.

We are grateful to co-host New Art in Old Colony with South Boston En Accion, Tierney Learning Center, and the Old Colony Task Force. This project is possible through the generous support of the BHA, Beacon Communities, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Date: 2021-08-05

New Art in Old Colony

Dear Friends,

SPOKE and its South Boston partners invite you to be part of New Art in Old Colony, an initiative to create public art for the Old Colony neighborhood as part of its next phase of redevelopment.

Old colony flyerSPOKE commissioned Boston artists Allison Maria Rodriguez and Franklin Marval to lead a series of workshops with Old Colony residents at the Tierney Learning Center to explore how works of public art can best reflect their vision, ideas, concerns, and hopes for the neighborhood.

The two part  workshops are July 29 followed by August 5th, Each session will take place from 6:00 pm- 7:30- Pm Participants will be asked to attend both sessions, one week apart.

The artists request each participant to bring an item to the first session that makes them think of home – this can be a photograph, a memento or physical object, an article of clothing, etc. If it is a digital image, you can send it in advance to egoldstein@mwproductions.org if you would like to. The artists will ask you to share the meaning of your item with the group.

We are grateful to co-host New Art in Old Colony with South Boston En Accion, Tierney Learning Center, and the Old Colony Task Force. This project is possible through the generous support of the BHA, Beacon Communities, and the National Endowment for the Arts

To register, go here

To indicate that we have permission to use your photo in our promotional materials, please fill out this Media Release form here: MediaPermission , Spanish Media Permission Form

For questions call 781-820-3053 or email gliakos@mwproductions.org

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YouthSpeak Collaboration with the Boston Housing Authority

Dear Boston Friends,

We have a great summertime opportunity for city youth to share their stories, learn new skills, and earn money.

SPOKE (formerly Medicine Wheel) and Trend Stream Entertainment invite Boston public housing residents between the ages of 15-18 to be part of YouthSpeak, a paid digital storytelling program.

Working with skilled, creative teachers, young people will create photo- and video essays about topics that are important to them and their communities. They will share their work with instructors, staff, and other young people throughout the summer, culminating in a final photo- or video documentary for each participant.

With funding from the Boston Housing Authority, the YouthSpeak project will launch Wednesday, July 14, and conclude at the end of August. Youth will be paid a minimum of $13.50 per hour for 20 hours weekly. We have the capacity to engage up to 100 young people in this exciting new program.

To register go here.

To complete the Massachusetts Employment Permit for youth aged 14-17, please fill out this form: Massachusetts Employment Permit

To indicate that we have permission to use your photo in our promotional materials, please fill out this Media Release form here: MediaPermission

For questions call 781-820-3053 or email gliakos@mwproductions.org

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