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Celebrate the launch of the RFP for the 2019 Boston Harbor Artists in Residence Program. Check out work created by 2018 Artists in Residence on the Boston Harbor Islands and the Boston Harborwalk.
Not to be missed!
Celebration featuring music from Kera Washington and presentations from The Myth Makers and Freedom Baird. Meet the artists! Find out how you can apply for next summer!
About the 2018 AIRs:
The Myth Makers, Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein created and installed, 'Beacon', a 20’ tall bamboo sculpture inspired by the Osprey as a tribute to Rachel Carson and her ecological restoration efforts in Boston and beyond. The Myth Makers public artwork initiated the first project of the 2018 Harborwalk Artist in Residence (AIR) program. The Myth Makers highlighted the Osprey as a survivor and adapter in our rapidly evolving human landscape. The sculpture was installed at Head Island, also known as the Sugar Bowl, at the far end of the loop around Pleasure Bay and was relocated to the Charlestown Navy Yard at the end of Summer.
Kera Washington's In the Harbor, Freedom Sings metaphorically traced the footprints of African and Native (Indigenous) Americans who walked on and in the Boston Harbor Islands. Washington composed songs and rhythms inspired by music that was written by early activists and abolitionists during and/or about pre-Emancipation Boston-based struggles for freedom. Through percussion workshops and public performances on George’s Island, Washington explored the messages in this music that are relevant today and shared this (new) music and creation with visitors of the islands. This music and its messages of inspiration speak to the continuing struggles for liberty that African and Native (Indigenous) Americans still experience today.
Freedom Baird's "Shore Line Recall" invited the public to join in recording their experiences of the Boston Harbor Islands’ lowest-lying areas which are in danger of vanishing with rising sea-level caused by climate change. For each day of the residency, Baird visited the most vulnerable areas of each island and set up The Human Nature Field Desk, a portable, weather-resistant desk where participants created 2-D visual art and text to capture their impressions. These records are bound into an archival volume which will serve as a document of future places long-gone.