Urbano invites professional artists and artist-teams to propose interdisciplinary and experimental contemporary arts and performance projects in partnership with urban teens in our studio. Artists' Projects foster artistic exploration, collaboration, and community participation. Individual artists and artist teams working in all media propose semester-long projects, undertaken in collaboration with a group of 15 Boston public high school students.
Urbano’s 2013-2014 project theme is: “The Emancipated City: Reimagining Boston.” Join us in exploring visions of a new city. What does it mean to be “emancipated”? What are your dreams of a free Boston?
Urbano’s Artists Projects are free, and teen artists will be paid a monthly stipend for their work.
Fall Artists' Project
The Emancipated City: Reimaginaing Boston
September 23 - December 20.
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6:30
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 - 6:30
All teen artists will participate in two classes:
Participatory Video Class
Lead Instructor: Carla Pataky
In this class, we will explore the idea of myths, and consid- er how they shape the city and its neighborhoods. Myths can be the stories we tell about how things come to be, they can be rumors, they can be invented, or they can be based in truth. We will talk about old myths and create new ones. This class uses participatory video, and teen artists will work together on all elements of the video pro- cess, including writing, filming, and editing.
The Dream Machine
Lead Instructor: Charles Burchell
Do you believe in the Dream Machine? In this class, we will build a fictional machine from the future that allows people to see their dreams of an emancipated city come to life. We may use a variety of performance tools and techniques to bring the machine to reality, including our bodies, dance, music, props, or public interventions.
Questions about eligibility or Urbano's summer programming? Please contact us
2012-2013 PROJECT THEME
Urbano's 2013 project theme is Narratives of Exclusion: Racial and Cultural Boundaries in the Urban Landscape, inspired by architect and urban planners Interboro Partners' forthcoming book The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion. Dan D'Oca, Tobias Armborst, and Georgeen Theodore explore ways in which urban design and architecture influence culture and relationships, and how urban planners can challenge segregation, exclusion, and boundaries between communities. Do you feel that the city of Boston is an inclusive place? Have you been excluded from a conversation, organization, or neighborhood? What can artists do to break down geographic and racial boundaries in Boston? We encouraged our artists to think about their own identities and history, as well as ways to bring art and performance out of the gallery and onto the streets.