Episode 15: Playing the Long Game for Public Art

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Since 1978, a formal ordinance in the City of Cambridge has required by law that they include artists in the thinking and practice of designing and building the city. Jason Weeks, Executive Director of the Cambridge Arts Council, details how their public art program has grown to become a nationally-recognized model, and a steward for 285 unique art works, the largest collection of contemporary public art in New England.

Jason WeeksJason Weeks is the Executive Director of the Cambridge Arts Council, a city department and public non-profit agency in Cambridge, MA. Weeks works with an Advisory Board, Trustees of the non-profit corporation, the Cambridge Public Art Commission, elected officials, city administration and agency staff to oversee an award-winning Public Art/Percent-for-Art program, the Cambridge Arts Grant Program, Street Performer Program, annual events including Cambridge River Festival, Summer in the City, Cambridge Open Studios, and other community based initiatives.
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Episode 9: A Modern Park, A Journey End to End

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Modern city parks need to be fun, sustainable, green, and engaging. It’s a tall order. Laura Jasinski, Director of Programs and Planning at the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a mile-and-a-half of contemporary parks running through the heart of Boston, speaks to the evolution and cultivation of their public spaces, public programs, and community engagement.

Laura JasinskiLaura Jasinski is the Director of Programs and Planning at the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. She joined the Conservancy in 2010 as an intern and has become a valued member of the organization’s leadership for her ability to manage complex projects and collaborate across Conservancy departments.

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