Episode 15: Playing the Long Game for Public Art

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.

In addition to his role at Cambridge Arts, Weeks is an adjunct professor at Boston University for Arts Administration. He has a background in music and theater and holds Bachelor of the Arts degrees in Music and English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC and a Master’s degree in Arts Administration from Boston University.

Commissioned by the Cambridge Arts Council as part of the City’s public art program, Light Shadow: MLK is a 7-foot x 32-foot “urban musical instrument” created by artist and composer Christopher Janney:

Interact with Cambridge Art’s Public Art Map
Screen shot of Cambridge's Public Art Map

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