Episode 97: Public Art Accelerator

Kate Gilbert, Executive Director of Now + There, says the most successful public art is trying to disrupt how we walk through and see the world. She discusses how her organization supports temporary work in Boston as a strategy for changing how public art gets made and is appreciated.

Kate Gilbert. Photo by Bianca MauroKate Gilbert is on a mission to transform Boston into a public art city. As artist, curator, and cultural producer, Gilbert sees contemporary art as a catalyst for transformation. In 2015, she launched  Now + There, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to delivering impactful, accessible, and temporary public artworks that challenge Bosto­n’s cultural identity by taking artistic risks and consistently producing compelling projects that engage the public.

Through her leadership, Now + There is producing high-impact temporary artworks in Boston while also supporting a pipeline of local artists and neighborhood-centric projects with a first-of-its-kind Public Art Accelerator. Gilbert, who comes to the public art scene with 15+ years working for the Boston Society of Architects/AIA, the Revolving Museum, Lawn on D, and the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. Gilbert holds an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and a BA from Connecticut College

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