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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 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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