Public art relies on collaboration, and by its nature, builds communities, creates opportunities for larger conversations, and helps to define a sense of place. Northeastern’s Public Art Initiative partners with groups across the university and throughout Boston to develop programming that deepens the public’s engagement with art and creative expression.
Located on the first floor of the Curry Student Center, Gallery 360 is Northeastern’s contemporary art project space and a resource for teaching, learning, and programming across colleges and disciplines. Curated by Amy Halliday, director of the university’s Center for the Arts in the College of Arts, Media and Design, Gallery 360 partners with the Public Art Initiative on projects that span interior and exterior campus spaces. These collaborations include IMAGINE’s mural in Ell Hall.
Located on Tremont Street, Northeastern Crossing serves as a community gateway to the university and a primary liaison to residents, civic leaders, and neighborhood groups. Part of the university’s Office of City and Community Engagement, Northeastern Crossing partners with the Public Art Initiative to host a rotating exhibition of local artists’ work. The exhibits serve as the basis for broader artistic programming for our surrounding communities including artist talks, workshops, and events. Northeastern Crossing has featured the work of artists such as Johnetta Tinker, Ekua Holmes, Cicely Carew, and Jamal Thorne and held workshops by visiting artists Favianna Rodriguez and Barrington Edwards.
CLIC combines the study of innovation and creativity with the Northeastern University School of Law’s social justice mission. The center’s artist-in-residency program engages students and the community around issues at the intersection of law and technology. These artists work with the Public Art Initiative to create temporary installations across campus. In its broader mission, the center brings together scholars, lawyers, students, community members, innovators, and industry partners to study how intellectual property and new technologies affect human values like equality, privacy, and justice.
The Center for the Arts fosters interdisciplinary research, hosts exhibitions, and leads programming, all with the goal of infusing creative expression and cultural awareness into the Northeastern experience. The Public Art Initiative works in tandem with the center on projects and programming that support the integration of the arts with other disciplines; one collaboration is a decentralized public art project on social media that provided guidance on how people can create art at home with minimal materials.