HUBweek, in conjunction with our partner Union Point, is hosting a call for accessible, multi-sensory art that will be debuted and experienced at HUBweek 2018, and then permanently housed at Union Point, a technologically advanced smart city project currently underway in Weymouth, MA.
HUBweek is an innovation and arts festival in Boston that was founded by The Boston Globe, Harvard, MIT, and Massachusetts General Hospital. HUBweek showcases, celebrates, and convenes the most inventive minds making an impact in Boston and around the world.
LStar Ventures, the developers of Union Point, in partnership with HUBweek, has announced a call for public art with a focus on multi-sensory components that make it accessible to people of all abilities. The selected pieces will be debuted at HUBweek 2018 then housed at Union Point. The curatorial committee, with representatives from Union Point, Elkus Manfredi Architects, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and HUBweek, will select up to three projects for realization. Projects are judged on a variety of criteria including artistic merit, ability to connect to audiences along the spectrum of ability, demonstration of creativity and innovation, and the feasibility of the project.
Union Point, the new city rising south of Boston, is redefining typical smart city methodology by expanding its focus beyond technology and sustainability, and placing equal importance on creative arts and culture, education, and inclusivity. This call for accessible art from a real estate developer is unprecedented in the region and shows the commitment of Union Point's developers in promoting inclusivity in the growing community.
"Inclusivity is one of our main missions as we build Union Point from the ground up," said Kyle Corkum, CEO of LStar Ventures. "Arts and culture are important to the value of any community, but making sure those aspects are accessible to everyone is what is driving this call. We want all audiences along the spectrum of ability to be able to experience the ideas these artists are bringing to life."
"HUBweek is committed to designing public experiences that are inclusive and inviting to people of all abilities and backgrounds," says Leonie Bradbury, HUBweek's Director of Art and Creative Initiatives.
"We are grateful to partner with Union Point on this shared mission and are seeking multisensory projects that are inclusive by design and explore multiple modes of engagement: visual, tactile and auditory components, among others. We are eager to see what people will submit to the call and even more excited to unveil the selected projects at HUBweek 2018."
HUBweek and Union Point are inviting artists of all abilities to create a work, program, or series of programs that incorporates perspectives of, or substantial input from, individuals with disabilities or related organizations.
All projects should be fully accessible and enjoyable by diverse audiences with a range of abilities and backgrounds. The projects selected will be revealed on City Hall Plaza during HUBweek 2018 before being moved to Union Point.
The proposal submission deadline is April 2 at 11:59PM.
Details on the call can be found here and artists can submit at HUBweek.org
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