Upham's Corner ArtPlace

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Over the last two years, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative has partnered with key leaders in Upham’s Corner to pilot local creative Placemaking efforts. With support from ArtPlace America, the Kresge Foundation and the Boston Foundation, this unique partnership has leveraged the local assets of the neighborhood, residents and creative practitioners in Upham's Corner to increase local leadership, creative production and connections with surrounding communities. For more information on events, activities and key partnerships please go to: http://artplaceuphams.wordpress.com/.

Art Commission:

As part of this effort and in collaboration with residents and a broad range of community-based partners, DSNI has commissioned a professional artist to create artwork for permanent display in the Upham’s Corner neighborhood of Dorchester. As part of the exciting increase in transit access along the Fairmount Corridor, this project seeks to contribute to the well-being of Fairmount communities by investing in the elevation and amplification of local cultural assets as one of many resources necessary for sustained community vitality. The selected artist will facilitate a community centered and led visioning, design, site selection, fabrication and installation process that uplifts the local identity and celebrates the richness of the neighborhood and its residents.

We are excited to announce that Cedric Douglas has been selected for this commissioning. Over the coming months you will find Cedric, the UP Truck and his street team out in the community engaging with residents in the development of a piece of permanent public art. To follow their travels and join in this work please visit: http://theuptruck.com/.

Should you have any questions please feel free to reach out.

Harry Smith - Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
hsmith@dsni.org, (617) 442 - 9670 ext. 220

Thank you to our partners in this effort: Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), the Boston Foundation, Boston Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Boston Public Art Commission, Cambridge Arts Council, Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI), the Dorchester Arts Collaborative (DAC), Fairmount CDC Collaborative, Greater Four Corners Action Coalition, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, National Trust for Historic Preservation, New England Foundation for the Arts, New Market Business Association, and Upham's Corner Main Streets (UCMS).