Last night Dorchester’s Strand Theatre hosted a lively crowd of local residents, business owners, youth and luminaries (including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Paul Grogan of The Boston Foundation) celebrating the selection of local artist Cedric Douglas for the Upham’s Corner public art commission. A conspicuous symbol of the newly chosen public artist and kicking-off the community process was the UP truck parked in front of the theater.
As was publicized during the lengthy selection process* Phase I ($100,000) will consist of months of community convening, visioning, and a design and site selection process led by the selected artist Cedric Douglas and local hired apprentices. Essential to this artistic process is the community’s voice and vision, a key element in Upham’s Corner ArtPlace as it fits into the larger Fairmount Cultural Corridor context. The UP Truck will be the focal point for gathering residents’ ideas and input, which is essential to arrive at a proposed art design and installation somewhere in the Upham’s Corner area. Once designed, Phase II – up to $400,000 – will pay for fabrication and installation of the art piece.
*See DSNI website re the Public Art Commission process here.