General News: Cultural Agents
As the last visitor in Cultural Agents course, on 2nd December, came to share with students Julie Burros the chief of Arts and Culture at City of Boston. In a very interesting conversation, she explained the different strategies and plans that the local govenrment is implementing in Boston, making efforts to achieve a more equal distribution of arts and culture through the city and encouraging people to participate actively in Boston's cultural life.
She also presented two news challenges that they are working on. The first it’s called Boston Creates and consists of building a cultural plan for the city with community engagement. That’s why they have called town meetings for discussing the different subjects related to arts and culture. She explained that this plan expects to be ready at June 2016.
The second project is called Boston's Artist-In-Residence Program. The government,after a public call selected 11 artists that will expand their creativity and own social-civic practice, alongside a group of liaisons from city agencies, including: Public Works, Property and Construction Management, Parks and Recreation, Veterans' Services, Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Education, for co-design project proposals. Three proposals will be chosen for further development, and artists will working for six-month residencies within a city department to develop creative approaches that can be incorporated into the work of the city.
Please see our calendar on the Cultural Agents website for more information on our upcoming events:
In Brazil, subway tickets are doubling as books to enjoy during the ride. A Brazilian publisher, L&PM Editores, is getting commuters to read more by selling a line of classic literature and comics that can be swiped and recharged as subway passes. Current books and comics in the collection include Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and select Peanuts comics. For more information about this creative initiative, go to http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brazil-subway-reading-means-ticket-ride-180957393/.