Over the past two years, the Fairmount Cultural Corridor has created a unique partnership in Upham’s Corner that has leveraged the local assets of the neighborhood, supported local leadership of residents and creative practitioners, and promoted creative production and connections with surrounding communities.
As part of this effort and in collaboration with residents and a broad range of community-based partners, DSNI and The Boston Foundation 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.
After an extensive neighborhood process, local artist Cedric Douglas was selected for this commissioning. Over past year, Cedric and his street team went out in the community engaging with residents in the development of a piece of permanent public art.
As part of this process, Cedric created the UP Truck, a mobile arts lab that was created to engage residents in a co-visioned, co-created process leading to a final design and implementation of a permanent art structure for the Uphams Corner Community. The UP Truck has inspired spontaneous discovery, creativity, and fun. With continued support from The Boston Foundation and a recent grant from the City of Boston Edward Ingersoll Browne Fund, the team is finalizing the design of a sculpture in Uphams Corner for the summer of 2015.
To follow their travels and join in this work please visit: http://theuptruck.com/.
BNN News Interviews Bayoan Rossello Cornier and Cedric Douglas
All photos copyright Travis Watson
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).