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I started participating in JP Open Studios 11 years ago when I moved to JP, and I started coordinating the JPNDC Brewery Small Business Complex site for JP Open Studios about five years ago. Two years ago, Syd, who co-coordinates with me, and I joined the board. The goal of the JP Arts Council is to bring art to JP and support artists in JP. What I’ve done since I joined the board is help organize Open Studios and Projections. Projections is a show where people submit their work and pieces to display. They always wanted to have an event outside and make it easy for people to engage, so the JPNDC Brewery Small Business Complex was a nice choice. We accept all art that is submitted and jury a few pieces for awards. We present all of the work by projecting it onto a screen on the walls outside of The Brewery. We have music and food and it’s just a really cool event.
Right now, the JP arts scene is very centered around Centre Street, but there are enclaves of art throughout JP. My goal is to try to make art more accessible to more parts of JP. I would love to see the JP Arts Council collaborate on more events in Hyde Square, Forest Hills, and Egleston Square. We need to make sure that art is accessible to everyone and everywhere in JP. There are tons of different art organizations in JP so if we all work together I think we can make it happen.
K: Tell me about your connection to JPNDC.
M: I have so much respect for the work that the JPNDC does. Right now, I feel lucky to have studio space at The Brewery Complex, which is a JPNDC development. I’ve also gotten to work with Lisa, Roy, and Dana on coordinating Open Studios and Projections at The Brewery. JPNDC has been very supportive of the arts in JP.
K: Do you have a favorite piece of JP public art?
M: There are so many public art pieces in JP that I love. A few are the metal, kinetic sculpture by the pond in the Forest Hills Cemetery. I love how it sounds, how it moves, and how it looks like a flock of birds. Another favorite is the ‘City on a Hill’ at the cemetery. It consists of a number of buildings representing people who are buried in the cemetery. I also love the many murals, especially the mural along Perkins Street, the one on the back side of Whole Foods, the mural along the side of Purple Cactus, and the JPNDC mural across from the Jackson Square T stop. I also loved how Forest Hills Cemetery used to have installations of art. It’s unfortunate that they don’t do that anymore.
K: Do you have a favorite JP tradition or event?
M: I love the formal, community events that people come out to like JP Open Studios and Wake Up the Earth. Sadly, I work most weekends, so I don’t get to experience these and other organized events that often. But I think my favorite events are the informal ones like the small movie theater that someone has set up in a garage near where I live, the Halloween corridor that happens along the streets perpendicular to Centre, and the party that the folks on Buy Nothing JP are organizing so that people can meet each other. The informal events are like fantastic, little surprises.