At the end of my self-assigned project of posting about women artists on Public Art Walk, I began to wonder how I could better share the fascinating discoveries that came from it. After listing the artists and my posts on a blog page last month, I wished for some ways to convey what I had learned beyond my own small base of friends, colleagues, and family. Now two organizations are doing what I wished for:
Boston Women’s Heritage Trail
“Since its founding, The Boston Women’s Heritage Trail (BWHT) has worked to restore women to their rightful place in the history of Boston and in the school curriculum by uncovering, chronicling, and disseminating information about the women who have made lasting contributions to the City of Boston.” (quote from History, Boston Women’s Heritage Trail )
The BWHT website now includes Recognizing the Women Behind the Work which notes my project in connection with their review of Boston’s memorials, monuments, and other forms of public art. In addition, Women Represented on Public Art Walk Boston is listed under Trails on their page of Boston History Links. Most exciting to me now is the opportunity to help develop a BWHT tour that highlights public art by women.
Boston Art Commission
“The BAC advocates for the creation of innovative and transformative art and promotes its accessibility to enrich the lives of Boston’s diverse citizens and visitors.” (quote from Mission Statement of Boston Art Commission)
Public Art Walk is a program of the BAC. My project was structured and continually informed by the key visuals and background for 100 sites on the Public Art Walk map, accessible and downloadable from their site. The outcome of my focus on women artists is now accessible from their site and downloadable as a concise pdf: Women Artists Represented on Public Art Walk Boston. Each of the twenty-two women listed there is linked to related background on Public Art Walk as well as to specific posts about them on Art Outdoors.
When I first set out to learn more about women who created public art, I did not realize the project would take me to so many gratifying exchanges with individuals and organizations. Thanks to everyone who has responded positively to my posts, I now enjoy a stronger sense of purpose and connection that I will never willingly let go!