Our guest this episode is Karin Goodfellow, Director of Public Art for the City of Boston. In that role, she works with artists and other community members on the creation of public memorials, murals, sculptures, and social practice projects that reflect the diversity and cultural values of the people, ideas, histories, and futures of Boston.
In addition to over fifteen years running Boston’s public art program, Karin is the Director of the Boston Art Commission, and the founding director of Boston Artists-in-Residence, a residency that has nurtured cohorts of creative partnerships between civic workers and community artists since 2015.
Oliver and Randi sat down with Karin to learn more about her background and the paths that led to her work in the Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, how she has seen her work evolve over time, and what she’s excited about now. And, we got a chance to revisit our excitement over Karin’s role in having October 12, 2018 proclaimed Boston Art Book Fair Day in the City of Boston, one of the proudest moments in Boston Art Book Fair history.
When: Interviewed May 4, 2023
A few helpful links, to provide context and further information about topics that came up in our conversation. In particular, we talked about some of the public art and artists in Boston, and about how to access various City of Boston resources and opportunities for artists. Here you go:
Art and Artists:
- Shepard Fairey Arrested in Boston 2009
- Liza Quinoñez in Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture 2023
- The Embrace and the 1965 Freedom Plaza, by artist Hank Willis Thomas and MASS Design Group on the Boston Common
- Tory Bullock
Thanks for listening to Weird Sounds: an audio companion to the Boston Art Book Fair! We look forward to seeing you in person at BCA’s Cyclorama November 10-12, 2023 for the fifth Boston Art Book Fair.