Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Artistic Bike Racks for Mission Hill

This is the press release for the bike rack project that we have completed for Mission Hill Main Streets. We're so excited with the results of the studio's efforts, and are looking forward to seeing them installed soon.

Artists for Humanity Introduces Final Designs at Tobin Community Center 2nd Floor on Thursday, April 16, 6pm

Exhibit at Parker Hill Branch Library from April 17-30

Artists for Humanity is creating several artist-designed bike racks for installation in Boston’s Brigham Circle. Artists for Humanity director of sculpture Nick Rodrigues will introduce and discuss three final designs developed by his team of ten young designers at a public community meeting at the Tobin Community Center (1481 Tremont Street) on Thursday, April 16 at 6pm. From April 17 to 30, the designs will be on exhibit at the Parker Hill Branch Library at 1497 Tremont Street. The new bike racks will not only increase bike parking, but also add both beauty and utility to Mission Hill. This initiative is spearheaded by Mission Hill Main Streets and funded by a grant from the Edward Ingersoll Browne Fund of the City of Boston. The UrbanArts Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design is facilitating the project.

Artists for Humanity serves urban youth, specifically high school students enrolled in Boston Public Schools. The organization’s mission is to bridge economic, racial, and social divisions by providing at-risk youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in the arts. Artists for Humanity is built on the philosophy that art and the creative process can be a life-changing and productive opportunity for young people.

Mission Hill Main Streets is a local, grassroots effort of businesses, organizations, institutions, and residents. The organization strives to promote, preserve, and revitalize Boston’s Mission Hill neighborhood. Executive director Christine Rose works with the community to retain and expand area businesses, improve business facades and the streetscape, and promote the business district with the goal to ensure that Mission Hill will continue to be an enjoyable community to live, work, visit, dine, and shop.

The UrbanArts Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design works to promote excellence in public art and design. This mission is accomplished through services, which facilitate public art and design projects, through educational programs for professionals and students, and through public policy advocacy.

For additional information on the artistic bike racks and project background, please contact Christina Lanzl at christina.lanzl@massart.edu or 617.879.7973.

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