BOSTON — Keeping people connected, coming together virtually during these unusual times is the focus of the Friends of Armenian Heritage Park Planning Team, an extraordinary team of committed individuals providing key leadership in developing and implementing public programs.
These programs are inspired by Armenian Heritage Park on the Greenway, Boston and its key design features “… public art that feels alive… gem of the Greenway…public art that is both permanent and alive..,.” states Joanna Weiss, the Boston Globe.
Armenian Heritage Park reflects the values and importance of Public Art to “engage public interaction, prompt awareness and reflect how our lives are interconnected”. Key points highlighted in a report of the Americans for the Arts, a national non-profit comprised of a network of organizations and individuals who support the arts in America. “Public art is a reflection of how we see the world…the artists’ response to our time and place combined with our own sense of who we are,” the report continues. “Activities need to be planned and the space needs to be well-cared for and maintained”. Both goals are being achieved at the Park.
“Public Art is the way we express ourselves as a community - it’s the way we tell our story,” comments Karin Goodfellow, Director of Public Art, City of Boston.
Jane Whitehead writes in “Forget Me Not” in ArchitectureBoston, the publication of the Boston Society of Architects, “Luckily, the project had a designer, Don Tellalian, AIA…who was sensitive to the imperatives of civic space…the design uses abstract, geometric forms…it evokes the broader historic struggles of all immigrants…offers multivalent possibilities for interpretation shaped by visitors’ own histories…”.
“Public Art employs a unique position within the art world…adds meaning to our cities…reflects who we are…the Abstract Sculpture and all its surrounding elements are a perfect example…” shares Lucas Cowan, Public Art Curator, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy on the occasion of Celebrate Public Art! during ArtWeek at the Park.