Artists in Residence Ricardo De Lima and Ian Deleon at the Department of Public Imagination, Boston. Learn more about their work here:

Street Art, Boston.

In the Department of Public Imagination, Boston.

Training Manual for the next generation of socially engaged artists, seen at The Design Studio for Social Intervention, Boston.

Surrounded by inspirational text at The Design Studio for Social Intervention, Boston.

Screen printing at the Department of Public imagination, Boston.

Public Engagement students traveled to Boston to visit MECA alumni and Department of Public Imagination Artist in Residence Adriana Warner. We had the opportunity to learn about this amazing residency program and meet the other artists in residence. Learn more about Adriana’s work and how artists in Boston are using their skills and creativity to intervene in socially complex issues to bring about change.

Public Engagement Minor Robert Bennett Capstone Project 2014:

These Hands Have Become Tools documents my research, dialogue and interaction with the Mechanics’ Hall and the community of Portland Maine. It honors laborers of the present and past, while leaving room for those to come. As viewers made their way through the floors of the hall, they faced an eight foot tall shelving system leaning against the wall. These shelves housed two hundred plaster hands of community makers. Continuing up the building, housed within the cloak room were used work clothes of current makers of Portland. An audio track played through two tactile transducers attached to a set of windows that overlooked the ball room. Playing was a reciting of descriptions and slogans of the trade banners that were paraded through the streets of Portland. This audio echoed throughout the building, resonating a past that seemed to be forgotten but still lives on within the building. The window was left open, allowing the audience to watch as the ballroom slowly became restored to its original state, marking the Mechanics’ Hall reclaiming of their space.

Robert Bennett’s website:

What the Cluck? detail

A Shifted Behavior: student project

Woven Scraps

Each sheet holds the hands of several artists. It is a weaving of stories and gestures.

As artists, we acquire and consume large quantities of materials in the production of our work . Our process has been collecting discarded scraps of paper from the studios of MECA and turning these scraps into pulp for forming new sheets of paper. This act of reclaiming and repurposing discarded pieces of paper demonstrates  that we all have the capacity to reconsider our practice and consolidate our material consumption.  

We ask the audience to ask their story to each sheet, and become a part of a shifted behavior. What do you use everyday? What can you reuse?

artists: Megan Taitano, Robert Bennett Jr., Samantha Prada-Putzig