The Nubian Square Public Art Initiative is a newly launched initiative spearheaded by Black Market Nubian to develop a series of public murals and installations as a catalyst for neighborhood economic empowerment by the community, for the community. This effort aims to compensate local artists to collaborate on the envisioning of the square, which was recently renamed in 2019 as part of a larger effort to acknowledge the district as an Afro Centered community hub within Boston and the greater New England Region.
The initiative officially kicked off on July 4-5th through the installation of the City’s first Black Lives Matter street mural on the Washington Street corridor, led by local Roxbury Artist Lee Beard and Paul “Mar” Chapman with Christopher Grant as Lead Art Engineer. This kickoff event has engaged over 20 collaborators through street painting and documentation. An estimated 1000 people have visited the mural during its creation.
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Moving forward, Black Market is seeking financial and creative support for a multi-year effort in order to sustain a more equitable arts ecosystem centered in Nubian Square and throughout the Boston region. In addition to physical pieces, Black Market will also spearhead the development of a digital walkable art and placemaking to further highlight contributors and content.
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