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ART AMONG US - Make it Public


Art Among Us - Make It Public is an apprenticeship program that brings together high school youth under the guidance of a professional muralist and teacher to learn about the issues and history of creating art for public places. Working twenty hours each week for six weeks in July and August, the participants tour the public art collection of the City, meet with a conservator and several professional artists who have done work in Cambridge, learn about the tradition, the materials and the maintenance of public art and mural painting, participate in the process of developing and presenting proposals to the community and City agencies, and, finally, design and paint murals on utility boxes, which are located in parks and on sidewalks throughout the City.
2004 is the third year that Art Among Us has taken place. Utility boxes in Central Square, Technology Square, Donnelly Field in East Cambridge, and North Cambridge were given designs created by youth, employed through the 2004 Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program, under the supervision and mentorship of muralist Dawn Scaltreto. Participants gained knowledge about the public art process and about different neighborhoods and designed murals in response to what they learned.
Art Among Us is a collaboration of the Cambridge Arts Council, the Department of Public Works, and the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program (Summer Work and Learning Grant). For the third year in a row, Dickson Brothers Hardware in Harvard Square generously donated paint and supplies to the program.