Public Art ACTS is a 2005-2006 program presenting free, twenty-minute theatrical performances at public art sites in Cambridge for all public audiences.
Theater, dance, music, and improvisation is staged at public art sites throughout City neighborhoods. Performers activate these sites with comedic interplay, creative props, audience interaction, and colorful scripts that subtly reference the historic significance of each neighborhood and public artwork setting. This year’s events feature Judy McKie’s bronze cat benches at the Valente Public Library, John Tagiuri’s installation at the Area 4 Teen Center, the Davenport Street Mural, and Toshi Katayama’s new Porter Square Plaza Design.
:: Public Art Acts Slide Show
We invite you to join us:
June 22, 6:00 PM: CAC Gallery, 344 Broadway
A brief presentation about Public Art ACTS as part of the opening reception for Works in Architectural Space, an exhibition by Toshihiro Katayama.
(Central Square T stop)
July 8, 10:30 AM: Porter Square Plaza
Meet in front of CVS for a Porter Square Public Art ACTS Tour. Beginning at the new Shapiro Plaza, dancers, actors and a juggler respond playfully to the unusual new shapes and spaces created by Toshihiro Katayama’s Porter Square Landscape Design, followed by and a walk to the Davenport Street Mural for an interactive performance inspired by the artwork and history of the neighborhood. Optional: finish with conversation at Porter Square Books and Café Zing! A Cambridge Discovery Days event: for information on other tours, call the Cambridge Historical Commission - 617-349-4683.
(Porter Square T stop)
July 21, 10:30 & 12:30 Noon: Valente Public Library
Public Art ACTS Youth! Celebrating the rich history of East Cambridge, amidst artist Judy McKie’s Alley Cats. Performed for neighborhood children and families by young actors. Co-sponsored by the Mayor’s Youth Summer Employment Project.
(Bus Rt 69)
Aug. 11, 10:30, 11:00, & 11:30 AM: Area 4 Teen Center
John Tagiuri’s humorous and monumental installation Chairs and Endless Lamps provides the stage for three performances of fantasies created in collaboration with Cambridge youth.
Co-sponsored by the Cambridge Arts Council’s Summer in the City program and the Mayor’s Youth Summer Employment Project.
(Central Square T stop)
Photos from Public Art ACTS 2005
Multicultural Manifestos in Central Square on September 18
The street theater of Public Art ACTS by Underground Railroad Theater charmed the audience in Central Square. URT actors Debra Wise, Andrew Periale, Rydia Vielehr and student Kamal Arty performed as part of "Art Central" festival at the site of Ritsuko Taho's "Multicultural Manifestoes" in the Carl Barron Plaza.
Public Art ACTS/Youth performing at the site of Brickmaker and Ballplayer, by artist David Judelson, (youth participants from the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program).
Public Art ACTS performance at the sit of the Alley Cats, by artist Judy Kensley McKie, in the Valente Reading Garden, Valente Branch Library.
Public Art ACTS 2005 is a collaboration of the Cambridge Arts Council and the Underground Railway Theater, and is supported in part by the Cambridge Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Special thanks to TAGS Hardware & Shapiro Family, Gravestar, Inc., and the Porter Square Shopping Center.
The Underground Railway Theater (URT) has been presenting challenging theatre to diverse audiences in Cambridge and beyond for twenty-five years. They have a varied repertoire that combines theater, puppetry and music. Their work includes adult cabarets and full-length plays inspired by contemporary social and political issues; family and children's theater; and puppet spectacles performed with symphonic music. Please visit: www.undergroundrailwaytheater.org