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Boston mayoral election an opportunity to energize the arts scene

Sebastian Smee’s tour of existing conditions regarding art in Boston’s public places (“Moving beyond the bronze age,” Page A1, Oct. 6) prompts me to note that, while in general Boston may not have the “art we deserve,” we most assuredly have the artists, arts and community organizations, and institutions that honor all of us, comprising a unique system whose surface has only barely been scratched.

One of the traps into which we all fall has to do with “Boston being Boston,” a dead-end narrative if ever there was one. Beyond my own organization, BostonAPP/Lab, which is investigating new processes, strategies, and collaborations in support of art in public places, there are significant activities underway, such as Project Urbano in Jamaica Plain and Dan Sternof Beyer’s installations in front of the Boston Center for the Arts and on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, where the work of many artists has appeared.

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The upcoming election offers an opportunity, as expressed by the Create the Vote initiative, to ensure that a freshly energized, focused, and funded arts initiative will be a key element of the new administration. When the newly elected mayor makes full use of his bully pulpit, I have no doubt that we will have to alter what we mean when we say that Boston is being Boston.

Ron Mallis

Founder

BostonAPP/Lab

Boston

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