Ghosts of Lynn, Q&A, chapter 7!

This week we hear from Emily Ruddock, the newly named Director of the Downtown Lynn Cultural District. We recently received some exciting news about our fundraising campaign as well! Warner Brothers, in exchange for shooting the movie "Black Mass" in Central Square, has offered up a challenge grant. The production company will match up to $1,000 in donations from today up until July 10th! You can visit our crowdrise page [HERE], learn more about the project and who is involved and best of all, donate to the cause! Okay, Emily, let's hear what you got!

 

What brought you to Lynn?
My job as the Director of the Downtown Lynn Cultural District brought me here.

What is your personal favorite public art installation?
The Play Me I'm Yours art installation by Luke Jerram in Boston last year is an example of the power of public art. Working pianos decorated by local artists and community members were placed throughout the city and people were invited to play them whenever and whereever they liked. I love the inclusive nature of this project and the concept that the art wasn't complete until inhabitants played the instruments.

What was your reaction when the big photos first appeared?
"Far out!" I came to the downtown area in advance of interviewing for the director position, to get a sense of the district. I was impressed that public art was already a part of the district and loved the richness the photographs gave to the area. Now I just want to see more public art featuring local artists and community members.

Lynn, Lynn City of Sin, ignore it or embrace it?
Subvert it, then embrace it. I'm especially partial to the section "never come out the way you went in". Transformation can be a really positive thing and is at the heart of any arts or cultural experience. I want visitors to the downtown area to be provoked by the art they see, enriched by the cultures of Lynn and invigorated by events they attend. Sometimes a little sin can be a powerful agent for change...!

Starry Night or The Scream?
Starry Night. I had a super rad art teacher when I was a kid who introduced me to a wide spectrum of artists including Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh. The thing I love about Starry Night is it captures so much upheaval and turbulence but also depicts the beauty of the night simultaneously. The duality is what I love about it.

 

Play Me, I'm Yours in the Boston Commons!

Play Me, I'm Yours in the Boston Commons!

Ghosts of Lynn, Q&A, chapter 6!

Today brings us chapter 6 of our public art Q&A with various Lynners around the city. If you would like to donate to the "Ghosts of Lynn" project visit our PAGE and check it out! This week we chatted with Maleeka, a lifelong resident who founded Lynn's Knit-a-thon, a group of lovely knitters who make blankets to give out to families in need. Here is what she had to say about public art.

What brought you to Lynn?
Birth.

What is your personal favorite public art installation?
I may be a bit biased, but seeing my hubby's photo huge and on the wall under the bridge was an extremely proud moment for me. I found myself purposefully driving through Central Square just so I could see it again.

What was your reaction when the big photos first appeared?
I thought it was a great addition and transformation to Downtown. It was nice to see something positive, inspiring, nice, big and prominent for everyone to see.

Lynn Lynn City of Sin, ignore it or embrace it?
I embrace it. Although I do get sick of hearing it over and over.

Starry Night or The Scream?
Starry Night.

Artwork of Jason Taglieri (aka Maleeka's hubby) included in last year's Public Art 3.0

Artwork of Jason Taglieri (aka Maleeka's hubby) included in last year's Public Art 3.0