New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) invites nominations for the 2023 Newell Flather Award for Leadership in Public Art. At NEFA we also believe that public art has the power to inspire more just, vibrant, and welcoming public spaces and public life, and through the Newell Flather Leadership Award in Public Art, we hope to celebrate and lift up individuals behind this good and important work in Massachusetts. This year, we are particularly looking to honor unsung and emerging leaders in the field of public art.
 
Nomination Criteria
In 2023, we seek artists, curators and/or arts administrators who:
  • Reside full-time and work within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Create/Curate/Support public art that aligns with NEFA’s public art vision and values.
  • Help us to see, feel, experience, and imagine more just futures for our public spaces and public culture.
  • Address the intersectionality of spatial justice and racial justice as critical to cultivating a more vibrant public art ecosystem.
  • Recognize the importance of context in public artmaking.
  • Inspire more just, vibrant, and welcoming public spaces and public life in Massachusetts.
  • This year we are particularly looking to honor unsung and emerging leaders in the field of public art.
    • Unsung leaders in the field of public art may be individuals who have been doing the work for a while and may have been ahead of their time as they paved the way for others. In retrospect, their leadership has cultivated more just, vibrant, and welcoming public artmaking, and may deserve more recognition today.
    • Emerging leaders in the field of public art may be individuals who are newer to creating and/or supporting public artmaking.  And their leadership is currently paving the way for more just, vibrant, and welcoming futures for our public spaces. (These are the folks we want to keep an eye on! They are shaping our future for the better with the work that they are doing today!)
In this time of we need to lift up the leaders who can anchor us into more just futures. We believe there is an abundance of leadership in the field of public art percolating that we want to support guiding us forward.  

Nominations for 2023 will be accepted through February 27, 2023. Self-nominations are welcome. Nominators may submit up to two nominations.

Please note, this form does not auto-save and we recommend saving your responses in another document as you prepare your nomination. If you have questions or accessibility requests, please contact publicart@nefa.org.
Nominee Information
Please provide information about the individual you are nominating for the 2022 Newell Flather Leadership Award in Public Art.

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* 1. Nominee Contact Information
Please provide the following contact information for the individual you are nominating.

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* 2. Please check all the options below that apply to this nominee:

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* 3. If available, please provide a website URL(s) that may provide more information about the nominee (e.g. artist's website, CreativeGround profile, bio on organization's about page, articles about the nominee's work, etc.).

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* 4. Please provide a brief bio for this nominee. 
You may copy and paste the individual's bio below. Please reference the biography source in your response (e.g. artist's website, CreativeGround profile, etc.)

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* 5. Please share any examples of how their work may be:
  • Creating/Curating/Supporting public art that aligns with NEFA’s public art vision and values.
  • Helping us to see, feel, experience, and imagine more just futures for our public spaces and public culture.
  • Addressing the intersectionality of spatial justice and racial justice as critical to cultivating a more vibrant public art ecosystem.
  • Recognizing the importance of context in public artmaking.
  • Inspiring more just, vibrant, and welcoming public spaces and public life in Massachusetts.

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* 6. Please describe this nominee’s leadership in the field of public art. How are you defining leadership?  How are you defining public art?

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* 7. Are you nominating this individual as an unsung or emerging leader?  Please tell us why.

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* 8. Additional Information. Is there any further information that would be relevant for the selection committee to know about this nominee?

Your Contact Information
Please provide your contact information. This may be helpful if we have follow up questions regarding your nomination. If you'd like to make an anonymous nomination, please enter "anonymous" in the fields below.

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* 9. Your Contact Information:

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* 10. Where did you hear about the Newell Flather Leadership Award in Public Art? Please check all that apply.

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* 11. Would you like to be added to NEFA Public Art mailing list?

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