New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) invites nominations for the 2022 Newell Flather Award for Leadership in Public Art. This year we want to take a moment to honor the life and legacy of the late Newell Flather (1938-2021). Newell was a champion for the arts in the greater Boston area who believed in the power of the arts and artists in shaping the quality of life in our communities. 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 leaders, artists, and arts administrators in the field who are helping us live into these new realities. As we continue to celebrate visionary leaders who embody these core values, we celebrate the life and legacy of Newell Flather.

Nomination Criteria
In 2022, 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.
  • Demonstrate a deep connection to place—encompassing both folks from a place as well as folks who have relocated and made deep connections to a place—and commitment to community building through public art.

One of the things that Newell was known for was his deep connection to his hometown of Lowell, MA as well as love for celebrating and honoring the diverse cultures that foster vibrant community life in his hometown. It is in this spirit that this year we are looking for leaders who also demonstrate a similar love for and commitment to place, and the people of that place (see addition of the last criterion above for this year’s nomination and selection process).

Nominations for the 2022 awardees will be accepted through February 28, 2022. Self-nominations are welcome. Nominators may submit up to two nominations.
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 describe how this nominee demonstrates leadership in contributing to the evolving field of public art and inspiring more just, vibrant, and welcoming public spaces and public life.

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.
  • And/or inspiring more just, vibrant, and welcoming public spaces and public life in Massachusetts.

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* 6. Please tell us about the nominee's relationship to place and community.  Please share an example(s) of how this nominee's work demonstrates a deep connection to place and commitment to community building through public art.

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* 7. 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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* 8. Your Contact Information:

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

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

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