Arts and Environment: Resources and Reading

In the past few weeks focusing on Arts and the Environment, we’ve learned of more articles and resources about the topic, and—if the topic interests you—we hope you’ve researched and learned more too.

Several of the links below were suggested by Laurel Schwab, Senior Environmental Planner for the Town of Watertown. Laurel worked with the community and consultants from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council to develop the Watertown Public Arts Master Plan.

Environmental Artists, A Sustainable Trend. Iberdrola.

Exploring Art’s role in Green Infrastructure. Deidra Montgomery, with content provided by Carolyn Lewenberg. Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Feb. 2, 2018)

Funding at the Intersection of Art and Environment: A Field Scan. Alexis Frasz. Grantmakers in the Arts (Fall 2015).

Green Infrastructure Project Blends Public Art And An Environmental Message. David C. Barnett. ideastream (June 14, 2019).

Greenway Unveils New Public Art “Wind Sculpture (SG) V.” North End Waterfront (July 13, 2020).

How Culture and the Arts Are Tackling Climate Change. Thomas Barrett. Environment Journal (Feb. 20, 2020).

Using Art to Highlight Eastie Climate Change. Sarah Betancourt. CommonWealth: Nonprofit Journal of Politics, Ideas & Civic Life (Dec. 6, 2019).


With this post, as we begin to turn our time and focus back to in-person programming, we conclude regular features about the intersection of arts and other topics. We will continue to share and post links on social media to draw attention to how arts come together with economic development, social justice, health, and the environment. If you find articles or resources that you’d like us to share, please feel welcome to email them to our Executive Director, Darren Farrington. Thank you for following our posts and features.


Pictured are photos from public art installations on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway in Boston. Left to right: Wind Sculpture (SG) V by Yinka Shonibare CBE; stone etching at Mothers’ Walk; and Resonance by Super A (Stefan Thelen). Photos by Darren Farrington.

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