Honk! Festival is an awesome annual 3-day free festival bringing brass bands from all over the world to Somerville for a celebration of music, community and activism. Organized entirely by volunteers and now in its 12th year, the festival kicks off on Friday night with a lantern parade in Davis Square neighborhoods and a band showcase. On Saturday more than 25 bands take over Davis Square for a giant music and dance party. On Sunday, local community groups, artists, and activists working for a variety of progressive causes — economic justice, protecting the environment, world peace, an end to racism — join the brass bands to make a spectacular parade from Davis Square to Harvard Square along Mass Avenue. Other HONK! Fest activities include a Day of Action, when bands convene to play on behalf of a cause, and roundtable discussions for participating musicians and organizers of other HONK! festivals around the country to gather and share experiences. HONK! in Somerville has inspired festivals near – Providence, Brooklyn, Seattle, Austin, Detroit, and far – Australia and Brazil.
In 2017. for the first time, HONK! Festival hosted an interactive area combining art making and activism. Julia Roth was asked to create an intervention for community participants who were asked to add their voice to the resistance! By choosing to add a word or shape to stencil with spray paint to create a dynamic banner used during Sunday's parade.
Above The Radar - KALI MA - Collaboration With Cedric "Vise1" Douglas
Above the Radar is a three-day graffiti festival that tool place in Burlington Vermont. The festival created by Anthill Collective brought together 25+ graffiti artists on one a 260-foot, west-facing wall of a large building on the Burlington waterfront. Lake Champlain Transportation owns the building, which is near the King Street ferry dock.
Black Madonna - Beyond Walls Lynn - Collaboration with Cedric "Vise1" Douglas
Beyond Walls is a group comprised of Lynn residents, business owners, and placemaking enthusiasts using grassroots efforts to create a sense of place and safety in the heart of Downtown Lynn. Inspired by impactful urban art installations in cities like London and Miami founder, Al Wilson, envisioned a large-scale art initiative in Downtown Lynn.
The 2017 projects includes the installation of over 400 linear feet of dynamic LED lighting underneath three MBTA underpasses, the exhibition of 12 vintage neon art pieces, the installation of 15 large-scale mural during a ten-day festival, and the placement of a sculpture. Projects are scheduled to be completed by the Spring of 2018.
Dedham Middle School - Artist in Residence - Public Art and Design after school program. Julia Roth worked In partnership with assistant Renee Johnson, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Dedham Public Schools, Dedham Police Dept. and the town of Dedham MA. This residency was funded by Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Middle School students worked together with the Police to discuss and define their view of Community.
Play Me, I’m Yours is an artwork by British artist Luke Jerram. More than 1,500 pianos have now been installed in 50 cities across the globe, from London to Hong Kong, bearing the simple invitation Play Me, I’m Yours. The project has already reached more than ten million people worldwide.
Celebrity Series of Boston was thrilled to bring Street Pianos Boston back to the city from September 23 to October 10, 2016. Previously seen in 2013, the project led to an outpouring of joy and community-building, and anticipation was rightly high for the project’s return! During this time, 60 street pianos—all decorated by local artists and community groups—were available for anyone to play and enjoy. The hashtag for the project is #streetpianosboston.
Arington Public Art's project in East Arlington explored the neighborhood's character and diversity through portraits of local independent small businesses. APA worked with a collaborative team of artists -- led by Cedric Douglas, Julia Roth and Nilou Moochhala -- to collect the stories of some of the owners, employees and customers that make East Arlington so interesting. During the fall, look for giant portraits -- temporary murals made of wheatpasted paper which appeared on walls along Massachusetts Avenue in Capitol Square.
Julia Roth worked in partnership with the support of the Art Spot and the Mayor's office in the City of Quincy, MA to created a Public Art summer program empowering youth in a conversation about community, art and design. Youth were tasked with concepting and designing colorful messages which together make leave a message to the everyone within the city.
UP is short for Uphams Corner located in Dorchester Mass. The diverse population of Uphams Corner consists of over 13,000 people. Our goal was to connect with as many of the 13,000 people as possible. To achieve this goal we created the Up Truck. The truck was designed to raise curiosity and wonder as well as become a moving work of art. During the first 3 month period we were able to reach over 1000 residents, and businesses owners. We hosted events and gathered community feedback for the creation of the final purposed work of art for the community.
The UP truck is a mobile arts lab that was created to engage residents in a co-visioned, co-created process leading to a final design and implementation of a permanent art structure for the Uphams Corner Community. Through this unconventional art and the design process the UP Truck has inspired spontaneous discovery, creativity, and fun.