Leaders: Marty Ray, Chief of Staff, and Dina Deitsch, Director and Chief Curator, Tufts University Art Galleries
Goal: This workstream will approach the work through the Public Art Committee (PAC), which was formed last year as part of the decision to remove the murals from Alumnae Lounge. The committee will be charged with thinking critically about whose history and images are displayed throughout our campuses.
Charge and Approach: The PAC is embarking on a Public Art Audit that will consider the impact of artwork in our public spaces. The objective of this initiative is to ensure that our public spaces reflect present values of diversity, equity, and inclusion as it conveys the rich history of Tufts University. Decisions made by the Public Art Committee and therefore any proposed action(s) by the committee will ensure transparency in process, narrative, and representation. We aim to do this by:
Examining the history and impact of the Tufts community as represented through works of art across campus and working to understand the psychological impact of those images in our public spaces.
Ensuring equity in multiple ways within the content of works of art, with a focus on diverse expressions of gender, race, and ethnicity. This includes ensuring that equity exists not only within the subjects of art works but also within the artists that create them and across different levels of employment, engagement, and service at Tufts.
Determining new ways for recognizing BIPOC faculty, staff, alumni, and trustees through works of art.
Developing a strategic plan for future acquisitions, commissions and solicitations of gifts that will diversify the collection and expand the narratives represented.
Committee Structure: The public art committee is made up of the following individuals:
Chair: Dina Deitsch, Director and Chief Curator, University Art Galleries
Nancy Bauer, Dean of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts; Academic Dean
Abbie Connors, Associate Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations
Amin Fahimi Moghadam, Graduate Student
Maren Greathouse, Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion Education
Daniel Jay, Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Corey Loftus, Graduate Student
Diana Martinez, Assistant Professor Director of Architectural Studies, Department of Art and Art History
Rachelle Mozman Solano, Professor of the Practice, SMFA at Tufts
Alonso Nichols, Chief of Photography
Marty Ray, Chief of Staff, Office of the President
Dan Santamaria, Director of Digital Collections and Archives
Jared Smith, Associate Director of the FIRST Resource Center
Barbara Stein, Vice President for Operations
Kimberly Theidon, Henry J. Leir Professor of International Humanitarian Studies, Fletcher School
In addition we have representation from Alison LaRosa, Associate Director of Donor Relations at the School of Medicine, Nancy Meyer, Library Assistant at the Cummings School, who will represent the work happening within committees focusing on this work in their own schools.
Community Engagement: In partnership with the other workstreams, we are looking forward to engaging our alumni in this work. Faculty, staff, and students are already serving on the committee and many others will be involved in different aspects of the work.
Timeline and Deliverables: We are approaching our work by dividing the campus into zones with Zone 1 work starting imminently. Zone 1 includes Ballou Hall and a proposal is being developed to take down the portraits in the Coolidge Room for storage. A comprehensive Coolidge Room renovation plan is being developed alongside.
Communication: In partnership with the other workstreams and University Communications and Marketing, a communication plan is being developed.
Reporting: The committee is currently planning on meeting once a month with work happening in between. We plan on providing updates to the senior team every four to six weeks.