Visiting Studio Artist April-June 2019
In connection with the special exhibition, Big Plans: Picturing Social Reform, Anthony Peña reconsidered his relationship to public parks and green spaces in his local community through the lens of mapping. Throughout spring and summer 2019, Anthony invited Museum visitors to envision a more positive future through interactive, mapping-inspired experiences in the Bertucci Education Studio. After creating a map of the places they called home, visitors mapped better futures for themselves!
About the Artist
Born and raised in Boston, Anthony Peña is a Dominican-American artist who is an alumnus of youth programs at both Urbano Project and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. He has worked at both organizations in various capacities for the past five years. Anthony was also a participant in the 2017 Critical Participatory Action Research Institute with the Public Science Project. Afterwards, he became a Teaching Artist at Urbano, and co-led a six-month long YPAR project.
His passion for social issues informs his work, which often involves spontaneity, social commentary, and a certain amount of randomness. Anthony also explores how the arts can be used to teach and foster communication and dialogue.