Uni Project at work in Boston

Uni BostonNew York is the home of the Uni Project, but Boston is in our DNA, and we stay connected. Here are a few Uni things going on up north.

Making it in Boston
The Uni Project sends our award-winning portable infrastructure all over the world, and much of that effort originates in Boston. Uni READ and DRAW kits for public space are based on original designs made for the Uni Project by our longtime design partners, Höweler + Yoon Architecture. Bill Bancroft brings the pieces to life in his shop in Essex MA. This year, we’ve shipped as far as Calgary and Australia, and plenty of US cities as well. By year’s end, Bill and I will have packed off a total of 25 Uni kits to other places. When something works, share it.

Uni in Boston

Bill Bancroft is the master builder of the Uni Project. Your Uni—he built it.

Uni DRAW on Greenway in 2016!
When our friends at the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy called to ask if Boston could deploy a Uni DRAW, we jumped on it. Bill built them a special DRAW cart with drawing boards and inserts. We rounded up a beautiful donation of art materials from our supporter Blick Art Materials, and we shared artist prompts to get them started.

Uni in Boston

Taking delivery of Uni DRAW this spring, Keelin Purcell and Kait Levesque of the Greenway Conservancy have brought the program to life in Boston. Bravo!

Uni in Boston

Uni in Boston

Uni in Boston

DRAW comes out in conjunction with the Art Ambassador program at the Ai Wei Wei Circle of Animals sculpture at Rings Fountain on the Greenway: Tuesdays, 11:00a-3:00p; Thursdays, 5:30p-7:30p; Fridays, 5:30p-7:30p; Saturdays, 12:00p-4:00p; Sundays, 12:00p-4:00p. More info here.

Uni READ keeps rolling on Greenway
In 2014, the Uni Project was a winner of Boston’s Public Space Invitational, and we built a portable reading room that launched on the Greenway with Mayor Walsh. Our partner the Greenway Conservancy has kept the Uni READ cart rolling strong into a third season.

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Boston’s Uni READ in 2015. In 2016, you can find READ in Chinatown Park: Wednesdays, 9:30am-12pm; Fridays 5pm-7:30pm; Saturdays 11am-3pm. More info here.

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Play Ambassadors Maryam Yoon and Paige Gniffke with the Uni in Chinatown. Photo: Diane O’Donoghue.

Uni in Boston

Alongside Uni READ, our friends at Asian Community Development Corporation are hosting “SaturPLAY,” a series of 6 youth-led interventions to activate Mary SooHoo Park. Through SaturPLAY, ACDC’s youth create family play spaces with arts, crafts, games.

Uni in Boston

This past June, ACDC also teamed up with Chinese Progressive Association’s youth to host a pop-up library that highlighted the need for a library in Boston’s Chinatown. Photo: Diane O’Donoghue.

Stay tuned Boston and keep in touch. Leslie and I are already working on some interesting ideas for 2017.

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