The Freedom Trail on Trial Favorite 

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Date: 

Nov 20 2011

Location: 

Boston MA

In the fall of 2011, Urbano’s teen artists and artist-in-residence Neil Horsky partnered with professional artists,
educators, librarians, and historians to undertake a critical investigation of
Boston’s Freedom Trail.  During the
investigative process teen artists questioned the assumptions, accuracy,
comprehensiveness, and impartiality of public presentations of the city’s
history.  They considered
alternative perspectives and drew parallels between historical and current
events, reinvigorating stories of the American Revolution by making them
relevant to their own lives.  Teen
artists created temporary public art installations and performances along the
Freedom Trail expressing critical insights and facilitating dialogue around the
presentation of history in public spaces and the Trail’s potential as a site
for artistic, social, and political engagement.

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