Jackson Square Station Art Project Complete
Posted on December 6, 2007
On December 5th, Representative Sanchez and MBTA General Manager Grabauskas, along with teen artists from the non-profit Hyde Square Task Force announced completion of a 4-year community art project at the Jackson Square T station.
The Mural project is a unique collaboration between the Hyde Square Task Force, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and the office of State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez. The Project began in the summer of 2004 as part of a youth-led initiative to deter the rise of violence in the Hyde/Jackson Square neighborhood of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. Over the past four summers, the Mural Project has employed over 50 local youth and involved hundreds of community members.
Jamaica Plain and Roxbury youth worked with internationally known muralist/artist Roberto Chao over the past four summers to create these works. Art displayed on the walls at Jackson Station and on columns located outside the Station celebrate the rich multi-culturalism of the Hyde/Jackson Square area, one of Boston’s most diverse neighborhoods.
At the event, which took place in the busway at the Orange Line’s Jackson Square station, T General Manager praised all those involved.
“I am very pleased with the transformation that has taken place at this station over the past few years,” said Grabauskas. “I would like to take a moment to specially thank Rep. Sanchez, along with the members of Hyde Square task force, community artist Roberto Chao, and all the wonderful, talented students for working with us to revitalize this station.”
The art project is part of an ongoing youth campaign against violence in the Jackson Square area that has been led by local teens working with the Hyde Square Task Force. The Hyde Square Task Force has also continued a regular relationship with the MBTA Police and officials in an ongoing effort at crime and violence prevention on the Orange Line. In addition to the murals, the MBTA has contributed thousands of dollars on improvements to the Jackson Square T Station, transforming the station into a landmark of community pride.