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Art by Boston-Area Teens to Premiere at MBTA Stations on Monday, March 26

Posted on March 23, 2018

Created in collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, these innovative video works share the creative voices of young people in our city.


Shades of the City
by Mithsuca Berry of Revere

Hand-drawn, stop-motion animation tells the story of a woman of color who falls asleep on the train and dreams about painting the city of Boston in her likeness.


Fraternal Eclipse
by Sydney A. Bobb of Boston

The lives of 3 passengers intersect for a brief moment on public transportation, leaving them with deeper thoughts than they had expected.


A Walk in the Park
by Gabe S. of Boston

A tribute to the beauty of Boston, this series of time-lapse videos captures moments of life throughout Boston Common, from the statehouse to Frog Pond.

On Monday, March 26, the MBTA will premiere artwork by Boston-area youth at stations throughout the city on the MBTA’s Outfront digital boards.

"The digital network that the MBTA is building is delivering real value to our customers in many different ways—and this partnership with the ICA Teen Arts Program is one that we’re particularly proud to showcase," said MBTA General Manager Luis Manuel Ramírez. "In addition to providing critical customer-focused information, the T's new digital network is providing a canvas to highlight excellent creative work from local teens."

"We hope T riders enjoy the results as much as we do," said MBTA Director of Revenue Evan Rowe. "To our knowledge, this is the first time that the T has done an effort like this, and we're eager for feedback. It's all about making our customers' journeys better, and maybe even adding a touch of delight to their days."

"The ICA’s award-winning teen arts program serves thousands of young people every year, creating informed future artists, leaders, citizens, and audiences," said Monica Garza, the ICA's Charlotte Wagner Director of Education. "This partnership with the MBTA presented an exciting opportunity to share their creative voices with a larger Boston community."

Three teens—Mithsuca Berry of Revere, Sydney A. Bobb of Boston, and Gabe S. of Boston—proposed and created short videos for the MBTA around the collaborative themes: “whimsy,” “love letter to Boston,” and “peace and quiet.” The 3 teens are all members of the Teen Arts Program at the ICA.

The teens’ videos will be presented on high-definition digital triptych screens installed within MBTA stations across the system. This new digital network provides customer information across the entire system at no cost to the MBTA, and generates advertising revenue to help support daily MBTA operations. The collaboration with the ICA is just the first step in the MBTA's program of providing useful and enjoyable customer content across its growing digital network.

The MBTA encourages its riders to keep an eye on these in-station digital screens to catch the work of these teens. Stay connected and let the T know what you think by tweeting to us @MBTA.

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