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I am an independent artist and my practice intersects identity, ecology, and publics. Any purchase you make on this site will help me to continue operating with the type of freedom to confront problematic structural forms of power and how they shape our identities. 

By initially researching the contamination of color production in Ashland Massachusetts as part of my Master studies at Harvard, I started an art-based research inquiry into the Nyanza Superfund Site in Ashland Massachusetts and the subsequent social histories. What I discovered was a hidden narrative of activism that defines the depth of commitment that Ashland citizens have shown across time. In seeking to make these buried narratives public, I decided to juxtapose them with the EPA’s findings on remediation, thus memorializing the human impact of environmental degradation. My project has been supported with grants by Harvard Initiative Learning Technology, ArtPlace America, and the National Endowment of the Arts Our Town Program. As important as it is to raise awareness of issues of inequity, it’s equally crucial to give an audience a way forward, an aspirational vision that can help them to project a new version of self and how to become an active citizen, not only locally but globally. My aim is to use Art to disrupt power structures so a more just, equitable, healthy, and beautiful world can emerge.

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Dan Borelli holds a Master in Design Studies from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design with a concentration in Art, Design, and the Public Domain and a BFA in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design. Since 2000, Dan he has worked at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design as the Director of Exhibitions and has produced hundreds of exhibits at a variety of scales. Recently he has begun teaching a course 'Make/Believe' with Dr. Rebecca Uchill. To see some of the amazing projects I've had the pleasure of working on over the years, visit http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/exhibitions/

 

PUBLIC TALKS / PUBLICATIONS / NEWS

2021- Babson College

https://www.babson.edu/student-life/babsonarts/

 

2020- ICMA- International City/County Management Report

https://icma.org/problem-solving-through-arts-and-cultural-strategies-creative-placemaking-guidance-local-governments

 

2020- ICMA report- DOWNLOADABLE PDF

https://icma.org/sites/default/files/Problem%20Solving%20Through%20Arts%20and%20Cultural%20Strategies%20-%20A%20Creative%20Placemaking%20Wayfinding%20Guide%20for%20Local%20Government%20Managers_2.pdf

 

2020- Culture As Catalyst Publication

https://tang.skidmore.edu/shop/products/culture-as-catalyst

 

2020- Under the Plymouth Rock Public Event

https://www.wickedlocal.com/story/old-colony-memorial/2020/08/26/plymouth-comes-out-from-under-rock-to-discuss-its-racial-past/42966765/

 

2020- Public Lands Alliance- Public Talk

https://www.publiclandsalliance.org/convention2020/education-program/sessions/empowering-your-partner

 

2020- 2019- Local Ecologies- Traveling Exhibition UMass Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell

https://sites.uml.edu/local-ecologies/

 

2019- Local Ecologies- DOWNLOADABLE PDF guide

https://www.artforum.com/uploads/guide.005/id10762/press_release.pdf

 

2019- Local Ecologies, Southcoast Today

https://www.southcoasttoday.com/news/20191113/roaming-art-exhibition-showcasing-ecology-of-eastern-massachusetts-arrives-at-umass-dartmouth

 

2019- Local Ecologies, Artscope

https://artscopemagazine.com/2019/09/local-ecologies-as-art-university-galleries-inspire-timely-discussion/

 

2019- The Art of Sustainability- MuralArts Philly

https://muralarts.ticketleap.com/the-art-of-sustainability2/details

 

2019- Luma Days- Together Ensemble, Public Discussiooono

https://lumadays.org/en/luma-days-3-en/

 

2019- Leahy Summit- Keynote Speaker

https://www.vtcleanwaternetwork.org/2019-leahy-center-enviro-summit

 

2019- New Bedford-Artist In Residence- Whaling National Historical Park

https://www.nps.gov/nebe/air-dan-borelli.htm

 

2019- New Bedford- Southcoast Today

https://www.southcoasttoday.com/news/20190509/artist-in-residence-program-is-telling-story-of-new-bedford-from-ground-up

 

2019- Chasing Color Exhibition: Center for Visual and Performing Arts, UMass Dartmouth

https://www.umassd.edu/cvpa/galleries/campus-gallery/exhibitions/2019/dan-borelli-chasing-color.html

 

2018- 8 x 10 - 4 x 22= HOLDUP

http://artjournal.collegeart.org/?page_id=10374

 

2018- We The Publics, Hubweek 2018

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2018/10/harvard-partners-with-hubweek-once-more/

 

2018- One Water National Summit- DOWNLOADABLE PDF

http://uswateralliance.org/sites/uswateralliance.org/files/publications/uswa_artsculture_FINAL_PAGES_RGB_0.PDF

 

2018- Tang Teaching Museum Public Discussion

https://tang.skidmore.edu/calendar/776-accelerator-series-memory-and-monuments-re-claiming-public-space

 

2018-Atlas Obscura Feature Article

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ashland-nyanza-project-dye-factory-pollution-color-art

 

2018- The Art of Storytelling- Article

https://spiralinquiry.org/the-art-of-storytelling-exposing-the-underbelly-of-the-art-of-fashion-long-now-boston/

 

2018 Long Now Foundation, Boston

https://www.longnowboston.org/?p=52

 

2017-Arts & Innovation Series- University of Chicago

Shaping Shifting Publics with Emmanuel Pratt and Dan Borelli 

https://vimeo.com/253367790

 

2017-Whitewall “New Cultural Hubs: How Art Transforms Neighborhoods”

https://whitewall.art/art/patronage-activism-new-cultural-hubs-2017-art-innovation-talks-lexus

 

2017- FoxNews- Vandalization of Ashland Memorial

https://www.boston25news.com/news/memorial-honoring-victims-of-cancer-from-nyanza-factory-damaged-by-vandals-1/597710711/

 

2017- ArtPlace- Environment and Energy Convening

https://www.artplaceamerica.org/environment-energy

 

2016- National Endowment of the Arts: Our Town Grant 

http://www.artistsincontextprospectus.org/2015/09/03/borellis-illuminating-futures-awarded-nea-our-town-grant/

 

2016- Harvard Design Magazine- No. 42, Run For Cover

http://www.harvarddesignmagazine.org/issues/42

 

2016- Public Projections

https://www.zone3westernave.com/project/projections/

 

2016- Metrowest Daily News- Deep History of Megunko Road

https://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/20160626/hidden-history-uncovered-in-ashland

 

2016- Ashland Healing Ceremony with Nipmuc Nation

https://ashland.wickedlocal.com/news/20160612/nipmuc-healing-ceremony-to-usher-in-ashland-nyanza-memorial-garden

 

2015- Experience Economies- Mildred’s Lane

http://gavinkroeber.com/project/landscape-experience

 

2015- Boston Globe- Ashland Project

https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/style/2015/02/19/dan-borelli-son-ashland-hopes-art-can-heal-trauma-inflicted-town-color-plant/KiqRV4NVIOjmJvR5VncZUI/story.html

 

2015- Metrowest Daily News-Ashland Exhibit

https://ashland.wickedlocal.com/article/20151021/NEWS/151028472

 

2015- ArtPlace Summit Opening Plenary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-_B6cCABAA&list=PLuRFvudqolsrptdkj25LT_Eb2vDU0n11d&index=4

 

2015- Artists In Context- ArtPlace America Grant Announcement

http://www.artistsincontextprospectus.org/2014/06/26/borelli-project-in-ashland-receives-75000-artplace-grant/

 

2013- Artists In Context- Travelogue

http://www.artistsincontextprospectus.org/2013/05/07/dan-borelli/

 

2013- Manifest 1 Publication

http://www.manifestproject.org/issue-1-1

 

2013- Harvard Innovation and Learning Technology Grant

https://hilt.harvard.edu/funding-opportunities/previously-awarded-projects/projects/transforming-stories-and-public-health-lessons-of-ashland-ma-into-a-multimedia-case-for-learning/

 

2012- Proximal Distance

http://www.writan.org/portfolio/proximal-distance/

 

2012- Experience Economies: Innovate or Die

https://experienceeconomies.tumblr.com/tagged/exec6

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

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