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The Shape of Play

A Downtown Public Art Commission

JArts is excited to be partnering with local public art team Now+There to bring The Shape of Play, an engaging, multi-sensory public art experience, to downtown Boston. In tribute to the universal themes of Passover, artist Sari Carel’s multi-media installation will be inspired by the vital relationship between play and freedom and will reflect the sights, sound, and sense-based experiences of local playground.

In so doing, Carel and JArts invite people of all ages and backgrounds to explore themes of acceptance, hope, and freedom. Just as playgrounds set the stage for people to play together, The Shape of Play will help us discover new ways to share a cherished sense of the freedom so intrinsic in play.  

About the Artist 

Sari  Carel  is a multi-disciplinary artist and activist based in New York. She works at the intersection of art, science, history, and community. Her work has been exhibited and screened internationally in venues such as New York’s Artists Space; Dumbo Arts Festival; Los Angeles’s LAX Art and Young Projects; and Israel’s Tel Aviv University Gallery and Haifa Museum of Art. She has been awarded numerous fellowships and residencies, including AIR Vienna; the Socrates Sculpture Park Artist Fellowship and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency on Governors Island, New York. Recent exhibitions include Out of Thin Air, a public sound installation with community-driven workshops at City Hall Park in Manhattan and The A.I.R Gallery Biennial in Brooklyn.
~ Hear artist Sari Carel speak about her 2018 New York sound installation, “Out of Thin Air.” ~

How you can get involved:

  • Join artist Sari Carel for a sound recording workshop
  • Join artist Tova Speter in a community art making workshop, taking place across Greater Boston.
  • Come to the interactive installation, and PLAY!  Workshop and installation dates coming soon.


In partnership with:

playsounds #shapeofplay #saricarel @now_and_there 

Event information

April 1st