Arts & Entertainment

Creative Catalyst

2017 Winner: Elisa H. Hamilton

Photo Credit: Joel Benjamin


Hamilton’s art brings people together. This MassArt alum has transformed parks and sidewalks into dance floors for her Dance Spot series. She brought a supermarket for superpowers to the South End during a residency at the BCA, raising questions about opportunities for heroism in our lives. And this spring, as part of the exhibit Listen Hear: The Art of Sound, she filled the Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall with audio recorded by teens from Roxbury, Mission Hill and Hyde Square, whose dinner table conversations and drama club monologues wound up on vinyl records adorned with photos and art. The community listening space, dubbed Sound Lab, invited museumgoers to take their turn at the mic, too—the latest manifestation of an inclusive, participatory practice that finds joy in the everyday.

Elisa H. Hamilton

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