The Harboring Project seeks to re-introduce sacred practice on the Boston Harbor Islands as an outlet for the creative expression of eco-grief. We will design and implement a sensory-oriented investigation of the islands’ diverse narratives, fostering individual artistic practices in articulation of engagement with the land. Centering on the concept of eco-grief, we hope to connect inspired intuition with rigorous arts-practice to engage in the work of healing. This project is support by the Boston Foundation, the National Parks of Boston, and Boston Harbor Now.
The project is led by core team members including poet and interaction designer Çaca Yvaire, youth coordinator and visual artist Jessi Stegall, and social practice artist Kristin Barendregt-Ludwig. As lead artist, Çaca will design and build Social Engagement Sculptures composed of Biomaterials, inviting public engagement through guided reflection.
Throughout our process, we welcome visitors to join our research on the Islands, to creatively respond to the theme of eco-grief through guiding questions crafted by the core team.
We held an Open Expedition event on August 18th, 2019 on Spectacle Island, inviting the public to join us for a day of facilitated art-making, reflecting, and remembering.