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Now and There Inc.

 PO Box 52557
 Boston, MA 02205
[P] (617) 982-3860
[F] --
Kate Gilbert
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EIN 04-2712823

LAST UPDATED: 10/11/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names UrbanArts (2014)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes



Mission StatementMORE »

Now + There’s mission is to deliver thought-provoking public art projects that advance new definitions of public art, acculturate Boston to the cultural, social and economic benefits of art, and help define Boston's essential public art identity.

Mission Statement

Now + There’s mission is to deliver thought-provoking public art projects that advance new definitions of public art, acculturate Boston to the cultural, social and economic benefits of art, and help define Boston's essential public art identity.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $837,939.00
Projected Expense $837,939.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Temporary Public Art Projects

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Mission Statement

Now + There’s mission is to deliver thought-provoking public art projects that advance new definitions of public art, acculturate Boston to the cultural, social and economic benefits of art, and help define Boston's essential public art identity.

Background Statement

Now + There (N+T) is dedicated to creating thought-provoking public art projects in Greater Boston that advance new definitions of public art and give voice to community. Our projects are temporary and site specific, hence our name.

Our high-impact public artworks ($80K - $350K budget range in high-traffic locations) pair nationally-acclaimed artists with local community partners, building collaborations that raise awareness of topical issues and transforming underutilized spaces with joy and vibrancy. As of August 2018, Now + There has produced six high-impact projects across Greater Boston.

Now + There’s program of high-impact public artwork is amplified by an additional six projects annually by artists selected to participate in our Public Art Accelerator program, which completed its pilot year in May 2018. The Accelerator is a six-month program that offers local artists the curatorial, technical, and financial support they need to develop new temporary artworks in Boston. In fall 2018, seven N+T Accelerator artists will produce six new temporary public art projects throughout Boston’s neighborhoods.

Now + There is the reinvigoration of UrbanArts Institute (UAI) a 501(c)(3) organization, which facilitated public art and design projects in Boston from 1980 to 2012. UrbanArts was founded in 1980 on the belief that the cultural vitality of our communities depends on incorporating the arts in the public realm, and by engaging artists, and citizens. In 1999 UrbanArts aligned with Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) under then-college President Kay Sloan and UAI director Ricardo Barreto to strengthen each institution’s commitment to the study and practice of public art and design. In 2014, after disassociating from MassArt, UrbanArts became Now+There under the leadership of Kate Gilbert and embarked on a bold new road to curatorially-based work that is sensitive to community context and place.

2018-21 goals include:

Creating a portfolio of 15 high-impact public art projects and 30 smaller projects in areas of Boston where there isn’t art today.

Engaging new audiences through digital and in-person outreach and building 6M impressions annually.

Make public art an essential part of our city’s cultural fabric and identity through curation, market saturation and ardent demand for more public art.

Impact Statement

Since launching in July 2014, N+T has created six free public artworks, employed 26 artists, engaged 17 community partners, garnered 2 Public Art Network Year in Review awards, launched a 7-member Public Art Accelerator, attracted dozens of media reviews, completed a comprehensive 4-year strategic plan, and secured over $700,000 in seed funding. 

In 2018, N+T will produce eight projects in our curatorial theme of Common Home, exploring power, memory, and the use and enjoyment of our common spaces. Our first Common Home project, Open House by artist Liz Glynn, is a large-scale sculptural piece in the form of a concrete ballroom originally produced by Public Art Fund for New York City. It is on view on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, Kenmore Square through November 2018.

Continuing the theme of Common Home is Stephanie Cardon’s Unless, a large-scale installation that will hang in the iconic space of Center Court at the Prudential Center later in 2018. Commissioned by Boston Properties, Unless is a dynamic floor-to-ceiling artwork that calls us to examine climate change, power, and responsibility. In addition to Open House and Unless, during Fall '18 our Accelerator artists will create six new public artworks throughout Boston's neighborhoods.

Our 2018 programming follows a successful 2017 project season in which N+T launched our Year of the Woman, supporting five female artists with financial and technical assistance in the early stages of their concepts for complex and large-scale projects. N+T produced three Year of the Woman projects: Ann Lewis’ See Her mural in Lower Roxbury, Elisa Hamilton’s multi-media storytelling project Slideshow at HUBWeek, and Silvia López Chavez’s mural Patterned Behavior.

Other past projects include 2016’s Public Trust, an interactive public artwork about promises by Brooklyn-based artist Paul Ramirez Jonas and 2015’s Faces of Dudley, a collaboration between Now + There, street artist JR’s Inside Out Project and Cedric Douglas's Up Truck.

Needs Statement

With a recently created strategic business plan developed with Technical Development Corporation (TDC), N+T is focused on building a pipeline of high impact public art projects and the organizational capacity we need to lead and respond to change from within the public art sphere. As we move from a start-up with three full-time staff, to an organization with a staff of five, work is underway to develop a strong and sustainable base of financial support across public and private sources, including foundations, developers, corporate partners, and individual donors. Our immediate needs include:

Program funds to support our high impact projects in 2018 & 2019 (projects range in cost from $150,000-$250,000+) while we establish the cycle of project development for 2020 forward (projects can take 18-36 months to plan, site, and realize);

General operating funds to provide early capital that will enable us to hire a Curatorial Fellow and a Production Manager, and secure adequate but affordable office space;

Opportunity funds to launch a third program pillar – a new initiative that will focus on bringing together a diverse community of leaders who support public art in Boston through an annual symposia or conversation series ($15,000 annually).

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

Greater Boston

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts & Culture
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Temporary Public Art Projects

Delivering engaging, thought-provoking public artworks that create inspired spaces, spark conversations about social issues, and advance new definitions of public art. We are bringing high-impact work to Boston, accelerating local artists, and keeping artistic vision at the center of what we do. Projects begin with a chosen artist who is asked to develop a conceptual project prior to, or simultaneously to, choosing a site for the work.
Budget  $837,939
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults Families
Program Short-Term Success 

In the short-term, success for Now + There’s temporary public art program will result in the following:

  • diverse audience participation vis-à-vis direct engagement with the art or indirect participation (e.g., 6,000 in 2016, 30% of whom are categorized as economically disadvantaged),
  • 2-3 artists a year, along with 6 accelerator artists, will have the ability to realize fully funded public projects of significant scale with strong administrative support, and
  • Increased outreach through post-event product distribution (e.g., sales of Public Trust book, number of times Faces of Dudley is borrowed from the library and purchased online), social media responses, the growth of the database and email newsletter; and number of media impressions.
Program Long-Term Success 

Public art will be an essential part of our city’s cultural fabric and identity. Over the next five years, Now + There will create a portfolio of 15 high-impact public art projects and 30 smaller projects in areas of Boston where there isn’t art today, engaging new audiences and building 6 million impressions annually.

N+T’s long-term success will create qualitative and quantitative data showing the efficacy of public art to open dialogue and create positive change resulting in increased private philanthropy and grant funding for public art projects throughout Greater Boston, creating a virtuous cycle.

Our success as a driving force in the development of Boston’s public art identity will result in an increase in risk-taking projects by private developers, other cultural producers, and Greater Boston municipalities in new developments, in our parks, city-owned streets, and sidewalks, new municipal buildings, and privately managed public spaces (e.g., lobbies, train stations).

Program Success Monitored By  Now + There's public art programs have audience participation built into their core and thus monitoring engaged audience numbers is straightforward. Monitoring success will be conducted through on-the-ground surveys of participants during the program’s duration using the Net Promoter score, during which time we can also capture demographic information. With Public Trust we used "scrubbed" cellular data around our projects sites to track those who prefer to observe but not engage. Additionally, post-event follow-up interviews with community stakeholders and social media tracking gives us anecdotally, qualitative data to help round out direct data.
Examples of Program Success 
Public Trust 
Now + There's second project, Public Trust, an interactive sculpture of changing promises questioned the value of one's word in three Greater Boston locations—Dudley Square, Kendall Center, and Copley Square.

For 21 consecutive days, artist Paul Ramirez Jonas, with a crew of 15 local artist ambassadors invited us to make a promise that the artist recorded in a contract, a copy of which was each participant took home. The promise was then “published” on a 16'x16' billboard in context with promises made by our public figures, all chosen daily news. 956 people—many local Boston residents, as well as visitors from Venezuela, China, France, and India—made a promise. Through post-participation surveys, 91% of participants were “very satisfied” with the experience, noting their interaction with the artist ambassadors as especially meaningful, emotional, and welcoming. Public Trust was covered by major news outlets, including The Boston Globe, WBUR, WGBH, Art New England, and WCVB Channel 5.

Patterned Behavior 

Silvia Lopez Chavez is having a busy year. Since last fall, Silvia, an artist and designer who’s been based in Boston for 15+ years, has been commissioned to create three original murals - with five more in the pipeline for 2018. She’s accepted a visiting artist position at the Gardner Museum. Silvia is so busy that she’s actually been turning down work.

While she’s always been a talented artist, she’s never gotten work like this. So what’s changed? If you ask Silvia, she’ll tell you: it was her partnership with N+T.

In summer 2017, the Esplanade Association commissioned N+T to produce Silvia’s mural, Patterned Behavior, along the Charles River Esplanade. The mural was featured in eight media outlets, including a Boston Globe profile. Now, she’s seeing her career take off in ways she never expected.

As Silvia’s story shows, building a public art city is about the good that reverberates when N+T invests in artists’ vision - particularly artists of color and women, demographics most impacted by the systemic inequalities in the world of public art. It’s about engendering a positive cycle in which artistic risk-taking produces more art for all, and makes Boston a place where artists can thrive.


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kate Gilbert
CEO Term Start June 2014
CEO Email
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Laura Paul Director of Strategic Partnerships & Development --


Award Awarding Organization Year
PAN Year in Review recognition for "See Her" Public Art Network 2017
PAN Year in Review recognition for "Public Trust" Public Art Network 2016


Affiliation Year
-- --
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 40
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A


Board Chair Mr Geoff Hargadon
Board Chair Company Affiliation UBS Private Wealth
Board Chair Term May 2017 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Alberta Chu FaceTopo --
Mr. Chris Colbert Harvard Innovation Lab Voting
Emily Foster Day Boston Center for the Arts Voting
Geoff Hargadon UBS Financial Services Voting
Charla Jones Eu2Be --
Lisa Tung Massachusetts College of Art and Design Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Nick Capasso -- --
Elizabeth Dobrska Lovepop --
Jennifer Epstein Wheelings Hospitality Group --
Cher Krause Knight Emerson College --
Natalie Lemle -- --
Silvia Lopez Chavez -- --
Gioia Perugini -- --
Barbara Quiroga -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $837,939.00
Projected Expense $837,939.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2014 Form 990 (6 months covering July-Dec 2014)

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents

2017 Review

2015 Review

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $439,766 $151,807 $302,523
Total Expenses $268,218 $299,580 $113,660

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $439,764 $151,797 $302,518
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $2 $10 $5
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $78,345 $221,559 $54,856
Administration Expense $186,759 $72,677 $57,162
Fundraising Expense $3,114 $5,344 $1,642
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.64 0.51 2.66
Program Expense/Total Expenses 29% 74% 48%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 1% 4% 1%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $215,686 $42,214 $209,987
Current Assets $215,686 $42,214 $209,987
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $1,924 $0 $20,000
Total Net Assets $213,762 $42,214 $189,987

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 112.10 inf 10.50

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.
Now and There Inc. changed its fiscal year in 2014, from a July 1 - June 30 fiscal year to a Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 fiscal year. As such, a short year 990, reflecting the six month period (July 1 - Dec. 31, 2014) is posted above for your reference. 
Now and There was formerly known as Urban Arts Inc.


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