Taking the "art" out of Allston

One big change in the new Harvard plan is the removal of any specific plans to include performing and visual arts in Harvard's Allston expansion. Past plans described a performing arts center at the current site of the Charlesview apartments and a contemporary art museum also in Allston.

2010 Harvard Crimson story:
Lori E. Gross, the Associate Provost of Arts and Culture, echoes these sentiments.

“Arts and culture has always been part of the long term plan in Allston,” she says.

Yet the administration’s language on the subject remains vague. “In due course Allston will be a wonderful space for artistic experimentation and collaboration,” Sorensen writes. “It will offer not only our students and faculty unique cultural activities, but it will also share them with the Allston residents in innovative, fruitful ways, facilitating cultural citizenship and entrepreneurship.”

2011 Work Team report:
In past planning, the area defined as west of the Harvard Business School (including Ohiri Field and the site of the Harvard Innovation Lab) and bounded by Western Avenue and North Harvard Street, was viewed as an area for academic growth and was contemplated for use by professional schools and the arts.

The Work Team recommends that this area continue to be viewed as a place for academic growth, in addition to the Western Avenue foundation. This recommendation does not preclude prior proposed uses, although the Work Team recognizes that those uses may change given current economic conditions and University needs.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:11 AM

    There are other things left out: the new athletic venues, the new residential house (where the athletic venues currently are), the move from Cambridge of the Graduate School of Education.

    Some of these may still be in the cards, but await the forthcoming capital campaign to raise money for them. Harvard seems to have focused only on the land south of Western Ave.