In 2019, I received funding from the National Parks Service and the Boston Foundation to activate urban national parks through site-specific investigation with my company, The Reciprocity Collaborative. We were invited to focus on urban sites in Boston, including Old North Church, Old South Meeting House, and the Boston Harbor Islands

Inspired by history and informed by the way visitors move through and experience historic sites, The Reciprocity Collaborative team, including Sue Murad, Kristin Barendregt, Harrison Burke, Caca Yvaire, Jessi Stegall, and Jenna Pollack, designed guiding questions to link artist and site through creative inquiry, driven by observation and engagement with everyday rhythms.

Caca Yvaire Spectacle

Çaca Yvaire, Spectacle Island Sculpture 2019

Prompts focused on formal architectural elements, as well as the visible and invisible conventions, social interactions, and expectations of the site itself. By creating site-specific, immersive performances in non-traditional settings, the team engaged in practice-based research to unpack how significant spaces fit into our daily lives. 

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