Taylor Mortell is an artist and activist living and working in Boston, MA. She currently studies at Boston University as a Dean’s Scholar and is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Arts Leadership. She is also a volunteer studio art instructor in the Zakim Center of Integrative Therapies at The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Last year, Taylor cofounded and lead the multifaceted, greater Boston community art project, “Still Running: An Art Marathon for Boston.” Originally started in response to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Still Running grew into a year-long series of free community art-making events called “Art Marathons” where all were invited to make artwork celebrating Boston while providing an outlet for the city to heal. The goal was to make artwork that would later be given local first responders as a way to give thanks for their service.
In all, Still Running held 13 community art-making events and group exhibitions at Boston University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Laura’s Center for the Arts, Boston Symphony Hall, and Boston City Hall. It was featured in 22 major news publications including NPR Morning Edition, WBUR’s The ARTery, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, and Boston Magazine. The project received grant funding and endorsements from Youth Service America, The Festival of Children Foundation, and The Boston University Arts Initiative.
As a result, Still Running was able to produce over 300 works of art that were then gifted to The Boston Police Department, Boston Medical Center, The United States Air Force, The Boston Athletic Association, and The Boston University Police Department. The contributions of Still Running were recognized at a healing arts reception and memorial concert held at Boston Symphony Hall on the first anniversary of the marathon bombings.
Taylor was presented with The Citizen Artist Award in recognition of contributions in art for societal impact.