Strong Towns Podcast
Episode 408

Pasqualina Azzarello

Rachel Quednau published on

Pasqualina Azzarello is a painter, public muralist, educator, and community advocate. She currently serves as City Arts Coordinator at Easthampton City Arts+ in Easthampton, Massachusetts, and she is also part-time faculty at Parsons The New School in New York City. (Plus, she's the sister of Strong Towns' Growth Manager, Max Azzarello.)

In this interview with Rachel Quednau, Pasqualina discusses the experience of creating murals at New York City construction sites, on sound barrier walls in Tucson, AZ and every where in between, as well as the importance of involving the community in public art decisionmaking. She also talks about her new position as City Arts Coordinator in Easthampton, MA and what it's like to lead her town's public art initiatives as a government employee.

You can read more about Pasqualina's initial New York City construction murals in the New York Times and read more about New York construction murals over the last decade in the New Yorker.

Visit Pasqualina Azzarello's website to see more of her work.

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  • Doug Wedel

    Hoarding. That's the name of temporary walls for construction. Perfect for transient murals, which speak on current issues. I have gone by the construction sites where old buildings were knocked down and the temprary fences enclosed the lot. They knocked down the buildings but were not ready to put up the new construction. So what we see is a field of rubble sitting there for six months to as much as five years. I keep thinking, what would happen if a tractor came in and tilled furrows in circles and made a zen garden? Stones or Japanese maples or even the rusty recycled steel art sculptures could be strategically placed on the site. The art would come off the walls and go into the ground. I think that would be cool. What do you think?