The Urban Culture Institute works to promote excellence in the arts and culture. Our mission is to support community building through the facilitation of public art and the development of winning strategies for public places. The Institute was founded based on the belief that our shared public experiences should contribute to our personal well-being and to improving the quality of our lives. To achieve this objective, we embrace the principles of inclusivity, diversity and sustainability with a deep commitment to placemaking.
The Institute was launched by Christina Lanzl and Dieta Sixt as a participatory, creative team practice supporting the effort to regain public access to an exceptional inner-city forest in Berlin, Germany, that had been developed and failed as a privately owned theme park. Current public art and planning projects include initiatives in partnership with the City of Boston, Boston Children's Hospital––a Harvard University institution, the Fort Point Arts Community and the international performance group, Social Muscle Club.
We offer a multidisciplinary practice working with institutions, communities, artists, design teams and professionals in the creative and service sectors. Expertise and projects range from advisory services and public art facilitation to cultural planning and think tanks.
The Urban Culture Institute is DBE/WBE certified and eligible to meet women and minority business participation goals on federal and state-funded contracts issued by the State of Massachusetts.