Public Art & Works
While studying at The New England Conservatory, Jake Kaplan found a sense of direction in dedicating himself to community engagement and social action. As a member of NEC's first Initiative for Social Change, he was deeply involved with programming positive initiatives for NEC and the greater Boston area. Jake Currently works with underserved students in Philadelphia area.
He is emerging as a multi- disciplinary artist who is bridging the gaps between creative music and public art. Creative place- making is an especially poignant place of interest, as he is currently researching the creation of functional spaces to encourage creativity. Co- creating and curating with a community mindset dominates his work, while he also addresses living in and wrestling with the current American political climate.
His most recent works include, "Why Don't You Care About Us?- An Open Letter to the U.S Government," debuted in Boston. In this multi-movement work scored for a 20 piece mixed chamber ensemble, he attempts to sort through his own feelings regarding the most recent change in executive administration. Additional performances are currently in planning for Philadelphia and New York City. He is currently working on a large ensemble EP recorded entirely remotely during the pandemic.
Jake also co- curates a contemporary concert series with Sam Gellerstein, entitled 'Undone.' The mission of the 'Undone' series is to highlight works and performers who are underrepresented in the Philadelphia music community. The 'Undone' series is currently partnered with Ryan Fitzgerald of Boku Art Gallery, in order to increase the accessibility of contemporary music in the city.