Deadline: July 23, 2019

The City of Boston is accepting partnership applications for Our Town, a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) creative placemaking grant program. 

Our Town applications require two primary partners:

  1. a nonprofit organization 
  2. a local government entity

The City of Boston, based on NEA guidelines, can only support two applications. The City of Boston will select two projects to partner with, prioritizing projects that accomplish one or more of the following priorities:

  • Preserving culture in changing neighborhoods
  • Creating opportunities for underrepresented artists (artists of color, LGBTQ artists, artists with disabilities, or youth)
  • Addressing systemic inequities via arts and culture strategies,
  • Building or developing new infrastructure for the arts via partnerships or development of spaces/facilities. 

Our Town grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount.  

We will work with the selected partners to revise and finalize the application before the Our Town grant application deadline on August 6, 2019. 

Artist Certification Guidelines

What is an Artist Certificate? 

An Artist Certificate is a letter from Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture. The letter confirms that the artist has been reviewed by a committee of peers and is “certified” as a working artist. An Artist Certificate qualifies an artist as eligible for live/work and work spaces listed through the Artist Space program - spaces developed by the City of Boston. The Artist Certification is valid for a period of eight years. Upon expiration, the artist will need to reapply ro renew their certification. The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture keeps a list of all spaces for artists in the City of Boston, whether they require the Artist Certification or not. Review those spaces here.

Who is eligible for an Artist Certificate?

Applicants must able to demonstrate that they have a recent body (last three years) of fine artwork and must be at least 18 years of age. Artists in the following disciplines are considered:

  • Visual Arts: including painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, conceptual art, ceramics, woodworking, architecture/design, media arts, film, and new media.
  • Performing Arts: including dance, theater, and music.
  • Literary Arts: including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and spoken word.
  • Multidisciplinary Art

If you are a commercial artist who has an office space to do your work, and/or works for a company instead of for yourself (sole proprietor) we require examples of your personal fine art to ensure that you need an artist space for your artistic work.

Who reviews the applications?

The Artist Resource Manager in the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture reviews applications.

The decision of the Artist Resource Manager is final. If an applicant is not certified during this round, it is because they were not able to convey that they have been actively making art in the past three years through their application.

Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria.

  • Evidence of a recent body of work (last three years), demonstrated by an artist resume or CV that lists dates and locations of exhibitions, publications, performances, press, awards, artist residencies, jobs held in arts discipline field, and formal training if you have it.
  • Documentation of artwork including image files, video clips, and writing samples. Files must be dated or they will not be considered. 
  • Recommendations and letters of support from peers and professionals in the arts.

When are applications accepted?

Applications for the Artist Certification are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications are reviewed the last week of every month. If you submit your application by close of business on the last Tuesday of the month, your application will be reviewed that month.

When will I hear back about the status of my application?

You should expect to wait no more than 6 weeks to hear back.

What is Automatic Certification?

Automatic certification is granted to artists who have received any of the following awards in the last 3 years: the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, The Boston Foundation Brother Thomas Fellowship, the Boston Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, or the City of Boston Emerging Artist Award.

To receive automatic certification, please fill out your name and contact information in the Artist Certification application and upload your fellowship letter in the Work Samples section. Letter must prove reception of award in the past three years.

Boston City Hall

Call to Artists & Art Organizations

The Scollay Square Gallery, The Mayor’s Gallery, and 

The Mayor’s Neighborhood Gallery at Boston City Hall.


Seeking artists and artist organizations, that live or create in Boston to exhibit at Boston City Hall. Your submission will be kept on file for future consideration.


Selection process

  • This is an ongoing search, there is no deadline

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The Boston Art Commission, housed within the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, advocates for the creation of innovative and transformative art and promotes its accessibility to enrich the lives of Boston’s diverse citizens and visitors. The Art Commission advises, supports, and consults with artists and communities, City departments, and others. It commissions, approves, and conserves the City of Boston’s collection of art and historical artifacts.

Please fill out the following form to propose both short and long-term public art and design interventions and installations on City of Boston property.

All applications will be reviewed by the Boston Art Commission at our monthly meeting, scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month. We ask for applications to be submitted two weeks before a BAC meeting and six weeks before the proposed start date.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced a call for submissions for the fourth annual Fay Chandler EMERGING Art Exhibition, a celebration of the Boston visual arts community. Artists that live, work or create in the City of Boston are encouraged to submit their work for consideration.
Hosted by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, the Fay Chandler EMERGING Art Exhibition will feature fresh, original and contemporary works of art created by Boston artists. The art will be displayed at Boston City Hall in the Scollay Square Gallery August 12, 2019 – September 20, 2019.  
Fay Chandler was a Boston philanthropist and advocate for the arts. As an artist who started her career later in life, she serves as the inspiration for this exhibition and to artists of all ages.
DEADLINE: July 27, 2019

Christine O'Donnell, Beacon Gallery
Lydia Gordon, Peabody Essex Museum
and TBD
Best in Show: $2,500.00
Started making art in the last 3 years: $1500.00
Over 50 award: $1000.00
ING * Prize winners from last year's EMERGING art exhibition are ineligible to apply.
Please submit your application to join us for the fourth year of The Fay Chandler EMERGING Art Exhibition. This is a free event that celebrates the Boston visual arts community.
The reception for the Fay Chandler EMERGING Art Exhibition will take place on September 19, 2019 6-8 pm, Scollay Square Gallery, 3rd Floor, Boston City Hall.
1. Artists must live, work, or create in  Boston.
2. All work must be made in the last 3 years.
3. Artists with gallery representation are ineligible.
4. Artists must be at least 18 years old.
5. 2D art MUST be wired across the back, ready to hang & no larger than 48” in any dimension.
6. 3D art must be no larger than 20” in any dimension.
· All work will be displayed in the Scollay Square Gallery at Boston City Hall.
· Artists are responsible for transporting their work.
· All artists exhibit at their own risk. A waiver will be provided.
· Artists selected for the exhibition will be notified by August 2, 2019
· Drop off of work selected will take place August 4 – August 8, 2019 

City of Boston Arts and Culture