Introduction

The City of Boston, via the Boston Art Commission, invites artists to apply to create designs for permanent interior artworks to complement the recent renovation of the Vine Street Boston Center for Youth and Families in Dudley Square. 

RFP can viewed here: http://bit.ly/2PjdFne


Call released: Friday, October 25th, 2019, noon EST

Deadline for questions: Monday, November 18th EDT

Deadline for responses: Friday, December 6th, 11:59 pm EDT

Budget: $9,999


Project Context

This Call to Artists opportunity is part of the recent renovation of the Vine Street Boston Center for Youth and Families (BCYF). The mission of BCYF is to enhance the quality of life for Boston residents by partnering with community center councils, agencies, and businesses to support neighborhood needs. Their affordable programs range from preschool, school-aged and adult education, family literacy, and youth employment to violence prevention and intervention, senior activities, recreation and enrichment. Click here to learn more about their work.

The Walsh administration's multimillion dollar investment in the Vine Street center allowed it to receive the repairs and upgrades necessary to offer many additional resources to the Roxbury neighborhood. Upgrades included: renovating and reconfiguring all interior spaces, adding a fitness center, expanding the teen center, improving access to the center, adding air conditioning to the gym, and much more. Renovations were completed and the Center re-opened in the fall of 2018. 

A previous Call to Artists for an exterior permanent public artwork resulted in the commissioning of artist Casto Solano. Mr. Solano’s artwork for the Vine Street BCYF exterior front entry area will be installed in 2020.


Curatorial Vision

The Curatorial Vision of the Boston Art Commission (BAC) is to commission and approve innovative and transformative artworks that engage communities, enrich and enliven the urban environment, are driven by an Artistically strong vision, enhance the diversity of the existing collection, respond directly to a specific environment, and possess durability appropriate to the lifespan of the work.


Design Goals and Cultural Context

There are three qualities of the Vine Street BCYF and surrounding neighborhood that the artist may wish to take into consideration when applying:


Community

The purpose of Boston’s BCYF centers is to enhance the quality of life for all Bostonians. Vine Street BCYF offers a wide array of programs and connections and has created a space in which various communities in the neighborhood can gather, play, and learn. Reflecting the diversity of membership and programming is a primary goal for this artwork. 


Multi-generational use

The Vine Street BCYF serves the entire Dudley Square area in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. While most people are familiar with their robust children’s and teen’s programming, the center also has dedicated space for senior activities, and the exercise and other common rooms attract users of all ages and abilities. 


Health and wellness 

Much of the programming for the BCYF focuses on active living for all ages. Dance, basketball, active play, and group exercise are all strong programs at this location. BCYF designs their programing in alignment with their ACES framework (Arts, Community & Civic Engagement, Education and Sports, Recreation & Fitness). Artwork that reflects or engages the existing culture of wellness and physical activity would be appropriate for this site.


Percent for Art Timeline and Process

Timing

The City anticipates that this project will take approximately one year to complete. The following is the anticipated RFP timeline and a proposed project timeline:

RFP Timeline

Friday, October 25, 2019  RFP available by noon EST

Monday, November 18, 2019  Deadline for questions

Friday, December 6, 2019  Deadline to respond to the RFP, midnight EDT 

January 2020  Interviews with artists/ teams; specific date and time TBD

(Non-local artists may interview remotely via Google Hangouts)

March 2020  Artist/ team contract executed


Proposed Project Timeline (subject to change)

Spring 2020  Artist/ team design phase

Summer/ Fall 2020  Fabrication and installation


Budget

The total design budget is $9,999. This includes all of the artist’s costs associated with proposal, design, and the creation of high resolution digital files that will be used to create the final artworks.  A preliminary itemized budget is required to apply but is subject to change until the Boston Art Commission approves the artist/ team’s final design.

The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture will manage the fabrication, oversight, and installation of the artwork, which will be completed by a professional fabrication company (TBD).  The artist will be responsible for quality control throughout fabrication and installation, and we welcome their involvement at each stage of the process. 


Who Should Apply | Eligibility 

This Call to Artists is open to professional artists. The artist should work in a two-dimensional media such as photography, printmaking, painting, illustration, or graphic design. Artists who are interested in public art but do not yet have experience with permanent commissions and/or artists who have a cultural, historic, and/or artistic connection to the Vine Street BCYF or Roxbury neighborhood are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Non-Discrimination

The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, ancestry, or disability, nor will it fund projects that discriminate on these attributes.


Project Site(s)

The City has identified several potential sites for the artwork. All sites are internal and the artist must work with the existing infrastructure as the site is finished. The selected artist may identify additional sites in conjunction with Vine Street and the BAC. Please see the RFP linked here to view images of the interior spaces. 


Artist Responsibilities

The selected artist is responsible for:

  • Conducting site and community research as needed
  • Incorporating design feedback from the Boston Art Commission
  • Creating high resolution digital files of the final artwork
  • Working with the professional fabricator retained by the City to determine appropriate materials, scaling, and siting of the Artwork
  • Observation and Quality Control during the fabrication of the Artwork
  • Observation and Quality Control during the installation of the Artwork


Boston Art Commission

This project is commissioned by the City of Boston via the Boston Art Commission, which must vote to formally approve the project. The artist/ team will meet with the Boston Art Commission staff and/ or board at each phase of the project. The artist/ team is expected to be collaborative and open to project end-user, community stakeholder, and general public input; however, the Boston Art Commission has sole approval over each phase of the public art project and the final acceptance of the artwork into the City of Boston permanent collection.


Selection Criteria 

Artist selection will be determined by an Artist Selection Committee comprised of representatives from the Boston Art Commission and local arts professionals in accordance to the BAC’s Curatorial Vision, project design goals, and cultural context.

The Artist Selection Committee will review proposals using the following criteria

  • Does the artist’s Statement of Interest express particular attention to this project, connecting this project to their past and future work?
  • Does the artist’s Initial Project Concept Narrative meet the BAC’s Curatorial Vision?
  • Does the artist’s Initial Project Concept Narrative respond to the design goals and cultural context as described in this RFP?
  • Does the artist’s portfolio demonstrate a strong, high quality artistic vision?
  • Does the artist’s portfolio show artworks that are appropriate for the City’s permanent collection?
  • Do the artist’s references speak positively to their ability to complete this project on time and on budget?


How to Respond to this RFP

To respond to this Call to Artists, please prepare your application materials and submit your written proposal through this online application. Please note that we are not requesting design work at this time; you will be asked to communicate your artistic concept through a written proposal only. The following files are required:

  • Artist Description

Please provide background information including a bio, resume/CV, or other information that best highlights the strength of the applicant. PDF, DOC, or DOCX file types only; maximum five files. 

  • Statement of Interest (500 words or fewer):

Narrative describing the artist's interest in this project, connecting this project to the artist's past and future work.

  • Initial Project Concept Narrative (500 words or fewer):

Narrative describing an initial artistic concept for this artwork as well as any additional community processes that the artist would like to propose as part of the project (if applicable). 

  • Relevant Work Samples 

Up to 10 relevant work samples and a numbered, annotated image list with title, media, dimensions, location, brief description, date of the work, project budget, and project partners if applicable. Accepted file types: JPG, TIFF, PNG, AVI, WMV, or MP4. 

  • References

Please include contact information for up to three professional references for the artist. PDF, DOC, or DOCX file types only. 

  • Itemized Budget

Please provide an initial itemized budget of your project expenses using the template provided in Appendix A (see RFP linked here). If price proposal is based on time spent, please provide your hourly rate. PDF, DOC, DOCX, XLS, or XLSX file types only. 


Contact

Please contact Sarah Rodrigo, Public Art Project Manager, with any questions: sarah.rodrigo@boston.gov


About the Percent for Art Program

The Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture (MOAC) released the City’s first cultural plan, Boston Creates, in 2016, calling for increased support to Boston’s arts and culture ecosystem. The Percent for Art Program is a critical policy outcome of this planning process and addresses Goal 4 of the plan: to integrate arts and culture into all aspects of civic life, inspiring all Bostonians to value, practice, and reap the benefits of creativity in their individual lives and in their communities. The Percent for Art Program demonstrates the City’s leadership and commitment to sustainable funding for the arts by setting aside one percent of the City’s annual capital borrowing budget for the commissioning of public art. The Percent for Art Program is administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and the Boston Art Commission, in collaboration with the Office of Budget Management, the Public Facilities Department, and other City departments.

Opportunity Fund Guidelines

Purpose

The Opportunity Fund provides grants that support meaningful one-time opportunities for artists living in the City of Boston to further develop their career, and helps provide access to more opportunities for communities throughout the City of Boston to engage in arts experiences. The Opportunity Fund has three grant categories:

  • Artist Career Development (up to $1,000 grant)
  • Community Arts Experiences & Events (up to $2,000 grant)
  • MCC Festivals Program Matching Grant (up to $1,000 grant)


Application Cycle

Please see below for upcoming application deadlines. Applications will be reviewed the week following every application deadline. Individuals may only receive grant funding from the Opportunity Fund once per round of funding. Please note that following the grant deadline it will take the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture up to 4-8 weeks to review applications, award applicants, and have payments processed. If your event is coming up shortly, you are welcome to apply to the Opportunity Fund to have your expenses reimbursed, but we will not be able to guarantee advanced funding.


Application Open and Close Dates:

September 1 - September 30, 2019

November 1 - November 30, 2019

January 1 - January 31, 2020

March 1 - March 31, 2020

May 1 - May 31, 2020


Available Funds

In FY20 $200,000 will be available for distribution in $1,000 and $2,000 grants from the Opportunity Fund. Grant size will depend on the grant category you apply for. Please review the description of each grant category to learn more.


Application Requirements For All Applicants & Awardees

To submit a complete application, applicants must submit a completed W9 and must register with the City of Boston as vendors. 


Reporting Requirements

All grantees will be required to submit a final report that describes the outcomes of the experience and how the funds were used. Final reports must be filed online within one year of receiving your grant award letter. Please note that if you are awarded a grant, you will be required to apply for a Vendor ID number from the City of Boston in order to receive your funds. Grantees must keep all receipts in case the City of Boston requests them.


Please continue reading for specific guidelines for each grant category:


Artist Career Development Grant (up to $1,000)

Who can apply? 

Individual artists living in the City of Boston who want to pursue meaningful one-time artistic opportunities to further their career such as:

  • Funding to help support an artistic project
  • Funding for materials
  • Funding for professional development opportunities

Who is eligible?

Artists residing within the City of Boston are eligible to apply for the Artist Career Development Grant if their annual household income is under 65% of area median income (AMI). Nearly 80% of Certified Artists surveyed make an income of under $50,000/year. See below for 2019 income limits:

$51,600 (household of 1)

$58,950 (household of 2)

$66,300 (household of 3)

$73,650 (household of 4)

$79,550 (household of 5)

$85,450 (household of 6)

What expenses are eligible?

  • Cost of materials
  • Cost of travel, conference, or residency fees and,
  • Costs related to an artistic project, such as help framing paintings before an exhibition


Local Arts Experiences & Events (up to $2,000)

Who can apply?

Individual artists, teaching artists, and arts organizations (non-profits, grassroots, collectives, etc.) who would like to bring free public arts experiences into a community located in the City of Boston.

  • Local Arts Experiences & Events prioritizes bringing arts experiences into neighborhoods in the City of Boston that have been identified as having a lower concentration of arts activities that are free and open to the public. Priority communities include: Allston/Brighton, Chinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, Fenway/Kenmore, Roxbury, Mission Hill, and Mattapan. 
  • Experience or event can be recurring, first-time, or stand-alone experiences or events
  • Experiences do not have to happen in these geographic areas, but these geographic areas will be prioritized. Whether applicants' arts experience or event will occur in one of these neighborhoods or not, applicants are encouraged to explain how the community they will serve through this art experience are underserved by arts activities in the City of Boston.
  • Experiences can be in libraries, schools, or less traditional arts-learning spaces such as senior centers, health centers, or community centers.
  • Experiences must be free and open to the public.
  • If an experience or event includes showing a film, the film must be the applicant's own work and/or the applicant must be able to prove permission to show this work.

Who is eligible?

Artists who are applying to bring arts experiences into communities can live anywhere, but the arts experience offered must occur in the City of Boston. Main Streets organizations and public schools cannot apply. 

What expenses are eligible?

  • Materials for the arts experience
  • Compensation for artist(s) facilitating experience


MCC Festivals Program Matching Grant (2:1 matching grant)

Who can apply? 

Organizations or individuals who are producing a festival occurring in the City of Boston who have received a Festivals Program grant from the Mass Cultural Council are eligible to receive a matching grant from the Opportunity Fund. 

Who is eligible?

Applicants can live anywhere, but the festival they are organizing must occur within the City of Boston.

What expenses are eligible?

  • Fees paid to artists, musicians, performers, celebrities, special guests, and speakers.
  • Programming and production costs.
  • Equipment rental such as: sound, stage, lighting.
  • Accessibility services such as: enhancements for people with visual impairment or hearing loss.
  • Audience surveys, research or economic impact studies related to festival activities
  • Translation costs such as: promotional or programming materials for multi-cultural audiences.
  • Marketing and promotional materials


The Opportunity Fund is no longer supporting field trips. If you're interested in supporting a field trip or you've had one supported in the past by the Opportunity Fund, please know that we are working to find another way to support arts and cultural field trips this year and will be in touch with any updates. 

 The City of Boston is looking for its first Youth Poet Laureate. The Boston youth poet laureate program is a new program - created in cooperation with national youth literary organization, Urban Word, and local youth literary  leaders, Boston Public Library’s Teen Central, MassLEAP, and 826 Boston - which will be aligned with the work of the successful Boston poet laureate program, which was established in 2008 to highlight literary arts, and to promote appreciation for poetry. Similar to the Poet Laureate's challenge, the Youth Poet Laureate is tasked with inspiring deeper engagement in the written and spoken word.   

Like the City’s Poet Laureate, the Youth Poet Laureate will act as an advocate for poetry, language and the arts, and creates a unique artistic legacy through public readings and civic events. They will also attend a variety of civic functions, participate in poetry events, and oversee special civic projects. The mission for the youth laureateship is to raise the status of poetry in the everyday consciousness of Bostonians. 

The Youth Poet Laureate is a ceremonial and not a political appointment, and is intended to be a significant fixture in Boston's cultural and artistic arena. The Youth Poet Laureate will be able to learn, teach, and be a part of the great literary traditions of Boston. 

Duties 

The Boston Youth Poet Laureate will be expected to: 

  • Present appropriate works at civic events and attend official functions as a literary ambassador.
  • Enhance current Boston Public School and Boston Public Library poetry programs through engagement and outreach.
  • Act as a resource during National Poetry Month each April.
  • Work in harmony with the City of Boston Poet Laureate.
  • Represent Boston in local and possibly national Youth Poet Laureate competitions. 


Eligibility 

Applicants must: 

  • Be 13-18 years of age.
  • Have resided in the City of Boston for a minimum of one year prior to nomination.
  • Display a strong commitment to the community.
  • Be able and enthusiastic to fulfill duties.

NOTE: The committee welcomes candidates regardless of race, gender, belief, national origin, sexual orientation or physical ability. 

Term of Service 

The recommended term of service for the Youth Poet Laureate is two years, based on the calendar year. A Poet Laureate may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms (four years) at the Mayor’s discretion. If the Poet Laureate cannot fulfill his/her term due to illness, relocation, or inability to perform, the Laureate Selection Panel shall select a new Youth Poet Laureate to complete the term. 

Compensation

The Youth Poet Laureate will receive:

  •  A $500 honorarium each year.
  • Mentoring from the City of Boston Poet Laureate.
  • A published collection of poems while in this role.

 

Entry Rules 

Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated. Applications must include the following:     

  • Artist Statement and Biography - 250 words.
  • Artist Intent. What are some goals if awarded BYPL? (150 words.)
  • Up to five (5) original poems, ten pages, total. One of the poems should explore the subject: Boston.
  • Proof of City of Boston residency.
  • Candidates should also have written permission and contact info of Parent or Legal Guardian.

***The Youth Poet Laureate position may require minor local travel, and will provide potential opportunity to travel to out-of-state for Regional and even National Youth Poetry competitions. 

NOTE: Digital entries strongly preferred, but you may also mail in printed entries, as directed below: All entries must be submitted in a conventional font (such as Times New Roman) at 12-point size. Do not place name or address on works of poetry. Photocopied poems from publications are acceptable, however, name and/or address cannot be included. Do not staple documents. If return of materials is desired, enclose a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage. 

Faxed or Emailed applications will NOT be accepted. For those submitting mailed applications, please address to: The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture Attn: Youth Poet Laureate Selection Panel Boston City Hall, Room 802 One City Hall Plaza Boston, MA 02201 Submissions - both digital and printed – must be received by November 25, 2019. 

Selection Process 

A Call for Entries will be distributed through various print and online media. Eligible applicants will submit a résumé or curriculum vitae; examples of past-published work; a four-page maximum proposal describing how the applicant will enhance the City of Boston’s literary arts; and confirmation of residence. The selection process will consist of two-phases. After an initial screening of eligible applicants, the Laureate Selection Panel will evaluate all entries and choose its top candidates. Selection Panel will then hold interviews with the final candidates. During the interview, candidates may be asked to read some of their works, along with answering questions related to how they will make use of the Poet Laureateship. 

Deadline 

Submissions must be received by 5:00 pm on November 25, 2019. Please note: this is not a postmark date. 

Notification 

Applicants receiving an interview with the Selection Panel will be notified by mid December 2019. Boston Youth Poet Laureate will be announced  at Finalist Showcase on January 11, 2020 at Boston Public Library Central Branch. 

Intellectual Property 

All writings, notes, and original materials produced by the Youth Poet Laureate during the tenure as the Youth Poet Laureate shall remain the property of the Youth Poet Laureate. However, the City of Boston will have the right to reproduce these works. 

For further information, contact: 

Tom Johnston, the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture at 617.635.1238 or thomas.johnston@boston.gov.

CALLING LOCAL ARTISTS: HELP US DESIGN A HOLIDAY ‘B’

Hey, Boston! It’s time to show off your civic pride. The City of Boston Digital Team in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture want to celebrate our logo, the Boston B.

For many major holidays, the City sends out a graphic or message on our social channels depicting custom B’s, similar to the ones below from last year's Holiday 'B' Contest: 

 

2018 Winning Holiday B Designs 


With hundreds of holidays, our designers aren’t able to create custom artwork for all holidays . That’s where the artists of Boston come in.

We’re asking local artists, students and residents to choose a holiday - any holiday! - and create an idea for a custom B. Your imagination is your only limit -- send us a as complete a design as possible to represent the B for your chosen holiday.

A team of individuals from the Digital Team and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture will review each proposal and pick projects based on the best creative expression of the represented holiday. We will then ask the selected artist to make the artwork.

Up to 25 proposals, each representing a different holiday, will be selected.

HOW TO SUBMIT:

RULES:

  • You must be an artist living or working in the city of Boston.
  • You can send as many submissions as you would like. Only one submission per holiday.
  • Application will open on October 1, 2019.
  • Deadline for proposals is 5 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2019
  • All proposals and eventual submission must be digital and uploaded to Submittable.
  • You must use the B graphic found here.
  • Other than the graphics/logos/marks we provide you, all other content must be original.
  • No offensive imagery. Inclusions of these materials will automatically disqualify the work submitted by an individual.

DETAILS

  • You own all of your work, no matter what happens. By proposing and submitting, you grant the City of Boston the right to display the work on our print and digital channels indefinitely.
  • You can submit designs for any holiday! If you see a holiday or significant event we missed, please let us know and feel free to submit for it. We've made a list of holiday inspiration here!
  • The City will be offering a stipend of $50 in addition to credit to the artists for designs that are chosen. 
  • We will only be selecting one design for each holiday.
  • There is no guarantee that by submitting a proposal, your artwork will be shown by the City. We reserve the right to use chosen artwork across media.
  • Proposals and artwork will be accepted based on originality and execution of the spirit of the holiday selected. Here are some examples of past B’s we’ve released.
  • We’re open to participants using any type of medium that can be digitized and used for social media (we can help you with this).
  • Applicants must become vendors with the City of Boston and submit a W-9 to submit a complete application.
  • Applications must be received from the applicant.



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.

Public Art Curator Roster Guidelines

The City of Boston is creating a list of qualified curators interested in leading in the creation of municipal, private, and public-private public art projects. The Public Art Curator Roster is a response to an increase in requests for qualified curators experienced in the public realm from stakeholders in the field. In order to provide interested parties introduction to experienced public art curators, this list will be made publicly available on Boston.gov/arts. 

The Public Art Curator Roster is valid for a period of eight years. Upon expiration, the curator will need to reapply to renew their inclusion on the roster.

Who is eligible for a Public Art Curator Roster?
Applicants must able to demonstrate that they have a recent body (last three years) of curatorial experience and must be at least 18 years of age. Additionally, curators and other professionals with experience and interest in the following categories are considered:

  • Public art planning
  • Public art project management

Curators with experience and interest in the following categories of projects are considered:

  • Private property projects
  • Public property projects
  • Interior projects
  • Exterior projects
  • Temporary installations
  • Long-term installations
  • Two-dimensional projects
  • Three-dimensional projects
  • Participatory activations working with multiple stakeholders 

Curators may work as a sole proprietor or may be a member of a larger organization or company but must apply individually. 

The City of Boston is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. Qualified applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military, and veteran status, or other protected category.

Why create this roster?

The Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture (MOAC) released the City’s first cultural plan, Boston Creates, in 2016, calling for increased support to Boston’s arts and culture ecosystem. In order to integrate art into Boston's landscape, the City created a Percent for Art Program demonstrating the City’s leadership and commitment to sustainable funding for the arts by setting aside one percent of the City’s annual capital borrowing budget for the commissioning of public art. 

In order to fulfill this shared vision of a robust arts and culture ecosystem, the City's efforts must be met with private endeavors and public-private partnerships. Urban visionaries across the world invite curators and artists to join their design teams; we encourage all leaders working in Boston to celebrate the unique cultural vibrancy of the city of Boston through the creation of innovative and transformative artworks in our built environment. 

Who reviews the applications?

The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture reviews applications and decisions are final. If an applicant is not accepted during this round, it is because they were not able to convey that they have been actively curating public art projects 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 a resume or CV that lists dates and locations of exhibitions, installations, publications, performances, press, awards, residencies, jobs held in arts discipline field, and formal training if relevant.
  • Documentation of installations and exhibitions 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 Public Art Curator Roster 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.

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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Boston Art Commission logo 

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.

City of Boston Arts and Culture