Ends on December 30, 2017

Artist Certification Guidelines

What is an Artist Certificate? 

An Artist Certificate is a letter from Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and the Boston Planning and Development Agency (formerly BRA) to an artist. 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 artist spaces for a period of eight years. Upon expiration, the artist will need to renew their certification.

Who is eligible for an Artist Certificate?

Applicants must able to demonstrate that they have a recent body of work 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

Who reviews the applications?

A Peer Review Panel selected from a pool of Boston artists and arts professionals reviews applications on a quarterly basis.

The decision of the panel is final. If an applicant is not certified during this round, they can request feedback on how to improve their application and reapply in a future round. 

Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria.

  • Evidence of a recent body of work, demonstrated by an artist resume or CV that lists dates and locations of exhibitions, publications, performances, or press. 

  • Documentation of artwork including image files, video clips, and writing samples.

  • Recommendations and letters of support from peers and professionals in the arts.

When are applications accepted?

Applications for the Artist Certification are reviewed four times per year. The four review deadlines are: March 30, June 30, September 30, and December 30. Applications are not reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications for each of these deadlines are reviewed during the month following the deadline.

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

You will receive an email updating you on the status of your application one month following the deadline of the application period in which you applied. Applications are not reviewed on a rolling basis.

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. 

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
Public Art  Design Application
Public Art  Design Application

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 generally ask for applications to be submitted 2 weeks before a BAC meeting and 6 weeks before the proposed start date, to allow us time to process the request and work with other departments for permissions and the insurance waiver scheduled BAC meeting.

The Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture invites Boston-area artists to make art out of overlooked urban forms.

Submit your design idea for City utility boxes!

PROJECT OVERVIEW

The PaintBox program, organized by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, is geared towards the recognition and celebration of local artists. Artists paint City of Boston utility boxes with original designs. Once professionally painted, these utility boxes in neighborhood business districts will contribute to the vitality and attractiveness of the urban streetscape and deter graffiti.

PROCESS

● Up to three (3) designs by each Boston artist will be considered at a time. The PaintBox design template can be downloaded here.
● Selections will be made by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.
● Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
● Artists will be notified if and when their designs are selected.

ELIGIBILITY

Artists must be at least 18 years of age. Artists can only receive one PaintBox stipend per year.

SPECIFICATIONS

● You must submit a specific location. We encourage artists to select boxes in neighborhoods underserved with public art and boxes that are in need of aesthetic improvement. PaintBox projects proposed for some historic districts may not be approved.
● Artists must avoid dark palettes in order to prevent boxes from overheating in the sun.
● Artists must supply their own materials, tools, and water while painting.
● The utility boxes must be scraped, cleaned and primed (with automobile spray primer) before painting. Please tape over functional areas– hinges, vents, locks, meters, keyholes, and any cautionary text – as the operational use of the boxes cannot be obstructed by paint.
● Artists are responsible for protecting their work from the elements and possible vandalism by using durable materials and a protective varnish and coating of wax. As you develop your designs, please keep in mind that large, empty monochrome areas do not help to discourage vandalism.
● The area around the box must be maintained at all times, including a passage on the sidewalk for pedestrians and unobstructed traffic lanes, as well as protecting the area from drips, etc. A drop cloth must be used while priming and painting.
● Please subtly incorporate the text 'Sponsored by the City of Boston' into your design.

PROJECT AWARD

Participating Boston artists may receive one $300 stipend from the City of Boston upon completion of their box(es). Artists are responsible for the cost of all materials required to complete and protect their artwork. In order to receive payment, artists must submit the following:

● A photo of the electric utility meter number (if visible) – this is part of a collaboration with the Environment Department to promote energy efficiency through improved tracking for our street lights and traffic lights.
● Photos of the completed PaintBox
●A City of Boston vendor ID number


Visit publicartboston.com to see examples of PaintBoxes in the city. Please click here to view and download the PaintBox design template.

Please contact BAC@Boston.gov with any questions.

Ends on December 30, 2017

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 five grant categories:


  • Artist Career Development

  • Community Arts Experiences

  • Local Arts Events

  • MCC Festivals Program Matching Grant

  • Field Trips


Application Cycle

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed every other month. Individuals may only receive grant funding from the Opportunity Fund once per year. See below dates to decide when to apply for the Opportunity Fund.

If you need funding between:

Apply by this deadline:

You will be notified if you received funding by:

February 28-April 30, 2018

December 30, 2017

February 28, 2018

April 30-June 30, 2018

February 28, 2018

April 30, 2018

June 30-August 30, 2018

April 30, 2018

June 30, 2018

August 30-October 30, 2018

June 30, 2018

August 30, 2018

October 30-December 30, 2018

August 30, 2018

October 30, 2018

December 30, 2018-February 28, 2019

October 30, 2018

December 30, 2018


Available Funds

In 2017-2018 $200,000 will be available for distribution from the Opportunity Fund. The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture will make $33,333 available every other month.


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 the grant. Please note that if you are awarded a grant, you or your fiscal sponsor will be required to apply for a Vendor ID number from the City of Boston in order to receive your funds.


Please continue reading for specific guidelines for each grant category:


Artist Career Development Grant

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 2017 income limits:

Household Size

65% AMI

1

$47,050

2

$53,800

3

$60,500

4

$67,200

5

$72,600

6

$78,000

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


Community Arts Experience Grant

Who can apply?

Individual artists and/or teaching artists who would like to bring free arts experiences into a community located in the City of Boston.

  • The Community Arts Grant 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.  

  • Experiences do not have to happen in these geographic areas, but these geographic areas will be prioritized. Whether applicants' arts experience 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.

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.

What expenses are eligible?

  • Materials for the arts experience

  • Compensation for artist(s) facilitating experience


Local Arts Event Grant

Who can apply?

Artists leading an established, annual community-based arts experience/event/festival can apply for funding to support their event.

Who is eligible?

Organizers of a pre-existing event in the City of Boston that has been held at least once in past years. For example, all currently existing Open Studios cohorts are welcome to apply for this grant. Events must be free arts-focused events that are open to the public. Organizations who are receiving operational support from the Boston Cultural Council Organizational Grant are welcome to apply for the Event Grant.

Who is ineligible?

Organizations that received programmatic funding through the Boston Cultural Council Organizational Grant cannot receive funding through the Opportunity Fund in the same year. Organizations that received operational funding through the Organizational Grant are welcome to apply for this Event Grant.

What expenses are eligible?

  • Promotion and marketing materials such as: advertising, design and printing, marketing consultants, and production and design of and collateral such as maps and wayfinding.

  • Supply and equipment needs for the event itself such as tables, tents, pop-up canopies, and chair rentals.

  • Shuttle rental

  • Fees paid to designers, artists, musicians, performers, celebrities, special guests, and speakers.


MCC Festivals Program 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.


Field Trips

Who can apply?

Teachers at K-12 schools in the City of Boston who are planning arts and cultural field trips are welcome to apply for an Opportunity Fund Field Trip Grant to help support the costs of the field trip.

Who is eligible?

Applicants must be teachers or school administrators at schools that are located in the City of Boston.

What expenses are eligible?

  • Travel

  • Tickets

  • Food






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Overview

The City of Boston, as part of a new Percent for Art program, invites artists to submit responses to this Request for Proposals for a public art project to complement 2017/2018 renovations to the Vine Street BCYF center. Proposals should be submitted as written concepts; no design work is requested until the artist is selected. 

Call released: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Deadline for responses: Monday, December 18, 2017  (by midnight EST)

Budget: $150,000 

Eligibility: This RFP is open to all professional artists, artisans, architects, landscape architects, or design teams (hereinafter referred to as “the Artist”), with experience in public art, site responsive design, project management, and construction administration. Professionals from the Roxbury neighborhood are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Click here to read the full RFP.