The City of Boston, as part of its Percent for Art program, invites artists or artist teams to apply to create permanent public artwork to complement the new East Boston Police Station. 

Call released: March 25, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT
Deadline for responses: April 25, 2019, 11:59 PM EDT
Budget: $450,000

This Call to Artists is open to all artists, artisans, architects, landscape architects, or teams with experience in public art, site responsive design, project management, and construction administration.

Click here to read the full RFP. To print, please download first.  Haga clic aqui para postularse en espanol


La ciudad de Boston, a través del programa Percent for Art, invita a artistas o equipos de artistas a postularse para crear una obra de arte pública y permanente que servirá para complementar la nueva estación de policía en East Boston.

Lanzamiento del anuncio: 25 de Marzo del 2019, 12:00 p.m., EDT

Fecha límite para la recepción de respuestas: 25 de Abril del 2019, 11:59 p.m., EDT

Presupuesto: $450,000


Este anuncio a artistas se encuentra abierta a artistas, artesanos, arquitectos, arquitectos de paisajismo o equipos con experiencia en arte público, diseño de sitios con capacidad de respuesta, gestión de proyectos y administración de la construcción.

Haga clic aquí para leer la RFP completa. Para imprimir, descargue primero.

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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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.

Artist Fellowship Award

The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture (MOAC) is excited to announce the second round of the City of Boston’s Artist Fellowship Award. The Artist Fellowship Award invests in the advancement of mid-career artists living in Boston. This direct, unrestricted award aims to recognize exceptional original artistic work throughout the city, with the goal of helping recipients advance their careers and continue their work in Boston with success.

The Award

The City of Boston will offer five fellowship awards, each worth $10,000 in 2019. Awards will be distributed across artistic disciplines, and the number of awards per discipline will vary according to the applications received and the recommendations of the review panel. Awards will be distributed throughout Boston to artists from a diverse range of backgrounds who live and work in different neighborhoods throughout the city.

This year, the Artist Fellowship is geared toward artists who are mid-career or emerging artists who are experienced enough that further support at this moment could help push their career more into a "mid-career" phase. Ideal candidates have had time to prove their commitment to their artistic career through three years or more of showing and selling their artistic work in Boston, but continue to have room to grow in Boston's artistic ecosystem. While the Artist Fellowship is open to applications from all Boston-based artists, ideal candidates do not consider themselves emerging, established, or nearly established artists in Boston.  

Not sure about your career phase? 

Please click the link below to read a description of the three phases of an artist's career (Emerging, Mid-Career, and Established) to help inform which phase you are currently in:


  • To commend the work of extraordinary artists living in Boston and invest in their future success
  • To allow Boston-based artists the resources necessary to dedicate their time to creating high-quality work
  • To provide professional growth and career development opportunities to Boston-based artists; and
  • To elevate local artists within our city.

Who May Apply

Individual artists who work professionally in art disciplines, including but not limited to dance, music, theater, visual arts, poetry/fiction writing, interdisciplinary/performance art, and media arts may apply. Applicants must be City of Boston residents and able to provide accurate documentation upon request. Applications submitted on behalf of an artist are welcome. Awardees must maintain their residency through the 12 months following when they receive the fellowship. 


  • Must live in Boston, and must plan to remain a City of Boston resident for 12 months after receiving the Artist Fellowship Award if awarded 
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Applicants must consider themselves mid-career artists
  • Cannot be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program when applying for the Artist Fellowship Award and during the 12 months after receiving the Artist Fellowship Award
  • Applicants must have lived in Boston for three years before applying 
  • Previous recipients of the Artist Fellowship Award are not eligible to apply
  • Recipients of the City of Boston's third year of Boston AIR (Boston Artists-in-Residence) are not eligible to apply. Past Boston AIR recipients are welcome to apply

Allowable Expenses & Award Requirements

This is an unrestricted award that can be used for expenses at the discretion of the recipient, with the intention of providing recipients with the support they need to be able to continue their high-quality artistic practices. 

Artist Fellows will be required to keep MOAC aware of any exhibitions/screenings/performance/panels etc. of their work and career milestones through the year so that MOAC can share these opportunities for the public to become familiar with the work of the Artist Fellows. Awardees will also be required to work with the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture on one public presentation of their work during their year of fellowship.

To receive this award, awardees will be required to create a Vendor ID with the City of Boston.

Timeline and Review Process

Applications for the Artist Fellowship Award will open on April 16 at close at 5PM on Thursday May 16. No late applications will be accepted for any reason. Once received, applications will be initially reviewed for eligibility and completeness. If eligible and complete, they will then be evaluated by a panel of jurors and scored against an evaluation rubric. Scores are then tallied and averaged. The jury will review and discuss finalist applications to approve recipients of the award. Awardees will be notified of Artist Fellowship Award decisions over the summer of 2019 and selected applicants will receive the award thereafter. Recipients will be recognized as Boston Artist Fellows for a year after receiving the award and their work will be highlighted in the web presence of MOAC. 

Evaluation Criteria

  • Do examples of the applicant's artistic work and information provided by the applicant convey rigor in their artistic practice?
  • Does the artist’s work stands out within their artistic discipline in the City of Boston?
  • Does the artist’s past work, commitment to their artistic career, and the progress of their artistic career show promise and potential for them to go further in their creative practice?
  • Are you are overjoyed by the thought of awarding this artist one of this year's five, $10,000 Artist Fellowship Awards?


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. 

Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture

Project Partnership Grant

The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture (MOAC) is pleased to announce the Project Partnership Grant. This grant is intended to elevate recurring events and programs that create opportunities for artists in Boston. Eligible projects may include arts or cultural programs, activations, annual cultural traditions, and community arts events. We are looking for projects that would significantly benefit by resources from and partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and that will contribute to the cultural vitality of the Boston community as a whole.

The Grant

The City of Boston will offer three grants, each with a maximum grant amount of $10,000. In addition to the financial grant, MOAC team members and MOAC’s Artist Resource Desk may provide assistance with:

  • Event or program production including advertising vendor/artist opportunities, identifying venues, and identifying additional valuable resources or collaborators; 
  • Identifying and navigating resources and information related to permitting, licensing, etc.; and 
  • Assistance with press and marketing efforts 

Funding Priorities

  • Artistic vision, aspiration and experience, and ability to deliver promised high-quality programming.
  • Projects that amplify the work of artists from under-represented communities, including communities of color, LGBTQ communities, immigrant communities, people with disabilities, and others.
  • Projects which highlight art traditions and disciplines that currently lack visibility in Boston.
  • Projects that can significantly benefit from partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.
  • Due to limited available funds and high demand for support, the City may award a smaller amount than is requested. The applicant should indicate on the grant application how this may affect the project.
  • Applicants should be prepared not to receive full funding and make plans to secure additional funding.


The following are eligible to apply:

  • Individual artists, art collectives, non-profits, producers, and curators. All artistic disciplines are welcome.
  • Applicant must have a track record relevant to the proposed project - the proposed project or event must have happened or have been tested in some form previously. 
  • All projects must be based in the City of Boston and demonstrate a tangible benefit to Boston citizens. The MOAC only considers projects that demonstrate a direct value to the City of Boston and its population. 
  • The proposed project or event must include a plan to compensate all artists involved.
  • Applicant must be at least 18 years old.
  • Project must occur by July 1, 2020.

Allowable Expenses

  • The grant must be used for project expenses (i.e. materials, space rental, artist fees, marketing, permit fees, etc.) 
  • Timeline and Review Process
  • Application will open on April 16, 2019. Applications will be reviewed for eligibility and completeness and then evaluated by a panel of jurors staffed by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture. The selected projects will be announced in Spring 2019.

Evaluation Criteria

The MOAC will consider, among other things:

  • Does applicant demonstrate ability to implement project? Does the project have a track record and does the applicant demonstrate experience executing a similar project?
  • Does the proposed project demonstrate artistic vision and high quality arts and culture programming?
  • Does the project provide meaningful opportunities for under-represented artists? Does the applicant demonstrate cultural competency required to carry out the project? Is the project designed with artists in mind: as major stakeholders in the project or as the main beneficiaries of the project?
  • Does project meaningfully benefit from City of Boston partnership? Does the project require help navigating municipal government processes?


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. 

City of Boston Arts and Culture