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A civic partnership between socially-engaged artists and City departments


The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture invites artists, organizers, and cultural workers practicing in all disciplines to apply to a 15-month-long residency with the City of Boston.


Artists receive $37,000 in artist stipends and up to $10,000 for project materials

The application opened on Monday, January 10, 9:00 am ET.

The application closes on Friday, February 18, 5:00 pm ET.

We will have a virtual Question and Answer webinar on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 12:00 pm ET.

We welcome written questions until Thursday, February 3, 2022, 5:00 pm ET. A consolidated Q&A will be posted on Friday, February 4, 2022 at Boston.gov/BostonAIR.

This Call to Artists is open to all artists, organizers, and cultural workers, aged 18 and over with demonstrated experience working on civic issues whether through community organizing, cultural work, or social artistic practice. Individuals working in any and all media are encouraged to apply. Full-time City of Boston employees are not eligible to apply.

View and download the full Call to Artists HERE

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.

Application and Questions

Please apply here after creating an account profile. Please Note: Artists should not submit ideas for their residency projects at this stage. Projects will be co-designed with City partners during the research and incubation period. This application is to assess qualifications of candidates.

We are only accepting electronic submissions. Artists may submit written responses to application questions within the Submittable platform, or upload video responses on questions where the option is given. Video responses to each question must be no longer than three minutes. Reviewers will not watch past three minutes so please keep responses clear and concise.

Please send questions to Karin Goodfellow, Director of Public Art, at BostonAIR@boston.gov. All questions must be submitted by email by February 3, 2022, 5:00 pm ET with subject line “BostonAIR questions.” Answers to questions will be posted at Boston.gov/BostonAIR by February 4, 2022, 5:00 pm


Since 2015, Boston AIR has been dedicated to furthering the integration of the arts and culture into all aspects of civic life by supporting collaborations between artists and municipalities. The program has hosted four cohorts, invited 25 diverse artists into the City, and worked with over a dozen City departments and agencies. Artists and City partners have co-designed dynamic projects, working to support the efforts of City departments and better serve Boston’s communities. From a textile artist leading workshops with women in recovery, a documentarian addressing mass incarceration through fathers’ lullabies to a youth-led campaign for a mental health block at Boston Latin Academy, AIRs have used their residencies to examine how art can help reimagine a more equitable Boston.

The program has experienced several changes in its tenure. Each cohort year has provided unique challenges and learnings, with the 2020-2021 cohort being no exception. Since 2015, AIR has extended its residency length from a year to fifteen months, increased the artist stipend to $37,000, carried out two program evaluations, and further solidified a residency structure that better allows artists and City partners to engage in critical civic practice work.  As we enter the fifth round of Boston AIR, we’re proud to have a network of devoted artists and City colleagues eager to explore creative solutions to entrenched institutional problems. We look forward to ushering in another cohort, supporting more artists, connecting with residents and our colleagues, and breaking silos between communities and government. Thank you to all the artists, cultural workers, and organizers in advance for their applications.

To learn more about Boston AIR and past projects from each cohort, visit Boston.gov/BostonAIR.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.