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Un-monument | Re-monument | De-monument: Transforming Boston

The Basics

The Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture (MOAC), via the Boston Art Commission and in partnership with the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, Emerson Contemporary, the National Center for Afro-American Artists, the North American Indian Center of Boston, Now+There, the Pao Arts Center, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Embrace Boston, and the Friends of the Public Garden, is thrilled to introduce a multi-year Call to Artists for temporary monuments. 

We are looking for proposals from artists or artist-led teams for new temporary monuments, as well as “un-monuments” that transform public places to reflect the city’s cultural vibrancy in dialogue with Boston’s collection of existing monuments. 

Through temporary art, we can experiment with new ideas, revisit old traditions, and imagine ways to expand and diversify our cultural approach to memory, monuments, and storytelling. ​​Un-monument | Re-monument | De-Monument: Transforming Boston will include temporary artworks commissioned through this open call, as well as artworks commissioned directly by curatorial partners, public talks at The Embrace, and educational content and engagement activities supported by the Mellon Foundation’s Monument Project. 

Two Artist Opportunities

In this Call to Artists, we present two distinct opportunities for artists. One is to propose temporary monuments, which must all be free and accessible to the public. Projects may be proposed in any City of Boston neighborhood. The other opportunity is to take an Augmented Reality Artist Workshop and then develop a temporary monument proposal.

Opportunity 1: Temporary Monuments Timeline & Important Dates:

  • Years: 2024 or 2025
  • Source of Funding: Public Art Revolving Fund
  • Budget Tiers: Grants will be awarded in 4 different budget tiers: Under $10,000, $15,000-$30,000, $30,000-$60,000, and $60,000-$100,000. Please see below for additional details.
  • Call released: Friday March 29, 2024 12PM ET
  • Virtual Question and Answer Sessions: Wednesday April 10, 2024 at 12PM ET and 6 PM ET on Zoom.
  • Written question deadline: Tuesday April 16, 2024 12PM ET
  • You can email questions to unmonument@boston.gov with the subject “Un-monument: Call to Artists”.
  • All Q&A’s will be posted on our website. 
  • Call closes: Tuesday April 23, 2024, 5PM ET 
  • Please note that this opportunity will open again in 2025 for new applications.
  • Eligibility: The following criteria will be used to review all applications:
  • Project proposals must be artist-led.
  • This opportunity is open to all artists, including individuals, for-profit businesses, and nonprofits. 
  • All applications must be submitted through Submittable by the deadline. No late submissions will be accepted.  

Budget Tiers   

  • Tier One: $9,999 or less                                 
    • Budgets under $9,999 will fund artist fees and artwork fabrication, installation, maintenance, de-installation costs, and related programming for projects of smaller scale or shorter duration, such as new media projects, social practice projects, smaller murals, and brief interventions. 

      
     

  • Tier Two:  $10,000-$30,000                                 
    • Budgets above $10,000 will fund artist fees and artwork fabrication, installation, maintenance, de-installation costs, and  any related programming, for projects of medium scale or a mid-range duration, such as medium-sized murals and interventions. 

      
     

  • Tier Three: $30,000-$60,000                                 
    • Budgets above $30,000 will fund artist fees and artwork fabrication, installation, maintenance, de-installation costs, and  any related programming for projects of medium to large scale or with a recurring series of programming. At this tier we encourage at least one community engagement partnership during the planning, development, or production stages. Examples of potential projects in tier three include medium to large-sized murals and interventions.

      
     

  • Tier Four: $60,000-$100,000                                 
    • Budgets above $60,000 will fund artist fees and project costs of tier three as well as  artworks that require larger scale and longer-term production, such as a large-scale sculpture installation, and/or a standing residency on site with events offered throughout the installation. This tier must also include regular maintenance plans and community engagement partnership during the planning, development, or production stages. This grant amount will be awarded to no more than two applicants total each year.

      
     

To apply for Opportunity 1: Temporary Monuments, please fill out this applicaiton. For full project background, please read the full Call to Artists here.  

For Opportunity 2: Augmented Reality Artist Workshop Apply here.
 

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