Ends on November 5, 2017


“We are excited to have artists-in-residence on board to help us enhance and integrate our cultural capital into our core city services, for the benefit of all of Boston's residents.”

- Mayor Martin J. Walsh

Boston AIR: Resilience and Racial Equity                

The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture invites artists to submit qualifications for civic practice residencies that explore resilience and racial equity in Boston.

Release:  Thursday October 5, 2017

Webinar:  Thursday October 26, 7-8 PM

Deadline:  Sunday November 5, 2017

Boston AIR is the City’s artist-in-residence program in which artists, community members, and City of Boston employees collaborate at the intersection of civil service, social justice, and artistic practice to explore and reframe critical social conversations. Grounded in community, artists work to explore the ways art and artistic inquiry can be used to improve and bolster City initiatives and incorporate social and civic practice into government and community work.

For the third round of Boston AIR, six artists-in-residence and a parallel cohort of City employees from various departments will exchange ideas and co-design proposals that culminate in civic practice projects.

Artist Resources

As members of the Boston AIR cohort, participating artists will be paid a stipend of $25,000, be provided with a materials and expenses budget of up to $10,000, and have access to a variety of spaces for production and engagement with community members. Artists will also have access to workshops focused on professional development and technical assistance. These are meant to allow artists to grow in their craft and provide literacy in topics ranging from marketing and financial security, to working with vulnerable communities, and structuring projects through a lens of resilience and racial equity. Access to these workshops ensures that each artist is equipped with the proper skill-set needed to thrive in their artistry.

These workshops will be led by skilled instructors who are active in the realm of civic media pedagogy. Some of these workshops will be shared with other artist cohorts, providing access to an even greater network for conversations around the intersection of civic media, social practice, equity, and resilience.

The AIR cohort will also have access to a shared artists incubation space. This location will serve as an events, meeting, practice, and social space for the cohort. More information on the location of the incubation space will be announced once the cohort has been finalized.

Other resources include:

  • Opportunity to learn about and connect project to City of Boston initiatives

  • Support in partnering with a BCYF center

  • Membership in an artist cohort


Artists, aged 18 and over, working in all media are encouraged to apply. Seasoned artists with organizational experience and firsthand knowledge of cultures and communities in the city of Boston are preferred. Full-time City of Boston employees, artists who have previously led a Boston AIR funded project, and recipients of the Artist Fellowship Award are not eligible for consideration.

Selected artists should be prepared to attend orientation sessions in December and workshops over the course of the residency. Selected artists will also be invited to attend and participate in lectures and events throughout the year and must present at three scheduled public forums at minimum.

Click here to see the full RFQ.

Please Note:

  • Do not send proposals at this stage.

  • Finalists will be asked to submit a SORI/CORI (background checks) request form.

  • We are only accepting electronic submissions.


Please contact:  Karin Goodfellow at BostonAIR@boston.gov

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