The Loop Lab has partnered with the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture to deliver contracted media services to local artists living and working in the city of Boston. The Boston Media Arts Empowerment Award will uplift emerging artists from underestimated backgrounds by providing the film and/or audio services needed for greater exposure within the Boston arts community.
Recipients of the award will receive audio/video production support from The Loop Lab, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering Womxn and People of Color in the media arts to develop careers in audio/video through job training and job placement. There will be 30 awards, each valued at $1,000.00 per service/artist. Any additional work over $1,000 will be at the expense of the artist awarded the grant. Recipients are expected to participate in showcases that we will be hosting with the City of Boston in 2024-2025.
This program is supported through American Rescue Plan Act funding received to the City of Boston and Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, and prioritizes artists who have been most impacted by COVID-19.
Awards will be granted based on the following criteria:
- Your studio or residence is based in the city of Boston. Artists who live in Mattapan, Dorchester, Allston/Brighton, East Boston, Roxbury/Mission Hill, or the Fenway/Kenmore neighborhood will be prioritized.
- You specialize in one of the following mediums: Music, Dance, Theater, or Poetry/Spoken Word
- You are an emerging artist defined as any of the following:
- working in your present art form for 1-3 years
- Having a portfolio/compilation of work to share
- Known only in your local community and/or close network
- Priority will be given to those that identify as women, people of color, immigrants, and/or LGBTQIAP+ and without a postgraduate degree in their artistic medium.
We will use a priority scoring system for answers to the above questions to determine our selections.
Awarded Services include the following three options:
- Mini-documentary (consists of max. 4-5 hrs recording, 12 hrs editing)
- Video Recording: Live Performance (consists of max. 4-5 hrs recording, *editing optional)
- Evergreen/Marketing (consists of max. 4-5 hrs recording, 12 hrs editing for <5 minute video)
- This application will close at 5:00 PM ET on December 8, 2023.
- Awardees should anticipate pre-production, production, and post-production happening over the winter and spring of 2023/2024. The editing timeline will take approximately 6-8 weeks for each artist’s project.
The Loop Lab is managing this application process and the services awarded from this application. If you have any questions about this application, the award process, or the award itself, please reach out to: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact us directly should you require accommodations or assistance with the application process.
Interested in creating public art in Boston?
Why am I completing this form?
The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and the Boston Art Commission believe that public art is any artwork installed in publicly accessible spaces where they can be experienced by everyone for free. In order to install art on public property, you will need approval from the Boston Art Commission and the department that owns the site.
Complete this form to start the approval process! Once you submit your application, the public art team will be in touch but you can reach out to us with questions at anytime! Please email us at BAC@boston.gov.
- Guide to Artist-driven Projects
- Guide to Community-driven Projects
- Public Meetings and the Boston Art Commission (BAC)
- Public Art Policies & Processes
Please check out our website to see calls to artists and other opportunities! This form is not an application for funding but there are a couple of different options for finding funding through the city. You can also apply for the Opportunity Fund.
Artist Housing Certification Guidelines
What is an Artist Certificate?
An Artist Housing Certificate is a letter from Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture. The letter confirms that the artist has been active in their artistic practice in the past three years. An Artist Housing Certificate qualifies an artist as eligible for artist live/work housing and some work space in Boston. The Artist Housing Certification is valid for a period of eight years. Upon expiration, the artist will need to reapply to receive a new Artist Housing 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. The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture does not maintain a waitlist for these spaces and is not able to confirm when these spaces will become available.
Who is eligible for an Artist Housing Certification?
Applicants must able to demonstrate that they have a recent body (last three years) of 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, craft arts (ceramics, woodworking, jewelry, etc.), architecture/design (not including engineering and home staging), 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. This is also the case for artists who are employed full-time in other industries.
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 artistic 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 (or "work samples) including image files, video clips, and writing samples. Files must be dated or they will not be considered.
- One reference letter of support from peers and professionals in the arts who can confirm you have been active in your artistic practice over the past three years.
When are applications accepted?
Applications for the Artist Certification are reviewed every other month. Please check out website to see when we will be reviewing applications.
When will I hear back about the status of my application?
Use the link above to check when we will be reviewing applications.
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 Housing 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 & Artist Collectives
The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture (MOAC), in partnership with the City of Boston, is seeking artists and arts organizations that live and/or create in and around Boston to exhibit in one of our several galleries in Boston City Hall: The Mayor’s Neighborhood Gallery, The Scollay Square Gallery, The Mayor’s Gallery, and The Emerging Gallery. We seek work that supports the mission of the City Hall galleries to achieve a sense of welcoming and inspire a sense of belonging within Boston City Hall through exhibitions and programming. Your submission will be kept on file for future consideration.
When submitting, please keep in consideration which gallery/galleries will the exhibit best fit in.
- The Mayor’s Neighborhood Gallery - Highlights civic groups, non-profit groups and individual artists with civic improvement as a motivating factor.
- The Scollay Square Gallery - Showcases the many art organizations and artist community groups that support Boston artists throughout the city.
- The Mayor’s Gallery - Exhibits work by Boston artists who have received recognition for their artwork through grants, awards and other types of public display. *We also have a Display Case for small sculptural works.
- The Emerging Gallery - Exhibits work by artists who are now starting out in their career and looking for space to showcase their work.
This is an ongoing open call, without a deadline. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Due to the volume of applications, we will only reach out to applicants that are selected to exhibit their work in City Hall. The timing of exhibitions will be specific to the needs and schedule of galleries. All submissions will be kept on file for future consideration.
Accessibility and Accommodations
If you need accommodations or assistance with your application, please contact Jamaal at email@example.com or leave a message with Sam Fiddler at 617-910-0048 and someone will be in touch with you.
The Strand Theatre serves as a cultural and educational resource to artists and audiences, regardless of race or cultural background, age, ability, gender, economic level, or sexual orientation. Please complete the application below based on your rental needs.
Please note: The first quote for your event is an estimate only. A final quote cannot be completed until all technical information and production schedule are complete and reviewed by the Strand Technical Director and General Manager. All forms and schedules must be reviewed no later than 60 days prior to your event.
Things to know before you apply:
- Any show running 90 minutes or longer must have an intermission
- All performances must have a stage manager, and this person cannot be the MC.
- View the Strand Theatre rate card here, and the technical information packet here.
Tickets may be produced through the Strand Theatre's box office (fees apply). Renters may print their own tickets and have the right to sell tickets at a third party location, however tickets cannot be sold until the following are completed:
- Lease application
- Signed contract
- Insurance certificate
- Copy of headliner signed contract with the organization (if applicable)
Lessee must provide their own liability insurance. They must obtain either a one day entertainment policy (coverage of one million of liability minimum) or a rider from their existing policy. Insurance must list additional insured as the Strand Theatre - location and venue Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Rd, Dorchester, MA. 02125
Hip Hop, hard rock performances, and sporting events are not covered under standard liability. A copy of secured insurance must be provided at least 30 days in advance. Failure to provide an accurate genre description of your event or artist roster will result in an automatic termination of your event.
If service of liquor is approved for your event, you must apply for a one day liquor license from the City of Boston and apply for liability coverage at least 60 days prior to your event. Service must be by a licensed bartender. This coverage is only applicable provided the venue has not obtained coverage and is not operating a house bar. Lessee will provide 2 copies of all permits and licenses. Lessee may obtain liquor services from a catering company that has a traveling liquor liability license and tip certified bartender for service (this is the best option).
Security guards are booked based on the number of patrons expected and the type of performance. Changes to booking must be completed at least two weeks prior to the event. Boston Police details are booked on the same criteria and are at the discretion of management (and in some instances, the Boston Police Department). Management reserves the right to add additional security staff during an event at the Lessees' expense. Laminates or optional pre-approved staff recognition badges are required for Lessees' event staff. In addition, a list of all approved backstage staff employed by Lessee and Artist/Performers must be provided.
Advertisement and Website
Events will be linked on the Strand Theatre website at no cost to Lessee. All clients advertising a ticketed event must also create an event listing on the ArtsBoston calendar and send it to us prior to the event. Events will be listed on a revolving marquee with all other scheduled events. Please provide a description of your event and send a flier, photo or image for the website. Other than the above mentioned advertisement and listing, The Strand is not responsible for any additional advertisement, media, print or video marketing of the Lessee’s event.
It is at the discretion of the Lessee to allow video/audio or photos. All photography stations must not obstruct patron aisles or handicap seating. All cables and wiring running on or through walkways, stairs or entrances, must be secured and taped down properly. Please discuss set up area requirements with the Technical Director. Bring extra gaffing tape and/or walkway covers to prevent cancellation of use.
Event Merchandise Sales
The Strand has 10 2x6 folding tables and 50 folding chairs for use during events. The rental of additional tables and chairs are the Lessee’s responsibility. You must supply all table cloths.
Merchandise sales may include CDs, DVDs, clothing, photos, and books. If approved, any edible items require a one day vendor’s license and health permit, obtained from City Hall. All food vendors must be pre-approved by the Strand General Manager. Two copies of all paperwork must be submitted one week prior to the event. Food items must be wrapped individually and gloves and head nets must be worn at all times. Vendor food items allowed - cupcakes, specialty cookies and other pre-approved baked goods associated with the event. There is a power source to assist with the selling of merchandise and all extension cords must be supplied by vendors.
There is a $25.00 fee, per station required for the sale of any and all merchandise, by Lessee and/or Lessee’s vendors. It must be in the form of a bank check or money order, made out to the Strand Theatre. All fees apply unless waived by the Strand General Manager.
Allowed decorations include: balloons, free standing displays, posters, photographs, informational displays, literature tables, approved banners, and flowers. Drapery/fabric is permitted only if they meet safety/fire codes for the venue. You must provide a copy of all current fire retardant certificates for these items.
The gallery space has hanging lips for artwork and 12 picture hanging rods. Lessee/ its vendors must get pre-approval before any items are affixed to the walls. Due to the age of the plaster on walls you cannot nail or tape items to the walls. Please discuss all decoration ideas for pre-approval.
Organizations can provide catering for the event, which can include full meals. Lessee may use any licensed catering company of their choice. Caterers must provide a copy of all current licenses, fire permits and insurance if applicable and follow all safe serve and food handling requirements for transporting, service and staffing. The Strand does not have a working kitchen space for catering, therefore catering companies providing food service must be completely mobile.
Please refer to the Strand Technical Specifications for house sound equipment.
All wires and cables running throughout walkways, stair and public traffic must be taped down with gaffing tape and/or portable cable walkways. A charge of $35.00 per roll for gaffing tape will apply, if supplied by the Strand. (No exception) This amount will be collected from Lessee prior to the show.
All optional microphones such as body and head microphones must be rented by Lessee. The Strand can supply a vendor contact if needed, but will not be responsible for pick-up and return. The Strand is not responsible for poor sound quality or damages to rented microphones. Lessee is responsible for providing AAA batteries for each wireless mic required. Fresh batteries for each mic will be required for each performance.
Event Lighting & Scene Requirements
Please refer to Strand Technical Specifications for house lighting equipment provided in the Technical packet.
Basic color washes are available through our technical team. Any color not in the house supply may be supplied with advance notification. Please allow adequate time to restore all house equipment back to its original place after removing it for special lighting and/or sound equipment. Soft Goods: The Strand has a main curtain and valance, three (3) panels of black borders, three (3) sets of black legs, one (1) scrim, one (2) panels Upstage travelers(1) one Cyc and (1) one movie screen for front throw movie projection or color wash . The Strand does not provide rigging /flying hardware other than the line sets available. (See Strand Technical Specifications) We do not provide general construction hardware to organizations nor do we have an area or maintain supplies to build sets in house. It is the Lessee’s responsibility to ensure safe hardware usage and maintenance and to maintain all scenic pieces including fire retardant certificates. Fire certificates must be provided for all upholstered furniture and set design fabrics being used on stage. *** Please allow at least 60 days to complete the Fire Certificate process. Applications are available online through Fire Dept. or at 1010 Massachusetts Ave.
The use of hazing requires fire details and auto-system shut off monitor. The number of marshals is based on the number of patrons and the rate is based on the detail marshal's position rank. Additional fees include fire system monitor turn off/on ($640), truck fee ($50), 7am – 3 pm $130 per hr. after 3 pm $190 per hr.., Sat $190 per hr., Sun $220 per hr. The use of hazing is a lengthy process and must be scheduled 90 days in advance. The Strand’s Fire System will need to be turned off one hour before show begins and remains off until all vapors have dissipated from the theater. A monitor remains at the system for the duration and is billed to Lessee directly. Average cost for hazing use on a weekend is $2500 up per day.
All application forms and permits can be found here: www.boston.gov/departments/fire-prevention/fire-forms-permits-application-and-fees
You must know what kind of machine and chemicals you will be using and it cannot be changed once approved
It is the responsibility of the Lessee to allocate enough time in their schedule for load-out and to restore all Strand lighting & sound equipment, staging, and general building areas to the condition in which you received it or back to the Strand working condition if you requested anything removed for your event. Staff hours will be been scheduled and billed into your invoice. However, if additional time is needed due to your organization's failure to comply with restoral requirements, you will be charged a $300.00 restoral fee plus any staff hours required. A walkthrough must be done at the end of Load-out and restoral time, to assess completion and/or damages.
Boston Youth Poet Laureate Application - 2024 - 2026
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO Thurs. December 7, 2023 @ 5 pm
The City of Boston is looking for its next Youth Poet Laureate. The Boston Youth Poet Laureate program (BYPL) was created in cooperation with national youth literary organization Urban Word, and local youth literary organizers from the Boston Public Library, Mass Poetry, The Fine Arts Work Center, 826 Boston, and Grub Street to promote appreciation for poetry.
Similar to the Poet Laureate's civic challenge, the Youth Poet Laureate is tasked with inspiring deeper engagement in the spoken and written word. The Youth Poet Laureate will act as an advocate for poetry, language and the arts, and create a unique artistic legacy through public readings and civic events. They will also attend a variety of civic functions, participate in poetry events, and oversee special civic projects. The mission for the youth laureateship is to raise the status of poetry in the everyday consciousness of young Bostonians. Application period is October 13, 2023-November 30, 2023.
The Youth Poet Laureate is a ceremonial and not a political appointment, and is intended to be a significant fixture in Boston's cultural and artistic arena. The Youth Poet Laureate will be able to learn, teach, and be a part of the great literary traditions of Boston.
***The Youth Poet Laureate position may require minor local travel, and will provide potential opportunities to travel out-of-state for Regional and even National Youth Poetry competitions.
Term of Service The recommended term of service for the Youth Poet Laureate is two years, based on the calendar year. A Poet Laureate may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms (four years) at the Mayor’s discretion. If the Poet Laureate cannot fulfill his/her/their term due to illness, relocation, or inability to perform, the Laureate Selection Panel shall select a new Youth Poet Laureate to complete the term. The BYPL will sign a contract outlining their expectations.
The Boston Youth Poet Laureate will be expected to:
- Present appropriate works at civic events and attend official functions as a literary ambassador.
- Enhance current Boston Public School and Boston Public Library poetry programs through engagement and outreach (minimum of four events each year)
- Write and publish a short collection of poetry
- Act as a resource during National Poetry Month each April
- Work in harmony with the City of Boston Poet Laureate
- Represent Boston in local and possibly national Youth Poet Laureate competitions
- Serve in the role from Jan 2024 until December 2026
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be 13-19 years of age
- Have resided in the City of Boston for a minimum of one year prior to nomination
- Display a strong commitment to the local literary community
- Be enthusiastic about fulfilling duties and serving in a public facing role
- Be willing to present work in public and be comfortable with public speaking.
The committee welcomes candidates regardless of race, gender, belief, national origin, sexual orientation or physical ability.
The Youth Poet Laureate will:
- Earn a $1,500 honorarium each year, for a total of $3,000
- Receive mentoring from the City of Boston Poet Laureate
- Publish a collection of poems, of which The Boston Public Library will purchase a copy of the BYPL’s book for all 26 locations.
Applications must include the following:
- Artist Statement and Biography
- Artist Intent - What are some of your goals if awarded BYPL?
- 5-7 original poems, ten pages, total. One of the poems should explore the theme "Boston"
- Must be a City of Boston resident
- List of 2 references
- Candidates should also have permission of Parent or Legal Guardian. (Optional: Please supply contact info for - Name, Email, Phone - for Parent or Legal Guardian.)
The application is available on Submittable here. Digital entries strongly preferred and encouraged. Applicants may also mail in printed entries using the following guidelines:
- Mail to: The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture Attn: Youth Poet Laureate Selection Panel Boston City Hall, Room 802, 1 City Hall Plaza Boston, MA 02201
- All entries must be submitted in a conventional font (such as Times New Roman) at 12-point size
- Photocopied poems from publications are acceptable, however, name and/or address cannot be included. Do not staple documents
- If return of materials is desired, enclose a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage.
- Faxed or emailed applications will NOT be accepted
Submissions - both digital and printed – must be received by November 30, 2023.
The selection process will consist of two-phases. After an initial screening of eligible applicants, the Laureate Selection Panel will evaluate all entries and choose its top candidates. The Selection Panel will then hold interviews with the final candidates. During the interview, candidates may be asked to read some of their works, along with answering questions related to how they will make use of the Youth Poet Laureateship. The interviews will take place December 16, 2023.
Ten finalists will be notified in early December if they have advanced to the interview stage. Interviews take place December 16, 2023 at City Hall. Boston Youth Poet Laureate will be announced at the Finalist Showcase on January 27, 2024 at the Roxbury Branch Library.
All writings, notes, and original materials produced by the Youth Poet Laureate during the tenure as the Youth Poet Laureate shall remain the property of the Youth Poet Laureate. However, the City of Boston will have the right to reproduce these works.
Contact & Accommodations
For further information, or if you need accommodations or assistance with your application, please contact Tom Johnston in the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture at 617-635-1238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.