Join us in imagining a racially just Boston…

We have always lived in unprecedented times. Well before COVID-19, and especially now, artists of color know what is essential for the freedom and liberation of their communities.

We want to support you, your creative practice, your artistic voice, and YOUR world-building vision in collaboration with your community.

We seek to support Boston-based artists of color (of all ages 14+) who are excited to bring to life their visions of a racially just society. 

Who can apply?

  • ALAANA+ artists, creatives, makers, and/or culture workers who live and/or work in Boston
  • You must be at least 14 years old to apply
  • You must be a MA resident
  • Collectives may apply. We respectfully request one point of contact for the application(s). Funds will be awarded to the individual who applies.

What kinds of projects are eligible?

  • Projects that help us imagine a racially just Boston and further racial justice in the present.
  • Projects that involve some aspect of collaboration with your community. We invite you to imagine and define what “community”, “community members”, and/or “partners” means to you and your collaborators. 
  • Projects that have artists and community collaborators based in the City of Boston.
  • Projects that will have an impact on our city that can be accomplished by September 2021.

Review Process

All applications will be reviewed by a community-based panel made up of members who identify as ALAANA+ and who represent a broad spectrum of ages, backgrounds, and experiences.

Panelists will consider a range of factors in selecting artists and creatives for these grants: artistic medium, creative practice, age, cultural background, experience, imagination, connection with community, vision for justice, feasibility, etc.  

The Cohort of Selected Artists

In this pilot year, fifteen artists / creatives of color will be part of the inaugural RIRJ cohort. To build community among the group, we will organize opportunities for fellowship throughout the year. All artists are expected to participate in an opening celebration in October 2020 and a closing celebration in September 2021. 

Throughout the project year artists will gather several times throughout the project year to build fellowship, engage in sustained conversations about racial justice in Boston, and share how their projects are evolving. 

Join us in imagining a racially just Boston…

We have always lived in unprecedented times. Well before COVID-19, and especially now, artists of color know what is essential for the freedom and liberation of their communities.

We want to support you, your creative practice, your artistic voice, and YOUR world-building vision in collaboration with your community.

We seek to support Boston-based artists of color (of all ages 14+) who are excited to bring to life their visions of a racially just society. 

Who can apply?

  • ALAANA+ artists, creatives, makers, and/or culture workers who live and/or work in Boston
  • You must be at least 14 years old to apply
  • You must be a MA resident
  • Collectives may apply. We respectfully request one point of contact for the application(s). Funds will be awarded to the individual who applies.

 What kinds of projects are eligible?

  • Projects that help us imagine a racially just Boston and further racial justice in the present.
  • Projects that involve some aspect of collaboration with your community. We invite you to imagine and define what “community”, “community members”, and/or “partners” means to you and your collaborators. 
  • Projects that have artists and community collaborators based in the City of Boston.
  • Projects that will have an impact on our city that can be accomplished by September 2021.

Review Process

All applications will be reviewed by a community-based panel made up of members who identify as ALAANA+ and who represent a broad spectrum of ages, backgrounds, and experiences.

Panelists will consider a range of factors in selecting artists and creatives for these grants: artistic medium, creative practice, age, cultural background, experience, imagination, connection with community, vision for justice, feasibility, etc.  

The Cohort of Selected Artists

In this pilot year, fifteen artists / creatives of color will be part of the inaugural RIRJ cohort. To build community among the group, we will organize opportunities for fellowship throughout the year. All artists are expected to participate in an opening celebration in October 2020 and a closing celebration in September 2021.

Throughout the project year artists will gather several times throughout the project year to build fellowship, engage in sustained conversations about racial justice in Boston, and share how their projects are evolving. 

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, 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. 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?

You will hear back about your application the week after we review applications. 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.

Public Art Curator Roster Guidelines

The City of Boston is creating a list of qualified curators interested in leading in the creation of municipal, private, and public-private public art projects. The Public Art Curator Roster is a response to an increase in requests for qualified curators experienced in the public realm from stakeholders in the field. In order to provide interested parties introduction to experienced public art curators, this list will be made publicly available on Boston.gov/arts. 

The Public Art Curator Roster is valid for a period of eight years. Upon expiration, the curator will need to reapply to renew their inclusion on the roster.

Who is eligible for a Public Art Curator Roster?
Applicants must able to demonstrate that they have a recent body (last three years) of curatorial experience and must be at least 18 years of age. Additionally, curators and other professionals with experience and interest in the following categories are considered:

  • Public art planning
  • Public art project management

Curators with experience and interest in the following categories of projects are considered:

  • Private property projects
  • Public property projects
  • Interior projects
  • Exterior projects
  • Temporary installations
  • Long-term installations
  • Two-dimensional projects
  • Three-dimensional projects
  • Participatory activations working with multiple stakeholders 

Curators may work as a sole proprietor or may be a member of a larger organization or company but must apply individually. 

The City of Boston is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. Qualified applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military, and veteran status, or other protected category.

Why create this roster?

The Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture (MOAC) released the City’s first cultural plan, Boston Creates, in 2016, calling for increased support to Boston’s arts and culture ecosystem. In order to integrate art into Boston's landscape, the City created a Percent for Art Program demonstrating the City’s leadership and commitment to sustainable funding for the arts by setting aside one percent of the City’s annual capital borrowing budget for the commissioning of public art. 

In order to fulfill this shared vision of a robust arts and culture ecosystem, the City's efforts must be met with private endeavors and public-private partnerships. Urban visionaries across the world invite curators and artists to join their design teams; we encourage all leaders working in Boston to celebrate the unique cultural vibrancy of the city of Boston through the creation of innovative and transformative artworks in our built environment. 

Who reviews the applications?

The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture reviews applications and decisions are final. If an applicant is not accepted during this round, it is because they were not able to convey that they have been actively curating public art projects 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 a resume or CV that lists dates and locations of exhibitions, installations, publications, performances, press, awards, residencies, jobs held in arts discipline field, and formal training if relevant.
  • Documentation of installations and exhibitions 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 Public Art Curator Roster 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.

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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 Important Update 3/20/2020

The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture is receiving many questions from artists and third-party proponents seeking guidance on the ways Coronavirus Disease 2019, also known as COVID-19, might impact proposals for public art. While protocols and guidelines are changing quickly, we continue to offer as much support and up-to-date information as possible. We encourage you to monitor the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture's web page, where we are regularly posting new information. As you consider applying, keep in mind that rapidly changing timelines and certain moratoriums may impact approval and installation timelines. 

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 note that the BAC only commissions artwork through public Requests for Proposals. This form is for BAC review and vote on whether to allow artwork to be sited on City property; this is not an application for funding. 

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 three weeks before a BAC meeting and six weeks before the proposed installation start date.

City of Boston Arts and Culture