Arts and Culture
Our office enhances the quality of life, the economy, and the design of the City through the arts. The role of the arts in all aspects of life in Boston is reinforced via equitable access to arts and culture in every community, its public institutions, and public places.
Key areas of work include support to the cultural sector through grants and programs, as well as the production and permitting of art in public places.
Current OpportunitiesCurrent Opportunities
We're looking for a consultant who can guide a multigenerational and multiethnic team in honest and vulnerable conversations about equity.
We're creating a publicly available roster of qualified individuals and firms who focus on racial equity at the intersections of our program areas.
Local artists can apply for an Artist Certification to qualify for affordable places to live and work in the City of Boston.
Artist Resource Desk
Find out about resources and services available for artists in the City of Boston.
Public ArtPublic Art
First created in 1890, the commission advocates for public art in Boston’s civic spaces.
You can propose both short and long-term public art and design projects on City property.
We commission artists for both temporary and permanent public art projects in the City of Boston.
The theater in Dorchester serves as a cultural and educational resource to artists and audiences.
Boston Creates Cultural Plan
Boston Creates is the City of Boston's ten-year long cultural plan. The goal is to enhance arts and culture in the City. It was established through an extensive community engagement process. This included a town hall meeting and a citywide online survey. Some goals highlighted in the plan include:
- providing fertile grounds for a vibrant and sustainable arts ecosystem
- keeping local artists in Boston and attracting new ones here
- making arts accessible to everyone
- ensuring that all cultural traditions are respected, and
- integrating arts and culture into all aspects of civic life.