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.
Apply for a grant to help continue your professional development, build skills, share your artistic work, and teach others.
We're looking for artists for a public art project to complement the renovation of the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library.
We are seeking qualified consultants to carry out a public engagement process and communications campaign to select an artist for a Boston Marathon memorial.
Mayor Walsh announces departure of Julie Burros as Chief of Arts and Culture
Boston awarded $100,000 grant by National Endowment for the Arts
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.
This interactive map shows the specific locations of public art throughout the City of Boston.
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.