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.
We're accepting partnership applications from local nonprofits for Our Town, a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) creative placemaking grant program.
We're looking for fresh, original and contemporary works of art created by emerging Boston artists to be displayed at Boston City Hall.
We're creating a list of qualified curators interested in leading in the creation of municipal, private, and public-private public art projects.
Two City-supported public art projects honored at Americans for the Arts convention
Applications open for Artist Fellowship Award, new Project Partnership Grant
Artist Resource Desk Newsletter
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 set aside one percent of the City’s annual capital borrowing budget for the commissioning of public art.
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.