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Arts and Culture

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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.

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Contact
1 City Hall Square
Room 802
Boston, MA 02201-2029
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Office hours
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Current Opportunities

Current Opportunities
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Be Boston's Next Youth Poet Laureate

We're looking for Boston youth ages 13-18 interested in the civic challenge of inspiring deeper engagement in the written and spoken word.

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Request for Proposals: Upham's Corner Arts and Innovation District

The City is seeking a developer to deliver affordable housing and commercial space, a new library, and an operator for the Strand Theatre in Upham's Corner.

Funding for arts organizations

We're awarding over $3 million in grants to arts organizations through the Boston Cultural Council and Reopen Creative Boston funding.

Latest news

News

Upham’s Corner Arts and Innovation District moves forward with release of first RFP

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A tour of the new murals in City Hall

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Search for Boston's next Youth Poet Laureate underway

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Boston Artists-in-Residence: Year in Review

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More Arts news

Artist Resource Desk

Find out about resources and services available for artists in the City of Boston.

Artist Resource Desk

Public Art

We commission artists for both permanent and temporary public art projects in the City.

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Photo of Don Rimx's "Powerful Knowledge" mural courtesy of Chris Gaines.
Learn more about public art in Boston

Strand Theatre

The theater in Dorchester serves as a cultural and educational resource to artists and audiences.

Strand information

Cultural Planning

Cultural planning works with City planning and development processes to create more opportunities for the local arts and creative community to live, work, and create in Boston.

Learn more about cultural planning

Other Programs

Alternative Space Pilot Project for Artists
We partner with local businesses and institutions to make underused private spaces available to artists.
Artist Resource Desk
Find out more about services for artists in the City of Boston.
Arts and Culture Response Forum
We hold meetings with the cultural sector to connect and share information on COVID-19 and equitable recovery.
Boston AIR
In the program, artists, community members, and City employees work on projects that help reframe social conversations. These artists explore the ways they can use art and media to improve and bolster City initiatives.
Boston Cultural Council
The council awards grants that help artists and arts organizations thrive.
City Hall Galleries
Boston City Hall is home to several galleries that promote and exhibit the work of Boston artists.
Creative Commercial Space Connector
We created a form to help match those seeking spaces and spaces looking for long-term tenants.
Current open calls and applications
See what public art projects the City has planned and submit your proposals.
Finding space as an artist in Boston
We want to help artists of all disciplines find spaces in Boston.
One Boston Resilience Project
We're beginning a citywide community engagement process to envision our collective strength after violence, as illuminated by the Boston Marathon Bombing.
Open Studios
Talk to and buy art directly from artists, see demonstrations, listen to music, and more.
PaintBox
Local artists can paint a City of Boston-owned utility box with their original designs.
Percent for Art
The City sets aside one percent of its annual capital borrowing budget for the commissioning of public art.
Poet Laureate
The Poet Laureate works to raise the status of poetry in the everyday lives of residents.
Public Art Projects
We commission permanent and temporary public art projects in the City that engage communities and enrich the urban environment. We also support projects led by artists and community members.
Raining Poetry
The Mayor's Mural Crew works with the Poet Laureate and Mass Poetry to create invisible poems on the streets of Boston.
Transformative Public Art Program
We commission several murals and temporary projects every year as part of the Transformative Public Art Program.

Meet the Staff

Our staff
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