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Last updated: 10/18/18

Artist Fellowship Award

A pilot grant that invests in individual artists living and working in Boston.

The City of Boston offered five fellowship awards, each worth $10,000 in 2017 to Boston-based artists across disciplines. Over three hundred applications were reviewed by a panel of jurors made up of local arts leaders and Boston Cultural Council members. 


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Latest news

Latest news
Mayor Walsh and Chief Julie Burros  with 2017 Artist Fellowship Award Winners
Oct 17

City holds first-ever Artist Fellowship Awards ceremony

Arts and Culture
Boston Cultural Council
Jun 2

Boston Cultural Council Artist Fellowship Award to support individual artists

Arts and Culture
2017 Artist Fellowship Winners Film

About the award

Picking artists across the City

We consider artists from a diverse range of backgrounds who live and work in different neighborhoods throughout the City. The award application and guidelines are available in:

What happens during a fellowship

The fellowship takes place over 12 months. If you receive the fellowship, you’ll be asked to work with the City on one public event showcasing your work. Aside from a monetary award, you will receive:

  • professional development support
  • a mentorship specialized to your needs, and
  • collaborative programmatic support from the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.
The goals of our program include:
  • commending the work of artists living in Boston and investing in their future success
  • giving Boston-based artists the resources they need to dedicate their time to their work
  • providing professional growth and career development to Boston-based artists, and
  • elevating local artists in our City.

Eligibility for the award

Art disciplines

Individual artists may apply if they work professionally in an art discipline, including:

  • dance
  • music
  • theater
  • visual arts
  • poetry or fiction writing
  • interdisciplinary or performance art, and
  • media arts.

You must be a City of Boston resident. You also need to show us accurate documents when we ask for them. We do allow applications submitted on behalf of an artist. You also must maintain your Boston residency during the 12-month period of the fellowship.

Other requirements:
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You can’t be enrolled in a degree program when applying for the Artist Fellowship Award. You also can’t be in a degree program during the 12-month period of the fellowship.
  • You must be able to show that you have at least three years of experience creating art through the application process.
  • You must have have lived in Boston for three years before you can apply.
  • If you already received the award, you can’t apply again.
  • You must have one public presentation of your work during the year of the fellowship.
  • Current recipients of Boston AIR (Boston Artists-in-Residence) are not eligible to apply.