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Last updated: 10/24/17

Artist Resource Desk

Find out more about services for artists in the City of Boston.

The Artist Resource Desk program is part of the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture. The Artist Resource Desk is staffed by Julia Ryan, the Artist Resource manager.

Have questions? Contact:

Office hours

We hold office hours every Thursday, from 3-5 p.m., at City Hall. Want to schedule a meeting or phone call? Please complete our office hours form:

Office hours form

Share your art in public spaces

How to share your art in public

There are many ways to share your art in public spaces in the City of Boston, such as:

  • performing
  • creating public art (art that is on publicly owned property)
  • selling your art
  • creating your own art in a public space (such as painting in a public space like a park), and
  • making a mural on private property.
You don't need any permits as long as you:
  • do not require a designated location
  • are not too loud
  • do not have plans to draw a large crowd, and
  • are not selling anything

You also always must obey laws against disorderly persons and conduct.

    You need to apply for permission if you:

    If you would like to create a mural on private property, you may need permits and permission from neighborhood organizations, which vary by location. If you have questions, contact Julia Ryan at julia.ryan@boston.gov.

    Sharing Art in Public

    Arts service organizations

    Arts service organizations

    We have information and links below to all the organizations in Greater Boston that provide services and support for artists. For more details about each group, please visit their websites.

    Art Connection

    Connects artists and donors to community service groups through the placement of original artwork.

    ArtMorpheus

    The nonprofit empowers artists and creative entrepreneurs to develop and innovate. 

    Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston 

    The council offers legal services, capacity building, workforce development, and partnerships. 

    ArtsBoston

    Provides research and programs to build your audience.

    Boston Dance Alliance

    The alliance finds and creates shared resources, information, and partnerships to help dance flourish.

    Boston Musicians' Association

    The labor union represents more than 1,600 professional musicians in the Boston metro area and beyond. 

    Boston Singers' Resource

    Learn about networking and promotional services for singers and vocal groups.

    The Color of Film Collaborative

    The nonprofit supports the creation of diverse images of people of color in film, video, theater, and other media.

    Documentary Educational Resources

    Promotes documentaries and media that help others learn about the people and cultures of the world.

    Fenway Alliance

    The membership service and advocacy groups is dedicated to the Fenway Cultural District.

    Great Boston Choral Consortium

    The association helps local choral groups develop and grow by sharing information and fostering cooperation.

    GrubStreet

    Fosters the creation of meaningful stories and ensures that excellent writing remains vital and relevant. 

    Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition

    Empowers artists to become more engaged with the democratic process and public policy making.

    Massachusetts Cultural Council

    The state agency promotes excellence, inclusion, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences.

    MASSCreative

    MASSCreative advocates for the resources and support necessary for the arts to thrive.

    Mass Poetry

    Mass Poetry supports poets and poetry in Massachusetts. 

    New England Museum Association

    The group inspires and connects people engaged with the museum field.

    The Record Co.

    The nonprofit music incubator works to build a sustainable, equitable music scene in Boston.

    StageSource

    Provides leadership and services to advance the art of theater in Greater Boston and New England.

    VSA Massachusetts

    Promotes the involvement of people of all abilities in the cultural life of our communities.