Artist Resource Desk
There are many ways to share your art in public spaces in the City of Boston, such as:
- 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.
- 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.
- would like to sell your art in public
- need a designated space either in a park or some other public location, and
- would like to create temporary or permanent art work on public property (this is known as "public art")
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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 supports poets and poetry in Massachusetts.Mass Production Coalition
Mass Production Coalition supports filmmakers and production companies.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.