Boston Artists-in-Residence (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. They also search for ways to make artistic social practice a part of government and community work.
Application and timeline
January 22, 2020, at 5 p.m. EST: Application deadline
February 2020: Artist selection and contracting
About the program
Through Boston AIR, artists work with City of Boston partners to strengthen City initiatives.
Artists research, co-design, and lead civic practice projects during their residencies.
Boston AIR has evolved over the course of four years. We are integrating core learnings from previous years of the residency program into this year's program. These themes include:
Examining City policies with a lens of resilience and racial equity (Year 3)
Understanding how local government policy impacts the experiences of Bostonians (Year 2)
Supporting collaborative and democratic creation of City policy, process, and practice (Year 1)
Experienced artists, cultural practitioners, and/or cultural workers, aged 18 and over, working in any and all media are encouraged to apply by January 22, 2020.
"Artists-in-Residence implement projects that imagine and test new approaches to City of Boston policies, processes, and procedures with the help of various City of Boston departments. This, in turn, helps to create a stronger and more equitable city." -Mayor Martin J. Walsh