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Boston Artists-in-Residence (AIR)

Artists in our residency program partner with City departments to re-imagine a more creative and equitable Boston.

In the program, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture brings together artists and staff from City of Boston departments. Artists learn more about government, and City departments learn about creative problem solving. They co-design projects that test new approaches to City policies and processes. They will explore how City initiatives impact the experience of all Bostonians. Projects are often responsive to the social and political context of that year.

This year, we continue to address the needs of our communities. Projects may respond to current public health emergencies like COVID-19. They may also look for ways to make systemic changes that address all levels of social emergency experienced by the people of Boston.

Have questions? Contact us:

BostonAIR@Boston.gov

About the program

Through Boston AIR, artists work with City of Boston partners to strengthen City initiatives.

This year, the City of Boston has invited five artists to spend a year collaborating with five City departments. Guided by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, the five sets of partners will work together to research and co-create projects to address existing needs of the people of Boston. This year, artists are working with Partners from these City of Boston Departments:

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)

"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

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