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Last updated: 6/14/19

Percent for Art

You can respond to open Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for permanent public art commissioned by the City of Boston.

We regularly release RFPs for permanent public art on City property as part of the Percent for Art Program. The Boston Art Commission advocates for the creation of innovative and transformative art. We want to enrich the lives of Boston’s citizens through public art.

If you’re a local artist, please consider responding to one of the open RFPs below.

Have questions? Contact:

Have questions about RFPs? Contact:

About the Percent for Art program

The City released its first cultural plan, Boston Creates, in 2016. The plan called for more support for Boston’s arts and culture ecosystem.

The Percent for Art Program is a critical part of the planning process and addresses Goal 4 of the plan:

to integrate arts and culture into all aspects of civic life, inspiring all Bostonians to value, practice, and reap the benefits of creativity in their individual lives and in their communities

Who's involved

Through the program, we set aside one percent of the City’s annual capital borrowing budget for the commissioning of public art. The Percent for Art Program is administered by the:

We also work with:

News and announcements

News and announcements
East Boston rendering
Mar 25

Call to artists announced for permanent public art at East Boston police station

Arts and Culture
Engine 42 rendering
Aug 13

Call for Artists announced for public art at new Roxbury fire station

Arts and Culture
Nov 15

Matthew Hincman picked to complete public art project at Jamaica Plain library

Arts and Culture