Roxbury Branch Library: Public art project II
This is the second of two public art projects that will complement the renovation of the Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library.
This project is the second of two public art projects that the City is commissioning as part of the Percent for Art program. The first commission is an original artwork by Joe Wardwell, in collaboration with local poet Nakia Hill and youth writers at the YLab at 826 Boston. It overlooks the central collections space and will be installed in late 2020.
The budget for this project is $150,000. The call to artists is for a permanent artwork. It is open to national and international artists, with a strong preference for artists connected to Roxbury.
The deadline to apply is September 9, 2020, at 5 p.m. ET.
In their narrative proposal, artists and artist teams responding to this call should consider:
- the recent renaming of the building where the Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library is located and the neighborhood to Nubian Square
- the library’s featured African-American collection, and
- the theme of economic justice.
The site is located in the library's main entrance, housing the African-American collection. The wall is approximately 12 feet by 8 feet, and is visible from the front entrance along Dudley Street.
Artist submissions should:
- align with the curatorial vision of the Boston Art Commission
- show consideration of the neighborhood, site, and theme
- showcase a strong, original artistic vision, and
- demonstrate experience in public art that meets the expectations for this commission.