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Public Art in Boston

Public art makes our city more inviting, vibrant, and reflective of our communities.

We want to uplift the lives of Boston’s residents through public art that:

  • engages communities
  • enriches and enlivens the urban environment
  • is driven by a clear artistic vision
  • enhances the diversity of the existing collection
  • responds directly to a specific environment, and 
  • possesses durability appropriate to the lifespan of the work.

Current Opportunities

paintbox 2022

We're looking for artists to paint City-owned utility boxes throughout the City with their original designs. The boxes reflect the diverse people, ideas, histories, and futures of everyday Bostonians.

View the call to artists

PaintBox by Jasmine Lee
2021 PaintBox in Chinatown by Jasmine Lee.

Application resources

The deadline to apply is May 27, 2022, at 5 p.m.

Apply for the call

If you're interested in proposing your own public art project, you can learn more about that process below.

Public Meetings and the Boston Art Commission

If you’re interested in learning more about public art and proposed projects in the city, you should attend a Boston Art Commission (BAC) meeting. The BAC is responsible for approving and commissioning artworks around the City.

We meet monthly with the BAC, and meetings are open to the public. Anyone is welcome to attend, share their thoughts, and ask questions.

Learn more about the Boston Art Commission 

The BAC holds public meetings every second Tuesday of the month from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Please join us!

View the upcoming meeting agenda

Watch past meeting recordings

A photo of a virtual Boston Art Commission meeting

Public Art Projects

See recent public art projects
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