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Public Art Projects in Boston

We commission permanent and temporary public art projects in the City that engage communities and enrich the urban environment. We also support projects led by artists and community members.

Current projects

Adams Street Branch Library
This project will complement the construction of the new Adams Street Branch Library building.
BCYF Vine Street Center Exterior Public Art
This project will complement the renovation of the Roxbury community center.
BCYF Vine Street Center Interior Public Art
The second of two projects to complement the renovation of BCYF Vine Street in Roxbury.
Book Mark'd
This community-initiated project will be located at the Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library.
'Call and Response: Radiating Safety' by L'Merchie Frazier
The public artwork will complement the new Fire Station 42 in Roxbury.
'Chinatown Worker Statues Project' by Wen-ti Tsen
This artist-driven project by Wen-ti Tsen will produce a long-term artwork in Chinatown.
City Hall Plaza Short-term Artwork
We're commissioning an artist to create a short-term artwork for the exterior of Boston City Hall.
Cocoanut Grove Memorial
This is a community-initiated project honoring the survivors and victims of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire of 1942.
Copley Square Park
We're commissioning artists to create poetry, light projections, ground plane interventions, and a small sculpture series that honor community solidarity, empathy, and acknowledgment of loss.
Dewitt Playground
This project will complement a renovation of Dewitt Playground at Madison Park High School in Roxbury.
Engine 17 / Ladder 7 Fire Station
This project will complement the construction of the new Engine 17 / Ladder 7 fire station in Dorchester.
The Embrace
We're working with King Boston and the Boston Foundation to create a memorial honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King.
'The Future of the Past Is Here Now' by Curtis Williams
We commissioned artist Curtis Williams to create an interior mural at the Faneuil Branch of the Boston Public Library in Brighton.
General Gourdin and African American Veterans Memorial and Park
The goal of this project is to honor General Gourdin, Black veterans, and the Roxbury neighborhood.
Hyde Square Public Art Project
The City of Boston commissioned artists Cristina Parreño Alonso and Amin Tadj to create a piece of public art at the intersection of Centre Street, Perkins Street, and Day Street in Hyde Square.
The Legacy of Frederick Douglass
This is a community-initiated effort to install a monument to the great abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass in Roxbury.
Malcolm X Park Public Art Projects
We commissioned artists to create murals on three of the basketball courts at Malcolm X Park and a wall of the BCYF Shelburne in Roxbury.
Ruggles Corridor
This project will result in a series of accessible and unique artworks along the Ruggles Corridor in Roxbury.

Recently completed projects

'Afro-Latin Dance and Music' by Roberto Chao
We supported artist Roberto Chao with a grant to create a mural at Mozart Park in Jamaica Plain.
Boston Arts Academy Public Art Projects
We commissioned two long-term public art projects to complement the construction of the new Boston Arts Academy building in Fenway.
City Hall Plaza Graphics
We commissioned Yuke Li to create graphics for the exterior of Boston City Hall.
'Doujans D’al Hirhoal' by Cyrille Conan
We commissioned Cyrille Conan to create a mural at the Patricia White Apartments in Brighton as part of the Transformative Public Art Program.
Engagement Center Murals by Alex Cook
We commissioned Alex Cook to create a series of four interior murals at the Engagement Center as part of the Transformative Public Art Program.
'The Joy of Growing' by Mattaya Fitts
We commissioned Mattaya Fitts to create an exterior mural at the Peabody/Englewood Apartments in Dorchester.
North Square Stories by A+J Art + Design
This series of sculptures complemented the reconstruction of North Square in the North End.
'Rita's Spotlight' by Rixy
The City commissioned artist Rixy to create a mural in Allston honoring the life and legacy of Rita Hester.
'R-O-X-B-U-R-Y' by Joe Wardwell in collaboration with Nakia Hill and 826 Boston YLAB
This is the first of a series of public art projects to complement the renovation of the Roxbury Branch.
'Souledad' by Victor 'Marka27' Quiñonez
We commissioned Victor "Marka27" Quiñonez to create a mural at Washington Manor in the South End.
'Together' by Mz. Icar
We commissioned Mz. Icar to create a mural outside of The Engagement Center in Newmarket Square as part of the Transformative Public Art Program.
'Turmoil' by Jeremy "Sobek" Harrison
This is the second public art project inside the Roxbury Branch Library funded by the Percent for Art program.
'UNUS MUNDUS' by Monika Bravo
This project at the newly constructed East Boston police station consists of mosaics and mobiles.
'Wythe & Web' by Matthew Hinçman
The project complemented renovations made to the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library.
'Youth Lead the Change: Rise Up from Your Roots' by Mel Mandel
We commissioned artist Mel Mandel to create a mural for the exterior of Franklin Field in Dorchester.
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