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Public Art in Boston

We commission artists for both permanent and temporary public art projects in the City.

Public Art Update: There are several public art projects currently underway throughout the City, including murals at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Roxbury and 95 Magazine Street in Newmarket, several other projects as part of our Transformative Public Art Program, and 61 utility boxes being painted as part of our PaintBox program. If you encounter an artist working on a project, please maintain social distancing, take a look at a safe distance, and be respectful. If you have questions about the artwork, email arts@boston.gov.


We regularly release calls to artists for temporary and permanent public art on City property. 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.

Have questions? Contact:

Arts and Culture

Have questions about RFPs? Contact:

sarah.rodrigo@boston.gov

News and announcements

News and announcements
Photo of The Emancipation Group, a copy of a statue in Washington D.C. created by Thomas Ball, photo courtesy of the Boston Art Commission.

City of Boston to remove the Emancipation Group statue after Boston Art Commission vote

Arts and Culture
Photo of The Emancipation Group

An opportunity for change

Arts and Culture
distance whispering photo

24 public art projects selected for transformative public art program

Arts and Culture
Photo of BCYF Vine Street ribbon cutting

Artists selected to carry out three permanent public art projects in Roxbury

Arts and Culture

Boston Art Commission

The Boston Art Commission is an independent board of nine commissioners appointed by the Mayor. They approve and commission innovative and transformative public artworks around the City.

Learn more about the Boston Art Commission

Public Art Under Review

Examining equity and representation in the City’s collection through public dialogue.

Art under review

The Percent for Art Program

The Percent for Art Program is a critical outcome of the Boston Creates cultural plan, which called for:

"integrating 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:
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