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Public art projects

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

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.

There is currently a call for artists to create a memorial that commemorates the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire of 1942. You can learn more about the call, or apply, online.

Have questions? Contact:

Arts and Culture

Have questions about RFPs? Contact:

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

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Several major public artworks are moving in the City this fall

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Call for artists for public art at new Boston Arts Academy building

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Call for artists for public art at playground in Roxbury announced

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