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Public Art in Boston

We commission permanent and temporary public art projects in the City that engage communities and enrich the urban environment.

Public Art Update: There are several public art projects currently underway throughout the City. If you encounter an artist or conservator 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.

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Arts and Culture

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News and announcements

News
MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES ARTISTS SELECTED FOR PUBLIC ART PROJECTS AT BOSTON ARTS ACADEMY AND EAST BOSTON POLICE STATION

Artists selected for public art projects at Boston Arts Academy and East Boston Police Station

Arts and Culture
Photo of student involved in Brighter Boston Strand summer program

A look back at 2020 for the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture
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.

An update on the removal of 'Emancipation Group'

Arts and Culture
Photo of interior of Roxbury Branch with public artwork

$17.2 million renovation of the Roxbury library branch completed

Library

Boston Art Commission

The Boston Art Commission is an independent board that approves and commissions innovative and transformative public artworks around the City. Learn more about their upcoming meetings below.

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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Community-driven, short-term projects

The WOW Wind on Water Wind Sculptures were created by Lyman Whitaker. They were installed on the Charlestown Navy Yard. The project was organized by the Navy Yard Garden Association, and will be up through May 2021. The project includes 32 sculptures in eight groupings that are situated in Shipyard Park and along Boston Harbor. 

Miskodoodiswan (Red Dress Lodge-Ojibwemowin) is an installation that brings attention to Murdered, Missing Indigenous Womxn (MMIW). This project and installation is aimed at bringing Indigenous people, their struggles, and their strengths into the visible. It also supports non-Indigenous people to engage in Indigenous issues decolonially. By creating an artistic environment guided by the artist's Indigenous philosophies, this installation is intended to:

  • educate the masses
  • connect people, and
  • offer healing to MMIW and those connected to these atrocities.

This installation also aims to braid the local tribes together to create a strong Indigenous community. This installation takes place on the 400th anniversary of the Plymouth colony being established. It highlights the beginning dynamics that allow for the genocide, murder, and abduction of Indigenous peoples. Miskodoodiswan is designed to unite people in the spirit of care. It also ams to create positive cultural evolution that centers the Indigenous people of Turtle Island (USA).