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.
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."
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:
- Arts and Culture, and
- Boston Art Commission.
- See all the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture current open calls and applications.
City-Driven, Long-Term Projects
City-driven, short-term Public Art
Community-driven, long-term projects
Community-driven, short-term projects
"The Focused Eye: Our Unique Views" is an outdoor photography exhibition. It's located at Fan Pier, on the Public Green in Boston’s bustling Seaport District. Eighty-eight images are displayed on a large-scale banner, 5-feet high and 250-feet long. These images showcase the work of the Boston Camera Club, the second-oldest camera club in the country.
Expertly sequenced by curator Emily Belz, each image speaks to the next by subject, color, composition or use of light. This forms a bridge, creating a compelling visual experience in the public realm. The photo banner exhibition will run from the end of May through November 2021.
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.