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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.

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:

City-Driven, Long-Term 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.
Boston Arts Academy
Two new public art projects will complement the construction of the new Boston Arts Academy building in Fenway.
Dewitt Playground
This project will complement a renovation of Dewitt Playground at Madison Park High School in Roxbury.
East Boston Police Station
This project will complement the future Area A-7 Police Station.
Engine 17 / Ladder 7 Fire Station
This project will complement the construction of the new Engine 17 / Ladder 7 fire station in Dorchester.
Engine 42 Roxbury Fire Station
The public artwork will complement the new fire station.
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.
Jamaica Plain Branch/BCYF Curtis Hall
The project will complement recent renovations made to the branch.
North Square Stories
North Square Stories complements the reconstruction of North Square in the North End.
Roxbury Branch Library: Project I
The first of two public art projects that will complement the library renovation.
Roxbury Branch Library: Project II
This is the second public art project inside the Roxbury Branch Library funded by the Percent for Art program.
Ruggles Corridor
This project will result in a series of accessible and unique artworks along the Ruggles Corridor in Roxbury.

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 focused eye flyer

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. 

Photo of Wind on Water sculptures in Charlestown by Lyman Whitaker

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