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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.

Still have questions? Contact:
Arts and Culture
1 City Hall Square
Room 802
Boston, MA 02201-2029

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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:

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.