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BCYF Vine Street Interior Percent for Art Project

The public art project will complement the renovation of the Roxbury community center

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Project timeline

Application open
Artist selection

Project Details

Project Context

Through a $5.3 million investment, the BCYF Vine Street Community Center received several needed repairs and upgrades, including:

  • renovating and reconfiguring all interior spaces
  • adding a fitness center
  • expanding the teen center and improving access to the center, and
  • adding air conditioning to the gym, and much more.

This Percent for Art Project is the second of two projects connected to the Vine Street center. The budget is $9,999 for designs for permanent, two-dimensional artwork. The first call was for exterior artwork. Learn more about the exterior project.

Design Goals and Cultural Context

There are three qualities of the Vine Street BCYF and surrounding neighborhood that the artist may wish to take into consideration:

  1. Community: The purpose of Boston’s community centers is to enhance the quality of life for all Bostonians. Vine Street BCYF offers many programs and connections. It's a space where communities in the neighborhood can gather, play, and learn. The art should reflect this diversity of membership and programming.
  2. Multi-generational use: The Vine Street BCYF serves the entire Dudley Square area in Roxbury. Most people are familiar with their robust programs for teens and children. But, the center also has dedicated space for senior activities. Exercise and other common rooms attract users of all ages and abilities.
  3. Health and wellness: Many BCYF programs focus on active living for all ages. Dance, basketball, active play, and group exercise are all strong programs at this location. BCYF designs their programs in alignment with their ACES framework (Arts, Community and Civic Engagement, Education and Sports, Recreation and Fitness). The artwork should reflect or engage this existing culture of wellness and physical activity.
Project Site

The City has identified several potential sites for the artwork:

  • Front entrance
  • Central hallway upper walls
  • Dance studio upper walls
  • Exercise room upper walls

All sites are internal. The artist must work with the existing infrastructure as the site is finished. The selected artist may find additional sites, in partnership with Vine Street BCYF and the Boston Art Commission.


Image for front entrance

Image for central hallway upper walls

Image for exercise room upper walls

Image for dance studio upper walls