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Public art requests for proposals

Last updated: 6/5/17

Public art requests for proposals

You can respond to open RFPs for permanent public art commissioned by the City of Boston.

The City of Boston, in collaboration with the Boston Art Commission, regularly releases Requests for Proposals for permanent public art on City of Boston property. The Boston Art Commission advocates for the creation of innovative and transformative art and promotes its accessibility to enrich the lives of Boston’s diverse citizens and visitors. Local artists are encouraged to respond to the open RFPs below. 

Want to learn more?
Still have questions? Contact:
Arts and Culture
1 City Hall Square
Room 802
Boston, MA 02201-2029
United States
Questions about RFPs?

Contact Kara Elliott-Ortega, Director of Planning and Policy in the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, at

Jamaica Plain Library | Percent for Art

Project Summary

The City of Boston invites artists to submit proposals for a public art project to complement the recent renovations of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library.

About the Percent for Art Program

The Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture (MOAC) released the City’s first cultural plan, Boston Creates, in 2016, calling for increased support to Boston’s arts and culture ecosystem. The Percent for Art Program is a critical policy outcome of this planning process and addresses Goal 4 of the plan: to integrate 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. The Percent for Art Program demonstrates the City’s leadership and commitment to sustainable funding for the arts by setting 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 Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and the Boston Art Commission (BAC), in collaboration with the Office of Budget Management, the Office of Property Management, and other City Departments.

RFP Timeline
  • Site walkthrough: Friday, May 19, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Meet at 30 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.
  • Deadline to submit proposals: Friday, June 9, 2017, by noon Boston local time.
  • June 2017: Interviews with artists (if needed)
  • July 2017: Artist selected 

Read the RFP

City Responses to Questions

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