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Public art requests for proposals

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

Supplier Portal Help

All RFPs for permanent public art over a budget of $30,000 are posted on the City of Boston's Supplier Portal. To download the PDF of any RFP, you will need to create an account with the Supplier Portal by registering as a Sourcing Bidder. Once you are registered, you can sign in to the portal at any time to respond to other RFPs. Please see the links below for help:

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

For Supplier Portal Help, view the City's Supplier Portal User Guides.

Questions about RFPs?

Contact Kara Elliott-Ortega, Director of Planning and Policy in the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, at kara.elliott-ortega@boston.gov.

North Square Public Art Project

Project Summary

In 2017, North Square will undergo a revitalization project by the Boston Public Works Department. Designed to build on its identity as a cultural destination and making the space accessible to all, the completed project will be a livable, walkable, green and sustainable square. Public Works has allocated $200,000 from the North Square reconstruction project budget towards a public art project that will be incorporated into the reconstruction. Learn more about the project.

The RFP is open to all professional artists or teams with experience in public art. Artists from the North End neighborhood are encouraged to apply.

RFP Timeline
  • Site walkthrough: Monday, December 5 at 3 p.m.  
  • Questions accepted by the Boston Art Commission through Friday, December 9
  • Deadline to submit proposals: 5 p.m. on January 4, 2017
  • Artists Selected in February 2017 

Read the Press Release

Apply on the Supplier Portal