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How to apply for public art and design projects

You can propose both short- and long-term public art and design projects on City of Boston property.

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Before you get started

You can propose a project as an individual or group. We created an infographic to help you develop your application. Once you’ve considered the idea or space in which you are interested for the project, you can begin the process of talking to neighbors and community members that would be impacted. As you develop your idea, consider reaching out to:

  • the Boston Art Commission at
  • art foundations
  • local businesses
  • nonprofits, and
  • anyone with a stake in the project.

Also, keep in mind, we can only approve projects that will be installed on land owned by the City of Boston. You can research parcel ownership through the City's Assessing Online tool.


Submit an application

We want to have a clear understanding of what you want to propose. Please fill out the online application to propose both short- and long-term public art and design projects on City of Boston property.

Online application

The Boston Art Commission will review all applications at its monthly meetings, scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month. We ask that applications be submitted two weeks before a scheduled meeting, and six weeks before the proposed start date. This gives the commission time to process the request and work with other departments for permissions.

You'll need to include:
  • a project description with installation and maintenance details
  • an address or Google map link, if you have a specific site in mind
  • photos or sketches of the proposed project, if relevant
  • descriptions of the artist selection process
  • resumes for all artists involved, and
  • any letters of support or permission.

If you have any questions about the application or the process email us at


The 'art' work begins

If this is a permanent public art project, we will reach out. We'll help you write a Request for Qualifications, and continue with the City's permanent art process.

If this is a temporary project, we’ll follow up with you if we have any more questions. We’ll also let you know about any City permissions that apply to your project, including:

  • a special events permit
  • a public safety permit, and
  • insurance requirements.
Need to Know:
funding your project

There are a couple of different options for finding funding. You can also apply for the Boston Cultural Council Opportunity Fund


Have questions about the application process? Send us an email or give us a call.

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