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Malcolm X Park Public Art Projects

We commissioned artists to create murals on three of the basketball courts at Malcolm X Park and a wall of the BCYF Shelburne in Roxbury.

These projects are in the contracting phase.

Project Details

Project Context

The City of Boston commissioned these four murals as part of the third round of the Transformative Public Art Program. The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture allocated more than $1 million toward murals at 10 sites across nine neighborhoods as part of the program. The total budget for these projects is $525,000. 

Malcolm X Park is currently undergoing an $8.8 million renovation project by the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation. This project is the City’s first equitable procurement project and has included many community meetings. At these community meetings, repeated requests were made to include public art in the project. In collaboration with the Parks Department and a Roxbury community working group, we were able to identify four locations for public art at this site:

  • three of the new basketball courts in the park, and
  • a vertical mural on the rear facade of the BCYF Shelburne community center.

The Boston Art Commission approved the following artists and artist groups for the murals: 

  • Geo "GoFive" Ortega (for the BCYF Shelburne wall)
  • Rob "Problak" Gibbs
  • Nomade Studio and Otra Ciudad

  • Boston X Detroit Team led by Sydney James and Gina Latham

Learn more about the Malcolm X Park Improvements

Malcolm X Park basketball court site plan
Site plan of renovated Malcolm X Park, with basketball court mural sites highlighted.
Photo of BCYF Shelburne mural wall
Photo of BCYF Shelburne mural wall


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