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Boston Art Commission

UPDATE: This meeting will be held virtually only and NOT in person. You can participate in the meeting by going to our Zoom meeting link and using your computer's audio and microphone. If you are unable to connect to audio or you do not have internet, you can call into the meeting by dialing 301-715-8592 and entering Meeting I.D.870 2681 8307 #. 

Public comment on Presentations for Review, Public Testimony, and Commission Vote may be provided ahead of the hearing by email to by 12pm (noon) on July, 13 2020. You will also have the opportunity to submit comments during the meeting via the Zoom platform or by phone. If you require closed captioning you can make a request to 

All times are subject to change

The public can offer testimony.

Discussion Topics

  1. Opening
    4:00 pm
    • Welcome  Karin Goodfellow
    • Call to order and review of minutes   Mark Pasnik
  2. Staff Report for Discussion
    4:10 pm

    A. Director’s Report                                   Karin Goodfellow

    1.Existing Public Art: 

    • Emancipation Group
    • Follow-up 2018 Monument Report

    2.In-Process Public Art: 

    • The Embrace MOU
    • Transformative Public Art
    • Calls and contracts for permanent work


    • Pending nominations to the BAC
    • Open Meeting Law complaint 
    • Emails and messages, some harassing, regarding Emancipation Group received after June 30 public vote
  3. Presentations for Review, Public Testimony, and Commission Vote

    a. Instruction for public comment     Karin Goodfellow

    b. Emancipation Group next steps    Mark Pasnik

    c. Public Art and Design Applications-The Gratitude Bridge-Friends of Fort Point Channel   Samantha Bestvina

  4. Adjournment

    Adjournment  Mark Pasnik

    Next Public Meeting: August 11, 2020, 4-6pm, Location TBD

    Email for any questions.

     All agenda items listed may be voted on or tabled by the BAC.

    *Applications and presentations listed will be pulled from the agenda if the proponents are not able to submit all needed materials in advance of the scheduled BAC meeting. All applications are to be reviewed for approval, pending property owner permissions.

    About the Boston Art Commission

    The Boston Art Commission, staffed by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, is an independent board composed of nine appointed art and design professionals that holds public meetings to review and vote on matters concerning the City’s art collection. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month to review current public art projects sited on or proposed for City of Boston property. At the conclusion of artist presentations, the Chair of the Commission will invite audience members to offer testimony. 

    The Commission’s curatorial vision is to commission and approve innovative and transformative artworks that engage communities, enrich and enliven the urban environment, are driven by an artistically strong vision, enhance the diversity of the existing collection, respond directly to a specific environment, and possess durability appropriate to the lifespan of the work. For more information, see