Boston’s public art has grown alongside the city’s significant and evolving role in American history. Our wide range of works mirror key cultural debates and the ever-progressing political and social conditions of the city and our nation. Today, artists and community members work with the Mayor’s Office and the Boston Art Commission to ensure that Boston’s public art conveys the diversity of the city’s past and current populations. Additionally, the Art Commission strives to promote a varied selection of artistic styles and media. Through this site, you can become involved in efforts to support the creation, evolving interpretation and ongoing care of artworks throughout Boston’s neighborhoods.
Art Commission archives, as well as the City Archives in West Roxbury, are open to the public by appointment.
Visit our Reference section and Interactive Map to view the collection, and visit our Education page to better understand and explore the collection. Check out our Flickr page to see more photos of public art throughout the city; to share your own photos of art in Boston, email us!
For all questions regarding the Art Commission and the City’s art collection please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.