Boston Art Commission

Two new calls for public art!  


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Mayor Thomas M. Menino Announces Opportunities for Artists: PaintBox, ArtBarrier will add color to the City


Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Boston Art Commission announced two artist calls on Monday, March 11, 2013. ArtBarrier is a new program, which will add color and vitality to the often-overlooked concrete Jersey barriers located on public roadways throughout the City.  One Boston designer will be chosen to work with Boston Shines volunteers on Saturday, April 27, 2013 to galvanize the change of Boston's urban landscape. The 11th annual Boston Shines is a two-day citywide clean up event. More than 5,000 volunteers come together in each of the neighborhoods of Boston to plant flowers, sweep, rake, and pick up trash. ArtBarrier will be a fantastic addition to this year’s citywide clean up.

PaintBox, originally launched in 2008, has already led to the painting of more than 80 utility boxes throughout the City. The PaintBox program is geared toward the recognition and celebration of the local arts community and asks artists to paint colorful images on large utility boxes located on public sidewalks. 

"Our neighborhoods are more vibrant and exciting places to live, visit and explore thanks to the PaintBox program,” Mayor Menino said.  “I’m thrilled we’re extending the spirit of the PaintBox program to the Jersey barriers, making those less of an eyesore and more of an asset.”

Unlike PaintBox, in which the artist paints the design directly onto the utility box, ArtBarrier will ask artists to create stencils that can be used by volunteers to paint the barriers, as part of the annual Boston Shines volunteer program. 

“This is a great new way that Boston is engaging the artist community,” said Karin Goodfellow, Director of the Boston Arts Commission.  “PaintBox gets artists out into the community, but ArtBarrier gets them engaged directly with the public.  This should be a fun addition to the great programs that make up Boston Shines.”

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