Boston Art Commission

Art and Science (1911)
Bela Lyon Pratt
Bronze on granite base
Boston Public Library, at 700 Boylston St.

Public Art Guidelines

If you are interested in bringing public art to your community, please download the guidelines below to get started:


Public Art Funding Sources

Edward Ingersoll Browne Fund
In 1892, Edward Ingersoll Browne, a successful Boston trust attorney with a strong sense of civic pride and public spirit, wrote his will directing that one-third of his estate be set aside, in a special fund, for the improvement of Boston's public spaces.  Grants from Mr. Browne's bequest are often utilized for the design, fabrication and installation of permanent works of public art in Boston.  The Art Commission has representation on this board and assists in determining that all proposals submitted comply with the terms of Mr. Browne's will.  Please send applications to the City of Boston Trust Office, City Hall, Room M5, Boston, MA 02201.  Deadlines  for all applications to the Browne Fund is March 15.  

Please read the Boston Art Commission's Guildeines for Permanent Public Art in Boston before submitting your application.  The Browne Fund application can be found here.  A helpful checklist of submission materials can be found here.   

For more information, please call the City of Boston Treasury Division at 617.635.3414.

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Fund for the Arts

Fund for the Arts (FFA) is a public art program at the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). The Fund supports projects through which artists and non-profit community organizations are paired to create public artworks that engage audiences and encourage participation in the arts. Fund for the Arts seeks to advance and provide visibility for the arts in Greater Boston by placing artists and creative endeavors at the heart of community and civic life. Visit www.nefa.org/grants_services/fund_arts for more information.

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Henderson Fund

Grants are made by the George B. Henderson Foundation in accordance with the Indenture of Trust by Mr. Henderson dated 21 May 1964.  This instrument directs that Foundation funds shall be devoted solely to the enhancement of the physical appearance of the City of Boston, including projects concerning parks, city streets, buildings, monuments, and architectural and sculptural works.  Each project shall be visible by the public, preferably from a public way.  If funds are expended for work on building interiors, the building shall be open to the public a reasonable number of days in each year. Visit thehendersonfoundation.com for more information.  

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