Boston Art Commission

Thermopylae (1966)
Dimitri Hadzi
JFK Federal Building, at Cambridge St. and New Sudbury St.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Mayor Walsh Announces RFP for Public Art Project Concepts for Hyde Square

BOSTON - Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) calling on artists and residents to submit their proposals for a public art project in Hyde Square, located in Jamaica Plain. The Public Works Department (PWD) and the Boston Art Commission (BAC) within the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, in coordination with Hyde Square Task Force, Hyde Jackson Square Main Street and local residents, invite artists to submit their proposals. The selected public art proposal will be implemented in conjunction with the reconstruction of Hyde Square at the intersection of Centre Street, Perkins Street, and Day Street in Fall 2017.

"The Hyde Square public art RFP is a great opportunity for local artists and residents to share their creative vision for this dynamic area of Jamaica Plain, and we encourage all qualified residents to apply," said Mayor Walsh. "As we continue to invest in public art across the city, we look forward to engaging the community in opportunities that embrace the diversity of people and cultures that make up each Boston neighborhood."

The deadline to apply for the $100,000 project is September 14, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. This public art project is part of a larger project where PWD will reconstruct the intersection of Centre Street, Perkins Street, and Day Street, collectively known as Hyde Square. Enhancements will include increased sidewalk widths, traffic and pedestrian safety improvements, new lighting, and landscaping. A major goal of this project is to create a sense of place and enhance the public realm with artwork, which is what this request for proposal seeks to accomplish.

The RFP is open to all professional artists, artisans, architects, landscape architects, or teams with experience in public art, site responsive design, project management, and construction administration. Professionals from the Jamaica Plain/Hyde/Jackson Square neighborhoods are encouraged to apply.  The RFP was shaped by community feedback gathered earlier this summer and the successful proposal will celebrate the multi-generational and diverse populations and cultures of Hyde Square.

All questions regarding the RFP should be submitted to by Monday, August 22 at 9am. Answers to any questions received will be posted on Monday, August 29. One artist will be selected in early Fall.

"By partnering with the Public Works Department and the Hyde Square Task Force, this project helps move forward the Boston Creates Cultural Plan, which calls for integrating arts, culture, and creativity into our urban environment," said Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston. "We look forward to a project that embraces the values defined by the neighborhood while encouraging social engagement."

To see the full RFP visit the City's Supplier Portal or go to the BAC's "Call to Artists" page.


Monday, August 1, 2016 Mayor Walsh announces the call for submissions for the Fay Chandler EMERGING Art Exhibition

Monday, August 1, 2016 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced a call for submissions for the second annual Fay Chandler EMERGING Art Exhibition, a celebration of the Boston visual arts community. Artists that live, work or create in the City of Boston are encouraged to submit their work for consideration.  
Hosted by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, the Fay Chandler Emerging Art Exhibition will feature fresh, original and contemporary works of art created by Boston artists. The art will be displayed at Boston City Hall in the Scollay Square Gallery during the month of October.  
Fay Chandler was a Boston philanthropist and advocate for the arts. As an artist who started her career later in life, she serves as the inspiration for this exhibition and to artists of all ages.
"If arts and culture are going to continue to thrive in Boston, it is important that we to continue to find ways to recognize and support the contributions of the artists who live and work here,” said Mayor Walsh. “The Fay Chandler EMERGING Art Exhibition provides an opportunity to showcase the work of those artists who are starting out and I’m looking forward to seeing their work.”
All submissions will be judged by a jury of Boston art professionals and peers. A total of $5,000 in prizes will be awarded in 3 categories including Best in Show, New Artist and Over 50 Artist. The prizes will be awarded at the Faye Chandler Emerging Artist Reception, scheduled for October 6, 2016 from 6 pm – 7 pm at Boston City Hall.
The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2016. To be eligible, artists must live, work or create in Boston. All work must have been created within the last three years. Artists must be at least 18 years old and cannot have gallery representation.  
For more information or to submit art for consideration, visit our call to artists page. 
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 Join us at Community Meeting

The City's Public Works Department and Boston Art Commission will hold a community meeting on Thursday, August 18th at 6 PM to discuss opportunities for the integration of Public Art in conjunction with the City’s proposed redesign of North Square. Please join your neighbors as the Public Works Department and the Boston Art Commission, on August 18 at 6:00 PM in the Nazzaro Center (30 North Bennet, Boston Ma 02113).

Point of Contact: 
Joseph Fleury, Assistant Civil Engineer
Thursday, July 14, 2016 TONIGHT Online Information Session for City of Boston Artist Residency

Join us tonight 6-7:30 for an Online Information Session for Boston AIR!

If you can't make it, you can see the information session later on the Art Commission's YouTube page.



Thursday, July 7, 2016 Public Space Invitational 2016 Winners

The Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, the Boston Art Commission, and the City's Streets cabinet are pleased to announce the 2016 PSI winners. 

Analog Challenge Winners

Project Name: Night Garden

Location: Boston Day and Evening Academy

Proposed By: Ethan Vogt, Mihai Dinulescu, Shawn Flaherty, DiDi Delgado 

A light installation that creates a space for evening food and performance events in Boston Day and Evening Academy’s community garden.



Project Name: Egleston #StreetMurals #MuralesEnLaCalle

Location: Egleston Square

Proposed by: Luis Cotto, Dorothy Fennell, Sydney Hardin

A Community-designed street mural at the intersection of Boylston + Egleston. This would become one of the City’s first street murals.


Project Name: Franklin St. Neighborway

Location: Franklin St. in Allston

Proposed by: Mark Chase, Viola Augustin, Tom Bertulis

A community-led slow street intervention on Franklin St. in Allston with street murals, plants, and pavement markings.


Mattapan Bonus Challenge Winners

Project Name: Real People, Real Stories: Mattapan

Location: Mattapan Station and/or Bus Stations in Mattapan

Proposed by: Professor and Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges and Jennifer Waddell

A series of printed photographs and poems based on interviews of current residents of Mattapan.


Project Name: Radiant Forest

Location: Mattapan Station

Proposed by: Chris Freda, Ryan Collier, Jhanea Williams, Anthony Lawson

Designed by a team from Sasaki, an array of translucent colored screens just beneath the glass panels that form the station’s covering.


Digital Challenge Winners

Project Name: The Public Stage

Location: To be Determined

Proposed by: Liat Racin, Matan Mayer, Mariko Davidson, Christina Usenza, Alon Dagan

Live streaming live classical performances (e.g., the Boston Symphony Orchestra) to stereos/speakers installed in City parks and public spaces. Includes a light installation.


Project Name: Public Radio

Location: Site to be determined

Proposed by: New American Public Art

Installing a functional, larger-than-life radio in a City park or public space.


Public Space Invitational Honorable Mentions

A Monument to Us - A Monument to Us highlights everyday individuals such as students, scientists, and teachers with CNC-cut sculptures.

Proposed by: Hilary Zelson


Calm Spots - Calm spots intends to create places of reflection and meditation in the city using beacons, a location-aware app, and ten-minute meditation podcasts.

Proposed by: Zhanina Boyadzhieva, Miriam Roure, Daniella Dasso, Marius Monton, Aitor Alsina


The Sounding Cube - The Sounding Cube is a sound-activated outdoor sculpture.

Proposed by: Nettrice Gaskins and Duncan Remage-Healey of Boston Arts Academy and Susan Kilmczack of South End Technology Center


Forever Puddles - The artist behind Forever Puddles proposed still mirrored, simulated puddles on city sidewalks. 

Proposed by: Gianna Stewart


Gateway to the Greenway - The team behind Gateway to the Greenway proposed new landscaping and a living mural for Mattapan Station.

Proposed by: Alex Reisman, Ben Fairbank, and Josh Hasenfus



Tuesday, June 21, 2016 Boston AIR: Request for Qualifications

City of Boston Artist Residency

Release:  Tuesday June 21, 2016

Deadline:  Sunday July 24, 2016

The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF), and the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics invite artists to apply to Boston AIR (Boston Artists-in-Residence) to become one of ten artists-in-residence at the City of Boston. This second year of Boston AIR program expands the size of the artist cohort, increases the length of the residencies, and grounds each residency at Boston Centers for Youth & Families, through their community centers and core, citywide initiatives, such as the BCYF Streetworker Program, youth summer programs, and leadership development for young women.

Through Boston AIR, artists are supported as agents of reflection, collaboration, and activism, whether through process-oriented practice, direct community engagement, or as leaders of systemwide change projects at BCYF and other City agencies. Ten artists will be invited to study and expand their own civic and social practice, alongside a parallel cohort from ten BCYF community centers and other City employees who will explore methods to incorporate artistic social practice into government and community work. Both the artist and City cohorts will share examples of their work, attend master workshops and lectures by guest artists, and have opportunities to exchange ideas and co-design proposals.

Each artist will be awarded a $22,500 stipend for a nine-month-long residency to develop and test ways that creative approaches can meaningfully impact the work of the public sector and society at large. Each artist will be paired with one of ten designated BCYF community centers and provided a studio space at that center.

The mission of Boston Centers for Youth & Families is to enhance the quality of life of Boston’s residents by partnering with various organizations to offer a wide range of comprehensive programs and activities according to neighborhood needs and interests. BCYF’s ACES programming framework (arts, civic engagement, education, and sports and fitness) is designed to provide access to these programs at every BCYF center. Through Boston AIR, BCYF hopes to expand their arts and civic engagement programs.

The City of Boston cohort includes representatives from BCYF, and may also include representatives from the following departments: Commission on Affairs of the Elderly, Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement, Mayor's Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Department of Neighborhood Development, Boston Transportation Department, Public Works Department, the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services, the Boston Police Department, Boston Public Schools, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, and the Mayor’s Office.



Artists working in all media are encouraged to apply; however, seasoned artists with organizational experience and firsthand knowledge of cultures and communities in Boston are preferred. Selected artists should be prepared to attend ten workshops over the course of the residency. At the first meeting in October, artists are expected to give a six-minute presentation on their practice. Selected artists will also be invited to attend and participate in lectures and events throughout the year and must present at two scheduled public forums at minimum.



Mayor Martin J. Walsh envisions this project, concurrent with the release of the City’s cultural plan, Boston Creates, as an opportunity to support Boston artists and integrate artists into the development and implementation of government practices and policies. Last fall, Mayor Walsh launched the City’s first artist-in-residence program. Ten artists and twelve City departments participated in a series of workshops in collaboration with Massachusetts College of Art and Design over the course of the fall. From that cohort, three artists were selected to develop social practice residencies in coordination with the Boston Police Department, the Office of Recovery Services, Office of Women’s Advancement, the Department of Neighborhood Development, and the Parks & Recreation Department.



The residencies will be grounded in the following community centers:

  1. Roslindale Community Center, Roslindale
  2. Blackstone Community Center, South End
  3. Perkins Community Center, Dorchester
  4. Mattahunt Community Center, Mattapan
  5. Quincy Community Center, Chinatown
  6. Curley Community Center, South Boston
  7. Tobin Community Center, Roxbury
  8. Vine Street Community Center, Roxbury
  9. Curtis Hall Community Center, Jamaica Plain
  10. Hyde Park Community Center, Hyde Park

As part of the application, artists will be asked to express a preference or affinity for a community center and/or neighborhood; however, final assignments will be made by staff and the artist selection committee.



In total, artists’ awards are allotted as follows:

$22,500 – fee awarded and paid in scheduled installments to ten selected artists for project design, implementation, and oversight

$10,000 – project budget available for materials and services for each of the ten selected projects

Upon award of the contract, the ten artists will be required to begin work on their residencies, including but not limited to the following scope of work:

  • Weekly studio hours at BCYF center
  • Regular community meetings at BCYF center to communicate and document proposed project
  • Coordination meetings as required with project team
  • Boston AIR statement of intentions and project proposal, to be finalized and publicly presented in January 2017
  • Periodic progress updates and budget estimates

The artist fee and project budget include all expenses associated with insurance, labor, materials, contracted services, meetings, and travel required to complete the project through implementation. Any subcontractors required by the artist must be compensated out of the project budget, unless negotiated otherwise. Any expense that exceeds this amount would be the artist’s responsibility, unless negotiated otherwise.

Please keep in mind that the City of Boston requires general liability insurance coverage for contractors to protect both the City and the contractor. Depending on the proposed project, artists may also be responsible for obtaining appropriate City permissions.



An Artist Selection Committee, which will review responses to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ), will be comprised of representatives from the City of Boston and local arts professionals. Following the RFQ review, ten artists will be selected to form this year’s class of artists-in-residence. The artist cohort will include a mix of artistic disciplines and experience.

Selection considerations:

  • Artist’s work shows a strong, clear artistic vision
  • Artist has demonstrated organizational experience
  • Artist has firsthand knowledge of cultures and/or communities in Boston
  • Artist’s work is mission driven or demonstrates interest in social justice
  • Artist’s body of work demonstrates experience identifying problems in the real world
  • Artist has the ability to work across cultures, including that of City Hall


Boston AIR’s jury includes:

  • Kenneth Bailey, Design Studio 4 Social Intervention
  • Chris Byner, Deputy Commissioner of Programming & Development, BCYF
  • L’Merchie Frazier, Current Boston AIR
  • Georgie Friedman, Current Boston AIR
  • Shaw Pong Liu, Current Boston AIR
  • Ekua Holmes, Massachusetts College of Art and Design; Boston Art Commission
  • Danielle Legros Georges, Boston Poet Laureate
  • Brendan Little, Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services
  • Jennifer Maconochie, Boston Police Department
  • Carol Owens, Department of Neighborhood Development
  • Sgt. Gino Provenzano, Boston Police Department
  • Michael Sulprizio, Deputy Commissioner, Administration & Finance, BCYF
  • Lisa Tung, Massachusetts College of Art and Design; Boston Art Commission


ANTICIPATED TIMELINE (subject to change at discretion of City of Boston)

June 21, 2016: Release call

July 14, 2016, 6-7:30pm: Online information session for interested artists 

July 24, 2016: RFQ responses due

August 2016: Contract signed with selected artists

October 1, 2016: Residencies start

  • Artists will be paired with a community center and begin to establish a presence at the center.

October - December 2016: Fall Artist/City Liaison Workshops

  • Over the course of the fall, artists will participate in five mandatory workshops designed in collaboration with arts leaders and begin to develop the scope of their residencies.

January 8, 2017: Boston AIR statement of intentions and project proposal

  • Artists will finalize the scope of their residencies and propose any City partnerships/connections beyond BCYF.

Late January 2017: Initial Public forum: Artist presentations and public feedback

January - June 2017: Winter/Spring Artist/City Liaison Workshops

  • Over the course of the winter and spring, artists will attend five additional mandatory workshops to support their residencies.

June 2017: Final Public forum: Artist presentations and public feedback

  • Residencies conclude with a final public form.



  • Please apply here after creating an account profile.

  • Please note that finalists will be asked to submit a SORI/CORI (background checks) request form.

Please Note:

  • We are only accepting electronic submissions.
  • Do not send proposals at this stage.
  • Submissions may be made publicly available for viewing.



By submitting an application, the applicant assures that all copyright holders have consented to the submission and use of all media files by the City of Boston.  This includes the use of the images in the following forms: multimedia, print or digital publications, presentations, or an online archive.

The Committee reserves the right to alter any aspect of the selection process or overall project in any way for its own convenience at any time. This Request for Qualifications does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract and these provisions are subject to change.


Questions? Please contact:  Karin Goodfellow,


Friday, June 17, 2016 Boston AIR Call to Artists opens June 21st!

The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF), and the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics will release a call on Tuesday June 21 inviting artists to apply to Boston AIR to become one of ten artists-in-residence at the City of Boston.

Please check here for updates!


Friday, June 17, 2016 Public Art in Hyde Square - Community meeting July 11th

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Please join us on Monday, July 11, for a community meeting hosted by Hyde Square Task Force and the City of Boston to discuss two upcoming public art opportunities in Hyde Square.

ART WALLS: In 2014, Mayor Walsh empowered young people by putting them in control of $1,000,000 of the city budget through a process called Youth Lead the Change. One of the projects funded was to create “Free Art Walls” in Boston, where anyone could contribute to the beautification of their neighborhood.

CALL to ARTISTS: Mayor Walsh and the Boston Art Commission invite artists to submit their qualifications for a public art project planned in conjunction with the City’s proposed design for the reconstruction of Hyde Square at the intersection of Centre Street, Perkins Street, and Day Street. The Call to Artists for Hyde Square will be forthcoming, please come to the meeting or visit for updates.

Monday July 11, 2016 6-7pm

Mozart Park, Centre Street

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

*Rain date: Wednesday July 13, 2016 6-7pm


Friday, June 17, 2016 Thank you AFTA and the Public Art Pre-Conference attendees!

Click here to view images of the Public Art Party at the BSA Space.


Monday, May 2, 2016 Proposed site for a Frederick Douglass Memorial


The Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services and the Boston Art Commission held a community meeting on April 30th to discuss a newly proposed location for a memorial honoring Frederick Douglass. Below is an image of the proposed new site on Tremont and Hammond/Cabot StreetFor those who were unable to attend, click here to view the presentation. 

If you have any comments that you would like to share with BAC, email us at art@publicartboston.comPlease let us know what you think!