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:
- Roslindale Community Center, Roslindale
- Blackstone Community Center, South End
- Perkins Community Center, Dorchester
- Mattahunt Community Center, Mattapan
- Quincy Community Center, Chinatown
- Curley Community Center, South Boston
- Tobin Community Center, Roxbury
- Vine Street Community Center, Roxbury
- Curtis Hall Community Center, Jamaica Plain
- 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.
BUDGET AND SCOPE OF WORK FOR PROJECT DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 publicartboston.com 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!
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 Street. For 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 email@example.com. Please let us know what you think!
Monday, April 25, 2016 Come to a Community Meeting this Saturday
The Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services and the Boston Art Commission will hold a community meeting on Saterday, April 30th at 2 PM to discuss a newly proposed location for a memorial honoring Frederick Douglass. Please join us at Northeastern University's Interational Village, Rm 019, to discuss the proposed site of the Memorial in Roxbury.
Monday, March 28, 2016 BAC approves the design for the Kip Tiernan Memorial
The Boston Art Commission has voted to conditionally approve Ceruzzi & Murphy’s proposal Passages, presented at the BAC public meeting on March 22, 2016 for the Kip Tiernan Memorial project. Images from their presentation can be seen below; click here to see their full presentation.
Passages, will be a site-specific piece of permanent public art that commemorates the life and work of Rosie’s Place founder Kip Tiernan. Her memorial will create a compelling call to, in Kip’s words, “endeavor to act justly”.
This is a particularly important commission as it will be one of the few works of public art in Boston dedicated to a woman and the only memorial specifically dedicated to an advocate for people who are homeless. Rosie’s Place, in coordination with the Boston Art Commission, has been developing Kip Tiernan Memorial at Dartmouth Street, between Newbury Street and Public Alley 440 in the Back Bay.
About Rosie’s Place :
Rosie’s Place, founded in 1974 as the first women’s shelter in the United States, is a sanctuary for poor and homeless women, offers emergency and long-term assistance to women who have nowhere else to turn. Rosie's Place has evolved from providing meals and shelter to creating permanent solutions through advocacy, education, and affordable housing.
Monday, February 22, 2016 Three Boston AIR Artists Announced
Mayor Martin J. Walsh and his Office of Arts and Culture today announced the selection of three artists for the City of Boston's first artist-in-residence program, Boston AIR.
"I would like to congratulate the chosen artists on this accomplishment and thank them for helping us to integrate the arts in our core city services," said Mayor Walsh. "Boston AIR is just one of the many ways we're working to invigorate Boston's cultural scene and support local artists whose innovation and creativity can benefit the people of Boston."
The City received over 111 submissions from Boston-area artists in response to a Request for Qualifications. A jury of seven arts professionals, as well as MassArt and City representatives, made their selection in order to create a cohort of artists with a mix of artistic disciplines and experiences, as well as evidence of work in socially engaged practices who demonstrated potential, and who have a connection to the City of Boston. The artist cohort represented a wide variety of disciplines, including dance, film, street art, and social engagement.
Over the fall, at workshops organized by MassArt, the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, and Boston Art Commission, the artists expanded their own civic and social practice, alongside a group of liaisons from city agencies, including: Public Works, Property and Construction Management, Parks and Recreation, Veterans' Services, Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Education, Policy, Neighborhood Development, Women's Advancement, Elderly Commission, and the Boston Police Department.
"Boston AIR is one of the many ways Mayor Walsh has shown his commitment to the arts, within the framework of Boston Creates," said Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture. "We look forward to continuing to build strong partnerships and cross sector collaborations that will benefit Boston residents in this way."
All ten artists presented strong, competitive proposals which thoughtfullyexplored the talents, strengths, and challenges in Boston. For this first year of Boston AIR, the City is funding three artist proposals. The selected artists will be awarded $20,000 stipends for six-month residencies with a city department to develop creative approaches that can be incorporated into the work of the city.
The winning artists — musician and composer Shaw Pong Liu, video artist Georgie Friedman, and visual and performing artist L’Merchie Frazier — will each receive a $20,000 stipend as part of a six-month residency to develop projects while embedded with various city departments. Each project will also receive a $5,000 budget.
Partnering with the Office of Women's Advancement and Office of Recovery Services.
When Women Succeed: The Quilted Path is a multi-disciplinary and public fiber art project. Ms. Frazier will collaborate with the Office of Women's Advancement and Office of Recovery Services to increase resources and awareness of women who are recovering from substance abuse.
A visual artist, performance artist, educator, and activist, Ms. Frazier is the Director of Education at the Museum of African American History in Boston and an artist in the African American Master Artist-in- Residence Program at Northeastern University. L’Merchie Frazier’s project builds upon the mission of the Office of Women’s Advancement, the newly formed Office of Recovery Services, and Mayor Walsh’s vision for a thriving, healthy, and innovative Boston. Through workshops, her multi-disciplinary civic practice will focus on deepening relationships between the City and the recovery community.
Partnering with the Department of Neighborhood Development and Parks and Recreation Department.
ALTERING THE CITY: VIDEO LANDSCAPE is a proposal for a large-scale, site-specific installation that will project video of natural elements on to existing architecture. The proposal was developed in partnership with the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND). To further the City’s mission of creating vibrant and equitable neighborhoods, Ms. Friedman and DND will work on site selection with a particular focus on areas in need of revitalization.
Georgie Friedman is an interdisciplinary artist whose projects include large-scale video installations, single and multi-channel videos, and several photographic series. The City of Boston has many foreclosed, in-limbo or vacant properties, such as lots and buildings. Boston's Department of Neighborhood Development wants to revitalize these properties through its Main Streets business-district program and by transferring the properties to the Parks and Recreation Department. Via the Boston AIR program, Ms. Friedman’s project creates a bridge between municipal government and community organizations interested in improving their neighborhoods with public art.
Partnering with the Boston Police Department.
In collaboration with the Boston Police Department, Teen Empowerment, and the Urbano Project, musician and composer Shaw Pong Liu will prototype ways that music can support healing and dialogue about gun violence and race between the police and the community.
Shaw Pong Liu’s proposal Time to Listen will experiment with ways that collaborative music-making can create a different kind of time, connection, and space for healing and dialogue around the difficult topics of gun violence, race, and law enforcement practices. With Boston AIR and a police department recognized as a national leader in proactive community engagement, there is a unique opportunity to model innovative approaches to police-community dialogue on gun violence and race.
The Boston AIR finalists presented their proposals on Saturday, January 23, 2016. Of the ten presenting artists, these three artists will work closely with their partnering agencies, as well as other City staff and members of the Boston Art Commission. Additionally, they will be advised by Boston AIR’s partners at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and national leaders in the arts and civic engagement. As the artists embark on their pilot residencies, the City imagines an artist-in-residence program that is dynamic and co-designed, applying the values gained and lessons learned to next year’s program.
Funding for Boston AIR is from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town grant program. The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Since the program's inception in 2011 and including these projects, the NEA has awarded 325 Our Town grants totaling almost $26 million in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 New Public Art + Design Application!
The Boston Art Commission has a new Public Art + Design Application!
In an effort to streamline the application process for artists and community groups, as well as create a clearer internal process, we are happy to share this new application with you. We've also got a new infographic to help as you develop your public art project!
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 Boston AIR proposal presentations - Let us know what you think!
Last fall, ten local artists worked alongside representatives from twelve City of Boston departments to generate ideas for integrating art and creative thinking into city government. The artists and City liaisons attended lectures and workshops co-organized by MassArt, the Boston Art Commission, and the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. Artists shadowed City liaisons to learn about day-to-day operations, challenges, and opportunities. They built relationships, exchanged ideas, and began to explore possibilities for project proposals.
The Boston AIR finalists presented their proposals on Saturday, January 23, 2016. The finalists’ abbreviated proposals and links to their recorded public presentations can be seen below. Of the ten presenting artists, three will be awarded $20,000 stipends for six-month residencies within a City department to develop creative approaches that can be incorporated into the work of the City of Boston.
Please let us know what you think! If you have any comments that you would like to communicate to the Selection Committee, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Displays of Motion will create a 3-phased project, engaging the Boston Police and diverse members of the city’s communities. His goals include illuminating the dimensional qualities and culture of all involved through facilitated co-learning in movement and the creative development and public performance of dance/theatre live and on film.
IN-SIGHT is a chronicle of visual poetry of intimate spaces based on personal narratives and life experiences of Police Officers and community members. Using multiple platforms and storytelling mediums this project intends to replace the stereotypical images between police and public with new narratives and collective memories of shared experiences.
Working with the Parks & Recreation Department the proposal is to build a temporary contemporary art museum on Copley Square and for 6 months have rotating exhibitions, performances, and events drawing from the local community of artists, organizers, and organizations.
When Women Succeed: The Quilted Path is a multi-disciplinary public fiber art project proposed to collaborate with the Office of Women's Advancement to increase the Departments and the community awareness and resources for an underserved component of Boston's female population that is in recovery from substance abuse.
ALTERING THE CITY: VIDEO LANDSCAPE, is a large scale proposal for a site-specific video installation that will be a projection of natural elements on existing architecture. The proposal was developed in partnership with the Department of Neighborhood Development to choose a site and to further their mission of creating strong, vibrant Boston neighborhoods.
Musician and composer Shaw Pong Liu will prototype ways that music can support healing and police-community dialogue about gun violence and race, in collaboration with the Boston Police Department and non-profit organizations Teen Empowerment and the Urbano Project.
Roberto Martínez Mighty will create three new media artworks: Series of Cinematic Video Profiles; Multimedia neighborhood portraits along major traffic arteries, embedded in an interactive Google map; Dynamic, animated 3D traffic data visualizations. The work will be seen online; in a City Hall premier, in Neighborhoods, and on smartphones, tablets and laptops.
Liz Nofziger proposes to examine the process of community engagement in park development by leading a community process to envision and implement an installation that re-imagines a transitional space. Both process and outcomes would be the artwork, through which alternate approaches to community engagement and working methods will be uncovered.
Melissa Nussbaum Freeman proposes to put Playback Theatre (PT) in the service toolbox of the Commission on Affairs of the Elderly and the Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities. PT builds community by artistically dramatizing audience members’ true stories. New perspectives and creative ideas are generated and support the work of both Commissions.
The Boston Re-Academy is a temporary space for the recycling of academic experiences that aims to connect local educators and young learners through an experimental role-playing program mediated by students from the Boston Public Schools (BPS).
If you would like to watch the full video of all the presentations, two and a half hours long, click here.