Boston Art Commission

Thermopylae (1966)
Dimitri Hadzi
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JFK Federal Building, at Cambridge St. and New Sudbury St.
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! 
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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. 

presentation video link + proposal link

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.

presentation video link + proposal link 

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.

presentation video link + proposal link 

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.

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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!

Click here for a closer look! 

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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 art@publicartboston.com.

Peter DiMuro - partnering with the Boston Police Department - video link + proposal link

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.

Rashin Fahandej - partnering with the Boston Police Department - video link + proposal link

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.

Pat Falco - partnering with the Parks and Recreation Department - video link + proposal link

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.

L'Merchie Frazier - partnering with the Commission on Women's Advancement - video link + proposal link  

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.

Georgie Friedman - partnering with the Parks and Recreation Department - video link + proposal link

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.

Shaw Pong Liu - partnering with the Boston Police Department - video link + proposal link

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 Mighty - partnering with the Boston Transportation Department - video link + proposal link

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 - partnering with the Parks and Recreation Department - video link + proposal link

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 - partnering with the Commission on Elderly Affairs - video link + proposal link

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.

Juan Obando - partnering with the Education Cabinet - video link + proposal link

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.

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Friday, January 8, 2016 Boston AIR Presentations

"We are excited to have these artists-in-residence on board to help us enhance and integrate our cultural capital into our core city services, for the benefit of all of Boston's residents."  

- Mayor Walsh

"MassArt is excited to partner with the City of Boston on the Boston AIR initiative. We are proud of our unique heritage as the only freestanding public college of art and design in the country. Our collaboration with Boston AIR offers us the opportunity to demonstrate the power of art and design in many spheres of public life."

- Ken Strickland, Interim President of MassArt

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.  Three artists' proposals will be chosen for further development, and artists 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.

Join us on January 23rd for a welcome by Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture, presentations by all ten Boston AIR artists, and a question and answer session!

WHEN AND WHERE

 Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST) - Add to Calendar

Bruce C. Bolling Building - 2300 Washington Street Roxbury, MA 02119 - View Map

RSVP at bostonair.eventbrite.com

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015 Mayor Walsh Announces Selection of 11 Artist for Boston's Artist-In-Residence Program

BOSTON - Friday, October 23, 2015 - The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) today announced the selection of 11 artists for the City of Boston's first artist-in-residence program, Boston AIR. 

"Boston AIR highlights the City's dedication to finding new ways to incorporate innovative ideas and creative thinking into our work," said Mayor Walsh. "We are excited to have these artists-in-residence on board to help us enhance and integrate our cultural capital into our core city services, for the benefit of all of Boston's residents." 

The City received over 100 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 artists will expand 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 first new programs we are launching as part of Boston Creates," said Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture. "It exemplifies how partnerships and cross-sector collaborations can be incubated within the government." 

Both the artists and City liaisons will attend master workshops and lectures, where they will build partnerships, exchange ideas, and ultimately co-design project proposals. Artists will receive $1,000 stipends for capacity development and support as they work with a City Hall liaison to co-design proposals to work with a city department. Three proposals will be chosen for further development, and artists 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.   "MassArt is excited to partner with the City of Boston on the Boston AIR initiative," said Ken Stickland, Interim President of MassArt. "We are proud of our unique heritage as the only freestanding public college of art and design in the country. Our collaboration with Boston AIR offers us the opportunity to demonstrate the power of art and design in many spheres of public life." 

The artist cohort represents a wide variety of disciplines, including dance, film, street art, and social engagement. Below are the selected artists:

Peter DiMuro - Performance artist, Dance

Rashin Fahandej - Visual artist, Film

Pat Falco - Visual artist, Illustration

L'Merchie Frazier - Visual artist, Textiles

Georgie Friedman - Visual artist, Film, and Photography

Shaw Pong Liu - Performance artist, Music, and Social Engagement

Roberto Mighty - Visual artist, Film

Caleb Neelon - Visual artist, Murals

Melissa Nussbaum Freeman - Performance artist, Theater

Liz Nofziger - Visual artist, Mixed Media

Juan Obando - Visual artist, Time-based Media

The Boston AIR project is funded in part by an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help 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, NEA has awarded 325 Our Town grants totaling nearly $26 million. 

"The City of Boston demonstrates the best in creative community development and whose work will have a valuable impact on its community," said NEA Chairwoman Jane Chu. "Through Our Town funding, arts organizations continue to spark vitality that support neighborhoods and public spaces, enhancing a sense of place for residents and visitors alike." 

"The Our Town project is another step in the City of Boston's leadership in arts policy," said NEA Director of Design Programs Jason Schupbach. "It's a fantastic example of putting artists at the center of government innovation, and the NEA is excited to see where it leads." 

About Boston Creates Boston Creates is the City's cultural planning process. When completed, the plan will identify priorities and strategies for how to strengthen the city by leveraging and growing the creative capital of its residents, communities, and organizations. 

For more information, please visit www.cityofboston.gov/arts, or follow@ArtsinBoston and  @PublicArtBoston, #BostonCreates on Twitter.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015 Celebrate Boston Public Art!

Public Art Unveiling!

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Art Commission are proud to announce the dedication of three new public artworks at the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building.  After a national search, two Boston artists were chosen to create artworks for the building: Napoleon Jones-Henderson for Roxbury Rhapsody and Meejin Yoon for Crisscross Signal Spire. In addition to showcasing exciting, site-specific work by professional artists, the Bolling Building will also permanantly display the artwork of a Boston Public School student, Clarita Stephens, whose piece Intricacy was designed during her senior year.

Artist panel 5:30 

Dedication 7:00

First assembled in 1890, the Boston Art Commission advocates for the creation of innovative and transformative art and promotes its accessibility to enrich the lives of Boston’s diverse citizens and visitors. The Art Commission advises, supports, and consults with artists and communities, City departments, and others. It commissions, approves, and conserves the City of Boston’s collection of art and historical artifacts.

Eventbrite - Celebrate Boston Public Art!

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Friday, September 18, 2015 Call to artists: Boston AIR

 

The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, in coordination with the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, invites Boston artists to apply to Boston AIR to become an artist in residence within a City of Boston department or agency.

Boston AIR Stage One: Request for Qualifications

A cohort of ten artists will be invited to study and expand their own civic and social practice, alongside a parallel cohort of City employees who will be exposed to examples of artistic practices which incorporate art and artists into government work. Artists will receive $1,000 stipends for capacity development and support as they create proposals to work with a City department or agency. Both the artist and City cohorts will attend master workshops and lectures by guest artists and have opportunities to exchange ideas and co-design proposals.

Boston AIR Stage Two: Request for Proposals

Three artists will be awarded $20,000 stipends each for six-month-long residencies within a City of Boston department or agency to develop and test ways that creative approaches can meaningfully impact the work of the public sector.

The City of Boston cohort includes representatives from the following departments (not a final list) the Office of Women’s Advancement, Veterans Services, Elderly Affairs, Mayor's Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Department of Neighborhood Development, Boston Transportation Department, Department of Public Works, Parks and Recreation Department, the Education Cabinet, the Office of Arts and Culture, and the Mayor’s Office.

Release:  Friday September 11, 2015
Deadline:  Sunday September 27, 2015


ELIGIBILITY

All Boston area residents are eligible to apply; however, seasoned artists with firsthand knowledge of cultures and communities in the City of Boston are preferred. Selected artists should be prepared to attend four (total) weekday, lunch-time workshops, scheduled during the months of October, November, and December. At the first meeting in October, artists are expected to give a short (six minute) presentation on their practice. Selected artists will also be invited to attend lectures by thought leaders.

PROJECT VISION

Mayor Walsh envisions this project, concurrent with the creation of a cultural plan, as an opportunity to integrate artists into the development and implementation of government practices and policies. Interested artists are encouraged to participate in Boston Creates by visiting the website, filling out the survey, and attending community meetings.

BUDGET AND SCOPE OF WORK FOR PROJECT DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION

In total, artists’ awards are allotted as follows, with more detail below.

$1,000 – fee awarded to ten artists for participation in trainings and proposal development

$20,000 – fee awarded to three selected artists for project design, implementation, and oversight to be paid in scheduled installments

$5,000 – project budget available for materials and services for each of the three selected projects

Upon award of the contract, the three chosen artists will be required to submit an itemized fee proposal including but not limited to the following scope of work:

  • Community meetings (up to 4) to communicate and document proposed project
  • Coordination meetings as required with project team
  • Periodic submittals of progress and budget estimates

The artist fee and project budget includes all expenses associated with labor, materials, contracted services, meetings, and travel required to complete the project through implementation. Any sub-consultants 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.

SELECTION PROCESS

Stage One

An Artist Selection Committee, which will review all RFQ responses, will be comprised of representatives from the City of Boston, MassArt, and local arts professionals. Following the RFQ review, ten artists will be selected to form the artist cohort. The artist cohort will include a mix of artistic disciplines and experience.

Stage Two

A date will be established soon after the proposal deadline for artist presentations and interviews with the Artist Selection Committee. Proposals will be made publicly accessible and available for public comment. Proposals will be selected with consideration of the goals and mission of the partnering department or agency, as well as the mission of the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.

ANTICIPATED TIMELINE, subject to change at discretion of City of Boston

Release call

September 11, 2015

RFQ responses due

September 27, 2015

Artist cohort selected

October 2, 2015

Artist/City Liaison Workshops (total 4)

October - Dececember 2015

Boston AIR Proposals due

January 13, 2016

Artist presentations and public feedback

January 20, 2016

Artists in Residence announced

February 1, 2016

Contract signed with selected artists

February 15, 2016

APPLICATION

Please Note:

  • Electronic submissions only
  • Do not send proposals at this stage
  • Submissions may be made publicly available for viewing

LEGAL AGREEMENT

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. 

CONTACT

Questions? Please contact:  Karin Goodfellow, karin.goodfellow@boston.gov

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