Boston Art Commission

Thermopylae (1966)
Dimitri Hadzi
JFK Federal Building, at Cambridge St. and New Sudbury St.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Dance Party on City Hall Plaza! Mayor Martin J. Walsh presents Bollywood Night!


 Dance Party on City Hall Plaza! Mayor Martin J. Walsh presents Bollywood Night!

Please join us for a Bollywood Bhangra dance party taking place on Boston’s City Hall Plaza Friday, June 27, 2014, 6–10pm.

This FREE dance party will be the first of four dance parties scheduled for the summer! Check out the schedule below.
In association with and Midnight Productionz, the festive event will start off with vibrant cultural dances and Bhangra & folk dances performed by Triveni School of Dance and others. The event will transition into a Bollywood dance party, hosted by Boston’s DJ Jay and DJ Mayur, and featuring Bollywood and Bhangra remixes. 

The event is open and free to the public. Boston City Hall Plaza is accessible by public transportation, and the MBTA offers an online trip planner to assist with directions for subway, local bus, and train: 


Friday Nights Dance Party on the Plaza

+ DJ Jay & DJ Mayur with Midnight Productionz. 
+ Co-sponsored with  
+ Spinning Bollywood,  Bhangra and Desi Music.
+ DJ Kon (aka Christian Taylor): Disco Dance Party to celebrate Donna Summer, Dorchester's disco icon.
+ 60s, 70s, soul-funk- R&B DJs.
+ DJ TY Jesso: Soulelujah
+ DJ Jeff: Cultures of Soul  
+ DJ Rob Suave: Salsa, Merengue , Bachata, Reggaeton, and Cha Cha Salsa. 
+ Pico Picante: Global Bass, Tropical, Latin, Digital Cumbia


Featuring Talib Kweli and Clinton Sparks
Saturday, August 23 from 5-8pm on City Hall Plaza
An evolution of the Peace Hip Hop Festival, the Boston Urban Music Festival offers a contemporary view of the urban music scene in and around Boston celebrating the best of Hip-Hop, R & B, Pop and Soul.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Local Artist Janet Echelman To Float High in 2015

The Rose Kennedy Greenway recently announced that local Bostonian and internationally renowned artist Janet Echelman will suspend a monumental, aerial sculpture over the Greenway for Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2015 as the signature contemporary art installation in the Greenway Conservancy's Public Art Program.

Echelman piece installed in Vancouver, B.C. in 2014.


Echelman is known for her soft, billowing sculptures the scale of buildings that respond to the forces of nature -- wind, water, and light. Her creation for Boston will be a knotted-fiber scultpure suspended hundreds of feet over the central section of the Greenway. The ultra-lightweight art moves gently with the wind in ever changing patterns. In daylight, it casts shadow-drawings on the ground, and at night it become a beacon with dynamic colored light. The sculpture is Echelman's first major Boston commission and will connect between existing buildings to form a visual linkage and a focal point for civic life.

To read more about the Greenway installation click here and to visit Echelman's website and see more of her past work click here.



Friday, June 13, 2014 Women in Movement & MBTA Call to Artists


The Women's Transportation Seminar Boston Charitable Fund, Inc. is pleased to announce a Request for Qualifications for the Women in Movement public art project inside Boston’s historic South Station.

Project Theme

WTS-Boston is working towards a new public art installation to celebrate the contributions, diversity and creativity that women bring to the transportation industry. Through a partnership with MassDOT and the MBTA, WTS-Boston will be installing a public art at the Red Line Concourse in South Station. The winning public art piece will be a site-specific, permanent work commemorating women’s contributions to transportation in the Greater Boston area. The project will enhance this main transit hub and continue the proud tradition of public art already adorning the MBTA system.

Additional information about the project including images and site map can be found here.

Art Budget: $150,000.

Application Process

Please submit a resume, artist’s statement and up to 10 images of past work here.

Applications are due Monday, July 21, 2014. There is no fee to apply.

Information Session

Open meeting / Information / Q&A session with site visit Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 6 – 7 pm.

Meet at HDR Engineering at 695 Atlantic Avenue, Boston.

For more information, and to RSVP for the information session, please contact Jean Mineo at


Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Emancipation Statue & Trail


On June 22, 2014 at 12:30PM at Harriet Tubman, the Friends of Harriet Tubman Park will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of Emancipation sculpture and the introduction of the Emancipation Trail- Boston's newest historic trail which uses public art to represent how the African American experience exemplifies the American quest for freedom, equality and justice.  

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 The Freedom Project

Request for Qualifications: The Freedom Public Art Project (Doherty-Gibson Park: Dorchester, MA)

Application Deadline: Friday, June 20, 2014 at midnight, MST

The Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Viet-AID) in coordination with the Boston Art Commission, announces a Request for Qualifications for permanent public art work at Doherty-Gibson Park in Dorchester, MA. The goal of The Freedom Public Art Project is to create an original, site-specific, and highly visible work to identify Fields Corner as a destination for business and culture.


Project Theme

The Freedom Public Art Project should serve as an inspiration for the neighborhood’s aspirations for freedom from poverty and crime, and simultaneously honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom and democracy under the unifying principle of treasuring human life.

The Freedom Public Art Project is not a war memorial. A wide range of interpretations to the theme of “Freedom” is expected and encouraged. The project could serve as an inspiration to act, a reflection on sacrifice, or an expression of gratitude. Other interpretations on the theme are welcomed.

Most importantly, the Freedom Public Art Project should create a positive impression of Doherty-Gibson Park and boost civic pride by enhancing the identity of Fields Corner. Bold and engaging designs are encouraged and may include tactile, auditory or light elements. The artwork should be accessible to a diverse and intergenerational audience.

Art Budget: Not to exceed $250,000

Application Process: All materials must submitted in digital format through CaFE™. Please apply here

There is no fee to apply. Applications are due by Friday, June 20, 2014 at midnight, MST. Applicants will be notified of their application status by Friday, July 18, 2014.
Additional information about the Freedom Public Art Project is available on the Viet-AID website or by contacting Project Manager Jean Mineo at
Monday, May 19, 2014 Call to Artists: Pop-Up! Dudley Connections

The City of Boston and the Boston Art Commission, with support from Dudley Square Main Streets and Discover Roxbury, is excited to announce a new call to artists. The project, titled Pop Up! Dudley Connections, will be a month-long series of temporary art interventions in Dudley Square. Selected proposals will receive funding of up to $1,500 per project. Artists working in any medium, including performance art, are welcome to apply. Priority will be given to projects that focus on fostering connections between people and communities. Proposals should closely consider the relationship between the art and its environment and should promote interactivity with passersby. For more details on the project, and to apply, please click here.

Applications must be received by 11:59pm on Sunday, June 15th. 

Please contact Karin Goodfellow, Director of the Boston Art Commission, at with any questions. 




Friday, May 16, 2014 Portrait of a City Semi-Finalists

Just two months ago, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Art Commission invited Boston artists to submit artwork capturing contemporary life in the city as gifts to visiting diplomats and distinguished guests. Of the many wonderful submissions received, five semi-finalists were selected. Now we are asking for your help in choosing the winner! 

Congratulations to our Portrait of a City Semi-Finalists: Adam O'Day, Deb Putnam, Kathleen Douglas, Laura Davidson, and Remi Thornton! One work of art from each artist is shown below. Please vote on which artwork you think should be selected as the finalist! Cast your vote here!

The artist whose work receives the most votes will be commissioned to produce thirty editions of the chosen artwork, to be purchased by the Mayor's Office.

Voting will be closed at 11:59pm on June 15, 2014.


Adam O'Day, Transit


Deb Putnam, Copley Winter


Kathleen Douglas, Zakim and Garden World Series Winners


Laura Davidson, Old Northern Ave. Bridge


Remi Thornton, Charlestown Bridge 



Tuesday, May 13, 2014 PaintBox!

Help beautify the streets of Boston! Submit your designs to paint electrical boxes around the city-- apply to PaintBox today!


Thursday, April 17, 2014 Upham's Corner Public Art Finalist Announced


Upham's Corner

Above: Cedric Douglas' Up Truck, from Upham's Corner News Online


The Boston Art Commission is pleased to announce that Cedric Douglas has been selected as the lead artist for the Upham's Corner Public Art Project. Artist Katarzyna Balug will be joining Douglas as a collaborator. The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), in collaboration with residents and a broad range of community-based partners, will commission Douglas to create an artwork for permanent display in the Upham’s Corner neighborhood of Dorchester as part of the exciting increase in transit access along the Fairmount Corridor. 

During the first phase of the public artwork, Cedric Douglas will gather community input, incorporating feedback from residents into his final design. Central to this stage of the process is Douglas' Up Trucka mobile arts resource will serve the focal point for these community conversations. Once the final design is ready and the location has been selected, fabrication and installation of the permenant artwork will begin. 

The project seeks to contribute to the well-being of Fairmount communities by investing in the elevation and amplification of local cultural assets as one of many resources necessary for sustained community vitality. The goal of the project is to invest in neighborhood leadership and civic engagement through their cultural assets reinforcing opportunities for neighborhood branding, small business development and community vitality. 

Check back in the coming months for more updates on this exciting new public artwork, and click here to learn more about the project and chosen artist, Cedric Douglas.


Above: Mayor Marty J. Walsh at the announcement of the Upham's Corner Public Art Finalist 


Upham's Corner 2

Above: Cedric Douglas' Up Truck, from Upham's Corner News Online



Thursday, April 3, 2014 Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial

Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial will be on view at the Boston Public Library from Monday, April 7 through Sunday, May 11. Visit our temporary art listing for more information about the exhibition and related programs around the city. 

The tragic events of April 15th, 2013 resulted immediately in an outpouring of support by first responders, runners, the local community and well-wishers from around the world. Almost immediately, a makeshift memorial began to take shape, first at the police barricade at the intersection of Boylston and Berkeley Streets and later at Copley Square. People from across the globe left flowers, posters, notes, t-shirts, hats, tokens of all shapes and sizes, and—most significantly—running shoes.

Each of the objects left at the memorial, whether giant banner or tiny scrap of paper, store-bought or handmade, was a message of love and support for grieving families and a grieving city. They were hope in material form, symbolizing the human desire to help, comfort, connect, and sustain when confronted with great tragedy.

In June 2013, the memorial was dismantled and these thousands of objects were transferred to the Boston City Archives for safekeeping. To mark the one year anniversary, a selection of items from the memorial collection will be displayed—in one of Boston’s most important civic buildings—so visitors can once again experience the outpouring of human compassion they represent.

Dear Boston has been organized by a partnership that includes the Boston City Archives, the Boston Art Commission, the New England Museum Association, and the Boston Public Library. It has been made possible with the generous support of Iron Mountain.