Boston Art Commission

Thermopylae (1966)
Dimitri Hadzi
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JFK Federal Building, at Cambridge St. and New Sudbury St.
Friday, February 3, 2017 MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES RFP FOR THE PETERS PARK MURAL IN THE SOUTH END

BOSTON – Friday, February 3, 2017 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) calling on artists to submit their proposals for a mural in Peters Park in the South End. The African Latino Alliance Collective, City Lights, Washington Gateway Main Street, Friends of Peters Park, and Old Dover Neighborhood Association, in coordination with the Boston Art Commission, invite Boston artists to submit conceptual designs for the Peters Park Art Wall. The deadline to submit proposals for the $10,000 project is February 26, 2017 at midnight.  The selected mural concept is scheduled to be executed by the submitting artist(s) and a selection of Boston youth in May 2017.

"The Peters Park RFP is designed to bring local youth together with a professional artist, creating an opportunity for creative and cultural expression,” said Mayor Walsh. “Incorporating more public art into our neighborhoods brings vibrancy and value, and is an important part of our Boston Creates Cultural Plan. I look forward to seeing the proposals that are submitted for Peters Park.”

The Peters Park Art Wall was proclaimed a legal graffiti wall in 1986 in an effort to decrease vandalism in the South End. The City, in partnership with area organizations and businesses, seeks to continue the tradition of curating and programming the Art Wall, both for the enrichment of the neighborhood as well as the preservation and celebration of this area’s diverse cultural history.

The RFP is open to all professional artists, artisans, or teams, with experience in public art, site responsive design, project management, and working with youth. The RFP was shaped by community feedback gathered last fall and the successful proposal will celebrate and preserve a history of culturally relevant art for the next wave of artists and community youth.

"The Peters Park RFP is a true community partnership,” said Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston. “We are looking forward to working with the community and local businesses to create a mural that will celebrate the South End’s cultural history.”

To see the full RFP visit the City’s open calls and applications page or go to the BAC’s “Call to artists” page. All questions regarding the RFP should be submitted to the Boston Art Commission at BAC@boston.gov.

Today’s announcement builds on Mayor Walsh’s commitment to the arts in Boston. Last June, Mayor Walsh announced the release of the city’s cultural plan, Boston Creates, a 10-year led initiative to align public and private resources to strengthen cultural vitality over the long-term, and weave arts and culture into the fabric of everyday life. Recently, Mayor Walsh announced the selection of an artist to create a public art project in Hyde Square, as well as guest curators that were selected to exhibit their work in the City Hall galleries.

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Friday, January 27, 2017 MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES ARTIST SELECTED FOR THE PUBLIC ART PROJECT IN HYDE SQUARE

BOSTON – Friday, January 27, 2017 - Today, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that Cristina Parreño Alonso has been selected to create a public art project in Hyde Square following an open call for artists through a Request for Proposal. The artist will work with the Hyde Square community to refine the design and further develop the initial proposal. The public art project 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.

This public art project is part of a larger effort by the Public Works Department (PWD) to reconstruct and enhance 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 sought to accomplish.

"The Hyde Square Public Art Project will offer the Jamaica Plain community a place to meet and socialize with their fellow neighbors," said Mayor Walsh. “We heard the community’s desire to have a gathering space for people in the neighborhood, and I look forward to completing this project and fulfilling that wish, while also supporting talented artists in this community.”

Alonso, originally from Spain, has been working as an architect and teacher for the past 15 years. Her work revolves around connecting the built form with the existing environment, while taking into account the culture and needs of users, as well as the non-conventional use of materials that encourages user engagement. Alonso’s recent work, “Tectonics of Transparencies,” explores the qualities of glass as a translucent and transparent material as well as its use as a structural element. Alonso earned a degree in Architecture from Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid.

"The Hyde Square public art project is an important step in moving forward the Boston Creates Cultural Plan, which calls for opportunities to integrate arts, culture, and creativity into the public realm and urban environment," said Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston. “We look forward to seeing Cristina’s work come to fruition. It will be a critical  asset to the proposed Latin Quarter Cultural District, located around Hyde Square..”

The Public Works Department (PWD), the Boston Art Commission (BAC) within the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, Hyde Square Task Force, and the Hyde Jackson Square Main Street have all collaborated on the Hyde Square public art project in Jamaica Plain.

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Monday, November 21, 2016 MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES CALL FOR ARTISTS FOR NORTH SQUARE PUBLIC ART PROJECT

BOSTON - Monday, November 21, 2016 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a public art project for North Square, a public space located in the North End of Boston.  Working closely with the Public Works Department and the Boston Art Commission, the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture invites artists to submit their proposals for public art to be incorporated in the reconstruction of North Square.   

"Boston Creates, the City of Boston's Cultural Plan, calls for public art that embraces a neighborhood's identity and adds to a strong sense of place," said Mayor Walsh. "Incorporating art into public works projects like this helps to showcase the incredible creativity that exists in our city." Settled in the early 1600s, the North End is one of Boston's oldest neighborhoods and has a vibrant community fabric. North Square has always been a center of community life, and today, the neighborhood is a tourist destination both for its place in American history as well as its contemporary Italian-American culture, such as summer festivals honoring patron saints of Italian cities.   
In 2017, North Square will undergo a revitalization project by the Boston Public Works Department. Designed to build on its identity as a cultural destination and making the space accessible to all, the completed project will be a livable, walkable, green and sustainable square. The City of Boston's Public Works Department has allocated $200,000 from the North Square reconstruction project budget towards a public art project that will be incorporated into the reconstruction of the Square. Background information on the project is available here.
The RFP is open to all professional artists or teams with experience in public art. Artists from the North End neighborhood are encouraged to apply.  There will be a site walkthrough available for applicants on Monday, December 5 at 3:00 p.m.  Questions will be accepted by the Boston Art Commission through Friday, December 9. The deadline to submit proposals is 5:00 p.m. on January 4, 2017.  The successful applicant will be announced in February 2017 and the public art installation is expected to be complete in the summer of 2017.
Incorporating community feedback about the site is essential and a successful proposal will honor the past and contemporary use of the Square by preserving open space, encouraging community gathering, and highlighting navigational or nautical themes.  Although history is integral to the site, proposals that balance historic references and context with a more contemporary perspective are also encouraged.
Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of representatives from the City of Boston and local arts professionals representing the neighborhood. For more information and to apply, visit here.
"We continue to look to integrate arts and culture into all aspects of life in Boston and to support artists in Boston," said Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston.  "We look forward to seeing the proposals that are submitted for the North Square project and to incorporating more public art across the City."

 

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Thursday, November 10, 2016 Join the Friends of Frederick Douglass Sculpture to discuss the site planning

Please join the Friends of the Frederick Douglass Sculpture Project in planning the landscape design for the Frederick Douglass sculpture site.

When : Thursday, Nov. 10th, 2-5pm

Friday, Nov. 11 & Saturday, Nov. 12th, 12noon-3pm

Where: The corner of Hammond St and Tremont St.

Free snacks provided.

In collaboration with UNLR, DS4SI, Roxse Tenant Council, City of Boston.

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Monday, October 3, 2016 MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES TEN ARTISTS SELECTED FOR BOSTON AIR PROGRAM

BOSTON - Monday, October 3, 2016 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, and Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) today announced the ten artists selected for the City of Boston's second year of artists-­in-­residence program, Boston AIR. This second year of the Boston AIR program helps fulfill a commitment made in Boston Creates, the city’s cultural plan, and expands the size of the artist cohort, increases the length of the residencies, and grounds each residency at BCYF through their community centers and core citywide initiatives, such as the BCYF Streetworker Program, youth summer programs, and leadership development for young women.

"Arts and culture form the building blocks that make our city thrive. They encourage us to engage with each other and connect to the larger community," said Mayor Walsh. "Boston AIR brings this creative practice into the work of our city departments.  I am excited to announce the new Boston Artists in Residence and look forward to the positive impact they will have on BCYF.”

Recognizing and supporting artists’ essential contribution in creating and maintaining a thriving, healthy and innovative city is a stated goal in the Boston Creates plan launched earlier this summer. Boston AIR is one initiative as part of the plan that will integrate creative thinking into the work of municipal departments and planning efforts.

Through Boston AIR, artists are supported as agents of reflection, collaboration, and activism, whether through process-oriented practice, direct community engagement, and/or as leaders of system-wide change projects at BCYF and other City agencies. The ten selected artists are 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.

The ten selected artists, each with firsthand knowledge of the cultures and communities of Boston, were chosen by a selection committee consisting of current Boston AIR participants, local arts professionals, BCYF leadership, and City staff. The artists are:

  • Salvador Jimenez-Flores, an interdisciplinary artist born and raised in Jalisco, México. Jiménez­-Flores is currently participating in a two year-­long artist residency at the Harvard Ceramics Program, Office of the Arts at Harvard University. He is also Resident Teaching Artist at Urbano Project and instructor at both Wheelock College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Ceramics Program – Office for the Arts at Harvard.

  • Maria Molteni, a multimedia artist, educator, and organizer who has lived and worked in Boston for the past 15 years. From fiber to found-object sculpture, puppetry to pedagogy, movement to publication, she employs tactile and tactical processes to encourage participation over spectatorship.

  • Lina Giraldo, a Colombia-born, Boston-based artist, she explores the questions of being Latino in the US. This is why for over 15 years her work has been focused on creating messages where she depicts the fragility of our environment, immigration concerns, and community equality.

  • Jennifer De Leon has worked as a teacher in Boston Public Schools, a public speaker, a college access counselor in Roxbury, a GrubStreet Creative Writing instructor, and most recently, as the Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer­-in-­Residence. She currently teaches at Emerson and Berklee and is working on two novels and an essay collection.

  • Marjorie Saintil­-Belizaire is a Haitian-­American mixed media artist who lives and creates in Mattapan. Her work is driven by her fascination of color and the physicality of texture. With art degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Boston University, she believes the making of art is an ongoing experiment in an ongoing process.

  • Cornell Coley, M.Ed. is an experienced drummer, dancer, teacher, and public performance artist whose influences include the traditions of West and Central Africa, the Caribbean, and Brazil. Also a trained HealthRHYTHMS facilitator and certified by the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild, he works in community-building, education, and therapy. 

  • Charles Coe is an author and poet. His poetry and prose has appeared in a number of literary reviews and anthologies and has published two books of poetry. He is in the second year of a three-year term as an Artist Fellow for the St. Botolph Club, an organization that supports arts and the humanities in Greater Boston.

  • Ann Hirsch is a public artist, sculptor and educator who creates site-specific works that integrate historical and contemporary practices. Ann gained wide recognition with a sculpture on the plaza of Boston City Hall dedicated to the legacy of human rights activist and basketball champion Bill Russell. She teaches at Rhode Island School of Design.

  • John A. Walsh tells stories with and pictures. John is the co-author and illustrator of the graphic novel The Bad Times, a story of love and friendship set during the Irish Famine. His graphic narratives often explore the intersection of racism, religious bigotry, and immigration. John lives in Boston with his wife and daughter.

  • Rashin Fahandej  is a multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker whose projects include feature documentaries, video-sound installations, photo, sculpture, and painting. Fahandej is currently teaching at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Bunker Hill Community College, Emmanuel College, and a research fellow at the MIT Open Documentary Lab where she is researching new forms of documentary filmmaking and developing a transmedia project based on the narratives and stories in the city of Boston.

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.

"When we began the Boston Artists in Residence program, we hoped that by embedding the artists in City Departments  it would bring creative thought to municipal problem solving and project implementation,” said Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston. “The work of our first three Artists in Residents exceeded our expectations.This time, we hope to have the same impact on the work being done by Boston Centers for Youth and Families.”

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  and community 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 residencies will be grounded in the following community centers:

  • BCYF Roslindale Community Center, Roslindale

  • BCYF Blackstone Community Center, South End

  • BCYF Perkins Community Center, Dorchester

  • BCYF Mattahunt Community Center, Mattapan

  • BCYF Quincy Community Center, Chinatown

  • BCYF Curley Community Center, South Boston

  • BCYF Tobin Community Center, Mission Hill

  • BCYF Vine Street Community Center, Roxbury

  • BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center, Jamaica Plain

  • BCYF Hyde Park Community Center, Hyde Park

"There are so many benefits to being exposed to art at a young age," said William Morales, Commissioner of Boston Centers for Youth & Families. “We are honored to host these talented people in our community centers and look forward to seeing how their projects will help enhance the work that we do here at BCYF.”

CONTACT

Questions? Please contact:  BAC@Boston.gov 

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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 BAC@boston.gov 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.

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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. 
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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
617.635.4968
joseph.fleury@boston.gov
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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.

 

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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

 

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