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Quincy Corridor/ Grove Hall Business District Public Art RFP | Deadline 7/9

Call released Tuesday, June 21, 2017

Deadline Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 12 AM (midnight)

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Request for Proposals
The Department of Neighborhood Development, Department of Public Works, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, and the Boston Art Commission invite artists to submit conceptual proposals for consideration for a public artwork on Quincy Street or Blue Hill Avenue in the Grove Hall Business District of Dorchester. We hope to commission at least 4-5 projects, we are looking for projects with budgets ranging between $500 and $10,000. All proposed budgets should include artist fees and materials for all projects. Due to the grant timeline for this project, funds must be spent by September 1th, 2017.


This RFP is open to all professional artists, artisans, or teams (hereinafter, referred to as “the artist” or “artists”), with experience in public art, site responsive design, project management, and youth engagement. Local artists are encouraged to apply.

Project Background

The City of Boston’s cultural plan, Boston Creates, calls for public art that embraces a neighborhood's identity and adds to a strong sense of place.

The City of Boston is looking to improve the streetscape and create an environment that is safe, convenient, and comfortable for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. The City of Boston was awarded a Choice Neighborhood Initiative (CNI) Implementation Grant in August of 2011 to fund improvements for public housing, provision of services and case management for local residents, enhancement of businesses, and improvements to local playgrounds in the Quincy Street Corridor and the Grove Hall Business District.

Project Goals

The main objectives of this project are to revitalize the urban landscape of Quincy Street/Grove Hall Main Street and improve pedestrian travel and accessibility via temporary art or urban design interventions targeted along Quincy Street and in the Grove Hall business district along Blue Hill Avenue. In developing a proposal, the artist should take the following community feedback into consideration. This feedback was gathered at community meetings held on May 31, 2017 and June 7, 2017.

Community members expressed a strong sense of civic and social engagement. The neighborhood has experienced rapid changes in development, and the community members present spoke of the need to promote a sense of voice and activism, and specifically requested project proposals that engage with youth in these topics.


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