Public Art in Boston
The Curatorial Vision for the City of Boston is to foster the creation and collection of artworks that reflect the people, ideas, histories, and futures of Boston, the traditional homeland of the Massachusett people and the home of the neighboring Wampanoag and Nipmuc peoples. We aim to commission and approve artworks that:
- engage communities, and
- directly respond to, enrich, and enliven the urban environment.
We seek public art that:
- is driven by an artistically strong vision,
- enhances the diversity and equity of the existing collection, and
- possesses durability appropriate to the lifespan of the work.
If you're interested in proposing your own public art project, you can learn more about that process below.
Experience public art in Boston
Boston mural map
We’ve started to create a map of murals to celebrate the diverse cultural stories across the City.
Public art projects in Boston
We commission permanent and temporary public art projects in the City that engage communities and enrich the urban environment.
Virtual Gallery: Neighborhood Signs
Browse reimagined designs for Boston's neighborhood signs created by local artists.
Public Meetings and the Boston Art Commission
If you’re interested in learning more about public art and proposed projects in the city, you should attend a Boston Art Commission (BAC) meeting. The BAC is responsible for approving and commissioning artworks around the City.
We meet monthly with the BAC, and meetings are open to the public. Anyone is welcome to attend, share their thoughts, and ask questions.