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Transformative Public Art: The Joy Agenda!

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Individuals to Create Pieces
of Public Artwork with a Focus on Racial and Social Justice and COVID-19

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City of Boston - Boston Art Commission and Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture

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06/30/21 5:00 PM EDT


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International individuals to create pieces of public artwork in the City of Boston. Funding is intended for new media art projects, short-term projects, and murals that focus on racial and social justice movements and Coronavirus (COVID-19). Preference will be given to individuals who live in or have a connection to Boston.

This year, the Mayor’s Office is launching the “Joy Agenda”, a city-wide invitation, opportunity and investment in our collective well being. We believe transformative public art helps make space for joy, reconnection, and celebration. The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and the Boston Art Commission invite artists to submit interest and proposals for the development of transformative public artworks, with particular interest in murals and in short-term and new media art projects.

In the last year, the City has affirmed their belief that public art must take new and different forms. Through this call, the City is again seeking relational public art by commissioning artworks that hold space for joy, encourage opportunities for collective processing of grief, and invest in healing, imagination, and play.

The Mayor's Office understands that finding joy through art includes making room for both celebrating and processing our experiences. Projects should take into account that people have different comfort levels about coming together in public spaces, and that many people are simultaneously mourning losses while feeling gratitude.

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GrantWatch ID#: 196296

Estimated Size of Grant:

The budgets are $25,000- $75,000 per mural site and start at $1,000 for other projects.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This Call is open to all arts and culture practitioners, organizers, and/or professional artists, curators, cultural workers, arts administrators, etc. with a strong preference for those who live in or have a connection to Boston and/or the overall theme or the theme for an individual site.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Two virtual Question and Answer sessions will be held: the first on Monday, May 24th at 7 pm and the second, Wednesday, May 26th at noon.

Pre-Application Information:

- The Call opened on Monday, May 17, 2021.
- Opportunity 1 closes on Wednesday, June 2, at 5 pm EDT.
- Opportunity 2 closes on Wednesday, June 16, at 5 pm EDT.
- Opportunity 3 closes on Wednesday, June 30, at 5 pm EDT.

The deadline for content-specific questions is Wednesday, May 26th, 2021, at noon EDT.

You can also watch video of the two sessions here:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Direct questions to with the subject Transformative Public Art.

City of Boston - Boston Art Commission and Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture
1 City Hall Square
Room 802
Boston, MA 02201-2029

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