Resources for artists and communities.

There's no right way to approach public art. It's a bit like the studio process, a little messy but in the end practice makes, well, better. And knowing who to turn to for help, who to propose your ideas to, or how to raise funds is a good first step. Check out some of these links to Greater Boston resources:

  • ArtWeek Boston is a twice annual ten day event that allows interactive behind-the-scenes access for the public to engage with artists and see the creative process. 
  • City of Boston Art Commission has a public art map and information on how to propose a public art project in the City.
  • Cambridge Arts Council slide registry is open to all artists interested in working in the public realm.
  • Creative Ground spotlights creative people and places at work in New England. Artists can list in the database. Communities can search by type of work or geographic location.
  • NEFA's public art resources includes an informative blog and lists their discussion series aimed at both communities and artists.
  • NEFA Fund for the Arts grant program offers funding for artists and projects within the 495 beltway.
  • Boston Center for the Arts hosts a yearly public art residency resulting in an interactive installation.
  • Boston APP Lab incubates new collaborations for art in public places with monthly workshops and a searchable database.
  • CultureNOW maps history, art, and architecture in the public realm and is creating a 'museum without walls'. 
  • Design Studio for Social Intervention engages populations in imagining and designing new solutions to social problems; includes an Artist in Residence program.
  • Figment Boston takes over the Rose Kennedy Greenway during a weekend in July and the Boston Common during First Night with interactive public art events.
  • Harbor Arts Boston is transforming a working shipyard with public art and an annual festival.
  • Fort Point Arts Community has a strong history of temporary public art and holds seasonal calls for art.
  • Illuminus Boston is Boston's first Nuit Blanche festival showing curated light-based work.
  • Lawn on D artLAB displays interactive temporary projects as part of the Lawn's commitment to experimentation.
  • Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy public art program considers fully-funded projects and offers a volunteer art ambassadors program.
  • Urban Culture Institute has returned to Boston and provides expertise in cultural planning, public art and design.
  • Big Red and Shiny consistently delivers critical art analysis and ideas in its monthly Journal and daily Blog
  • Flux-Boston lists shows and opportunities in the Greater Boston area.
  • WBUR's The ARTery offers the best of art news, reviews and experiences in and of Boston.
  • Public Art Dialogue the journal, serves as a forum for critical discourse and commentary about the practice of public art.
  • Public Art Network is a professional network offering various resources and advocacy; excellent listserv and year-in-review examples.
  • Somerville Arts Council has an extensive resources list of facilities, classes, studio spaces, and open calls within the city of Somerville, MA

Are there others we've forgotten? Let us know and we'll share the love.