Transformative Public Art Program |

First year

In 2019, we launched a call for artists for the first round of the program. We were particularly interested in murals and ephemeral projects with:

  • social practice
  • participatory artistic creation, or
  • educational programming that celebrates Boston’s diversity.

We funded seven projects.

Second year

We issued a call for artists for the second round of the program in April 2020. That year, we were looking for works of art that respond to COVID-19 and offer creative approaches to public connections and community rituals in an era. disorientation and insecurity. We have supported projects ready for immediate implementation, as well as research and development of future projects.

Proposals could include:
  • New media, including web projects, online comics, and virtual reality
  • Traditional media, including murals
  • Indoor installations or performances visible or audible (or both) to passers-by or neighbors
  • Cultural practices engaged in the community
  • Social practice, including rituals related to joy, grief, and other human experiences
  • Elements that specifically engage youth or reach out to non-English speaking communities (or both)

Twenty-four projects were selected under last year’s Transformative Public Art Program. In addition, two murals funded in the program’s first year were completed last summer.

Other temporary public art projects

We commissioned five temporary art projects from Grove Hall in 2017. These projects were part of a City-led initiative to improve the streetscape. We wanted to create a safe, convenient and comfortable environment for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. The projects included:

  • An interactive Affirmation station by Chanel Thervil. It was designed to uplift people by offering them an affirmation pin to serve as a reminder of hope and positivity.
  • A fresco titled “Afro Futurism / Breathe Life” by Rob “Problak” Gibbs at 324 Blue Hill Ave.
  • A series of banners titled “On the shoulders of the giants” by Laurence Pierce at the Grove Hall branch of the Boston Public Library.
  • A fresco titled “Powerful knowledge” by David “DonRimx” Sepulveda at 41, avenue de Genève.
  • A fresco titled “Love yourself” by Victor “Marka27” Quiñonez on Quincy St.
“Afro Futurism / Breathe Life” by Rob “Problak” Gibbs, photo courtesy of Chris Gaines

Kayleen C. Rice

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