Arts and Culture
Our office enhances the quality of life, the economy, and the design of the City through the arts.
The role of the arts in all aspects of life in Boston is reinforced via equitable access to arts and culture in every community, its public institutions, and public places.
Key areas of work include support to the cultural sector through grants and programs, as well as the production and permitting of art in public places.
Below you can find some current opportunities through our office. You can also view open Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and Arts and Culture bids. Additional opportunities can be found on our Submittable page.
1 City Hall Square
Room 802Boston, MA 02201-2029
Office hoursMonday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Current OpportunitiesCurrent Opportunities
Neighborhood and Downtown Activation Fund
This grant program supports community-focused arts and cultural activations in public spaces.
Public Art and Design Application
This application begins the approval process for installing public art in the city.
Artist Housing Certification
An Artist Housing Certificate qualifies an artist as eligible for artist live/work housing and some work space in Boston.
What are you looking for?
Boston AIR Spotlight: Heloiza Barbosa and Boston Planning & Development Agency
For her residency, Boston Artist-in-Residence Heloiza Barbosa has been working with Alvaro Lima, Director of Research at the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA).
Update On Proposed Long-term Studio and Rehearsal Space for Allston-Brighton Artist Community
Arts Community Events and Programs
Many of the artists and arts organizations that we've supported through our grants have exciting events and programs planned for this year. Take a look at some of the things they're planning below, and submit your own!
Sign Up for Updates
If you're looking for ways to stay updated on the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, we encourage you to sign up for our email newsletters and text messages. You can also view an archive of past newsletters.
Equity in Arts and Culture
We're committed to promoting equity and accessibility through the arts in Boston.