Arts and Culture
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.
Arts Community Events and Programs
$7.35 Million in Cultural Investment Grants Awarded to 11 Grantee Partners
Equity in Arts and Culture
We're committed to promoting equity and accessibility through the arts in Boston.
Our Grant Opportunities
Boston Cultural Council Organizational Grants
The BCC organizational grants provide awards of up to $5,000 to local arts organizations.
Cultural Investment Grants
The Cultural Investment Grant aims to grow and sustain arts and cultural organizations that have a clear vision of a creative, equitable, and more just city.
Cultural Space Fund
The Cultural Space Fund provides funding to seed, stabilize, and expand cultural spaces in the City.
Neighborhood and Downtown Activation Grants
This grant program supports community-focused arts and cultural activations in public spaces.
In the program, artists, community members, and City employees work on projects that help reframe social conversations. These artists explore the ways they can use art and media to improve and bolster City initiatives.
Boston Cultural Council
The council awards grants that help artists and arts organizations thrive.
City Hall Galleries
Boston City Hall is home to several galleries that promote and exhibit the work of Boston artists.
Local artists can paint a City of Boston-owned utility box with their original designs.
The Poet Laureate works to raise the status of poetry in the everyday lives of residents.
Public Art Projects
We commission permanent and temporary public art projects in the City that engage communities and enrich the urban environment. We also support projects led by artists and community members.
Transformative Public Art Program
We commission several murals and temporary projects every year as part of the Transformative Public Art Program.