Percent for Art
Percent for Art will leverage the City’s Five Year Capital Plan to invest in public art as a part of major City infrastructure projects. Through the Capital Plan, the Percent for Art Program will devote funding to public art equal to approximately 1% of The City’s anticipated annual general borrowing. Public art projects will be sited at or near select City capital projects such as libraries, schools, parks, public safety facilities, and special roadway projects. The City will develop policies and procedures to govern usage of the funds, processes for project and artist selection, and long-term maintenance of public art. The City will initiate a pilot of the program in FY17, with a full roll out planned in FY18.
Catalyze Creativity – Pooled Fund for Dance and Theater
Aligned with the goals of the cultural plan, The Boston Foundation (TBF) today announced the “Catalyze Creativity” Pooled Fund for Dance and Theater, a collaborative fund to provide critically needed, flexible support to small entities and artists working within the least institutionally-supported disciplines in the performing arts in Greater Boston – dance and theater, broadly defined. TBF will provide $500,000 per year for three years to pilot and establish this new mechanism of support within Greater Boston’s arts ecology. The Barr Foundation will contribute $250,000 in the first year of the Fund.
Guidelines for the previously announced artist grant programs, funded through the Mayor’s Million Dollar Investment in Artists, are forthcoming. One of these programs will be the Boston Opportunity Fund for Artists, a rolling grant program designed to help artists take advantage of immediate opportunities to showcase their work. Each month, $10,000 will be available for distribution to artists, in amounts of $500 and $1,000. Later this year, the City will launch a highly competitive artist fellowship grant program.
Anonymous Artist-Endowed Trust Grant
A $50,000 grant to the Fund for Boston Neighborhoods provided by an anonymous donor will be split equally between support for individual artist grants through the Boston Cultural Council and the Boston Artist-In-Residence Program at Boston Centers for Youth and Families.
As the first corporate partner on board, Eastern Bank has made a grant to support the Boston Cultural Council to continue the work of convening the cultural community in alignment with the goals of the cultural plan.