Integrating Arts Through the Fabric of the City

Imagine Boston 2030 – Creation of Arts Innovation Districts

Arts, culture, and creativity will be an integral part of Imagine Boston 2030, Boston’s first citywide planning process in 50 years. Boston Creates has and will continue to inform the goals of the comprehensive plan.

The plan will include a commitment to catalyze three neighborhood Arts Innovation Districts. In the immediate term, working with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the City will study ways to strengthen Upham’s Corner as a cultural hub, building upon its investment in the Strand Theatre and the integration of businesses and arts into the local economy. At least two more Arts Innovation District locations will be identified through Imagine Boston 2030’s public engagement process over the summer and into the fall. These districts will build on existing and emerging nodes for arts and culture, and feature innovative opportunities, incentives, and pilot projects to cultivate arts and innovation.

Boston Artist-In-Residence Call for Artists

Announced in January, the City of Boston continues its second round of the innovative Boston Artist-In-Residence (Boston AIR) program, in which local artists are embedded in City departments to help promote creative thinking within municipal government. In FY17, the program will be expanded to place artists in Boston Centers for Youth & Families. Later this month, Boston AIR will detail the call for artists, including the timeline and how many artists will be selected.

Public Works Commitment

The Department of Public Works has announced a road improvement project in Hyde Square, where $100,000 has been budgeted for permanent public art.

City Hall Guest Curators and Collaborations

The Museum of Fine Arts, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Peabody Essex Museum and the DeCordova Museum have committed to curate temporary galleries at City Hall. In addition, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture will collaborate with the Institute of Contemporary Art/ Boston to host a teen art show at City Hall.

Public Art Collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA)

The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) will advise the City of Boston on conservation of the City’s art collection, sharing its expertise and best practices on care and preservation, as well as evaluating the current state of the collection. The City looks forward to this partnership as a part of an effort to better protect and preserve artwork owned by the municipality. The MFA and the City will also work collaboratively to site sculpture from the MFA’s collection on parkland contiguous to the Museum’s Huntington Avenue location.