Supporting Artists and their Contribution to Civic Life
Throughout the Boston Creates engagement process, artists clearly articulated their needs, not only for more resources to be able to stay in the city and do their work, but also for more recognition and a greater access to opportunities to share their work with the public. This became its own goal in the plan: to keep artists in Boston and attract new ones here. Significant accomplishments from year one include:
- Recognizing the need to make City Hall more accessible to artists, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture created the role of Artist Resource Manager. This centralized access point for information and resources serves as a friendly and accessible liaison between individual artists and City Hall.
- A series of grants for artists were introduced including the Opportunity Fund, the Boston Artist Fellowship, and the Assets for Artists Program. To date, more than $150,000 has been granted to over 80 individual artists. The resources helped artists share their work with the public, focus on creation of new work, and build their professional capacity.
- The Boston Artist in Residence Program (AIR) expanded significantly. Today, ten artists are working in Boston Centers for Youth and Families around the city. They are engaging diverse populations in cultural expression and infusing BCYF with new ideas about the role of the arts in their centers.
Over 500 local artists and arts organizations were showcased in the City Hall and Strand Theater galleries in over 50 different exhibitions.
- The Mayor’s Mural Crew completed six murals through collaborations with Ashmont Main Streets, the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, the Roxbury Center for Performing Arts, Walk Up Roslindale, the Boston Literary District, and the Downtown Boston BID.
- The Boston Art Commission, through a more user-oriented online application, approved over 80 public art projects in FY18.
- The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture partnered with the Office of Resilience and Racial Equity to produce the Racial Equity Learning Series, which promotes the arts as a catalyst for conversation about race and racism through post-show discussions and workshops.