Public Art


Artist Networks & Opportunities in Boston

January 2016 was a busy month for Creative City!  Leading up to our next deadline on February 12, 2016, we held a series of grant workshops about the Creative City application process,  held office hours for artist to discuss projects one on one, and met with local movers and shakers of the arts community in Boston to get the word out about Creative City. I met over 50 artists this month and learned a lot about Boston's arts community in the process.

Here are a few artist networks and opportunities I learned about this month:...Read more »


Grant Workshop Series for Creative City

I am excited to announce a series of grant workshops focusing on NEFA’s newest initiative, Creative City, a three-year pilot that makes grants to Boston area artists to create works that integrate public participation.

Artists who reside within route 495 in Massachusetts and community organizations in the city of Boston are invited to bring project ideas and...Read more »


November 2015 Opportunities

Here are opportunities for this month - check them out and pass along to your colleagues. And as always, email us if you know of any professional development events or calls to artists that we should consider posting in the future.

Visit NEFA's events calendar for even more.

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Artist Voices: Creating Play


Amy Archambault was selected earlier this year for the Boston Center for the Arts’ Summer 2015 Public Art Residency, funded in part by Fund for the Arts at NEFA. Her piece, inMotion: Memories of Invented Play – a large-scale, interactive structure that invites participants to uncommonly explore one of the most ubiquitous learned activities, riding a...Read more »


Reflecting on CCX: Olneyville Square and the Creative Economy Award

I was a little nervous about coming to my first CCX conference a few weeks ago up in Keene, NH.  No, it wasn’t because the arts community is a particularly intimidating bunch, or because us Rhode Islanders are a particularly intimidated bunch when it comes to traveling out of their county.  My concern was 24 beautiful flower baskets that...Read more »


On the CreativeGround with Anne Alexander

CreativeGround talked with Maine artist Anne Alexander about her experience as a sculptor in Maine. Inspired by the woods in her own backyard, Anne works with numerous mediums including stone, clay, and wood to produce work that reflects the nature around her. Her many collaborations take her all over New England showing and producing work.

CG: What is a typical day like for you as a sculptor in New England?
ANNE: At the moment, I’m doing a lot of shoveling and cross-country skiing in Maine - where I live - along with working as a substitute teacher,...Read more »


Artist Voices: Q&A with Liliana Folta

Liliana Folta is a visual artist who lives and works in Fort Point, Boston. She was selected by Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC) to create temporary public art for an outdoor space adjacent to the Made in Fort Point store, one of three temporary art projects funded this year by Fund for the Arts at NEFA. Her piece, Flower Blanket, the Farewell to Summer, was installed on...Read more »


PADS: Materials & New Ways to See the Urban Landscape

This season’s kick-off Public Art Discussion Series, Materials and New Ways to See the Urban Landscape, took place last Thursday, October 9th at NEFA.

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Grantee Voices: Watertown Community Mural Project

A year ago, Watertown’s first public mural in decades, titled A Bicycle Ride Through Watertown, was being completed.  We had been working on a plan for a community bicycle/pedestrian path through Watertown and responded to a suggestion that a long blank wall on the path was a perfect spot for a mural.  Knowing nothing about public art, we talked to neighboring communities, formed a committee, and received funding from local businesses.  We sought out and interviewed local artists, and were thrilled to find...Read more »


Promoting Curiosity and Interaction Through Public Art

On the evening of July 24, a few NEFA staff members and Fund for the Arts advisors attended the opening of Bounce, by Boston-based artist Liz Nofziger, on the plaza of the Boston Center for the Arts. Funded in part by  Fund for the Arts at NEFA, Bounce is an interactive outdoor installation made up of three conjoined, regulation-sized ping pong tables, custom-...Read more »


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