Public Art


Creative City Grantee Events: June 2017

Spring has sprung in Boston and several Creative City grantees will be presenting their projects to the public over the coming months.  Here are the details if you’d like to check them out:

Immigration Nation | Nora Valdez


Creative City application deadline & technical assistance

The next Creative City application deadline is a little less than a month away! The deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 11:59PM EST. Creative City supports artists who are interested in reimagining places for art, engaging public imagination, and inspiring community members to share in civic experiences in the public realm in the city of Boston. Learn more about funding priorities, eligibility, criteria, and access the online application.Read more »


Creative City Info Sessions and Office Hours


I am excited to announce a series of grant info sessions focusing on 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 are interested in reimagining places for art, engaging public imagination and inspiring community members to share in civic experiences in the public realm in Boston are encouraged to apply and attend an info session. Read more »


Creative City June 2016 Public Events

Two cohorts of Creative City grantees are starting to hit the streets of Boston with their projects this month!  Last Saturday Denise Delgado hosted a Poetry Block Party with a performance by El Hombrecito at the Egleston Square Peace Garden as a part of her Creative City project, Bodega Signs + Wonders.

Check out the listing below with details about upcoming Creative City projects this month!

Saturday, June 11, 2016
12:00 - 6:00 PM
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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.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

Four years ago, I set myself in-Motion to foster an artistic practice that was physically, visually and playfully explorative; one that was rooted in methods of tinkering, a fondness for materials, colors and textures, and born from vivid childhood memories of running amok and unconventional innovation; a practice that distanced itself from the new-media hungry culture around me. Coincidently, at the time, I fled from the athletic sphere where I had competed and coached for a decade, and abandoned the traditions of painting with an urgency to adapt a more physical process as an installation artist (one with a performative/theatrical flare). In the past year, my projects emerged with the intention of creating a structure and/or apparatus that revealed implied functionality or activity from its curious user. When named artist in residence (summer 2015) at the Boston Center for the Arts and presented with the challenge to create a public interactive installation, it became a reality that the work must come to life and that participants, the materials and the maker must be on the move!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 »


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