7 Jan 2020

Public Art RFP Community Arts Initiative Artist Project

Museum of Fine Arts BostonBoston, Massachusetts, United States

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Opportunity Description

U.S. National Deadline: January 17, 2020– The Artist Project is an annual collaboration between the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and 12 after school community organizations located in the Boston area. The selected artist and children from each partner organization create a collaborative work of art inspired by the MFA encyclopedic collection. The Artist Project also engages students with the Museums collection through a series of group visits culminating in the thematic exhibition conceived, designed and led by the jury-selected artist.

During a ten-month process, the selected artist guides and collaborates with children 6 -12 to create a final exhibition on view during the summer after its completion. The completed project is exhibited in the Edward H. Linde Gallery in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art at the MFA.

The MFA provides the selected artist a stipend of $25,000 and a budget of $5,000 for materials.

Experienced artists with demonstrated ability to complete large-scale projects involving different elements, community partners, and groups of children.

Judges review applications for:

The Lead Artist engages visitors and participants with the MFA’s collection and uses a variety of media in innovative, creative, and exciting ways.

The project draws from the MFA’s collections and reflects the artist’s style.

The project can be completed within the timeframe and materials budget provided.

The artist conveys a clear vision of how the final work of art will be exhibited within the gallery space.

The project allows for multiple participants and considers after-school variables such as children leaving a session early, arriving late, or only participating in one session.

The artist schedules a minimum of four visits lasting approximately 2.5 hours with each of the ten organizations. Visits take place between 3 pm and 8 pm at the MFA and community centers during after school hours.

  • Application Deadline: January 17, 2020
  • Notification: March 14, 2020
  • Initial Planning Meetings: August 2020
  • Sessions Begin: September 2020
  • Sessions End: April 2021
  • Installation: April/May 2021
  • Artist Project Exhibition Opening: May 2021


The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 450,000 works of art.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Avenue of the Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
t: 617-267-9300

Opp Categories: + Open to Multi-Media. Opp Types: Public Art RFP. Opp Tags: $0 Entry/Application Fee, Deadlines 01 Jan thru Feb, Open to U.S. Artists Only, and Special Opportunities. Income: *No Application Fee, Education, Exhibition – Group, and Stipend.

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