14 Dec 2017

Call for Submissions Community Arts Initiative Artist Project

Museum of Fine Arts BostonBoston, Massachusetts, United States

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Opportunity Description

U.S. National Deadline: January 19, 2018 – The Artist Project is a collaboration between the MFA and ten after-school community organizations in the Boston area. The artist and the children create a collaborative work of art inspired by the Museum’s encyclopedic collection. The completed project is exhibited in the Edward H. Linde Gallery (168) in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art at the MFA.

Each year a new experienced artist with a passion for community arts plans and leads a project with children between the ages of six and twelve. The role of the lead artist is to guide the children and steer the work of art into its final exhibited shape. The MFA provides the selected artist with a stipend and a materials budget. The lead artist works with MFA staff and collections and is recognized across all exhibition materials including postcards and the MFA website.

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


  1. Engagement – The lead artist engages visitors and participants with the MFA’s collection and uses a variety of media in innovative, creative, and exciting ways.
  2. Creativity – The project draws from the MFA’s collections and reflects the artist’s style.
  3. Feasibility – The project can be completed within the timeframe and materials budget provided.
  4. Clarity – The artist conveys a clear vision of how the final work of art will be exhibited within the gallery space.
  5. Flexibility – 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.

Each year a different panel, typically composed of an MFA Curator, Art Educator, Artist, and a Community Art Director reviews applications and recommend three final candidates. The lead artist is then selected by the MFA Linde Family Head of Community and Studio Arts, the MFA Manager of Community Arts and other MFA staff members following interviews of the final candidates.

For more information please e-mail Rob Worstell, Linde Family Head of Community & Studio Arts, at: rworstell@mfa.org.

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 19, 2018
  • Notification: March 16, 2018
  • Initial Planning Meetings: August 2018
  • Sessions Begin: September 2018
  • Sessions End: March 2019
  • Installation: April/May 2019
  • Artist Project Exhibition Opening: May 2019

Notification: March 16, 2018
Submissions are reviewed by a panel composed of representatives from the MFA and participating community organizations.

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

Opp Categories: + Open to Multi-Media. Opp Types: Call for Submissions. 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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