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Boston AIR

Opportunity for Massachusetts Individuals to Incorporate
the Arts in Community Affairs in Eligible Regions

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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City of Boston

Conf. Date:

01/08/20

Deadline Date:

01/22/20 5:00 PM

Description:

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Opportunity for Massachusetts individuals to utilize the arts to contribute to community and civic affairs in eligible regions. Participants will work collaboratively with funding source staff to improve and bolster local initiatives and develop ways to make artistic social practice a part of government and community work. Boston Artists-in-Residence (AIR) is an artist residency program in which a multidisciplinary cohort of artists collaborate with a parallel cohort of the City of Boston.

Civic practice projects are researched, co-designed, and implemented during the residency. While the projects are artist-driven, artists will develop their proposals over the course of their residency with a partnering City staff member and City department to collaboratively imagine and test new approaches to City of Boston policies, processes, and procedures that speak to existing issues and/or questions in that department. Artists will then share their residency work with the public through facilitated workshops, public presentations, community engagement, storytelling, and written reports.

As part of their application, artists will express ranked interest in departments with which they would like to partner for their residency. Upon selection, artists will be matched with a City staff member who will participate in project research and design, support proposal development, and think through possible scalability of the project. For a list of Partnering City of Boston Departments, see the RFQ in Pre-Application Information below. 

Recent plans and reports about these departments’ existing challenges, goals, and potential for collaboration are available at https://www.boston.gov/departments. Artists are encouraged to read about departments that they are interested in to inform their application to the residency program.

Program Outcomes

While Boston AIR seeks to connect and foster a collective of creative Bostonians, in and out of City Hall, there are three distinct areas of desired outcomes for the program:

  • Outcomes for Artists: Increase the ability of Boston artists to design and lead socially engaged and impactful projects by providing a diverse cohort of thought partners, workshops with subject matter experts, and knowledge of municipal work.
  • Outcomes for City Government: Increase capacity for City departments and employees to take risks, be creative, and think holistically about the design and success of City policies and initiatives. 
  • Outcomes for Boston: The City of Boston expands its integration of creativity and participation into municipal work, deepening our collective understanding of what it means to be resilient and equitable and creating new approaches, policies, or procedures by which Boston can become a better city for every resident.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187815

Estimated Size of Grant:

Artists-in-residence will receive a $30,000 stipend and up to $10,000 for materials.

Term of Contract:

Boston AIR will be one year in length, with a two month research and development period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Experienced artists, cultural practitioners, and/or cultural workers, aged 18 and over, working in any and all media are encouraged to apply.

Full-time City of Boston employees, artists who have previously led a Boston AIR-funded project, and recipients of the Artist Fellowship Award are not eligible for consideration.

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be a webinar on January 8, 2020, at 6 p.m. EST. Details will be available soon on the URL for Full Text below.

Pre-Application Information:

Application and Timeline:
- December 19, 2019: Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Released
- January 8, 2020, at 6 p.m. EST: Webinar; details will be posted on the URL for Full Text below.
- January 10, 2020, at 5 p.m. EST: Deadline to submit questions
- January 22, 2020, at 5 p.m. EST: Application deadline
- February 2020: Artist selection and contracting
- March 2020: Orientation and residency commencement
- March-April 2020: Research
- April 24-April 26, 2020: Arts Equity Summit
- May-June 2020: Proposal draft development
- July-December 2020: Project implementation and public presentation
- January-February 2021: Project final reporting and public presentation

Artist fee awarded and paid in scheduled installments to artists upon reaching project milestones and fulfilling program requirements.

RFQ: https://cityofbostonartsandculture.submittable.com/submit/4f52f398-76f8-4330-ab22-6b8c3fe89f48/boston-air-2020-rfq

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To submit an application, create an account with Submittable. Click "Create Your Account" or "Have an Account? Sign in" at the bottom of the RFP page in Pre-Application Information above.

Please send questions to Karin Goodfellow, Director of the Boston Art Commission and Boston AIR, at BostonAIR@boston.gov. All questions must be submitted by email with subject line “BostonAIR questions.”

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: City of Boston

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