Pop-up: Franklin Park Art Grove Contest!

Request for Proposals

The Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture is proud to announce a new call to artists. The Boston Art Commission, in collaboration with the Franklin Park Coalition, the William Monroe Trotter Institute, and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, invite artists and artist collectives to submit proposals for temporary, site-related work as part of Pop-Up: Franklin Park Art Grove. This will be a three-tiered program that will include a selection of outdoor art interventions, public talks, and artist-led youth workshops. Pop-Up: Franklin Park Art Grove will be sited in Franklin Park’s Wilderness Picnic Grove during the month of August 2015. Selected proposals will receive up to $1,500 in funding.


Info Session: Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 5-7pm at the Franklin Park Clubhouse

Deadline: Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11:59pm


Theme: Endurance

The theme of Pop-Up: Franklin Park Art Grove is endurance. This theme can be broadly interpreted, from the literal endurance of nature as it renews itself every year to the endurance of cities and cultures over time.


Priority will be given to interactive proposals that are rooted in this theme, fostering connections between the local community, the natural resources of the area, and the cultural context of Franklin Park. Artists working in any medium are welcome to apply. Accepted media may include sculpture, fashion design, installation, music, painting, drawing, performance, or dance. Collaborations between artists working in different media are encouraged.


Proposal Details

  • Proposals are due by Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11:59pm.
  • The theme of Franklin Park Art Grove is endurance. Successful proposals will address this theme in some way.
  • Proposals must be sited in Franklin Park’s Wilderness Picnic Grove.
  • Artists/collectives must submit a budget detailing all artist fees and project expenses. Selected proposals will receive up to $1,500.
  • All proposals must be able to withstand extended public interaction and exposure to the elements.
  • Works will be exhibited outdoors for the duration of the event (August 8-31).
  • Please see the online application for installation restrictions and requirements.
  • Franklin Park Art Grove opening weekend will be August 8-9. Artists must attend the opening weekend to interact with the public. Artists are encouraged to present a public workshop or performance during this time.
  • An information session for interested applicants will be held at the Franklin Park Clubhouse on April 23 from 5-7pm. Any updates will be added here, to the News section of publicartboston.com


Submission Details

  • All proposals must be submitted through the online form, available here.
  • Please consult the online application for the submission checklist and terms of agreement.
  • Selected artists will be announced mid to late May 2015.
  • For additional information, please contact art@publicartboston.com
Dates Relevant: 
Wed, 04/01/2015 - Mon, 05/04/2015