Common Boston Request for Proposals
South End :: June 15-23, 2012

PUBLIC SPACE/PUBLIC ART, a new initiative sponsored by Common Boston, is designed to be a floating gallery of site-specific art installations placed throughout Boston’s South End. It will bring together the worlds of architecture, art, urban design, and community engagement by displaying the vigor and rigor of Boston’s practitioners and its neighborhoods – in this case, the historically significant South End. With this inaugural show, Common Boston hopes to begin a sustained collaboration among Boston’s designers, artists, and civic leaders.

Common Boston seeks only projects designed to occur in public space and involving an element of civic engagement. A range of media will be considered, including two- and three-dimensional fine art, graphic design, art installation, dance/performance, music, and film. Featured artists will be chosen by a curatorial committee of multidisciplinary artists and designers through a two-step process.

To begin, they solicit conceptual proposals from you and other artists/institutions. After reviewing initial proposals, selected artists will be asked to respond to committee members’ questions in a more detailed proposal. The curatorial committee will then review and make a final selection of artist proposals. Common Boston will collaborate with and assist artists to realize their vision for the floating gallery installation.

Tuesday April 10: Deadline for proposals, by email to
Monday April 16: Semi-finalists selected
Wednesday April 25: Semi-finalist deadline for budgets and additional details
Monday April 30: Finalists selected
Friday June 15: Event opening
Sunday June 17: Art tour for South End Common Point Day
Saturday June 23: Event closing celebration

Required Materials for Response
You may submit up to three proposals for installations. For each project that you propose to install during the June 16 - 23 event, please provide the following:
-Title + Description: 250–500 words describing the proposal concept and execution, including your suggestion for the type of space or specific site you have in mind. This file should be submitted as a pdf, titled as follows: “LastName_ProposalTitle_Concept.pdf”
-Imagery: Up to five images that visually describe your proposal. This could be inspiration, sketch, renderings, photos, etc. Images should be submitted as jpgs, titled as follows: “LastName_ProposalTitle_##.jpg”
-Portfolio: We welcome artist portfolios in addition to project files.
-Contact Details: Your response should also include the following contact information details: Artist Name, Business Name (if applicable), Street Address, Phone, Email, Website (if applicable).

Submission Procedure
Submit proposals to by 12 pm, Tuesday April 10, 2012. If files are larger than 5mb, please send a link through dropbox or

Eligibility & Compensation
Professionals and students, artists, designers, and other creatives with a range of backgrounds and experience are encouraged to apply. Finalists will receive a stipend of $250 to cover project costs.

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