Community Arts Initiative: The Artist Project—Call to Artists

MFA Boston

465 Huntington Avenue
MA 02115


Jan 20, 2023


Jan 06, 2023

The Artist Project is a collaboration between the MFA and twelve 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 of $25,000 and a budget of $5,000 for materials. 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.

Application Instructions

In an attempt to be more environmentally-friendly we now request that artists submit applications online through Submittable.

Submissions are reviewed by a panel composed of representatives from the MFA and participating community organizations.