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Town of Brookline Launches Spring Calls for Artists for the Brookline Art Makes Community Public Art Initiative
BROOKLINE — The Town of Brookline announces the launch of its Spring Calls for Artists for the Brookline Art Makes Community (BAMC) public art initiative.
Brookline Art Makes Community (BAMC) is a testament to the Town of Brookline's commitment to fostering creativity, supporting local businesses, and enriching the cultural fabric of the community. With the support of the Select Board and funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), BAMC continues to make strides in enhancing Brookline's commercial areas and creating visually captivating spaces for all to enjoy.
By 2025, the Town plans to install more than 45 new permanent public art installations in the form of murals, sculptures, utility box art, etc. throughout Coolidge Corner, Brookline Village, Washington Square, St. Mary’s Station, and JFK Crossing.
This initiative, aimed at invigorating Brookline's commercial areas with creativity and vibrancy, seeks submissions from artists, choreographers, and enthusiasts eager to contribute to the visual tapestry of the community. With a variety of opportunities available, BAMC invites artists to submit proposals for projects that will enliven the Town's public spaces and engage both residents and visitors.
The Town invites artists to apply for the following projects:
- Wrapped Boxes Around Town (BoxART): Artists are invited to submit artwork designs for consideration in transforming utility boxes into captivating pieces of art through vinyl wrapping. These installations, known as BoxART, provide a canvas for artists to infuse color, whimsy, and narrative into the everyday streetscape. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 29, at 12 p.m.
Wrapped Boxes Around Town Application Form
- Painted Boxes Around Town: For those who prefer the brush to the vinyl, BAMC offers the opportunity to paint utility boxes, turning them into dynamic works of art that reflect the spirit and diversity of Brookline. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 29, at 12 p.m.
Painted Boxes Around Town Application Form
- Murals Around Town: The canvas expands with BAMC's call for mural artworks, inviting artists to leave their mark on the Town's walls and surfaces, creating large-scale pieces that inspire and provoke thought. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 31, at 12 p.m.
Murals Around Town Application Form
- Turkeys Around Town: As a tribute to the unofficial mascots of Brookline, BAMC introduces a new addition to its repertoire: personalized fiberglass turkey sculptures. Inspired by the iconic "Cow Parade," these turkey sculptures will add a touch of whimsy and charm to Brookline's commercial areas. Artists are encouraged to submit proposals for designing and decorating these avian canvases, bringing their unique vision to life. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 29, at 12 p.m.
Turkeys Around Town Application Form
Turkeys Around Town Online Poll: In addition to the calls for artists, BAMC is hosting an online poll to gather input on possible themes for the Fall 2024 round of turkey sculptures. With 10 turkey sculptures slated for installation, residents and art enthusiasts are invited to cast their votes and help shape the artistic landscape of Brookline.
Call for Choreographers:
The Town of Brookline and Brookline Commission for the Arts are working with local public artist Kit Collins to create two dance diagram sidewalk murals in Brookline’s vibrant commercial area. The Town is seeking two choreographers to provide the dance inspiration for this new public art.
Dancers and choreographers of all backgrounds, professional and amateur, are encouraged to apply. The deadline is Friday, March 29. Visit the form link below to apply:
"The Spring 2024 Calls for Artists marks an exciting new chapter for Brookline Art Makes Community," said Town Administrator Chas Carey. "We look forward to seeing the creativity and talent that artists bring to these projects, and the positive impact they will have on our community."
About Brookline Art Makes Community (BAMC)
Brookline Art Makes Community (BAMC) is a public art initiative aimed at enhancing the vibrancy and visual appeal of Brookline's commercial areas by infusing public art and placemaking activations. BAMC seeks to engage artists, residents, and visitors in celebrating creativity and fostering community pride. Through a variety of programs and installations, BAMC aims to create visually captivating spaces that reflect the diversity and spirit of Brookline.
For more information about the BAMC Spring 2024 Calls for Artists, please see below, or contact Economic Development Planner Aaron Norris at [email protected].
Turkeys Around Town Printed Application - for applicants planning to mail or hand-deliver only
Turkeys Around Town Template - for concept designs and renderings (COMING SOON!)
Past Calls for Artists
Calls for Artists Announced for Brookline Art Makes Community (BAMC) Public Art Initiative
Brookline, MA — The Town of Brookline is excited to announce three open Calls for Artists for the Brookline Art Makes Community (BAMC) commercial areas public art initiative, a project aimed at enhancing the vibrancy and visual appeal of Brookline's commercial areas through the infusion of public art and placemaking activations. The Town is seeking proposals from artists or teams of artists with demonstrated experience in creating outdoor and/or site specific works of art, for projects that will bring more activation, playfulness, joy, color, and beauty into Brookline’s commercial areas. The deadline for submissions is 12pm noon on Sunday, October 1, 2023.
This year, BAMC has 3 public art programs open for applicant submissions: Wrapped Boxes Around Town, Painted Boxes Around Town, and Art Around Town. Please see below for more details. Interested artists can also email Aaron Norris, Economic Development Planner, at [email protected] with any questions.
Brookline Art Makes Community (BAMC) emerged from recommendations included in Brookline’s Local Rapid Recovery Plan (2021), an action plan to support small business and commercial area resiliency. This plan was developed by the Town’s Economic Development Division in collaboration with the Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) and Small Business Development Committee (SBDC) as part of a statewide COVID economic recovery technical assistance program.
BAMC’s objectives are to enhance the appeal and identity of Brookline’s commercial areas through the integration of artistic installations; to support local small businesses and the broader arts and culture community; and to enrich the in-person experience for visitors and residents by creating visually captivating spaces in Brookline’s commercial areas. In 2022, the Select Board invested $225,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding in Brookline Art Makes Community (BAMC).
BAMC’s Calls for Artists comes after many months of community engagement, feasibility studies, and data collection and analysis. By 2025, the Town plans to install over 35 new permanent public art installations in the form of murals, sculptures, utility box art, etc. throughout Coolidge Corner, Brookline Village, Washington Square, St. Mary’s Station, and JFK Crossing.