Last fall, 10 local artists were selected for participation in the program where they worked alongside representatives from departments throughout the City of Boston to generate ideas on how to integrate art and creative thinking into city government. The artists and city liaisons attended lectures and workshops co-organized by MassArt, the Boston Art Commission and the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics. Artists shadowed city liaisons to learn about day-to-day operations, challenges, and opportunities.
Of the 10, three artists' proposals will be chosen for further development and the artists will be awarded $20,000 stipends for six-month residencies within a city department to develop creative approaches that can be incorporated into the work of the city. The presentation serves as an opportunity for members of the public to view the proposals before artists are selected.