Boston Art Commission Approves Design for Kip Tiernan Memorial

The Boston Art Commission has voted to conditionally approve Ceruzzi & Murphy’s proposal Passages, presented at the BAC public meeting on March 22, 2016 for the Kip Tiernan Memorial project.

Passages will be a site-specific piece of permanent public art that commemorates the life and work of Rosie’s Place founder, Kip Tiernan. Her memorial will create a compelling call to, in Kip’s words, “endeavor to act justly.”

This is a particularly important commission as it will be one of the few works of public art in Boston dedicated to a woman and the only memorial specifically dedicated to an advocate for people who are homeless. Rosie’s Place, in coordination with the Boston Art Commission, has been developing the Kip Tiernan Memorial at Dartmouth Street, between Newbury Street and Public Alley 440 in the Back Bay.

View the full presentation on the final design.

Arts Opportunities

Second Round Application for Fenway Community Benefits Funding

Deadline: May 3, 2016

Earlier this week, the second round application for the Fenway Park Demonstration Project community benefits fund was made available. For this round of funding, $120,000 will be disbursed, and applicants can request funding up to $50,000. Applicants are required to submit a plan to the BRA that describes how their organization will utilize the community benefit funds in order to positively impact the Fenway community through a public beautification project.


Street Pianos: The pianos are coming back!

Deadline: May 12, 2016

In 2013, Celebrity Series produced Street Pianos Boston, an 18-day festival that celebrated making, listening to and sharing music with Bostonians in every neighborhood of our city. Thanks to 150+ partner organizations and visual artists, the 2013 festival was a huge success! Mark your calendars now for the 2016 Street Pianos festival which runs September 23 – October 10, 2016. Celebrity Series of Boston is currently seeking a blend of returning and new organizations to host street pianos. Online applications will be acceptedMarch 30 – May 12. Learn more at


Kirk Franklin at The Strand Theatre

June 18, 2016 6:00pm

Kirk Franklin – The “Twenty Years in One Night” Tour comes to the Strand. For nearly two decades, Kirk Franklin has been a multi-platinum-selling purveyor of majestic fusions of gospel and contemporary music. His irresistible rhythms and rhapsodies have resulted in albums that consistently top both Billboard’s Gospel and Christian charts, as well as ascend triumphantly into the Top 10 of the R&B/Hip Hop chart.


In Our Galleries


The Hyde Park Art Association’s 28th Annual Group Exhibit

April 4 – May 6, 2016

Scollay Square Gallery 3rd Floor

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Department of Arts and Culture will host the 28th Annual Hyde Park Art Association Art Exhibition in the Scollay Square Gallery at Boston City Hall. The exhibit will feature a broad range of art, including photography, watercolors, oil paintings and sculpture.


Celebrating Boston’s Seniors: Age-Friendly Boston photo and video show

April 4 – April 29, 2016

Mayor’s Neighborhood Gallery 2nd Floor Boston City Hall

This show is a collaboration of Boston Society of Architects’ Design for Aging subcommittee, AARP Massachusetts and the City of Boston’s Elderly Commission, highlighting stories of seniors living in Boston. Video by Jonathan Sachs/Photographs by Don West, Steve Borack & George Riley. Stories by Sandra Harris, Effie Ingram, Jonathan Sachs & Andrea Burns. Age-Friendly Boston is a partnership between the Elderly Commission, UMass Boston Gerontology Institute and AARP Massachusetts and is supported through a grant from Tufts Health Care Foundation.


Awards and Letters of Distinction for our Mayor

April 11 – April 29, 2016

Mayor’s Gallery and Display Case 5th Floor

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture will host an exhibition of awards, gifts, and letters of distinction given to the Mayor. Boston Art Commission | Boston Cultural Council | Strand Theatre
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