Brickbottom Artists Association

Request for Proposals: Temporary Public Art in the Fort Point Channel; Deadline 4/1/18

Applications must be received electronically by Sunday, April 1, 2018, 12:00 midnight EST

The Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC) is seeking proposals for a temporary work of public art for installation in Boston’s Fort Point Channel during the summer of 2018. The work of public art will serve to engage the public and highlight the Fort Point Channel, the Fort Point neighborhood and our creative community. Located between the Greenway and the growing Fort Point/ Seaport area, the “art basin” in the Fort Point Channel is a high-visibility site near local attractions such as the FPAC Space at the Envoy, the Children’s Museum, the Boston Tea Party Museum, and minutes from the Society for Arts & Crafts and the Institute for Contemporary Art.

Floating Art Installation

One award of $9,500 will be made for a prominent, temporary work of public art sited in, or making significant use of the Fort Point Channel between the Summer and Congress Street bridges. Please refer to the link below for a map of the location. Specific requirements for proposed installations are listed in Appendix A at the end of this form.



Work in all media will be considered. Multi-disciplinary collaborations are encouraged. All artwork must be designed to withstand the water environment and weather conditions for the duration of at least eight weeks. Durability will be considered in the review of proposals.

Proposals are not limited to one particular theme. Selected artist(s) will participate in an Artists’ Walk and Talk, and other possible events or talks, to engage the public in conversation about the project.

Artists are encouraged to include in their submission additional educational/ outreach components, which could accompany their project.


  • Request for Proposals released: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
  • Q & A Sessions for Applicants:
  • Proposals Due: Sunday, April 1, 2018 by 12:00 midnight EST
  • Selection announced by: Selected artist(s) notified on or around Friday, April 6th
  • Installation: Must be installed by Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Duration: 3 months
  • Artists’ Walk and Talk: Date TBD
  • De-installation: No later than Sunday, October 7th unless mutually agreed upon


Selected artist will be given a one-year FPAC membership as part of the commission. New members will receive a one-year membership. Current members will receive a one-year extension from past renewal date.


Artists are encouraged to schedule a phone call with FPAC’s Executive Director for feedback on proposals prior to submission. Contact Emily at


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