Mayor Thomas M. Menino Announces Opportunities for Artists - PaintBox, ArtBarrier will add color to the City
| | More
For Immediate Release
March 12, 2013
Released By:
Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment
For More Information Contact:
Ryan McMahon

Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Boston Art Commission announced two artist calls on Monday, March 11, 2013. ArtBarrier is a new program, which will add color and vitality to the often-overlooked concrete Jersey barriers located on public roadways throughout the City.  One Boston designer will be chosen to work with Boston Shines volunteers on Saturday, April 27, 2013 to galvanize the change of Boston's urban landscape. The 11th annual Boston Shines is a two-day citywide clean up event. More than 5,000 volunteers come together in each of the neighborhoods of Boston to plant flowers, sweep, rake, and pick up trash. ArtBarrier will be a fantastic addition to this year’s citywide clean up.

PaintBox is a program, originally launched in 2008 and has already led to the painting of more than 80 utility boxes throughout the City. The PaintBox program is geared toward the recognition and celebration of the local arts community and asks artists to paint colorful images on large utility boxes located on public sidewalks. 

"Our neighborhoods are more vibrant and exciting places to live, visit and explore thanks to the PaintBox program,” Mayor Menino said.  “I’m thrilled we’re extending the spirit of the PaintBox program to the Jersey barriers, making those less of an eyesore and more of an asset.”

Unlike PaintBox, in which the artist paints the design directly onto the utility box, ArtBarrier will ask artists to create stencils that can be used by volunteers to paint the barriers, as part of the annual Boston Shines volunteer program. 

“This is a great new way that Boston is engaging the artist community,” said Karin Goodfellow, Director of the Boston Art Commission.  “PaintBox gets artists out into the community, but ArtBarrier gets them engaged directly with the public.  This should be a fun addition to the great programs that make up Boston Shines.”

For more information, or to download an application for either program, please visit, or call the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events at (617) 635-4447.

About the Boston Art Commission


The Boston Art Commission, established in 1890, exercises legal authority to approve and site new public art on property owned by the City of Boston. Woven through the urban landscape, site-specific artworks identify Boston as a place with long history and a great capacity for innovation. These artworks, both permanent and temporary, range from traditional and new media public art pieces to municipal design elements, such as wayfinding systems and artistic lighting. In addition, the Art Commission has care and custody of all paintings, murals, statues, bas-reliefs, sculptures, monuments, fountains, arches and other permanent structures intended for ornament or commemoration on City property. It is the conviction of the Boston Art Commission that, in order to engender and support a thriving artistic consciousness within the city, community involvement shall extend beyond everyday appreciation to meaningful engagement in the creation, evolving interpretation and ongoing care of artworks throughout Boston’s neighborhoods. For more information, visit the Boston Art Commission’s website at



Related Links