Making it Public 2023

Making it Public 2023

The 2023 cohort has completed the Making it Public for MA Municipalities training workshops! Stay tuned to see the temporary public art projects they create next year.

Application information and timeline for the 2024 program will be released in summer 2023 – check back for more details!

Making it Public

Acton, Brockton, Chelmsford, Chelsea, Concord, Devens, Erving, Greenfield, Holyoke, Middleborough, and Revere were selected for our 2023 cohort!

New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) in partnership with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s (MAPC) Arts and Culture Department (MAPC) and  Forecast Public Art (FPA), invited municipalities in Massachusetts to participate in the Making it Public for MA Municipalities 2023 cohort. The application process for 2023 is now closed.

Municipalities selected for the 2023 cohort will participate in Making it Public, a free 5-week virtual training facilitated by FPA designed to equip administrators in strengthening local capacity to support, create, and promote more vibrant and just public art making. FPA has facilitated Making It Public across the nation for almost a decade. This particular series has been tailored for MA municipalities in partnership with MAPC’s Arts & Culture Department and General Counsel.

Making it Public will cover practical and tactical subject matters for administrators at all stages of their career facilitating public art, such as stakeholder considerations, community engagement, preparing a call-for-artists, equitable selection processes, contracting, and more. Sessions include guest public art professionals, both local and national, adding a depth of knowledge about the field of public art, the profession, and its contemporary issues.

At the conclusion of the training, municipal administrators will have the tools needed to create their own Call for Temporary Public Art.  Participating municipalities also receive a $15,000 grant from NEFA to fund artists selected through a Call for Temporary Public Art in 2023.

Through Making it Public and funding artists through municipalities, NEFA aims to foster a community of practice that is inspiring more vibrant and just public spaces and culture through public artmaking across MA.  To learn more about NEFA’s vision and values for public art, visit NEFA’s website.

A parallel workshop series geared towards MA artists will also be offered simultaneously, equipping artists in the region to be better prepared at responding to calls for temporary public art projects.

Additional opportunity for artists:

While our municipal 2023 cohort has been selected, NEFA invites artists in Massachusetts to participate in Making it Public: for Massachusetts Artists, a free five-week virtual workshop series designed to support artists of all disciplines in exploring and expanding their public art making practice. Registration closes Feb. 13, 2023.

Municipal Making it Public Workshops


  • Applications were accepted through November 15, 2022
  • Early December 2022:
    Municipalities notified of selection
  • February 1, 2023:
    Program orientation for municipalities
    (Making it Public for MA Artists application opens in January, deadline in February)
  • March – April 2023:
    Workshop Series
    (Tuesdays, March 14 - April 11, 2023 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET
  • May – December 2023:
    Technical assistance workshops
    for concepts, municipal Calls for Temporary Public Art and Artist Selection Processes.
  • July 31, 2023:
    Deadline to submit Concepts for Call for Temporary Public Art to NEFA for approval
  • December 1, 2023:
    Deadline to submit Call for Temporary Public Art to NEFA for approval before publicizing
  • December 31, 2023:
    Deadline to release and publicize Calls for Temporary Public Art