Making it Public

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Making it Public

The 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), is pleased to invite municipalities in Massachusetts to participate in Making it Public, a free training facilitated by FPA designed to equip administrators in strengthening local capacity to support, create, and promote public art.

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, administrators will have the tools needed to create their own Call for Temporary Public Art.

Participating municipalities will be eligible to receive a $10,000 grant from NEFA to fund artists selected by way of a Call for Temporary Public Art in 2022.


Please contact Kim Szeto, Program Director, Public Art at NEFA ( or Annis Sengupta, Director, Arts & Culture at Metropolitan Area Planning Council (


Nine municipalities have been chosen to participate in Making it Public! Those cities and towns are: Amherst, Attleboro, Fitchburg, Lowell, Lynn*, Natick, New Bedford, Salem, and Watertown.

*Lynn, MA was added to the confirmed list of participating municipalities as of February 16, 2022

Making it Public for Artists: Join MAPC, Forecast Public Art, and NEFA for a free five-week virtual workshop series designed to help artists expand their public art making practice. Artists interested in participating should register as soon as possible. Learn more here.

New Blog Post! Read more about this program on NEFA's website.

About Making it Public

Since 2014, FPA has facilitated Making It Public across the nation. This particular series has been tailored for Massachusetts municipalities in partnership with MAPC’s Arts & Culture Department and General Counsel. MAPC will share lessons on how to commission public art within the Massachusetts context based on the public art commissioning process approved by the Inspector General’s office and piloted in Lynn, Massachusetts in 2020.

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.


February 2022 Update: Workshop Dates and Times

Workshops for municipalities will be held on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the following dates:

  • March 15: “Defining Public Art"
  • March 22: “Community Engagement"
  • March 29: “Calls to Artists”
  • April 5 :Public Art Process"
  • April 12: “Reflection”

December 9 Update: Draft Professional Services Agreement

Read the draft agreement that NEFA and municipalities will sign.

December 2021: Accepting Letters of Interest

Participating municipalities will be asked to provide two staff members who can commit fully to participating in the workshop series (March to April 2022) and conduct a Call for Temporary Public Art (May to December 2022). The estimated time commitment for the municipal team is 40 hours total.


  • January 4, 2021 (Deadline Extended): Deadline for municipalities to submit letter of interest
  • January 2022: NEFA and FPA staff will review and select eight eligible municipalities
  • March to April 2022: Five week intensive virtual workshops
  • May to December 2022: Participants prepare and distribute a Call for Temporary Art