Community Arts Initiative

The Community Arts Initiative allows the Museum to serve as an art and cultural resource within Boston-area communities. Now working with twelve community organizations, the Community Arts Initiative introduces youth to the Museum's collections and the art-making process, while also helping them understand how art can be an important part of their lives.

Program Details

The MFA currently partners with twelve community organizations including five Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston located in Blue Hill, Charlestown, Chelsea, Roxbury, and South Boston; Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester; West End House Boys & Girls Club of Allston-Brighton; United South End Settlement House (USES); Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC); and Vine Street Community Center.

Community Partner Profiles

Each of the twelve community partners is assigned an MFA staff member to act as a liaison between the Museum and the community organization. MFA Community Arts Liaisons work closely with community art directors and staff to promote and coordinate MFA programs, assist with events, and develop art projects at the Museum and community centers.

Learn more about our Liaisons.

The Artist Project is a collaboration between an experienced artist, the Museum of Fine Arts, and twelve after-school community organizations in the Boston area. The program is designed to engage children in the art-making process under the guidance of a Lead Artist.

Learn more about the Artist Project

Current Project: "Mindful Mandalas"

Each year a new experienced artist with a passion for community arts plans and leads a project with children between the ages of six and twelve. The project engages children in a creative experience that connects with art from the Museum's collections. The final product is a collaborative work that reflects the voices and ideas of participating children and is exhibited in the Edward H. Linde Gallery (168) in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art. The MFA provides the selected artist with a stipend of $25,000 and a budget of $5,000 for materials.

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The Community Arts Initiative is generously supported by the Linde Family Foundation.