The Community Arts Initiative allows the Museum to serve as an art and cultural resource within Boston-area communities. Working with eight 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.
Currently, the MFA partners with eight community organizations including five Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston located in Blue Hill, Charlestown, Chelsea, Roxbury, and South Boston; West End House Boys & Girls Club of Allston-Brighton; United South End Settlement House (USES); and Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC).
The Museum also has an associate partnership with the Vine Street Community Center in Roxbury, a Boston Youth and Families Center.
Community LiaisonsEach of the eight community partners is assigned a MFA staff member to act as a liaison between the MFA and the community organization. MFA liaisons work closely with community art directors and staff to assist with events and develop art projects at the Museum and community centers.
The Artist Project is a collaboration between an experienced artist, the Museum of Fine Arts, and eight after-school community organizations in the Boston area. The program is designed to engage children in the art-making process under the guidance of an artist.
Learn more about the Artist Project
Call to ArtistsEach year an artist experienced in exhibiting and working with groups of children is selected as the lead artist for the Artist Project.
The Community Arts Initiative is generously supported by the Linde Family Foundation.