Boston, MA– It's been a great week for local art in Boston, Massachusetts.

Just a few days ago, we wrote about how the city awarded almost $500,000 to over 200 local arts organizations.

Yesterday, the Mayor's office reported that a total of $809,500 will be split between ten local public arts projects.

So, wait, what's the difference between the two grants? Well, the first one went to local organizations to improve their services and fund their projects. Organizations like theater or dance companies received small grants of up to $5,000 from the city in order to keep them funded and improve their art.

For the larger grants announced yesterday, the funding comes from the Edward Ingersoll Browne Trust Fund (created in 1892 by Edward Ingersoll Browne who gave one-third of his estate to the fund).  This funding is to be used specifically for art projects or improvements in public spaces free for anyone to see just walking down the street.

“The grantees in this round of Browne funding represent a diverse array of projects from all across the City of Boston,” said Mayor Walsh. “We’ve seen the tremendous impact that public art and the beautification of neighborhoods can have on the City as a whole, and I am excited to see these projects enhance neighborhoods and uplift communities.”

If you'd like to check out all ten projects that are being built you can click here, but here we've highlighted a few that we're most excited for:

  1. $225,000 to the Fund for Boston Neighborhoods for the fabrication and installation of markers honoring the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings by artist Pablo Eduardo. It's unclear where exactly these markers will be, but this is a lot of money for a worthy cause.
  2. $150,000 to the Freedom Trail Foundation for the creation of public art adjacent to Faneuil Hall commemorating Africans and African-Americans sold into slavery on Merchants Row by artist Steve Locke. Fanueil Hall is already home to a deeply moving holocaust memorial, and the addition of this project will be another solemn reminder of past wrongs amidst the vibrant background of the modern day marketplace.
  3. $50,000 to Rosie’s Place for fabrication and installation of a memorial, which has since been completed, honoring Kip Tiernan, a relentless activist who fought for economic and social justice in Boston and Massachusetts. Rosie's Place is a nonprofit organization which helps poor and homeless women. Kip Tiernan, the founder, was also involved in innumerable other charities around Boston.

Be on the lookout for some of these exciting new projects as you're walking around enjoying the nicer weather!

Image via Wikimedia Commons / VQuinonez27
"Mural at Peters Park Boston"