The Mayor's Office of Arts + Culture for Boston. We foster the growth of the cultural community in Boston and promote participation in the arts.
For over 25 years, the Mayor's Mural Crew has employed local student artists to paint large-scale murals during their summers. Select teens work alongside professionals to conceptualize, design and paint public art that transforms Boston's overlooked areas into vibrant cultural landmarks. The Mayor's Mural Crew has long served as a way for youth to engage with their own community as well as develop professional skills.
In 1991, the Boston Youth Clean-Up Corps (BYCC) enlisted artist Heidi Schork to head up a new division. The main goal of this newly established program was to eradicate the graffiti problem that was taking over Codman Square in Dorchester. Schork and a group of eight teenagers set upon the task at hand and began adorning graffiti-covered security grates with art. The artwork was well received by the residents of the neighborhood, and soon the art jumped from the grates to the walls. Thus the Mayor's Mural Crew was born!
Every summer since then, crews of students work with professional artists to paint murals that reflect the neighborhood or business district where they are working. In the winter months, the crew continues to work on interior commissions. Over the years, the program has given hundreds of Boston's youth the opportunity to be active participants in the creation of public art and even earn scholarships to pursue art in college.
Cover photo by the Mayor's Mural Crew via Instagram