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Boston (Mass.). Art Commission


Historical note

The Boston Art Commission, established in 1890, is the oldest municipal art commission in the United States. Originally a fully independent body, the Art Commission was brought together with five other commissions to form the Environment Department in 1982 (Acts, 1982, Chap. 624). This act’s purpose was to coordinate the related concerns of all six commissions and streamline the use of each body’s staff resources. Under the Environment Department, the Art Commission (as well as the other five) retained its independence to carry out its statutory obligations. In 1986, the Art Commission was reorganized as a board within the Office of Arts and Humanities (Ord. 1986, c. 4 § 2). The Mayor appoints the Art Commission; it consists of five Boston residents, each representing a Boston cultural institution. The Boston Art Commission exercises legal authority to approve and site new public art on property owned by the City of Boston. In addition, the Art Commission preserves and protects all monuments, paintings, statues, fountains and memorials on City property.

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Boston Art Commission records

Identifier: 0272.100
Scope and Contents note This collection includes records of the Boston Art Commission from 1890-1959. It also includes several published reference volumes on art. The Art Commission records have been organized into 5 series: Series I: Proceedings, Series II: Annual reports, Series III: Memorials, Series IV: Plans and Series V: Reference works. Series I includes 6 volumes of the minutes of the meetings of the Art Commission from its establishment in 1890 through January of 1959. The minutes are not...