Boston City Hall Galleries

Behind the concrete walls of Boston City Hall, artists are getting a chance to show off their work and inject some culture into the space.

The City Hall Galleries help expose the public to local talent, says Julie Burros, Boston's Chief of Arts and Culture.

"We really are trying to elevate the work of Boston's artists and creative people, give them a platform for showing it," she said. "They might not normally have that platform."

Curator John Crowley selects the work - with a little help.

"A lot of times, the artists come to me with an idea for a show," Crowley said. "People get interested, people get called up by interior decorators sometimes. Gallery owners, things like that."

During the month of February, most of the art honors Black History Month. Quilts hang from the fifth floor balconies from the African American quilters group Sisters in Stitches. "Transformed," on the third floor, features work from Roxbury Community College, celebrating the power of art in confronting violence. Downstairs, artist Jocelyn Chemel uses mixed media and a barbed wire motif as social commentary.

"We would love for City Hall to be a place where there's all kinds of functions that you can accomplish here, and maybe seeing some artwork is part of that."

The current art exhibits are on display at City Hall until Feb. 28. For more information, click here.

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