The City of Boston is now taking applications from experienced artists for a fourth round of residency awards, which foster alternative approaches as a way to make stronger connections between people and the programs and initiatives offered by government.

The city is investing $250,000 in the Boston AIR program, as well $200,000 in grant-making programs for individual artists. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and the deadline for entries is Jan. 22.

"Boston AIR encourages city departments to take risks and think creatively about their programs and policies, as well as integrate creative expression into municipal work," said Kara Elliott-Ortega, the city's chief of arts and culture. "When we integrate artists into civic work we find ways to make Boston a better city for every resident."

The city has financed 20 artists-in-residence since 2017, including projects that have focused on safer crosswalks, poetry that taps into the resiliency of city residents, and the role of men in raising children and their absence from families due to racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

Under the program, each awarded artist will receive a $30,000 stipend and up to $10,000 for materials. The latest round of grants was announced Saturday.