Cultural Space and Facilities

Alternatives Spaces Pilot Project

This fall the City will launch an Alternative Spaces Pilot Project, an initiative to identify underutilized private spaces eligible for rehearsals and performances by arts and culture organizations. Beginning with space commitments from Massachusetts Eye & Ear, AT&T’s flagship store on Boylston Street, and the Plumbers Local 12 Union Hall, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture will help these entities write and distribute an RFP for use of their spaces for a minimum of a one-year commitment. The program will expand as other companies and organizations with available space step forward.

Civic and Cultural Space RFP

Later this summer, continuing Mayor Walsh and Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) Director Brian Golden’s push to improve the way the BRA engages with the public on planning efforts, the BRA will issue an RFP for an additional civic and cultural space in the South Boston Waterfront. This follows a successful RFP for cultural space at 100 Pier 4, awarded to the Society for Arts & Crafts (SAC) last year, which will open exhibition and retail galleries this fall. The SAC will also include space for lectures and workshops, a planned public craft library and programming for the civic plaza.

Performing Arts Cultural Facilities Study

Last fall, the City launched a cultural facilities study designed to help understand the current performing arts landscape and determine the best next steps for supporting, developing, and sustaining performing arts facilities. The results of the study will be released later this summer.