Housing for Artists
Boston Housing Authority (BHA) announced it will begin to set aside low-income housing for certified artists in redevelopments. Immediately, as part of the redevelopment of the Bunker Hill public housing property into a new mixed-income community in Charlestown, the Boston Housing Authority and its developer partner Corcoran-SunCal will set aside 10 units of low-income housing, available to income-eligible artists. The BHA and the developer have also pledged to set aside money for public art in the redevelopment project, with the details to be announced in the coming months. Simultaneously, new guidelines will be created for the City of Boston Artist Certification Program.
This follows the recent announcement of Boston East, a development by Trinity Financial in East Boston, a residential community that includes 174 market-rate and 26 affordable units, including six artist live-work-sell units, where artists can have small galleries as part of the unit, open to the public.
Aligned with the plan, The Boston Foundation announced they will devote funding to develop an artist housing strategy, which will identify how the region can create sufficient supplies of affordable residential, live/work, and work studios to address the needs of artists.
Assets for Artists
Partnering with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) Assets for Artists program, the City of Boston will fund 10 Boston artists to receive matching grants of $1,000 to $2,000 each, coupled with training in money management, business planning, and other professional skills needed for success. In addition, the City’s Office of Financial Empowerment will provide free one-on-one financial coaching and credit building workshops to the cohort of 10 artists.
Artist Resource Desk
Announced with the Mayor’s Million Dollar Investment in Artists, the staff position for this new function within the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture will be posted later this month. Working closely with the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, this person will serve as a liaison between artists and arts producers, and City Hall, helping with permitting, licensing, housing and other functions.
Boston Community Access Low Power FM Radio Program
When the City’s Low Power FM station signs on later this year, it will feature a new program produced by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, highlighting arts offerings throughout the city and showcasing Boston talent.