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COVID-19 Updates

Posted: April 1, 2020 — Letter from the Executive Directors

Dear Friends,

We hope this message finds you in good health and reasonably good spirits. Two weeks ago we shut down physical operations of our campus on Tremont Street in the South End to protect our staff and artists from COVID-19. We invested in telecommunications software, moved our offices to our homes, and set about trying to do our work as we adjusted to “the new normal.”

At BCA, we worked with dozens of organizations and companies to cancel or postpone their events in the Cyclorama. We postponed our 50th Anniversary Gala to October 3rd. We made difficult decisions that included furloughs and layoffs of our dedicated and beloved staff but managed to pay 100% of their health insurance until June 30, 2020.

For the past 2 weeks, we’ve fielded inquiries from artists, patrons, clients, and community members, each with the question, “What are you going to do next?” Here’s what we’re going to do — what we’ve always done and what we do best:


Over the past 2 weeks, we used our beautiful new website to activate our Mills Gallery exhibition FEMINIST/FUTURIST (our sincerest thanks to Cate McQuaid for the glowing review). We partnered with the City of Boston to facilitate private support of the Boston Artist Relief Fund, 100% of which provides unrestricted grants to Boston artists affected by COVID-19. We created a regularly updated Opportunities page with links to grants, fellowships, and resources for our creative community. We extended deadlines for each of our Residency applications.

Although none of us know what the next few months will bring, we are determined to continue our work supporting Boston’s contemporary visual and performing artists. What we do know for certain:


If you have the means to support BCA at this critical time, here’s how you can create a tangible impact on your creative community:
  • Become a member of BCA today. Monthly sustaining membership is an affordable way to ensure BCA can continue offering artist resources into the future.
  • Already a member? Consider renewing or increasing your membership before June 30.
  • Make a one-time gift in any amount. Every dollar counts towards sustaining Boston’s working artists.
  • Choose BCA as your Amazon Smile charity.
  • Find out if your company offers matching gifts to maximize your impact.
Amidst uncertainty, we are finding new ways to support Boston artists; new ways to showcase the creative process; and new ways to celebrate our growing BCA community.

Creative communities are resilient. We will persevere, together.

Stay well,

Emily Foster Day and Kristi Keefe
Co-Executive Directors
Boston Center for the Arts

Update: March 12, 2020 

Dear BCA Community,

In response to the growing coronavirus (COVID-19) concern, Boston Center for the Arts has decided to cancel all BCA public programs through Sunday, April 12; including public activities on our campus, tours and talks, and the following special events:

3.20: 2020 Talks in Mills Gallery
3.21 + 3.22: Jessie Stinnett Workshop
4.2: Jean Appolon Expressions Studio Showing
4.5: Jean Appolon Expressions Workshop

We hope to reschedule all of these events for a later date. For up-to-date information please visit our calendar.

BCA is closed to the public until further notice; updates will be shared here and on our social media channels. The best way to reach staff will be via e-mail, which they will be checking regularly during the week. If you have a general inquiry or need that is not specific to a staff member, please email

The Mills Gallery will be closed effective Friday, March 13. The Artists Studio Building will remain open to tenant artists but closed to third party rentals in Studio 204.

Please Note: This temporary closure applies to: Plaza Theatres (Plaza Theatre and Black Box Theatre), Cyclorama, and Calderwood Pavilion (Virginia Wimberly Theatre, Nancy & Edward Roberts Studio Theatre, Nicholas Martin Rehearsal Hall, Artist Resource Room, and Carol G. Deane Hall).

We will send an update to our community when we return to regular business hours. Thank you for your understanding and for being a supporter of Boston Center for the Arts.

Posted: March 11, 2020

While BCA addresses the latest issues concerning COVID-19, we want to take the opportunity to inform you that Boston Center for the Arts is open and committed to the safety of our visitors and staff.

Upcoming public programs and events are proceeding as scheduled unless otherwise noted. Should any changes be made to our operating hours or public programs, we will make updates via the website as well as through email and social media announcements.

We are committed to the health of our visitors and staff, and are sanitizing the galleries, theatres, event spaces, and common surfaces multiple times each day.

As the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 continue to evolve, we will follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. You can help by following hygiene guidelines issued by the CDC. We ask that if you or anyone in your household is feeling sick, that you visit BCA venues at a future time.

Regarding event rentals in our theatres and Cyclorama space, please refer in each case to the event host’s website or contact them directly for updates.

If you have questions or concerns that we can help address at this time, please feel free to contact us: