From "Know No", by Masary Studios. Photo by Aram Boghosian.

ACTivate Residency

Applications for the 2021 ACTivate Residency will open February 1, 2021
Rolling Deadlines: March 1 for residencies in May and June; May 1 for residencies in July, August and September

Boston Center for the Arts will offer five  five-day residencies to individuals and small groups of artists to create a site-responsive work in the historic Cyclorama. The residency includes video documentation of the process that will  be shared with audiences. The work can be performative and/or visual in nature and is meant to activate artists, audiences, and our spaces. Although residents can focus on the presentation of a completed piece, the intention of the ACTivate Residency is to open up space for deep exploration of an idea or concept over the course of the residency. ACTivate is open to self-identified BIPOC visual, performing, and interdisciplinary artists and their collaborators.


  • This residency is open to BIPOC artists (18+) and their collaborators working in any artistic discipline
  • The collective or lead artist(s) must live within the City of Boston with preference given to artists who live in Brighton-Allston, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, and Roxbury.
  • Collective or lead artist(s) must have a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion.


ACTivate Residency Details


ACTivate Cyclorama Specs


ACTivate Residency FAQ 


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