Photo by Olivia Moon Photography | Jean Appolon Expressions at Jacob's Pillow

Resources

We send a list of active artist opportunities in our newsletter, BCA to Go, which goes out twice a month. Subscribe to receive that curated list. 

Below, we’re compiling an evolving list of organizations that center around artist support via grants; and opportunities or tools that might help artists develop their skills. Email julia@bostonarts.org for amendments or recommendations, so that we can continue to understand how to help Boston artists.

Where to Find

Grants and Opportunities

Local Organizations

Artists for Humanity based in Fort Point, Artists for Humanity helps teens find employment opportunities that explore and express their creative abilities.

Assets4ArtistsMASSMoCA’s Assets for Artists provides professional development workshops, financial and business coaching, working capital grants and micro-loan referrals, artist residencies at MASS MoCA, and support for artists re-locating to North Adams, Massachusetts.

City of Boston Arts and Culture: This office department lists resources, events, and opportunities specifically about Boston arts.

Mass Cultural Council: a state agency dedicated to supporting artists by providing grants, opportunities, and resources for artists in Massachusetts. Contact MCC for guidance and direct support!

NEFA: New England Foundation for the Arts invests in artists and communities and fosters equitable access to the arts, enriching the cultural landscape in New England and the nation.

Now + There: Resources for info, support, and background on public art practices in Boston.

Ujima Jobs Boarda regularly updated list of open positions in the Ujima Network.

National Organizations

ACA ConnectsThe Artist Communities Alliance offers virtual exchange and networking opportunities for artist residency staff and people who work in the arts.

Americans for the Arts: Americans for the Arts is a nonprofit organization whose primary focus is advancing the arts in the United States.

Creative Capital:  a nonprofit, grantmaking organization with the mission to fund artists in the creation of groundbreaking new work, to amplify the impact of their work, and to foster sustainable artistic careers.

Building Your Network

Local Arts in the Greater Boston Area

Coming to any BCA event is an opportunity to meet Boston’s arts community and learn about exciting contemporary work. If you want to continue to expand…

 

A large cluster of Boston galleries are found a fifteen minute walk from our BCA Campus in the SOWA district.

Every first Friday of the month, visit gallery openings and meet artists in the SOWA Artist Studios. We recommend visiting Fountain Street Gallery.

Around the Corner Framing is located in the South End. BCA Board Member Amanda Accardi runs this local frame shop focused on hands-on craftsmanship with a keen eye for design.

In Chinatown, PAO Arts Center celebrates and strengthens the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community of Chinatown and Greater Boston through access to culturally relevant art, education, and creative programs.

Further south, Fort Points Art hosts artists studios and exhibitions. Also in Fort Point, Midway Artist Studios helps provide work-live space for artists in Boston.

Check out the Somerville Arts Council to learn about arts orgs and studios in Somerville, MA. Somerville Open Studios is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of producing an annual open studio and related events in Somerville, Massachusetts. Also find the Boston Figurative Center where you can join weekly drawing or painting sessions.

For poets outside of the city, United Open Mic hosts open mics in Lowell, MA.

Going Virtual

Freelancing and Remote Work

FREELANCE ARTISTS’ RESOURCES

This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community; an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.

INTERDISCIPLINARY REMOTE & REMOTE-FRIENDLY EMPLOYMENT

This spreadsheet compiled by Rachel Meade Smith of Words of Mouth includes resources for seeking remote work, starting with a growing list of interdisciplinary remote-friendly employers. Sign up to receive Smith’s weekly newsletter.

HOW TO PLAN A VIRTUAL EVENT ON VIMEO

Vimeo’s live production team offers advice on how schools, event coordinators, marketers, and more are evolving their event strategies to optimize engaging live streaming experiences.

HOW TO HOST A WATCH PARTY ON FACEBOOK

With Facebook’s Watch Party feature, you can watch tons of videos and shows with members of groups you’re in on Facebook. This could be helpful for filmmakers or other artists whose screenings had to be cancelled.

Learn

Combahee’s Radical Call: Black Feminisms (re)Awaken Boston

From July 2020 through Summer 2021, Boston Center for the Arts presented Combahee’s Radical Call: Black Feminisms (re)Awaken Boston, a yearlong, multi-platform curatorial project co-curated by Arielle Gray, Cierra Peters, and Jen Mergel, and stewarded by the wisdom of original Combahee River Collective member Demita Frazier. The project took the form of a series of public installations and programs that recentered the vital legacy of Black feminism(s), archives and the written word in Boston.

Learn about Black Feminism and see the archive of resources:

  • A Free ZineDesigner Zoë Pulley has created a free zine of the complete annotated text of the 1977 Combahee River Collective Statement, so the influential ideas will be freely available both in print (~500 newsprint takeaways will be available -one per person- on the BCA Plaza starting February 9) and as a downloadable pdf. The printed zine unfolds into a poster format with key call-out quotes from this powerful movement statement.
  • A Virtual Reading Room: Titled Our Mothers’ Gardens, this anthology of links to over 100 texts, interviews and video clips is subjectively gathered into fifteen thematic collections of Black Feminist thought. Created by Cierra Michele Peters, this archive will live as a freely accessible website for shared learning through 2021.