“No one is able to make their work alone and I ask you to remember that the BCA hosts many artists, arts organizations, and creative endeavors that are now completely cut off from their usual methods of support…Many beloved arts organizations and venues have had to shut their doors permanently because of this pandemic. The BCA is not immune to these pressures. If you value the arts as a release, a reprieve, or a distraction during this terrible moment, please think of those creators and the people who support them in your own backyard. They are still working hard on behalf of the community of Boston.”
—STEVE LOCKE, 2020 GUGGENHEIM FELLOW
Boston Center for the Arts relies on the income generated by the events business in the historic Cyclorama to support our mission – to incubate exciting new work by Boston’s contemporary visual and performing artists. With stay-at-home advisories in place and no concrete understanding as to when we can safely gather once again, a significant portion of our revenue disappeared overnight.
SO WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT IT?
Art — and artists — are the connective tissue between all of us right now. Even without our spaces, BCA will continue to be a creative laboratory that provides artists of all disciplines the freedom to experiment, take risks, and produce new boundary-breaking work that challenges, provokes, and defines the Boston cultural experience.
PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE
We are currently concluding a strategic planning process that will produce a 3-year plan that is bold, ambitious, and visionary. Our goal is to help transform Boston into a city where artists not only survive, but thrive. From our leading role in igniting the contemporary Boston arts conversation to our critical mission providing space and support for the city’s evolving cultural cauldron, BCA is intrinsically committed to making Boston a place where artists at every stage can advance their practice and careers – during and after this pandemic.
WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW!
To get our footing and ensure our future, we need your support to ensure that we can sustain our fiscal health, programmatic vision, and fundraising momentum into next year. Our goal is to inspire leadership donations from those who can make a profound impact at a critical time. That time is now.
WANT TO KNOW THE NITTY GRITTY?
We’ve outlined exactly what we’ve done and what we need, here.