Dorchester Art Project is a community-driven art space in Fields Corner. Our mission is to serve artists in Dorchester, Boston and Greater Boston by providing affordable studio, performance, gallery and community gathering space. We are run by Brain Arts Organization which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and volunteer collective of artists who believe in art centric programming and conscious cultural empowerment.


This Week

Switchblade, ffff, Abrahadabra


Doodle Flow Session


Greaseface // Plains // Dark Tag


Galley Hours: Staged. New Visions of Boston Music Photography


Maya Lucia, Annie Krivit, Autumn Jones, Amandla

HARD EXPERIMENTAL IMPROV + PERFORMANCE ART Charmaine Lee (vocals), Victoria Shen (electronics) + MANAS (Tashi Dorji & Thom Nguyen)



2020 Calendar Release Party



Afterlife: A Bass Music & Art Experience "Nightmare Before Christmas"
Kids Like You & Me's XMAS FREAK OUT!
DAP Open Mic ft 2020


Dorchester Art Project offers multiple spaces for rent. We have two gallery spaces and a performance space. We encourage use of our space for showcase events, gatherings, meetings, workshops, parties or whatever else may be needed! Email us at to inquire about dates and rates and schedule a tour! Discounts available for Dorchester Residents!

Zine Lib

Dorchester Art Project (DAP) houses a circulating zine library consisting of zines by zine creators from Boston, the greater New England, and beyond! All are welcome to browse the library and check-out zines during DAP’s open hours. Zines in the library range in format and includes zine genres of art, political, music, literary, perzines, fanzines, comic, and compilation zines. Topics include feminism, self-care, mental health, activism, and more. The DAP Zine Library accepts zine donations on an ongoing basis. Donate your zine by mailing it to Dorchester Art Project, 1486 Dorchester Ave Boston, MA 02122 or stop by and drop off your zine for a zine librarian to catalog and add to the collection. Help us catalog your zine by filling out a cataloging sheet.


Will you book my band at DAP?

Thank you for your interest in playing at Dorchester Art Project! DAP is not a traditional venue and does not have the infrastructure to book and promote all of our shows - most shows/events are rentals planned and hosted by local organizations or bookers or bands that want to book their own show. We set it up this way to serve our nonprofit’s mission of empowering individuals and groups to book and promote their own events. We charge an hourly fee for these rentals to cover the costs of staffing and supporting the space and it is by far the cheapest rate in town as accessibility is part of our mission. Unfortunately for most bands we understand that this model might not work, therefore we suggest you connect with another band or promoter that is willing to take on the financial risk of booking and promoting a show at DAP, which again is the most affordable place in the entire city of Boston. If you are interested in renting the performance space at DAP to host your own show, please click here for more information. If you are coming to us through Boston Hassle, the show- booking arm of the Brain Arts Organization (which runs DAP), feel free to email for consideration.

Can I show my art at DAP?

If you are interested in curating an art show at DAP, reach out to If you are interested in showing your art in the DAP Institute of Affordable Art, send pictures of your art to If you are interested in doing an art pop up art show in the theater, email and set up a rental.

How can I volunteer at DAP?

If you would like to be on the gallery committee which tackles the hands-on tasks around DAP, you should email

Who runs DAP?

DAP is run by volunteers from Brain Arts Organization, an arts nonprofit for Greater Boston. The official DAP Staff that manages the space is Sam Potrykus, Emma Leavitt, Molly Dower, Sophia Giordano, Nisaa Jackson and Emily Bass. Beyond that, we have a volunteer base of over 50 folks who do everything from repaint the galleries, take out the trash, scrub the floors, do construction projects, volunteer at events and more!