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. www.brain-arts.org
Into the Wiild: Answering Why the Wild Things Are, is a multimedia gallery exhibition to be shown at the Dorchester Art Project in January of 2020. The show is a deeper explorative dive on Cliff Notez second full-length Studio Album,Why the WIld Things Are, released September 11, 2019. The show is an immersive dive into imaginary world created by our protagonist, Leon, as they confront their repressed emotions of anger, frustration, anxiety, and depression. In experiencing this show, audiences will be encouraged to explore the impact trauma, oppression, and racial injustice on the mental health of people of color. This show will artistically and sonically explore themes of mental health as it relates to the experiences of a person of color unveiling their own identity through expression of self, defining independence and challenging of authority.The show's goal is to both begin and continue conversations about acceptance of themes of exploration of self-care and healing, and rediscovery of Black Joy. You can attend gallery hours Saturday and Sunday 12-6pm through February 9th.
The Dorchester Art Project has announced that it will be hosting Georden West’s exhibition Queer Body In Ecstasy. This immersive installation will expand on mysticism, queer fashion, and the haunting aesthetics that define West’s body of work. The show is inspired by West’s evolving perspective of the queer body, from their childhood raised in a Franciscan community to their current status as installation artist, nonbinary person and accomplished filmmaker. “Patron Saint”, their most recent work, was recently awarded gold at the Student Academy Awards. Though the event is free, donations are welcome in order to support both Dorchester Art Project and West. On display from March 14 to April 11, those unable to make the opening will be able to see the exhibition every Saturday and Sunday during open gallery hours from 12-6pm.
Dorchester Art Project offers multiple spaces for rent. We have gallery, studio, workshop and performance space. We encourage use of our space for showcase events, gatherings, meetings, workshops, parties or whatever else may be needed! We are here for any activity that requires freedom of expression. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about dates and rates and schedule a tour! Discounts available for Dorchester Residents!
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.
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. However, 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 email us at email@example.com.
If you are interested in curating an art show at DAP, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in selling your art in the DAP Work/Shop, send pictures of your art to email@example.com. If you are interested in doing a pop up art show in the theater, email firstname.lastname@example.org and set up a rental.
We are volunteer-run! If you are interested in volunteering fill out the form at www.brain-arts.org or email email@example.com.
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 Edwin Charles. 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!