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.
The month of August at DAP features two simultaneous shows in the two galleries, respectively. In Gallery 2 we find: Sectional, a collaborative installation toying with the mistrust of reality. Boston & Providence artists exploit the gray area between privacy and safety through an immersive living room experience. Renee Silva, Chloe DuBois, Keaton Fox, and Casey Mcnulty collaborate as Growth Spurt. Together they seek to push viewers in and out of comfort and confusion through interactive new media, art objects, furniture, clothing and video. Face Value: Make Up, Art and Identity is found in Gallery 1. The makeup we wear (or choose not to wear) is an expression of the self that reflects social, cultural, and political realities. By painting our faces, we craft how we present ourselves to the world. Face Value features 17 local and international artists who explore their relationship to makeup through the lens of gender, sexual, political, or cultural identities. Gallery Hours are Saturday and Sunday from 12-6pm! Stop by or reach out if you would like to make an appointment to visit the gallery outside of those hours: Dorchesterartproject@gmail.com
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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! Rent our space through Peerspace (what link should we put here?) or email us at email@example.com to inquire about dates and rates. Dorchester Residents Given Priority
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
If you are interested in curating an art show at DAP, reach out to email@example.com. If you are interested in showing your art in the DAP Institute of Affordable Art, send pictures of your art to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in doing an art pop up art show in the theater, email email@example.com and set up a rental.
If you would like to be on the gallery committee which tackles the hands-on tasks around DAP, you should email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to volunteer elsewhere, you should fill out this form.
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 and Dan Shea. 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!