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.

Due to Covid-19, we have been forced to close our doors and cancel all gatherings through at least May 4. In response to these hardships, we launched a fundraiser to ensure that DAP survives this crisis! Please donate and support our vulnerable community during this trying time.

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.

If you would like to stay up to date with our community, we invite you to sign up for our newsletter that comes out twice a month.

Events

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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 dorchesterartproject@gmail.com 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.

FAQ

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.

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 dorchesterartproject@gmail.com.

Can I show my art at DAP?

If you are interested in curating an art show at DAP, reach out to emma@brain-arts.org.

If you are interested in selling your art in the DAP Work/Shop, send pictures of your art to emma@brain-arts.org.

If you are interested in doing a pop up art show in the theater, email dorchesterartproject@gmail.com and set up a rental.

How can I volunteer at DAP?

We are volunteer-run! If you are interested in volunteering fill out this form or email us at info@brain-arts.org.

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, Ava Fields, 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! If you have feedback for us, here is an anonymous feedback form you can fill out, or we would love to hear from you at dorchesterartproject@gmail.com!