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
The Secret Bureau of Art + Design & Moment of Flavor present STAGED: New Visions of Boston Music Photography Boston music is in the midst of an explosive transformation, and so is the diverse community of photographers who are capturing it. STAGED: New Visions of Boston Music Photography will celebrate artists who are making this city’s vibrant music their focus—whether it’s from the edge of the stage or from the styled set of a photoshoot—and providing a document of a scene in ascendence.
Two years after the release of his celebrated debut album When the Sidewalk Ends, Cliff Notez brings his full-length project Why the Wild Things Are to DAP for a very special gallery show which features one painting per track of the album. The project is a testimony of existence, protest, and survival, and how they all become synonymous and unified in the prolonging of the Black body.
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 email@example.com 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. 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.
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!