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.
We are excited to host 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 the artist'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.
This show opening has been postponed due to Covid19. We will be posting details ASAP as they become available.
Creatives of Color Boston is planning their next popup exhibit, "Bundok | Mountain," and they need you! All visual and performative artists are welcome to apply. Applications are due by March 31st. All accepted artists are to pay a participation fee of $10. Here is the link to apply for visual artists, and performance artists.
This time around, our theme is an exploration of inter-generational healing:
Just as trauma can affect families for many generations, healing can ripple through and soothe those wounds. Whether it’s a child deciding to go to therapy, or a father admitting that they have caused pain, or is in fact the one who is in pain, it’s beautiful when a family is able to find a way to push forward together. In this exhibition, artists will share their victories in inter-generational healing and what that means for them.
No events are currently scheduled. Check back soon!
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in curating an art show at DAP, reach out to email@example.com.
If you are interested in selling your art in the DAP Work/Shop, send pictures of your art to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in doing a pop up art show in the theater, email email@example.com and set up a rental.
We are volunteer-run! If you are interested in volunteering fill out this form or email us at 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, 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 email@example.com!