Introducing the ArtsCommons

WHAT IS THE ARTSCOMMONS?

As a physical space: a portable black box for the visual and performing arts. 
As a social space: a catalyst for civic engagement. For artists, and for the communities within which they seek to thrive, the ArtsCommons will curate, collect, and display disparate ideas, activities, improvisations, and installations.

The ArtsCommons is an outdoor, flexible, free-standing, and multi-purpose (art-) maker’s space able to support performances (spoken word, dance, music), installations, and exhibitions.

 

DISPLAY                    

Whether projections, hung art, or other interfaces, the walls of the “Black-Box” will be able to be engaged, as they readily advertise the wide variety of activity that has taken place.

 

PERFORMANCE

At its core, the containers will act as a venue for performance art of all kinds - spoken word, theatre, music, magic, and stand-up comedy. Most importantly, we hope that the ArtsCommons will subvert the notion of who is the performer and who is the audience. 

 

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

The ArtsCommons isn’t just for artists. It is a place where the public can regain lost space in the city. The AC will act as a park in some cases, and a testing ground for what really constitutes great public places.

 

SOCIAL MIXER

We are certain that with the right programming and a flexible spatial configuration that there will be unimaginably diverse activities and events occurring in and around the space at any given time. Our hopes are that collaborations between people who may have never met otherwise are encouraged, born, and fostered.      

 

GET INVOLVED

Is there a space in your neighborhood where you can imagine the Arts Commons happening?

Is there a particular issue in your community that you would like to address? Do you: create,

perform, express? Join us!


WORKSHOPS

Art as Play Lab Workshop #17. (March 26, 2015)

Networking, Partnering, Facilitating

Issue-focused. Action-focused. Creating new collaborations to solve challenges confronting arts in public places. Check out our earlier workshops via the Workshop Notes!

PROJECTS

ArtsCommons

The Improper Bostonian calls the ArtsCommons one of "10 Bright Ideas Changing Boston." Read the entire article herethen let us know how you'd like to see the ArtsCommons changing Boston. (Designs by Ben Bruce and Greg MacGlashing)

 

BostonAPP/LAB and YOU

IMG_1123.jpg

 

What can we do together that we can't do separately? 

Find out how the Lab can help your organization.  Email us with your inquiries to info@bostonapp.org.

Learn More →

EMERGING IDEAS

Have a project in mind? Ready to take the next step? Talk to us about making it real! 

Participate today. Contribute today.

Find Out How →