Introducing 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.



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.



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. 



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.



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.      



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! Check out the Arts Commons on Facebook!


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!



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)


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