Eight groups vie for prime space in the Seaport
Eight groups are vying for 13,166 square feet of cut-rate civic/cultural space in a prime Seaport District building on the South Boston waterfront.
Boston Center for the Arts, Cross Cultural Collective (C3), GrubStreet, HUBWeek, Kadence Arts, Massachusetts Fallen Heroes, Medicine Wheel Productions and the South Boston Arts Association have submitted proposals for the space at 50 Liberty, the Fallon Co.’s new luxury condo building on Fan Pier.
Boston Center for the Arts wants to create an arts center with a laboratory and exhibition venue for artists to create and present new work, a makerspace and 10 or more project rooms and studios.
C3, a new black arts collaborative, is proposing gallery space for black and brown visual artists, rooms for classes, workshops and other programming, and a wellness room for healing arts, food and nutrition classes, and yoga. It also plans studio space for visual artists, a recital hall/rehearsal space and a home for a resident performing company.
GrubStreet, a Boston creative writing center, plans a Narrative Arts Center that would house a Harvard Book Store, cafe/wine bar, performance spaces, creative writing classrooms, a community lounge for writing and reading, and co-working space. Mass Poetry would host poetry festivals and performances.
The annual HUBWeek innovation festival envisions a public event venue with programming targeting a professional audience during work hours and after-work events. It would launch a residency program for artists, startups and innovators in its alumni network, rent classroom space, host temporary exhibitions and have free public work and gathering space.
The Kadence Arts Center would be a music hub with an emphasis on percussive arts and technology. It would house a performance space and the Masary Studios and Hipstory artist collaboratives.
Massachusetts Fallen Heroes, which provides advocacy services to veterans and their families, would use the space to educate the community about “patriotism, duty and development.” A public area would have historical displays, information about the Boston Harbor area and veteran-owned businesses selling food and beverages. The second level would hold its InnoVets business incubator workspace.
South Boston’s Medicine Wheel Productions, a public art nonprofit, would create a gallery/incubation space for artists, a performance exhibition space, an urban meditation area, and studio and classroom space for public art projects.
The South Boston Arts Association has pitched a gallery for local artists, art classes, music instruction, a South Boston library/museum and performance space. It would also host sculpture exhibits, poetry classes and neighborhood association meetings.