New Boston initiatives aim to strengthen city’s arts scene

Posted on: June 22, 2016

On June 17, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced “a series of initiatives aimed at bolstering the city’s arts scene,” writes Jeremy D. Goodwin on Friday (6/17) at Boston classical radio station WBUR. “The measures include city-led efforts as well as partnerships with philanthropies, area museums and other outside groups…. Included is a new grant-making program aimed at small arts organizations, with funds earmarked for the creation of new work…. It coincides with the release of the master plan developed over the past year through an extensive public outreach process dubbed Boston Creates … launched in June 2015…. The Boston Foundation is contributing $1.5 million to a new fund that will issue grants of up to $15,000 to smaller performing arts organizations.… The city will begin including set-asides of affordable units specifically for low-income artists in public housing projects, starting with the planned redevelopment of the Bunker Hill Housing Development in Charlestown…. The city will designate Uphams Corner in Dorchester as an ‘arts innovation district.’ … Julie Burros, who Walsh installed as the city’s first cabinet-level arts czar in decades, led the Boston Creates process.” Says Burros, “The vision for the arts is that everybody has access.”

Posted June 22, 2016