Cultural Space Fund
The arts are essential to so many different aspects of our city. They are important to our quality of life, community resiliency, and Boston’s economy. Artists and cultural organizations need to be in Boston to:
develop their talents,
serve their communities, and
share their work.
Cultural spaces provide the infrastructure that artists, creative workers, and cultural organizations use to produce, practice, present, and preserve their work. Equitable access to cultural space is a key priority of our office.
The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture created the Cultural Space Fund as its first funding program for space-related needs. This is due to many pressures on cultural spaces in our city.
The application for the Cultural Space Fund is currently closed.
About the Cultural Space Fund
Goals and priorities
The goals of the Fund are to:
Secure the long-term future of existing cultural spaces and operators in Boston
Expand equitable access to cultural space in the City of Boston
The Fund seeks to support projects which:
Increase the amount of physical space in Boston secured for cultural uses long-term
Increase the power for artists, creative workers and cultural organizations as it relates to their spaces
Increase access to existing cultural spaces (including physical access, affordability, operating hours)
We will prioritize projects that support spaces for underrepresented communities, spaces for cultural production (where work is made), and projects that address market gaps.
The First Year of the Program
In this first year, a total of $1.5 million was available through the Cultural Space Fund.
The 2022-2023 fiscal year is the first round of the Cultural Space Fund. We expect that we will adjust various aspects of the program based on learnings from this year. External advisors will assist us in supporting future program design.
For 2022-23, the Boston Cultural Space Fund includes funds from the following sources:
the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture 2022-23 annual budget, and
contributions from development projects in the City of Boston. We will prioritize funds first to projects in the South End Economic Development Areas (Art. 64-14), then to other locations in the South End, Chinatown, Roxbury, and South Boston neighborhood zoning districts, and finally to the other neighborhoods of Boston.
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