Call for artists for alternative space pilot project

December 2, 2016
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Artists can now apply for rehearsal space at the AT&T flagship store through the City of Boston’s Alternative Space Pilot Project, according to a press release.

The AT&T flagship store is located on Boylston Street in the Back Bay, and will be available free of charge for one three-hour block per week during store hours. According to a press release, the space is ideal for individual musicians or for small musical groups that do not require amplification.

“We’re proud to offer up some of our great display space at our flagship New England store to some of the city’s promising local artists, as part of the Boston Creates cultural plan. It’s just one way we can give these talented artists some great visibility, and support the city’s thriving arts and culture community,” said Patricia Jacobs, president of AT&T New England, according to the press release.

Alternative Space Pilot Project aims to create partnerships with private organizations so that artists can have access underutilized private space as rehearsal space. The project is a response to the need for affordable rehearsal and work space as identified in the Boston Creates planning process. The Boston Creates plan is the result of a recent year-long community engagement effort to help local government identify cultural needs, opportunities, and resources.

“The Alternative Space Pilot Project brings together unlikely partners to address a need in Boston’s cultural community,” said Mayor Martin Walsh, according to the press release. “AT&T is the first of what we hope will be many private organizations who will step up to work with local creators, maximizing their space and providing much needed rehearsal space.”

Interested applicants are encouraged to visit during store hours before applying. The call for artists is open to individual artists, non-profit organizations, and artist groups, preferably residing in Boston.

Applications must be submitted by Dec. 9, and will be reviewed by a selection committee. The criteria for the selection process will be fit for the space, a demonstrated need for space, and a demonstrated history of sharing artistic work with the public and contributing to the arts and culture sector in Boston.

Other interested host organizations may contact the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture. Suitable spaces will participate in the program for a minimum of one year. A second call for artists is expected to be announced for Mass Eye and Ear this winter.

Winners will be announced in January 2017. For information and to apply, visit bit.ly/2fy9sLO.

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