Dorchester Art Project is a community-driven art space in Fields Corner. Our mission is to serve artists in Dorchester and Greater Boston by providing affordable studio, performance, gallery and community gathering space. We are excited to be expanding into a brand new downstairs space! Read more (here)
We are run by Brain Arts Organization which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to realize creative independence in systematically undervalued communities.
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As a multiracial organization, we stand in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter uprising and are deeply considering our role within the movement. For now, follow us on social media for ways to get involved (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook)
We are excited to host an exhibition curated by an emerging curator at Northeastern, Mary Morris Evans, titled Emotion Revolution. Emotion Revolution is a virtual gallery show which serves to amplify the voices of young emerging artists in the Boston area, and explore how they cope with the chaos of the present and the inscrutability of the future through their work.
Emotion Revolution features work by 22 local artists all under the age of 30. Evans conceived the idea for the show in 2019, and we were so excited to show it in our gallery space. Obviously, things have changed but the themes the artists address are more relevant than ever. The intersection of racial injustice, the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change has left many of us feeling uneasy about the future (or if it will even exist). A great deal of the works featured in Emotion Revolution present us with imagined possibilities for a better world and seek to counter those difficult emotions by reminding us that creation keeps us afloat during hard times and that we are all in this together.
We are excited to collaborate with Creatives of Color Boston on a virtual art show, continuing the theme of their last pop up exhibition "Bundok | Mountain,", which was unfortunately postponed by Covid.
Just as trauma can affect families for many generations, healing can ripple through and soothe those wounds. Whether it’s a child deciding to go to therapy, or a father admitting that they have caused pain, or is in fact the one who is in pain, it’s beautiful when a family is able to find a way to push forward together. In this exhibition, artists will share their victories in inter-generational healing and what that means for them.
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Dorchester Art Project offers multiple spaces for rent. We have gallery, studio, workshop and performance space. We encourage use of our space for showcase events, gatherings, meetings, workshops, parties or whatever else may be needed! We are here for any activity that requires freedom of expression. Our capacity is now limited due to Covid-19, and we are requiring masks and engaging full safety precautions.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about dates and rates and schedule a tour!
Discounts available for Dorchester Residents!
Dorchester Art Project (DAP) houses a circulating zine library consisting of zines by zine creators from Boston, the greater New England, and beyond! All are welcome to browse the library and check-out zines during DAP’s open hours. Zines in the library range in format and includes zine genres of art, political, music, literary, perzines, fanzines, comic, and compilation zines. Topics include feminism, self-care, mental health, activism, and more.
The DAP Zine Library accepts zine donations on an ongoing basis. Donate your zine by mailing it to
Dorchester Art Project, 1486 Dorchester Ave Boston, MA 02122
Or stop by and drop off your zine for a zine librarian to catalog and add to the collection. Help us catalog your zine by filling out a cataloging sheet.
Thank you for your interest in playing at Dorchester Art Project! DAP is not a traditional venue and does not have the infrastructure to book and promote all of our shows - most shows/events are rentals planned and hosted by local organizations or bookers or bands that want to book their own show. We set it up this way to serve our nonprofit’s mission of empowering individuals and groups to book and promote their own events. We charge an hourly fee for these rentals to cover the costs of staffing and supporting the space and it is by far the cheapest rate in town as accessibility is part of our mission.
However, we understand that this model might not work, therefore we suggest you connect with another band or promoter that is willing to take on the financial risk of booking and promoting a show at DAP (which again is the most affordable place in the entire city of Boston). If you are interested in renting the performance space at DAP to host your own show, please email us at email@example.com.
If you are interested in curating an art show at DAP, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in selling your art in the DAP Store, send pictures of your art to email@example.com.
If you are interested in doing a pop up art show in the theater, email firstname.lastname@example.org and set up a rental.
We are volunteer-run! If you are interested in volunteering fill out this form or email us at email@example.com.
DAP is run by volunteers from Brain Arts Organization, an arts nonprofit for Greater Boston. The official DAP Staff that manages the space is Sam Potrykus, Emma Leavitt, Ava Fields, Sophia Giordano, Nisaa Jackson and Edwin Charles. Beyond that, we have a volunteer base of over 50 folks who do everything from repaint the galleries, take out the trash, scrub the floors, do construction projects, volunteer at events and more! If you have feedback for us, here is an anonymous feedback form you can fill out, or we would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org!