Calling All Creative Entrepreneurs!

The Creative Entrepreneur Fellowship (CEF) – a partnership between Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston and Discover Roxbury is currently looking to accept a small, diverse group of solopreneurs for this program.

What is a SOLOPRENEURS?  Individual entrepreneurs working to build a professional practice.

The fellowship is open to artists and owners of creative businesses and startups who primarily live or work in Roxbury. A priority will be given to artists of color. Candidates for this program may include visual artists (e.g. public artists, photographers, painters, etc), graphic designers, writers, musicians, craftspersons and artisans, and other creative solopreneurs.


BCC Grantee–826 Boston–Makes Headlines!

In case you haven’t heard, 826 Boston has made the news, in a pretty big way.

Writer/actor/director/producer Lena Dunham paid them a visit on Friday.

And, the Globe obviously scooped the story for its “Names” section.

Dunham’s visit is pretty cool, but 826 Boston is amazing in its own right.  In addition to offering after-school programs, tutoring, and field trips for local school children, they publish student-authored books, encourage creative thinking and storytelling, and provide a safe space for the city’s kids.

“I’m a Flame You Can’t Put Out: Voices from the Rafael Hernández School”

Way to go, 826 Boston!  We can’t wait to see what else you’ve got in store.

Cities and Cultural Innovation: A Creative Conversation




Creative placemaking, cultural districts, and the creative age of cities – this is an exciting time in Boston as artists and cultural organizations are playing a central role in strategies shaping our communities’ social, physical, and economic futures.  Hear about transformational change through the Dudley Square Neighborhood Initiative, the development of the nation’s first Literary Cultural District, the vision of Kate Balug from The Department of Play (DoP)  and emerging trends from Susan Silberberg, Founder and Managing Director of CivicMoxie, LLC and Lecturer in Urban Design and Planning at MIT. Celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month with an inspiring conversation about how Boston is a creative and culturally innovative city that is leading the way!  Seating is limited and will be available on a first come basis.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 9:30-10:30

Boston Public Library, Commonwealth Salon

(use Dartmouth Street entrance)



We’ve made a few changes to our funding priorities.

In an effort to provide funding to greater number of organizations, the following changes have been made to the BCC funding priorities in 2015.

  •  Organizations not based in the City of Boston but whose primary programming take place in Boston will be eligible for funding.
  • Project specific grants are now eligible for funding. Projects must exhibit a tangible benefit to the City of Boston. Example- performance, workshop, festival, exhibitions, demonstration.
  • Organizations that received a FY14 BCC grant ARE eligible to apply to the BCC in FY15.
  • Disciplines will not be rotated in FY15.

Big Yellow School Bus…

…is almost here!  Beginning on Wednesday, September 24, the MCC will begin accepting applications from schools looking to offset the cost of field trip transportation.  The grant amount is $200.

Remember, Big Yellow School Bus is first-received, first-funded, so be sure to send in your applications as soon as possible.!

BCC Grantees Make Headlines

VOICE, VISION, VIRTUOSITY is Artists For Humanity’s first group exhibition at Gallery63, located at 63 Melcher Street in Boston’s Fort Point Channel Historic District. Renowned art collector and curator Meredyth Hyatt Moses has curated the exhibit with support from entrepreneur Ross Chanowski. The exhibition, celebrating the intersection of arts, education, and innovation in Fort Point, is the first in a series at Gallery63 and gives voice to some of Boston’s most talented young artists.

OPENING CELEBRATION: Thursday, September 18 from 6PM to 8PM with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres provided by Chef Chris Hallahan of Kitchensurfing. Reserve your free tickets by clicking here.

The Gallery63 presentation of Artists For Humanity is sponsored by Gerding Edlen and G63. Gallery63 is open to the public from 9AM to 5PM daily.

ABOUT ARTISTS FOR HUMANITY(AFH) The mission of AFH is to bridge economic, racial and social divisions by providing under-resourced youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in art and design. AFH employs and empowers 300 under-resourced Boston teens each year at our EpiCenter studios, where, in partnership with professional artists/mentors, youth create inspired artwork and design commissions for businesses and individuals.

R Visions for Chinatown: CALL TO ARTISTS | Boston | Deadline September 19, 2014

R Visions Logo 

The Wong/Yee Gallery of the Chinese Progressive Association is excited to announce a new call to artists.

The project, entitled R Visions for Chinatown, will be a one-week series of temporary art interventions in Boston’s Chinatown sited on or highlighting public parcels or vacant properties with potential for community development.

Artists working in any medium are welcome to apply. Priority will be given to concepts for projects that focus on the theme of stabilizing Chinatown’s future. To apply, please submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) to the Wong/Yee Gallery by Friday, September 19, 2014.

Following initial submissions of an LOI, selected artists will participate in a community planning session to be held on the evening of Thursday, September 25th, in which Chinatown residents can talk with artists about their goals and visions for the future of Chinatown. Following the planning session, artists will begin production on a project which expresses or conveys these visions.

Projects may include but are not limited to paintings, prints, posters, chalk murals, structural installations, projections, or performance pieces. Proposals should closely consider the relationship between the art and its environment and should promote interactivity with passersby. Selected proposals will receive funding of up to $1,000 per project.

R Visions for Chinatown will be scheduled as a week of public art in Chinatown to run for a seven-day period, from October 19 – 25, 2014.

Proposed sites for art intervention include:

PARCEL 24 (site of the One Greenway development currently in construction on Hudson Street)

PARCEL A (site of the Josiah Quincy Upper School on Washington Street)

PARCEL 12 (parking lot between Tremont and Washington Streets near the Double Tree Hotel)

PARCEL R1 (parking lot on Tyler Street south of Kneeland Street, former site of the old Chinatown YMCA)

CHINA TRADE CENTER at 2 Boylston Street (corner of Boylston & Washington Street)

Please send your LOI, along with links to previous work and any additional questions to:

For more information, please visit