REALIZING CREATIVE INDEPENDENCE IN UNDERVALUED COMMUNITIES
The mission of Brain Arts Org is to uplift grassroots organizations and undervalued communities* by developing and implementing equitable models of engagement within the arts & culture sector.
*We define undervalued communities as: BIPOC, POC, LGBTQIA+, Disabled, Emerging, Experimental and Working-Class Artists
In January 2018, Brain Arts Org took over operations of the Dorchester Art Project, a community arts center in the Fields Corner neighborhood of Dorchester. The space houses 15 private artist studios, a gallery space, a photo and video studio, and event space. Since signing the lease in 2018, It has always been the goal of BAO to transition leadership and ownership of DAP to Dorchester community members. Therefore, in 2022 we are pursuing a co-op model in which the studio artists will manage the space.
The Boston Compass is an 8-page free newspaper distributed monthly to over 300 community spaces across the Greater Boston Area. With approximately 3-6k issues printed monthly, each issue serves primarily as a directory of curated music, art, and film events, as well as community resources and actions for advocacy. By focusing on non-commercial and under-represented artists and organizations in our community, it aims to uplift the voices of those often left behind by capitalist ideals and authority.
OUR TOP 5 FOCUSES OF 2022
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Support the leadership of DAP in their development as an artist-run co-op that can sustain itself beyond our lease ending in 2023.
Develop the staff of BCN, and transition entirely from a volunteer-run publication to a sustainable business that pays all of its workers