Studio B at The Record Co. - a warmly lit recording studio with a red carpet and a drum set in the center of the room. Photo by Jenny Bergman.

Public Event

Bright Spots and Big Questions

Cultural Spaces in Greater Boston


March 31, 2021

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM



While the coronavirus pandemic has been devastating for the region’s arts sector and creative workers, there is some good news. Cultural organizations are finding new ways to build and finance space for rehearsal and recording, classes, performances, culinary enterprises, and more. Julie Koo, Vice President at TDC, will open by presenting findings from her work for the City of Boston assessing the landscape of performing arts venues, followed by short talks from the leaders of four Boston-area organizations operating or seeking to build new cultural space. Each leader will share how they are approaching new business models, how they are faring in the pandemic, and the challenges and opportunities they see in retaining and creating new arts and cultural workspaces in the region.

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Eva Rosenberg, Interim Director of Arts & Culture, The Boston Foundation

Presentation of Report
Julie Koo, Vice President, TDC

Panel Discussion and Q&A
Eve Bridburg, Founder and Executive Director, GrubStreet, Inc.
Jennifer Sien Erickson, Director of Arts & Culture, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Moderator)
Matt McArthur, Founder and Executive Director, The Record Co.
Derek Mitchell, Founding Executive Director, Lawrence Partnership
Harold Steward, Executive Director and Cultural Strategist, The Theater Offensive

Closing Remarks
Kara Elliott-Ortega, Chief of Arts & Culture, City of Boston

Live stream link will be sent after registration, prior to the event.

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