Performance from NewAveArts event Oct 10 2018

Live Arts Boston (LAB)


The Live Arts Boston (LAB) grant program was launched in 2016 by the Boston Foundation and the Barr Foundation to support Greater Boston-area artists and small arts organizations in creating, presenting, and producing new work. Through direct investment in artistic risk-taking, we aim to ensure and grow the richly diverse cultural vitality of Boston for generations to come. LAB provides up to $15,000 in project-specific funds to create, produce or present artistic work for Greater Boston audiences. In addition to grant funding, grantees receive support for project documentation, mentorship, peer networking opportunities and professional development.

LAB has provided more than $2.3M in grant funding and $500,000 in capacity-building supports to 186 grantees over the past three years. Priorities of LAB include investing in people of color, immigrants, and new Americans, as well as in disciplines which have traditionally received less institutional support. To learn more about the 61 artists, groups of artists, and organizations that comprise the 2019 LAB grantee cohort and their grant-funded projects, please see below.

Live Arts Boston will begin accepting applications in January 2020 for projects occurring July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. Please check back in fall 2019 for more information on information sessions and how to apply. Feel free to reach out to the LAB team at F2VwtJpiAxYq2jsxYGNQeqr58sM8DjrkNGZqgP7PApXIhBakcfs56AqXuIlPwdJTgU5omJwCqbZg58TQIJOsCiuud7Qk+hRk0zNt7eq0/rOmuywVcjgQx3sTrHHCldO4 with any questions.

  Key Information

Next application deadline: Early 2020

Boston Globe op-ed
Paul S. Grogan and Jim Canales
Boston needs to invest in a new generation of artists

2019 LAB grants announcement

 Meet the Grantees

Live Arts Boston Performance Calendar

Support our LAB grantees by attending their performances and productions:


7: Chevan Devereaux
The Center for Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave., Somerville
7:30 p.m.

12: Schooltree
Lizard Lounge
1669 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
9:00 p.m.
Tickets and more information

13: Ceren Turkmenoglu
Hunnewell Chapel, Arlington Street Church
351 Boylston St., Boston 
7:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information

 14: Jean Appolon Expressions
The Center for Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave., Somerville
6:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information

15: TC2 Theatre Company
Fort Point Room at Atlantic Wharf
290 Congress St., Boston
3:30 p.m.
More information

15: Sissy Castrogiovanni: A Preview Into "Terra"
Casa Perla
72 Pearl St., Newton
8:00 p.m.
Tickets and more information

20-21: Emily Beattie
Deane Hall

527 tremont St., Boston
8:00 p.m. (also 2:00 p.m. on 12/21)


18: Rising Step: Boston Celtic Music Festival
The Sinclair
52 Church St., Cambridge
3:00 p.m.
Tickets and more information

24: Palaver Strings
Shalin Liu
37 Main Street, Rockport
7:00 p.m.

31: Cliff Notez
The Sinclair
52 Church St., Cambridge
8:00 p.m.
Tickets and more information

LAB by the numbers


Grants since 2017


Performances of new and original work


Projects headed by artists-of-color

Christopher Pegram Anna Rae Anjimile

Final Fantasy

All Together Now Anjimile
Anthony Romero Arlekin Players Theatre Ashton Lites
Anthony Romero, in collaboration with Dan Jackson and Jules Rochielle Severt of NULaw Lab
...first in thought, then in action.
Arlekin Players Theatre
The Seagull
Ashton Lites | StiggetyStackz Worldwide Inc.
Stackin' Stylez Freestyle Dance Festival
Asian Am Playwright Collab
Blly Dean Thomas
Catherine Siller
Asian American Playwright Collaborative
New Works Series
Billy Dean Thomas Catherine Siller
All American Beauty
Ceren Turkmengolu
Cliff Notez
D. Farai Williams
Ceren Turkmengolu
East of the Sun West of the Moon
Cliff Notez
Live Concert Series
D. Farai Williams
Surveil Me
Emily Beattie
Somerville Interfaith Mina Cho
FEM Slam
Emily Beattie
See | Be Seen
Faith in a City
Exploring Religion in Somerville, Mass.
Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam
Home Spaces: Sustaining FEMS Community Programming
Fort Point Theatre Channel
Frederick Woodard
Fresh Ink Theatre Company
Fort Point Theatre Channel
Tempest Reconfigured
Fred Woodard
The Dudley Jazz Festival
Fresh Ink Theatre Company
Ink Spot Festival
Junichi Fukuda - FUKUDANCE
Gabriela Martina
Guy Mendilow Ensemble
A World In-Between
Gabriela Martina
Homage to Grämlis
Guy Mendilow Ensemble & Sand Artist Kseniya Simonova
The Forgotten Kingdom: Sand Stories
Jorge Santiago Arce
Isaac de los Reyes
Jane Park
Humano Multicultural Project
Esto es Puerto Rico
Isaac de los Reyes Jane Park
Asian Glow
Jean Appolon Expressions Joel LaRue Smith John Kordalewski
Jean Appolon Expressions
Joel LaRue Smith
Pasajes (Passages): an Afro Latin Jazz Musical Odyssey
John Kordalewski
Big band arrangements of Chico Freeman compositions
Jorge Perez-Albela
Josie Bray
Juma Inniss
Jorge Perez-Albela
Original music composing and recording project
Josie Bray
Owning Dissonance: A New Play
Karen Young
Kara Washington Zili Misik
Latrell James
Karen S. Young
Older and Bolder Anthem
Kera Washington/Zili Misik
From Shining Seas, Freedom Sings
Latrell James
Under EP
Marshall Gillson
MASARY Studios
Marshall "Gripp" Gillson and Porsha Olayiwola
Afro-futuristic Storytelling
MASARY Studios
Water's Edge
New Opera Workshop: Freedom Ride
Felicia Chen
Mehmet Ali Sanlikol
Nedelka Pescod
New Music with Radical Intention
Mehmet Ali Sanlikol
Mehmet Ali Sanlikol & Whatsnext? feat. NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman
Nedelka F. Prescod
The Un-Silenced Voice Project
New Movement Collaborative
Omar Najmi
New Movement Collaborative
Lions Jaw Performance and Dance Festival
Sounding Boston: Experimental Music in Non-Traditional Spaces
Omar Najmi
En la ardiente oscuridad
Palaver Strings
Madhvi Venkatesh
Palaver Strings
Prakriti Dance
Through Fish Eyes
Prometheus Dance
Benjamin Evett
Rebecca McGowan
Prometheus Dance Regie Gibson and Queen Mab, Inc.
The Juke: A Blues Bacchae
Rising Step
Elaine Schulbaum

Sissy Castrogiovanni
The Telos Project
Sad Satan
Sissy Castrogiovanni
TERRA:Mother Earth
Sumati Ram-Mohan
TC Squared Theatre
The New Normal
Sumati Ram-Mohan TC Squared Theatre Company
TC Squared Art Salons and New Play Festival
Tim Hall
Triveni School of Dance Unbound Bodies Collective
Tim Hall
Sonic Experience
Triveni Ensemble
Sapta - The Seven Deadly Sins
Unbound Bodies Collective
Unbound Bodies Lab: Unbinding Series
Wee the People
Yara Liceaga-Rojas
Wee the People
My Night in the Planetarium
Yara Liceaga-Rojas
El despojo: ¿Alguien ha/Has Someone?
  Zakiyyah Sutton   
  Zakiyyah Sutton
African Import

Special thanks to our funding partners:

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