In partnership with The Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation is pleased to announce the return of Live Arts Boston, with more than $1 million in grants and professional support available for performing and visual artists, creators, and cultural practitioners in the Boston area, and a particular commitment to highlight and uplift BIPOC and immigrant artists.
After a pause in 2023, we are excited to relaunch the program – newly adapted to incorporate feedback from participants to date, the impact of the pandemic on the arts community, and deepening commitments by both foundations to center racial equity in their work.
In the past, LAB focused on project-based support, for new proposals only, with the expected outcome of a final presentation. The new LAB model will support artists at any stage of their creative process.
In keeping with the missions of both the Barr Foundation and The Boston Foundation, we emphasize advocating for meaningful change and partnership with community leaders to address historic and systemic inequities. The pursuit of equity demands us to understand and appreciate diverse communities, and to work to allocate resources and momentum as needed to create equal opportunities for all community members.
COVID-19 made a challenging road even more so for Greater Boston artists, creators, cultural practitioners, and presenting organizations, with few able to give their creative work the time and attention it deserves, or to shake off the old trope of “starving artist.” LAB believes the work of artists and creatives is vital for thriving communities. Designed with artists at the center, LAB is an investment in the time and space for them to ideate, learn, connect, collaborate, take risks, and create – so that they too can thrive.
If you have any questions, please contact LAB@tbf.org
projects funded since 2017
invested directly in local artists
2022 projects led by artists of color