For 2023, the Arts & Culture Team at the Boston Foundation has decided to pause Live Arts Boston (LAB) for one year. Given the impact of the pandemic on the arts community, we recognize that the needs and circumstances of artists, creators and organizations have shifted drastically. Our work is shifting, too. As part of TBF's new strategic vision, Our New Pathway, we center equity in everything that we do. And as the Arts & Culture Team, we want to ensure our grant programs spark catalytic change and re-weld broken systems into transformative pipelines for greater growth, collaboration and connection. We want to be responsive to the times we live in.
This pause will allow us time to 1) explore new research and data, 2) collaborate more deeply across sectors and creative communities, 3) update our 2016 report that led to the creation of LAB, as well as 4) make substantial changes to the grant application process, criterion, and wrap-around support for LAB grantees. In order to achieve all of this, we will spend the next year working with our LAB partners, project advisors and past and current grantees to critically and thoughtfully examine the infrastructure, implementation and future of this program. Once we have an updated plan for this grant program and a better understanding of information, the Live Arts Boston grant will resume in early 2024.
In the meantime, we will continue to build relationships with our past and current LAB grantees, continue our partnership with Dunamis (a professional development organization specializing in the support and training of Boston’s emerging artists and arts-managers of color) to provide our wrap-around support through the end of calendar year 2023, and connect grantees to other resources throughout the city of Boston.
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We are pleased to share with you the names of the 50 artists and organizations selected as the 2022 cohort for Live Arts Boston.
Now in its sixth year, Live Arts Boston (LAB), created with the support and partnership of the Barr Foundation, supports Greater Boston area artists to test ideas, explore collaborations and build skills in the process of generating new, original work. Arts and music are the translators of meaning. In an era of health, racial, and economic pandemics that will forever change our lives, we believe that art is a critical force for advancing needed conversations, building belonging, imagining a better future and inspiring us to move towards it.
We are proud to once again support visionary performing artists creating new work through Live Arts Boston. LAB provides up to $15,000 in project-specific funds to create, produce or present new performing arts work for Greater Boston audiences. In addition to funding, grantees will receive project documentation, one-on-one advising, peer networking opportunities and support for other professional development.
Funding supports work in dance, theater, music, opera, musical theater, spoken word, performance art, circus arts, traditional and folk performing arts and any multi-disciplinary combination of the above.
Beyond dollars, the LAB program gives grantees access to an invaluable resource--Boston-based Dunamis, a professional development organization specializing in the support and training of Boston’s emerging artists and arts-managers of color. A vital partner of the LAB since program 2020, the Dunamis team meets creatives where they are at any stage of their careers, offering 1:1 consultation, project advising with a dedicated cohort of artist-advisors, and an evolving array of professional development workshops based on the needs of the current cohort. Their podcast series, Dexter's L.A.B., created to give voice to LAB artists, highlights grantees for their work and unique perspectives.
Scroll down to learn more about the program and meet the 2022 LAB grantees.
About the Program:
The next application period for Live Arts Boston will be in early 2024.
Read the press release about the 2022 Live Arts Boston cohort of artists!
Learn more about past cohorts:
projects funded since 2017
invested directly in local artists
2022 projects led by artists of color
Adobo-Fish-Sauce will practice a public display of process as product by documenting the journey of writing, developing, and the first performance of a new cooking and poetry show.
Wendy will complete and perform the work The Women Gather, with a creative ensemble made up equally of international and local women-identified artists and conduct workshops for local community members culminating in a two-week run at the Strand Theater.
Live Arts Boston would like to thank our 2022 reviewers - without them, this program could not happen.
Arts Administrator, Actor, Musician, Writer
Berklee College of Music
Freelance Dancer, Arts Administrator
VLA Dance, Zamana Art
Director of Dance & Interdisciplinary Arts
Boston Center for the Arts
Angela Miracle Gladue
Miss Chief Rocka, The Halluci-Nation
The Lewis Prize for Music
Artistic/Executive Director and violist
Castle of our Skins
Theatre and Performance Manager
Pao Arts Center
Billy Dean Thomas
Food & Convo
Director / Choreographer
Center Stage Dance Studio
J. Andrés Ballesteros
Freelance Theatre Artist
Actor / Writer / Director
Artists For Humanity
Founder and Artistic Director
Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE)
Jha D Amazi
Jorge Santiago Arce
Performing Artist (Music,Theater & Dance)/Educator
The Bowery Presents
The Works of Art
Community Organizing Manager
American Repertory Theater
Consultant and Independent Artist
The Message LLC
Artistic Director / Choreographer
Founder & Artist Manager
Cornerscape Artist Management
Marian Taylor Brown
co-director of collective abundance
Arts Connect International
Musician, Visual Artist
Independent Artist and Organizer
Hip Hop/Spoken Word Artist and DEI Consultant
Storyteller, Cultural Worker
Bates Dance Festival
Director of Production
Education Manager - Fruitlands Museum/Old Manse
Trustees of Reservations
Tanya N Nixon-Silberg
Theo de Castro
director of engagement and organizing