New Year Old Work | City of Ideas
In the coming weeks, we're going to be unveiling some exciting initiatives in our arts and culture space - your arts and culture space, really!Until then, though, here's a snapshot of Boston Center for the Arts, an organization for whom we were "there at the beginning," when it got off the ground more than 50 years ago. In fact, BCA is featured in our 2015 history book, There at the Beginning: How the Boston Foundation Took a Chance on More Than 100 Great Ideas That Worked:
In the late 1960s, at the urging of neighborhood activists, the Boston Redevelopment Authority acquired a crumbling collection of buildings that sprawled over an entire city block in the historic South End. In 1970, the Boston Foundation made a $35,000 grant for feasibility studies “to develop a Boston Center for the Arts in a varied collection of old buildings on Tremont Street in the South End.” Today, the restored and revitalized complex draws 200,000 visitors each year to its theaters, music school, restaurants, artist studios and galleries. Home of the Boston Ballet, it is anchored by the 23,000-square-foot Cyclorama, a massive, circular brick-lined space built in 1884 to display a cycloramic painting of the Battle of Gettysburg. In recent years, the Foundation has provided the BCA with major grants for strategic planning.
So that's a glimpse at Boston Center for the Arts. And again, let BCA's longevity along with TBF's continued support of it and institutions like it, as well as support on the horizon for newer contributors to our region's arts and culture communities, serve as a reminder that we are as strong as our vision - past and future.
Happy New Year!
H/T: Barbara Hindley, Senior Director of Publications and Marketing, The Boston Foundation, and Editor of There at the Beginning.