What Kinds of Support Are Most Important?

December 17th, 2014

Roughly once a month, we pose a question to artists about an issue they face in their work and lives.

MCC is proud to support artists with Artist Fellowships for excellence, but monetary grants are only one among numerous ways an artist might receive support. We asked a group of artists in different disciplines, What kinds of support have been most important to you?

Lucy Kim, MARILYN MARKS (JON AND LUCY) (2013), oil paint and plastic on wood panel, 16x12 in

Lucy Kim, visual artist
The most critical support comes from my closest friends and family. It’s an emotional and intellectual support that I would be utterly lost without. They are the ones I trust to be brutally honest with me when it matters most.

There is also the more public kind of validation and support that have been tremendously important. A year ago, I met Lisa Cooley and joined her gallery. I learned what it meant to have the support of a professional and ambitious gallerist – someone with a vision and a long view of things. The MacDowell Colony and Skowhegan both provided residencies where I was able to retreat and make work for two months at a time. This year, I was honored to receive an Artadia Award, which helps so much with production costs as I gear up for my first solo show.

Kate Leary, writer
This year, for the first time, I received support for my fiction in the form of grants – from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. I’m a parent of two young children, and I’m spending almost all of this money on childcare so I can work on my novel. Financial support is concrete, quantifiable, and exactly what I need right now. Knowing that my work was judged to be deserving of support matters, too. I’m approaching this novel with a level of confidence I’ve never felt before. Winning a residency at I-Park a few years ago provided a similar boost.

For a long time, I’ve been supported in ways that are less official but no less precious. My husband has never made me feel as though it’s overindulgent to invest time and money into writing fiction. When our youngest was two and we couldn’t fit babysitting into our budget, he juggled his work schedule so I could always have five hours a week to write that year. Support in the early days of parenting came from friends who enthusiastically agreed to childcare swaps that I probably needed more than they did. Before that, it came from teachers who encouraged me, and from writer friends who still read my work and help me improve it. Support has come from my entire family, but especially from my mom, a librarian who drove me around to branch libraries tirelessly so I could read exactly the books I was desperate to read.

Eric Gottesman, photographic artist and organizer
I feel the love from many places: my friends and family, funders, curators that want to show my work, residencies and organizations that have helped me produce it, partners in community-based projects, etc. But the one well of support I find myself returning to again and again is my community of fellow artists. There are several groups of artists I have met (in grad school, at residencies, in cities I’ve lived in) that I stay in touch with and, whenever we get a chance to hang out, there often arises an uncomfortable moment when one of us asks the rest to look at a proposal or a work in progress and give feedback; then the avalanche begins and everyone chimes in “Me too!” We depend on each other. We are friends but an important part of our friendship is our desire to be entwined in each other’s practices. A kind of deep understanding over many years results from watching someone develop and change.

Vanessa Michalak, painter
As an artist, the emotional support that I’ve received from people in my life has been invaluable. My friends, family members, teachers and significant other have helped me achieve more than I possible could have alone. So much about being an artist can be paralleled to the dedication of an athlete that shows up day after day to practice. On the toughest days, filled with self doubt and fear, the kindness, love and encouragement of all these special people is what gets me through and keeps me coming back to my art again and again.

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Eric Gottesman is a photographic artist and organizer. His first book, Sudden Flowers, was published in October 2014 by Fishbar.

Lucy Kim is a visual artist who lives and works in New York City and Cambridge, MA. She has a solo show at Lisa Cooley in NYC opening on Jan. 11, 2015.

Kate Leary is a fiction writer. She recently received a Sustainable Arts Foundation award (for artists and writers with families) to support her novel-in-progress.

Vanessa Michalak is a painter who recently returned from an artist residency at PLAYA in Oregon. Her work will exhibit at Boston City Hall in May 2015.

Images: Lucy Kim, MARILYN MARKS (JON AND LUCY) (2013), oil paint and plastic on wood panel, 16×12 in; Vanessa Michalak, HOME SWEET HOME (2013), oil on canvas, 36×48 in.

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Artist Opportunities Peep Show

December 16th, 2014

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Choreographers Intimations Dance hosts the annual National Choreography Month (NACHMO) showing every February, showcasing new dance work created in the month of January for NACHMO. In the past two years, over 30 choreographers have participated in creating and presenting new dance work. Learn more.
Deadline: December 20, 2014

Latino Playwrights The Arizona Theatre Company is seeking submissions for 2015 National Latino Playwriting Award are now being accepted. Latino playwrights residing in the United States, its territories or Mexico are encouraged to apply. Each script will be read and evaluated by a culturally diverse panel of theatre artists. Finalists will be judged by ATC artistic staff. Learn more.
Deadline: December 31, 2014 (postmark)

Ten-Minute Plays CulturalDC has announced the Source Festival 2015 open-call for 10-minute play submissions. The Festival runs from June 5-28, 2015 and, in addition to other programming, will produce 18 10-minute plays. Playwrights are asked to submit 10-minute plays related to one of the following themes: Science & Soulmates, Mistakes & Media, Love & Botany. Learn more.
Deadline: January 6, 2015

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Artist Residencies Provincetown Community Compact is accepting applications for the Dune Shack Residencies in Cape Cod National Seashore, April through November. Weekly stays for artists, writers and the public; 3 three-week residencies for a visual artist, one with a $500 fellowship. Learn more.
Deadline January 15, 2015

Desert Writers The Ellen Meloy Fund Desert Writers Award is a prize of $3,000, given to a creative nonfiction writer who uses the desert landscape, ecosystem, geography, history, and/or experience as the foundation and inspiration for their literary project. Proposed projects should include creative time spent in a desert environment. Past recipients include Sarah Stewart Johnson and Michelle Lanzoni. Learn more.
Deadline: January 15, 2015

Call to Artists Build Peace in currently accepting proposals for work  to coincide with their second Build Peace conference will take place on April 25 and 26, 2015 in Nicosia, Cyprus. The following media are accepted: visual 2D and 3D, sculpture, mixed media, film, new media, theatrical and performance, of individual artists or collaborative works. Works can be thematic or site-specific. Their venues include interior and exterior spaces and small public plazas directly abutting the UN checkpoint crossing between North and South Nicosia at Ledras Street / Locmaji. Build Peace has $4,000 to distribute for multiple, small awards, and more funding may become available as the conference date approaches. Learn more.
Deadline: January 16 2015

Printmaking Residency Zea Mays Printmaking is offering a subsidized fellowship for a 2-week residency in their printmaking studio to one printmaker who demonstrates artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the intention of future achievement in the field of solvent-free printmaking. Learn more.
Deadline: January 31, 2015

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Image credit: 19th century diorama presents a perspective view of the Ludwig Canal, named after King Ludwig I of Bavaria and constructed in 1836-46 according to the designs of Baron Heinrich von Pechmann. From the collection of the Getty Museum.

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Artists in Film & Video, Music Composition, & Photography: Apply Now for an Artist Fellowship

December 16th, 2014

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We’re excited to announce that the Massachusetts Cultural Council is now accepting 2015 Artist Fellowship applications in the categories of Film & Video, Music Composition, and Photography. Deadline: Monday, January 26, 2015.

The Artist Fellowships are unrestricted, anonymously judged, competitive grants of $10,000 and finalist awards of $1000, in recognition of artistic excellence.

Who should apply for an Artist Fellowship? Massachusetts artists creating original work who meet eligibility requirements (see guidelines) are encouraged to apply. Read our tips on applying for an MCC Artist Fellowship.

Rachel Loischild (Photography Fellow '13), FALLEN, BELCHERTOWN MA (2011), from the NOT AS OF YET - STORIES OF AFTERMATH series, 20x30 in

We know artists work in ways that are not always easily categorized. If you have any questions where your work might best fit in the program, don’t hesitate to ask us.


Play an excerpt from STILL TELLING by Tamar Diesendruck (Music Composition Fellow ’13)

There are two deadlines per fiscal year, divided by discipline, and this is the second deadline. Applications in Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres were accepted earlier in 2014, with a October 6, 2014 deadline. Grant results in those categories will be announced by February 2014.

Read full program guidelines, eligibility requirements, and application instructions.

Images and media: still from HERMANAS by Cristina Kotz Cornejo (Film & Video Fellow ’13); Rachel Loischild (Photography Fellow ’13), FALLEN, BELCHERTOWN MA (2011), from the NOT AS OF YET – STORIES OF AFTERMATH series, 20×30 in; excerpt from STILL TELLING by Tamar Diesendruck (Music Composition Fellow ’13).

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Creative Space 12/10

December 10th, 2014

While MCC’s ArtistLink Initiative is being re-worked, creative space opportunities that previously would have been listed on artspacefinder.org are going to be shared here on ArtSake.

Here are the most recent as of December 10, 2014:

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Western Avenue Studios Work Spaces in Lowell

Western Avenue Studios is home to 245 artists studios, on five floors in a converted mill complex. Currently we have a dozen studios for rent ranging from 300 – 800 square feet.
Studios feature:
- Rent through June 2015 at $8.98 / square foot plus utilities fees (heat included)
- 14 foot ceilings; 8 foot walls; wood floors and large windows
- Monthly Open Studios for artists association members
- Shared sinks
- Ample free parking
- 24 / 7 access
- Passenger and freight elevators
- Wireless throughout building
- On site studio manager
- Cooperative gallery
- Storage facility on site
- Close to commuter rail; Routes 3 and 495
- Wonderful artists community with active artists association

Combined with Western Avenue Lofts – the campus is home to over 350 artists. To learn more, contact Western Avenue at 978-710-8605 or email info@westernavenuestudios.com.

 

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Artist Live/Work For Sale in Malden

Live/work unit for sale is located in Malden, Massachusetts, very convenient to the MBTA train with quick access to Boston proper. The unit is in an artists-only building and it falls under the affordable housing restrictions. It is a great opportunity for an artist to work and live in comfort and convenience.

Learn more.

 

If you’re interested in listing a Massachusetts creative space on ArtSake, send us a 100 word or less description, with links and images, if applicable. If you’re interested in finding one, check posts tagged in the blog’s creative space category to find the latest listings.

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Artist Opportunities Rah Rah

December 8th, 2014

Of Note The LEF Foundation, which funds New England nonfiction filmmakers, is hosting a Moving Image Fund grant workshop for new prospective applicants on Tuesday, December 9 at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Learn more and RSVP.

Filmmakers Entries are now being accepted for the Dallas International Film Festival (April 9-19, 2015, Dallas, TX) – Categories include: Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, Texas Feature Competition, Shorts Competition, Animation Competition and there are several awards including an Audience Awards series. Learn more.
Deadline: December 12, 2014

Public Artists The PIPELINE Ideas Competition is seeking an artist to re-use massive water pump wheels and components for functional items like seating or bike racks, way-finding and signage, or sculpture in a new park overlooking the Charles River in Medfield, MA. The winning entry receives $1,000. All that’s needed is a sketch and a description! The final budget and schedule for fabrication and installation will be contingent upon agreement with the artist. Learn more.
Deadline: December 31, 2014

Artist Residency The Luminary Residency Program in  St. Louis, Missouri is currently accepting applications. Their Residency Program supports exceptional emerging artists, curators and critics engaging the world of contemporary art by providing dedicated time and a supportive working environment. The program is open to all artistic, curatorial and critical practices but uniquely supports the research, development and presentation of work that utilizes innovative forms and unconventional structures such as alternative spaces and economies, publications and writing, archives, collaborations, artist-led projects and socially engaged practices. Learn more.
Deadline: December 31, 2014

LGBT Filmmakers The Boston LGBT Film Festival (April 2015, Cambridge, MA) – The largest, longest running LGBT media event in New England seeks films about topics of interest to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community in the following categories: Documentary Feature, Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, and Experimental. Learn more.
January 2, 2015

Call for Student Art The Copley Society’s 25th Annual Student Show is a juried exhibition open to all art students in New England, aged 18 and over and enrolled full-time in a studio arts program at the undergraduate or graduate level. The jury will consider work from all genres and medias including photography, painting, print-making, video, and sculpture from  artists age 18 and over, enrolled full-time in a studio arts program at the undergraduate or graduate level. Learn more.
Deadline: January 20, 2015

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Creative Space 12/4

December 4th, 2014

While MCC’s ArtistLink Initiative is being re-worked, creative space opportunities that previously would have been listed on artspacefinder.org are going to be shared here on ArtSake.

Here are the most recent as of December 4, 2014:

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ENSO Flats in Brockton

Affordable live/work apartments for artists in Brockton. Featuring
- Spacious Apartments
- Flexible floor plans
- Lots of natural light
- Granite countertops
- Stainless steel appliances
- Fitness Center
- Gallery and Retail Space
- Across from MBTA Commuter Rail
- 35 minutes to Boston
- Garage/Off-street Parking

Applications due by December 31, 2014. Learn more.

 

Studio Share or Sublet at Gorse Mills

I have rented studio space at Gorse Mills Studio in Needham MA (a restored Mill building) and now am unable to use the space for the duration of my lease. The space will become available mid December. I would be interested in connecting with anyone who may be interested in sharing this space or subletting, possibly taking over the lease. The space is available for under 600.00/month. This is about 200+ sq. ft. with a sink. There is a central gallery and kitchen with bathrooms and wheel chair accessibility, elevators, parking, loading dock and easy access to I-95. My studio is on the lower level and surrounded by potters and a pottery school. Other tenants include painters, glass blowers, graphic artists, illustrators etc.

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If you’re interested in listing a Massachusetts creative space on ArtSake, send us a 100 word or less description, with links and images, if applicable. If you’re interested in finding one, check posts tagged in the blog’s creative space category to find the latest listings.

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Breathe Easy Artist Opportunities

December 3rd, 2014

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Take a deep breath and dive into these artist opportunities.

Call for Art Gallery 263, Cambridge is now accepting entries for Chroma, a national juried exhibition of work on hue saturation and value, selected by Lynda Schlosberg (Boston-based artist, Kingston Gallery). Open to all US residents. Work must be created within the last 5 years and complete. Online submissions only. Work in all media is encouraged.  Learn more.
Deadline: December 7, 2014

LGBT Writers Submissions for the Publishing Triangle’s Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction; Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry; Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry; Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction; and Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction; as well as for the Ferro-Grumley Literary Award for LGBT fiction are now open. Learn more.
Deadline: December 9, 2014

Art & Handmade Goods Space is available for Somerville’s upcoming Saturday Local Artist Markets (SLAM) in December. SLAM provides a venue for local artists to exhibit & sell their work & an opportunity for shoppers to find a wide variety of art & handmade goods in one location. All media is considered. Entry fee. Questions, contact marykeane55@hotmail.comLearn more.

Photographers Entries are now being accepted for the 6th National Juried Photography Exhibit Of Memory, Bone & Myth, organized by The University of North Dakota’s Department of Art & Design. This year’s juror is Tom Young. Learn more.
Deadline: December 11, 2014

Poetry New American Press is currently accepting submissions for their 2015 New American Poetry Prize. The winning manuscript will be published, and its author awarded $1,000. Learn more.
Deadline: December 31, 2014

Residencies for Visual Artists & Writers with Spinal Cord Injury The Alliance of Artists Communities has announced that applications are now available for the 2015 Creative Access residency awards. The program provides visual artists and writers living with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) a month-long, funded studio residency. The program is open to all visual artists and writers living with Spinal Cord Injury in the United States and Canada. Learn more.
Deadline: January 15, 2015

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted for the Breath of Spring Exhibit at Cape Cod Art Association in Barnstable, MA. Learn more.
Deadline:  January 23, 2015 (midnight EST)

Photographers Entries are now being accepted for the Animals in Action Online Photography Exhibit sponsored by Photography Center of Cape Cod. Learn more.
Deadline: January 30, 2015 (midnight EST)

Temporary Public Art Submissions for temporary public art in Spy Pond Park, Arlington are now being accepted. This juried exhibition, sponsored by Arlington Recreation and Arlington Public Art, is open to all artists 18 years or older producing temporary public art installations suitable for three week outdoor and public exposure. Artists are encouraged to explore the history of this pond and surrounding area for ideas. Learn more.
Deadline: February 15, 2015

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Fellows Notes – Dec 14

December 1st, 2014

As winter descends… keep warm with news and notes from past MCC Fellows/Finalists!*

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Sarah Bliss, Georgie Friedman, and Jeff Warmouth are among the artist premiering nine new works of art for the latest installment of Art on the Marquee at the Boston Convention Center (opening 12/11, 6-8 PM). Nine Massachusetts residents created new work to display on the 80-foot-tall multi-screen LED marquee outside the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston.

Sean Downey, Timothy Kadish, and Joe Wardwell are exhibiting in Convergence: School of Visual Arts Alumni Exhibition at Boston University 808 Gallery (thru 12/14).

Andrea Sherrill Evans, Rachel Mello, Kenji Nakayama, Mary O’Malley, and Prilla Smith Brackett are all exhibiting in Plenty at 13Forest Gallery (thru 1/9/15).

Andrew Mowbray and Daniela Rivera are both included in New View: 2014 Faculty Show at The Davis Museum at Wellesley College (thru 12/21).

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Stacey Alickman has a solo show, Humpty Dumpty at Kingston Gallery in Boston (12/3-12/28, opening reception 12/5, 5:30-8:30 PM).

Alexandra Anthony‘s documentary film Lost in the Bewilderness will have its official Boston premiere 12/4, 7 PM at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. More news.

Edie Bresler‘s photographic series We Sold a Winner is on view at the University of La Verne in the Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography in La Verne, California (thru 12/12). Read about the series in Slate and in an ArtSake Studio Views.

Congratulations to Ria Brodell, recipient of a 2014 Boston Artadia Award.

Andrea Sherrill Evans has a solo show, Clear-Cut, at Emmanuel College’s Gallery 5 (thru 12/19). Her newest edition of prints published by Santo Press in Scottsdale, AZ is currently available at 13Forest Gallery.

Samantha Fields will participate in Demo Day (12/6, 10 AM) and will present a gallery walk-through entitled The Push and Pull—Exploring Liminal Spaces (12/6, 2 PM). Both events are in conjunction with the exhibition Fiber: Sculpture 1960–present at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Boston.

Danielle Legros Georges was named the Poet Laureate of Boston.

Niho Kozuru‘s exhibition Cast & Layered is currently on view at Hess Gallery at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA (thru 1/28/15, opening reception 11/15, 3-5 PM).

Congratulations to Kate Leary, who won a Sustainable Arts Foundation award. The grant supports artists and writers with families.

Nathalie Miebach is part of the group show Laboratory at Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University in Georgia (thru 2/21/15). Her work will be exhibited by Miller Yezersky Gallery at PULSE Miami Beach Art Fair.

Monica Raymond wrote the lyrics for the winter song After Harvest (for two sopranos and a harp, music by Timothy Takach). The song is having its world premiere at the Schubert Club in Minneapolis on 12/18 at noon as part of the courtroom concert series. Also, Monica’s short play Novices will be performed as part of a student festival at Boston University Student Theater (12/5 & 12/6, 8 PM).

Peter Snoad‘s award-winning comedy Identity Crisis is having its world premiere at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury (thru 12/7). This is the third of four full-length plays by Peter being produced by Hibernian Hall, where he is Visiting Playwright.

Johanna Warwick has two solo photography exhibitions: Between the Ground & Sky (Part 1) at The Center for Theoretical Physics at MIT (thru 8/15/15); and Between the Ground & Sky (Part 2) at Mayor’s Gallery in Boston City Hall (thru 12/24).

Read past Fellows Notes. If you’re a past fellow/finalist with news, let us know.

Images: Johanna Warwick, BETWEEN THE GROUND AND SKY 03 (2012) 4 x 5 film, Archival Inkjet Print, 30×40 in

* Please note that these listings do not contain energy-transferring properties and cannot, in actuality, warm you up physically. They should not be substituted for mittens, ear muffs, or a sweater vest. However, they may warm up your local pride.

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Knitted Artist Opportunities

November 25th, 2014

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ArtSake spins yet another yarn!

Artists, Writers, Composers, Photographers Residency Applications are now being accepted for the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in California. Residencies are intended as professional development opportunities for artists, writers, composers and photographers. Artistic merit and promise are the basis for selections. All artists, ages 21 and over, who desire time alone in a natural setting to pursue creative work, are encouraged to apply. Learn more.
Deadline: Rolling Monthly

Performing Artists NEST grants provide support to New England-based nonprofit organizations (known as presenters) for performances and community activities by select New England performing artists. If you are a performing artist, the NEST grants program may be of interest to you. Learn more.
Deadline: December 1, 2014

Monotypes The Monotype Guild of New England is now accepting entries for their emerging young printmakers juried student exhibition Layers. Hosted in the campus gallery at Curry College, MGNE aims to recognize the merit of printmaking and art students from across New England. All students who submit artwork to this showcase will be given a free student membership to MGNE. Learn more.
Deadline: December 19, 2014

Women Playwrights The Centenary Stage Company, an Equity theatre in residence on the campus of Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ is currently accepting submissions for their 2015 Women Playwrights Series (WPS) and the 2015 Susan Glaspell Contest. Learn more.
Deadline: January 13, 2015

Opera Singers The George London Foundation, one of the oldest vocal competitions in the United States and Canada, is offering 5 awards of $10,000 each. There will be 5 Encouragement Grants of $1,000 each. Honorable mentions of $500 will go to all finalists who do not receive an award. Learn more.
Deadline: January 15, 2015

Photographers Entries are now being accepted for the exhibition Photography Now, presented at the University Place Gallery in Cambridge, MA, and juried by Stephen Tourlentes.  Learn more.
Deadline: January 30, 2015

Of Note: List of free assistive technology resources.

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Creative Space 11/24

November 24th, 2014

While MCC’s ArtistLink Initiative is being re-worked, creative space opportunities that previously would have been listed on artspacefinder.org are going to be shared here on ArtSake.

Here are the most recent as of November 24, 2014:

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Union Crossing Creative Work Spaces in Lawrence

The Union Crossing Creative Work Spaces are 27 loft -style work-only studios with a vibrant community located in a historic mill building in Lawrence, MA. Varying in size from 205-535 sqft, the spaces are perfect for your remote, creative, incubator, or office space, and range in price from $300-$750/month. Our spaces feature:
- On-site property management
- 24-hour security and access
- Exposed brick walls
- Southern & northern exposure
- 12-ft ceilings & large windows
- Freight elevator
- Shared sink & storage space
- Ample parking
- Community classroom space
- Shared gallery space
- Walking dist. from commuter rail
- Short distance from I-495

Union Crossing artists and creatives are invited to participate and take advantage of the larger Lawrence CommunityWorks network, events and creative community action. To learn more, please contact Renée Hopkins at rhopkins@lawrencecommunityworks.org and visit the website.

 

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ENSO Flats in Brockton

Affordable live/work apartments for artists in Brockton. Featuring
- Spacious Apartments
- Flexible floor plans
- Lots of natural light
- Granite countertops
- Stainless steel appliances
- Fitness Center
- Gallery and Retail Space
- Across from MBTA Commuter Rail
- 35 minutes to Boston
- Garage/Off-street Parking

Learn more.

 

If you’re interested in listing a Massachusetts creative space on ArtSake, send us a 100 word or less description, with links and images, if applicable. If you’re interested in finding one, check posts tagged in the blog’s creative space category to find the latest listings.

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