Making art is challenging enough, but finding the space to create, rehearse, perform, or present that art can be daunting. Luckily, there are Mass Cultural Council-supported resources to help you navigate the search.
SpaceFinder Mass is like an Airbnb for cultural spaces. It’s a discovery tool for anyone looking to rent a creative space in Massachusetts.
Artists can find – at no-cost – available, affordable, and alternative spaces for performances, rehearsals, readings, meetings, and more. It’s a really useful site for finding info on the spaces you know, but also for learning about alternative spaces, such as the Newton rug store that holds cultural events in the evenings.
SpaceFinder Mass was developed by Fractured Atlas, a non-profit technology company serving artists, and is a project of the Arts & Business Council of Boston in partnership with Mass Cultural Council.
If you need space longer term, like if you want to rent or buy an art studio or live/work space, or if you have a work studio or live/work space you’d like to list for rental or sale, check out ArtSake’s Creative Space Classifieds. It’s ArtSake’s version of CraigsList, minus everything that’s not a Massachusetts creative space opportunity (sorry, no Missed Connections!).
If you’re looking for gigs or to connect with venues, presenters, and/or collaborators, check out CreativeGround. A project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), CreativeGround is an online directory for the New England cultural sector. As an artist, you create your profile so venues and presenters can find you. Also, you can use CreativeGround to find profiles for cultural nonprofits like libraries and theaters, creative businesses like recording studios and design agencies, and more. Bonus: creating a profile on CreativeGround and taking some additional steps makes you eligible for NEFA’s New England States Touring grants. Mass Cultural Council is a state partner in CreativeGround.
Finally, if you’re looking to develop, create, and preserve artist space, read Mass Cultural Council’s Guide for Developing Artist Space, filled with tips, resources, and questions to consider.