Help Protect OOTB and Other Arts Businesses in the Armory

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Desiree Goodwin
Sep 8, 2021
The Somerville Council of the Arts has destroyed many grassroots arts movements by co-opting them, stamping them with their brand, then stripping them of the unique qualities that gave them life. Don't let it happen again!

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Amber Bougie
Sep 7, 2021
Arts matter!!

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Shane Cullen
Aug 25, 2021
I created the Virtual Tour for OOTB and had the wonderful opportunity to meet Parama. I was able to learn all about the Gallery, the Amory, and all the amazing art and small businesses it encompasses. Parama has put a tremendous effort into preserving this building and together her and the other businesses at the Armory deserve better treatment from the City of Somerville.

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Michelle Sequeira
Aug 24, 2021
It's a disgrace that the very folks who revitalize an area, make it vibrant and unique, make it a desirable community to live in, are always the first to go when gentrification comes knocking... the artists, musicians, the writers, the funky, quirky, quality small businesses. It's a disgrace that those who claim to "preserve the arts" are the very people dismantling them. Somerville apparently won't be happy until there's high-end condos and a Walgreens on every corner. Despicable. Tasteless. Classless.

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Rachael Chagat
Aug 24, 2021
The Arts are needed more than ever right now! What this city needs is more space for the visual and performing arts!

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Ben Gleason
Aug 24, 2021
Somerville claims to support the arts, and now they're strong-arming artists and small businesses, kicking them out on short notice, their multi-year leases suddenly negated. This isn't the Somerville I thought we were moving to.

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Bethany Aiken
Aug 24, 2021
Greater Boston needs more space for the arts at all levels, not just the big commercial enterprises. It would be a disservice not just to these artists but to the city and the region to force them out of this space, but to do so without sufficient opportunity for discussion or legal representation seems unnecessarily cruel.

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Eric Bornstein
Aug 24, 2021
Art is important and needs to be protected

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Emma Gersten
Aug 23, 2021
I care about arts at the armory. The city's track record showed they did nothing with this space. They took advantage of the previous owner who had a good track record. As someone with a long and intimate history with this city growing up here I am devastated what's going on. Completely callous for the city to not honor the lease agreements of the existing tenants. I understand the sale is final and done likely... but if the city cared about preserving the arts at a minimum they would honor the contracts of the existing art businesses. I wish I could do more than sign a petition here

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Hala Jadallah
Aug 23, 2021
It's a great place for so many organizations