Support Boston’s first Narrative Arts Center at 50 Liberty in the Seaport!
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Other cities have vibrant literary arts centers: Poets’ House and the Center for Fiction in New York; Open Book in Minneapolis; Hugo House in Seattle; LightHouse Writers Workshop in Denver. Why not Boston?
No one has articulated the need for a Narrative Arts Center in this city better than Boston’s current poet laureate, Danielle Legros Georges.
She writes: That we don’t yet have such a centrally-located venue for the creation and sharing of literary work is surprising given our city’s renown as a literary town.
As the city’s Poet Laureate of the past several years, I have visited countless literary sites and the spaces where poetry and literature happen. Today’s Boston doesn’t lack for practicing and accomplished creative writers—whether they teach in area colleges and universities, study in MFA programs and English departments, dazzle live audiences, practice the art in neighborhood workshops, hold forth in bookshops and cafés, blog, vlog, tweet, or present poetry on streets, in schools, libraries and museums. The city lacks neither diversity, nor young and dynamic voices entering the literary and cultural spheres. What it lacks is a locus of convergence for these communities and for this activity. The notion of a crystallized site of literary, artistic, and cultural production—and the value it will bring to Boston on many levels—is tremendously exciting.
Though the Seaport is a neighborhood of bridges, it doesn’t yet connect Bostonians of all socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. We aim to change this by building a radically inclusive multi-use literary and cultural arts center open to all. With a $2 million grant from the Calderwood Charitable Foundation contingent upon our accepted proposal, GrubStreet, Harvard Book Store, and Mass Poetry will launch Boston’s first Narrative Arts Center, including a bookstore, cafe, community space, a podcast studio, and classrooms. It will also feature The Writers’ Stage: an event space for 150+ people where we will present readings, SLAM poetry, storytelling events, and shows that combine words with music and dance. We will actively seek writers from across the city and organizational partners to ensure this stage is representative of the exciting work being done throughout all of Boston.
You can find our full vision here.
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