For 30 years, HOME managed the Bates Arts Resource
Center, a 12,000 square foot historic building, as an arts
incubator to provide affordable studio space for local artists
from various disciplines. The Center is now under development
by the City and under city sponsored management.
by Gertrude Brown
Exhibited at Bates Art Center
from January, 2002
to March, 2003.
tenure as manager and programmer of the Bates Arts Resource
Center we offered:
Productions films a children's program for Halloween at
HOME's Black Box Theatre as part of a comedy pilot program
planned to air on Univision's Spanish programming schedule
In 2000, HOME received assistance from
the Massachusetts Historic commission and completed a historic
preservation study of the Art Center building, built in 1884.
This study was used by the Boston Redevelopment Authority
to draft a request for proposals (RFP) that would provide
affordable and permanent artist live/work, studio and cultural
space at the site. This is the first time the city ever sought
the exclusive development of live/work space for artists.
HOME is excited about the citys development
plans that include building up to 66 artist live/work spaces
in the adjacent parcels. Home's Director, Alan Michel, says,
We see it as a culmination of our vision for the arts
center. We hope it will be a way for making a future thats
permanent for artists in terms of studio space.
For more information,
read the June 6 story in Banker and Trademen. For an
viewing an artist studio space at the Bates.
The Bates Art Center was founded in 1976
when HOME made the center its home at 731 Harrison Ave. in
Boston. Throughout these beginning years, HOME, Inc. managed
the Art Center to keep studios affordable and safe for artists
to develop their crafts.
Support for capital improvements were obtained
from the Fidelity Foundation, the Technical Development Corporation,
the Riley Trust, the City of Boston, the Boston Architecture
Center, the Local Pipe fitters Union, Boston Gas, and many
To help the center's resident artists become
more connected to the community, HOME, Inc. has initiated
many community arts projects. We obtained city and state arts
funding and foundation and corporate support for youth media
projects, public art projects and numerous educational and
arts exhibits and workshops. HOME, Inc. brought together over
30 Sculptors in a Summer-long city wide outdoor sculpture
exhibition to honor the citys Jubilee year.
The South End was a featured location
in HOMEs Jubilee 350 Sculpture Exhibition. Sculptures
were installed in Worcester Square, Union Park, Boston Center
for the Arts, Boston City Hospital and the Bates Arts Resource
|"Trusbee" by Alan
Michel was featured next to the Bates Art Center for
over 20 years.
HOME has maintained a corner sculpture
park at East Newton Street for 20 years in partnership with
the City for the pleasure of neighborhood residents. In May
2003, the sculptures were removed to make way for development
of the art center.
|Sculptor Miriam Knapp at her
installation, "Mary Lou" in 2000 next to the
Bates Art Center