Boston Center for the Arts
Boston Center for the Arts is the nexus of the arts in Boston, fostering the development of contemporary visual and performing arts and convening artists and audiences to create, explore and celebrate all creative disciplines.
A integral part of the cultural fabric of the city, BCA utilizes its historic campus in the vibrant South End to present world-class exhibitions and performances, provide affordable work space, engage cultural consumers throughout the region and nurture artists with the resources to take risks and develop new art works.
In 1884, the Cyclorama was built to house a 360-degree diorama of the Battle of Gettysburg, now on display in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Boston Center for the Arts was created when the Boston Redevelopment Authority purchased the four-acre parcel where the Cyclorama sits in 1966.
Boston Center for the Arts seeks to be the city’s epicenter for visual and performing arts, where artists develop the work that infuses the city and the country with passion and creativity, where residents and visitors engage in unique artistic undertakings, and where each and every member of the community finds welcome and inclusion.
Each year, more than 200,000 people visit the BCA South End Campus for critically acclaimed contemporary art exhibitions, award-winning theatre productions, exhilarating dance performances, and vibrant community events. BCA also serves as the creative base for hundreds of visual and performing artists and a dozen non-profit arts organizations.
Boston Center for the Arts’ programs incubate artists of all sizes and disciplines: supporting performing arts companies with affordable rehearsal space, promotional support, and mentorship as well as supporting visual artists with short-term residency programs, professional development, artist salons, and studio space.