Espacio Abierto: Space for Performance & Rehearsal at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts

December 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
85 W Newton St
Boston, MA 02118
Elsa Mosquera
(617) 927-1737
Espacio Abierto: Space for Performance & Rehearsal at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts @ Villa Victoria Center for the Arts  | Boston | Massachusetts | United States



Space for Performance and Rehearsal at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts

Call for Artists: Subsidized rehearsal and performance space!

The Arts Program at Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) invites performing artists and small performing arts organizations to submit a proposal to use the rehearsal and performance spaces within Villa Victoria Center for the Arts in Boston’s South End free of any rental fee. IBA’s arts programming will preserve Latino culture and heritage and will be a vehicle for building community and for sharing and embracing its diversity. The selected artists or organizations will enter into an agreement with IBA for the duration of their projects according to space availability, need, and the requirements stated below.

This Call for Artists is for subsidized rehearsal and performance space use only and does not come with any funding. In addition to space, some productions costs may also be subsidized including, sound, licensing, and venue staff.

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Call for Artists Timeline

  • Deadline: Friday, December 15 at 5pm
  • Space Walkthrough and Info Sessions: December 7th & 14th at 10:00am and 4:30pm
  • Artists/Organizations Announced: Mid-January, 2018

Who Should Apply: Eligibility

This call is open to individual artists, nonprofits, and artist groups. You do not need to be a nonprofit organization to apply. Proof of Greater Boston residency is required as identified by the Boston Foundation catchment area.

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Individual artist applicants must reside full-time and work within the Boston Foundation’s catchment area

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a professional artist or creative entrepreneur. The word “professional” refers to the artist’s commitment to his or her art practice as one of their primary vocations, rather than the amount of financial remuneration earned through the art form.
  • Applicants can be at any career level (emerging, mid-career or established), but must have had at least a one year history of creating and presenting professional-level work for an audience in a public setting
  • Nonprofit applications must have a primary mission focused on arts and culture, be a nonprofit, 501(c) (3) organization incorporated in the State of Massachusetts and have a business address within The Boston Foundation’s catchment area. Groups and collaborators should submit a single application
  • Latino artists/organizations are encouraged to apply. Alignment with IBA’s Art Program mission preferred.  (IBA’s arts programming will preserve Latino culture and heritage and will be a vehicle for building community and for sharing and embracing its diversity).

Space Descriptions and Requirements:

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Main Hall: 350-person capacity 2 level hall with small raised stage. Chairs are available or the space can be open to standing audiences.  Full sound system and some lighting available. Wooden floors.

Gallery: Two 500 square feet gallery spaces connected via pass-through.

Arts Studio and Dance Studio: Located on second floor, each room is 350 square feet. Arts studio has classroom capabilities with computers, tables, and chairs. Dance studio has one mirrored wall.

Hours: The amount of time given will be based on applicant’s needs and Villa Victoria’s space availability.

Storage: There is limited storage on site. Storage is not secure.

Parking/Transportation: The Villa Victoria Center for the Arts is accessible via public transportation near the Back Bay Orange line, Prudential Green line stations as well as numerous bus routes.  The Newton Street stop on the Silver line is also very close.

Artists Selection Process:

The Arts Program staff will review applications based on the evaluation criteria below. Once an artist or organization is selected, schedule and space details will be finalized through a signed agreement between the artist and IBA.

Evaluation Criteria:

Space will be awarded based on the following criteria in order of priority.

  1. Expression of financial need: does the applicant sufficiently demonstrate a space need that bears a financial burden to the creation of the project?
  2. History of work in Boston: does the applicant demonstrate a history of sharing artistic work with the public contributing to the arts and culture of Greater Boston?
  3. Mission based: does the project align with the IBA Arts Program mission?
  4. Logistics: can we realistically accommodate the project within the calendar?

Application Checklist:

  • Contact information for group, organization, or individual
  • Project description
  • Preferred Dates of project
  • Spaces required
  • Narrative Questions:
  1. Please provide artist/group/organization background and description
  2. Description of your physical space needs
  3. What is your financial need for space subsidies for this project?
  4. How much of your budget is spent in space cost rental?
  5. Describe how you have shared your work with the public in the past including engaging residents, venues, and other organizations within the City of Boston
  6. Please include an example of your work that gives us a clearer picture of your project, including, videos, audio, website links, press clips, marketing materials, etc.
  7. How does your project incorporate the mission of the IBA Arts Program?


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