Fort Point is home to over 300 artists who produce work in a wide array of media. It is recognized as one of New England’s largest artists’ communities. The historic warehouse buildings of Fort Point house painters, photographers, sculptors, designers, ceramicists, performance artists, jewelers, book artists, digital media artists, and more.
Who we are:
The Fort Point Arts Community, Inc. of South Boston (FPAC) is a non‐profit community organization founded in 1980. Our mission is to promote the work of our artists to a broad and diverse audience; to preserve the artists community in the Fort Point Channel area; to insure the continuance of permanent, affordable studio space; to build community; and to increase the visibility of the arts in Fort Point.
What we do:
In 1980, shortly after artists began to arrive in 1976, Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC) was established as a 501(c)(3) member organization. FPAC has fulfilled this mission for more than 30 years through a variety of initiatives that have served its members, the City of Boston and the New England region. Our accomplishments include:
-Organizing Fort Point’s Spring and Fall Open Studios events, as well as FPAC’s Holiday Sale. These events draw more than 10,000 visitors to Fort Point each year. We are Boston’s original Open Studios event.
-Funding and facilitating permanent and temporary Public Art Projects in Fort Point, including Floating Art installations in the Fort Point Channel
-Programming and managing exhibition spaces at 300 Summer Street and 290 Atlantic Wharf as venues for all visual media, each with regular openings, gallery talks, and other educational outreach events
-Operating Made in Fort Point (MIFP), FPAC’s cooperative retail store, which sells art, craft and design by FPAC artists.
- Developing 249 A Street Artists Cooperative and The Artist Building at 300 Summer Street, two limited equity artists cooperatives that provide live/work space for 90 artist households. FPAC assisted in the development of The Brickbottom Artist Building in Somerville and played an instrumental role in founding Fort Point Cultural Coalition, which developed Midway Studios, Boston’s largest artist rental live/work building.
-Maintaining a website and social media outlets which promote our events, members and more at www.fortpointarts.org
-Fostering communication and visibility of our events and membership with the www.fortpointarts.org website; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram accounts; and an arts blog
-Producing a monthly E‐news which keeps over 2900 subscribers informed of arts events in Fort Point, and announces our members shows worldwide
-Encouraging communication in multiple ways, including hosting community meetings and providing and administering a yahoo e‐group for our artist members
-Providing businesses with access to locally sourced art through our corporate art program on a rotating basis or as a direct purchase