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 and run by neighborhood artists and volunteers. 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 Open Studios, now in its 34th year, along with our Holiday Sale and Spring Art Walk, which draw an estimated 10,000 visitors to Fort Point each year. We are Boston’s original Open Studios event.
• Operating the FPAC Gallery at 300 Summer Street, a venue for all visual media, which presents eight exhibitions each year, with regular openings, gallery talks, and other educational outreach events.
• Launching Art at 12 and Made in Fort Point, our gallery, store and events space. In three + years, Made in Fort Point sold more than $300,000 worth of Fort Point created art, design and craft. Run entirely by volunteers, the space hosted exhibits, receptions, performances and talks, all free to the public.
•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 live/work building.
• Maintaining a website with information about our events and members. The FPAC website designed by Fort Point’s award‐winning Stoltze Design features new additions such as featured artists, highlighted artwork, and more.
• Fostering further communication and visibility with Facebook, Twitter, and a blog that includes in depth interviews with artists, studio views, and spotlights on public art projects.
• Producing a monthly E‐news which keeps over 2500 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.
• Hosting free hands‐on art projects for the public, like our “Make Your Own Valentines” day event, and children’s participatory art projects at each Open Studios.
• For more than 20 years, negotiated affordable leases with landlords that enabled several hundred artists to maintain Fort Point studios and facilitated the artist tenant/landlord relationship
• Establishing an art lending program, now in its 15th year, with WBUR, Boston’s NPR radio station, as well as several other corporate art lending agreements.
• Hosting a Summer Park Party, encouraging neighborhood artists and our neighbors to come out and enjoy each other, building community