Madison Park Development Corporation​ has been monitoring the guidance from the public health community designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 and taking measures to ensure the safety and well-being of all our staff, residents, program participants, and partners.

In response to recent directives from the City and State, MPDC has suspended all programming and closed our office to the public until further notice. The Dewitt Center and Hibernian Hall​ will also be closed until further notice.

We will continue to monitor new information in order to decide whether to re-open and resume programming.

MPDC, Dewitt Center, and Hibernian Hall staff will be available by phone and email during this time. Please contact us at 617-541-3900 or info@madison-park.org or use the following link for specific staff contact information:

http://www.madison-park.org/who-we-are/team/

Mass Cultural Council
Mass Cultural Council released the results of their online survey of artists and arts & culture organizations created to assess the dire impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts & culture community. They are urging state legislators to pass measures that will address the needs of our community to mitigate the devastating economic loss we face.
MCC’s preparedness for the Cultural Sector
Watch the recording for their COVID-19 Preparedness Webinar: https://youtu.be/sXeCGjPgb8c

Mass Cultural Council has just announced support for both individual artists and organizations.

Individual artists are eligible for up to $1000; https://massculturalcouncil.org/blog/covid-19-relief-effort-for-individuals/

A variety of resources for organizations, including webinars starting shortly as well as individual coaching: https://massculturalcouncil.org/blog/covid-19-relief-effort-for-organizations/

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The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture

The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture created a new Artist Relief Fund for artists located in Boston whose incomes are being adversely affected by COVID-19.
The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture in the City of Boston has announced a call for proposals for transformative public art projects. More info here.

Please fill out this survey from the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and MassCREATIVE. It’s open to all artists and cultural workers based in MA and will provide invaluable data that we can use for advocacy and designing future supports.

The Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture is hosting a weekly meeting for individual artists from anywhere in the Greater Boston area. The link to join is here.

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Take a moment to read, in celebration of our local alumnae.
Erin Trahan of WBUR talks to ROXFILM ALUM ABOUT MAKING FILMS NOW.
We need your feedback:
A Quick Survey
.  We are going outside!  What do you want to see us bring back amidst the twilight skies?

Also, check out:
The Old Guard – Gina Prince-Bythewood’s new film on Netflix. Based on a graphic novel .
The High Note – Tracee Ellis Ross and Dakota Johnson
Da 5 Bloods  –   Spike Lee’s new film
Uncorked with Courtney Vance, Neicy Nash and Mamoudou Athie

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Radical Imagination for Racial Justice (RIRJ)

Grants for artists of color to imagine a racially just future with their communities

Are you an ALAANA+ artist? (By ALAANA+ we mean: African, Latinx/a/o, Asian, Arab, Native American, Indigenous, First Peoples, Black, African American, Multi-racial, People of Color, Caribbean…)

Do you live and/or work in Boston, MA?

If yes, do you identify as a…

  • Cultural organizer

  • Artist activist

  • Culture bearer

  • Maker of things

  • Creator of dynamic experiences

RIRJ wants to support you, your creative practice, your artistic voice, and YOUR world-building vision in collaboration with your community.

RIRJ seeks to support Boston-based artists of color (of all ages 14+) who are excited to bring to life their visions of a racially just society.

Learn more and apply here!

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HowlRound

HowlRound panel discussion: Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic (for US-Based freelance artists and cultural workers). Access it here.
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Arts Administrators of Color Network

Arts Administrators of Color Network has set up a national Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund which folks can donate directly to in support of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists & administrators (consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc.) who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19.
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The Record Co.

The Record Co. has established the Boston Music Maker Relief Fund to provide financial relief to Boston area music makers experience lost income as the result of performance cancellations related to COVID-19.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met is launching #CongressSaveCulture, a campaign to support broader efforts advocating for financial relief for non-profit arts organizations to be included in the $2 trillion stimulus package currently being debated in Congress. The relief package is expected to include funding for many industries impacted by COVID-19, including airlines, casinos, cruise ships, and more.
There are three relatively simple things you can do now:
1. Go to the American Alliance of Museums website and send a letter to your representatives in Congress
2. Share the hashtag #CongressSaveCulture on your social platforms (along with a comment or photo that reflects your passion for The Met and/or all the arts)
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ARTSBOSTON

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Are you ready to move your body with us this week? They are continuing their donation based-classes and they can’t wait to dance in their kitchen/living rooms/basements/bedrooms with you!
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The Center for Cultural Power

If ever there was a moment for cultural strategy — it’s now. A global pandemic has magnified the flaws of our capitalist system, but, also, the power art and culture to uplift, disrupt and build community. The Center for Cultural Power offers #NoGoingBack: A COVID-19 Cultural Strategy Activation Guide for Artists and Activists to meet the moment.
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WBUR

WBUR has compiled a list of grants and resources for artists and non-profits with lost income due to COVID-19
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Celebrity Series of Boston

Resources compiled by the Celebrity Series of Boston

Flow Chart: How Creative Professionals Impacted by COVID-19 Can Access Government Relief

Boston Globe 3/31: What small business owners need to know about the $2 trillion stimulus package

CNN 4/1: What small businesses need to know about the government’s new forgivable loan program

US Department of the Treasury: CARES ACT – Assistance for Small Businesses

PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM (PPP) INFORMATION SHEET: BORROWERS

State of Massachusetts: Information on Unemployment and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

A State-by-State Resource Guide for Music Professionals Who Need Help During Coronavirus Crisis (Updating)

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New Atlantic Development / Opportunity for Roxbury Artists

The development project at 2147 Washington is including a 4,000 square foot common workspace/makerspace. The developers are looking speak with artists about what types of equipment are most useful. They will have several permanent and temporary art installation opportunities to include elements in their building and courtyard design that would best facilitate a variety of installation types. View more information about the project here.

If you are interested in learning more or participating in the formal conversations contact:

William Madsen Hardy – bill@newatlantic.net

Owner

236 Huntington Ave, Suite 314

Boston, MA 02115

617.335.8821

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Americans for the Arts

Monthly Newswire

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#Powerof3Challenge

The #Powerof3Challenge is a social media creative challenge where artists post a video spreading truth and creativity through music and tagging 3 other creator friends who can step up to the challenge. (thus spreading an infectious message.) http://Powerof3Challenge.com
 
See posts in real-time at http://instagram.com/bigpicanthems
 
The power of 3 connections can spark a movement!
 
This music video features First Be.
Written and Directed by Ben Gilbarg.
Featured Artists: @J_estee, @Paradise_mcfee, @Cashrules
Music Produced by: @the_real_brownz_boogie

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The Theater Offensive

The Theater Offensive has launched a new relief fund for artists who apply as queer and/or trans people of color, and also for past participants in their youth programming. Check out how to apply here.

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Hibernian Hall is your home for multicultural arts & culture in the heart of Boston!

As a performing arts destination that contributes to our mission of neighborhood revitalization in Roxbury, Hibernian Hall offers year-round programming that reflects Roxbury’s cultural heritage. Hibernian Hall is also an excellent venue for non-profit events that are open to the public!  The ballroom is available for community presentations of music, dance, theater, film, and spoken word performance.  Contact us to discuss your next event in the Ballroom, check out our rental guide, or fill out an inquiry form here.

Check out our rental guide!

The History of Hibernian Hall


After the Irish residents began moving out of Roxbury, the building went through a period of change. It became the headquarters for the Opportunities Industrialization Center, an international job-training program. Then, for a decade, it sat unoccupied and falling into disrepair. Hibernian Hall was purchased by Madison Park Development Corporation in 2000. It was fully restored to its original grandeur and reopened in 2005.

Hibernian Hall remains a wonderful gathering place for music, dance, and theater – reflecting the diversity of cultures in the area. It continues to serve as a destination for arts and culture in the heart of Roxbury’s Dudley Square.