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BostonAPP/Lab

 567 Tremont Street
 Boston, MA 02118
[P] (617) 512-1396
[F] --
www.bostonapp.org
[email protected]
Ron Mallis
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INCORPORATED: 2016
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EIN 47-4539609

LAST UPDATED: 11/26/2017
Organization DBA --
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

BostonAPP/Lab's mission is to incubate new collaborations on behalf of the arts in Greater Boston's public places -- collaborations at a variety of scales that engage artists;  communities; and the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Informed by an emphasis on civic engagement, these cross-sector and cross-disciplinary efforts are aimed at creating or strengthening civic spaces within Greater Boston's multiple and diverse neighborhoods, thereby activating an expanded, inclusive, and participatory vision of the possibilities of art throughout those neighborhoods.

Mission Statement

BostonAPP/Lab's mission is to incubate new collaborations on behalf of the arts in Greater Boston's public places -- collaborations at a variety of scales that engage artists;  communities; and the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Informed by an emphasis on civic engagement, these cross-sector and cross-disciplinary efforts are aimed at creating or strengthening civic spaces within Greater Boston's multiple and diverse neighborhoods, thereby activating an expanded, inclusive, and participatory vision of the possibilities of art throughout those neighborhoods.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $10,000.00
Projected Expense $10,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • ArtsCommons

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Overview

Mission Statement

BostonAPP/Lab's mission is to incubate new collaborations on behalf of the arts in Greater Boston's public places -- collaborations at a variety of scales that engage artists;  communities; and the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Informed by an emphasis on civic engagement, these cross-sector and cross-disciplinary efforts are aimed at creating or strengthening civic spaces within Greater Boston's multiple and diverse neighborhoods, thereby activating an expanded, inclusive, and participatory vision of the possibilities of art throughout those neighborhoods.

Background Statement

BostonAPP/Lab was launched in January 2013 as a committee within the Boston Society of Architects, offering the first of what is by now 32 (and counting) Workshops, each focused on a particular challenge, question, or opportunity related to arts in public places. Attracting nearly 500 individual participants (some of whom have returned multiple times), the majority of these workshops have been held at the BSA, with an increasing number taking place in other venues such as Hibernian Hall/Madison Park Development Corp., MIT's List Auditorium, the Boston Arts Academy, and Emerson's Engagement Lab. Many organizations have partnered with the Lab in these Workshops: to name a few, they have included Artists for Humanity, the Greenway Conservancy, Code for Boston, the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, the Massachusetts Association of CDCs, and Boston Cyberarts, as well as individual artists such as Eric Sealine, Maria Finkelmeier, and Dan Beyer.
 
The Lab achieved 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in June 2016, and continues to focus on new Workshops while developing the "ArtsCommons," a project that emerged from one of the Workshops that examined the possibilities of creating temporary spaces for installations and performances. That vision has been distilled into a focus on repurposed steel shipping containers: how might they be used and, ultimately, made a permanent part of Greater Boston's arts ecosystem? Deploying the first of several containers offered to the Lab for this purpose, the "ArtsCommons" -- a temporary, outdoor, free-standing, "(art)-maker's space" -- had its debut in July 2017 as a performance/installation venue at Figment 2017. It is currently the focus of a graduate architecture studio at Wentworth Institute of Technology, where students are experimenting with flexible design approaches that will provide physical support for performance and visual artists and for participation by members of the communities within which the ArtsCommons will take up temporary residence. A year earlier, in July 2016, the ArtsCommons offered a prototype as part of JP PorchFest, using shipping pallets and plywood to provide performance and activity space for music and visual art. As expressed in an endorsement by a local neighborhood organization, "It is clear that the ArtsCommons team is deeply committed to engaging the community, creating a product that is place-based and tied to community need, and puts artists at the center of creating change." 

Impact Statement

Accomplishments:
1. Fifteen months ago, BostonAPP/Lab grew from a committee of the Boston Society of Architects into an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit.
2. The ArtsCommons project, whose origins go back to a November 2015 Workshop, became real, with its debut -- with both performance and visual artists -- as part of the July 2017 Figment festival on the Greenway. As a follow-up for Fall 2017, the ArtsCommons is the focus of a special design studio involving graduate architecture students at Wentworth Institute of Technology. They are focusing on design interventions in the service of the artists and others who will populate the ArtsCommons, as well as in the service of the communities within which the ArtsCommons will reside. 
3. The Lab, with its ongoing Workshops and its overall approach to art as a vehicle for civic engagement, has, at least in part, helped shape or provided the impetus for the work of one of the original Boston Artists-in-Residence and for an upcoming PorchFest initiative in the Boston's Fenway neighborhood involving three major organizations within that neighborhood.
4. The ArtsCommons received a $5000 EPIC grant from Wentworth Institute of Technology, with the funding being applied toward implementation of the output of the special Fall 2017 design studio at Wentworth.
Goals:
1. To raise sufficient funds that will support a full and sustained physical and programmatic build-out of the ArtsCommons.
2. To program and site the ArtsCommons in partnership with at least two local neighborhood organizations or other entities.
3. To continue developing new Workshops as the foundation for the Lab's growth.
3. To create and grow a fund that will provide seed money for the implementation of new arts initiatives emerging from the Workshops.
4. To bring on board, on at least a part-time basis, a deputy to work closely with the Executive Director on issues such as programming and development. 

Needs Statement

1. Staffing: the Lab has been fortunate in its ability to attract a remarkable group of volunteers, whose talents have been deployed in areas ranging from programming to social media to website design to product development. That said, one of the Lab's major needs is for consistent, permanent, and at least part-time paid staff -- one or possibly two individuals -- to work closely with the Executive Director in fully implementing an operational strategy. Est. costs: $40,000-$50,000 per staff per year. 
2. The ArtsCommons project, beginning with two containers, will require resources with which to pay for container modifications as well as for artists' fees, insurance, transportation, storage, etc. Est. costs: $17,500 per container per year.
3. Co-working space for the Lab staff, at, e.g., WeWork. Est. costs: $5,400/yr
4. Rental space and materials for the Workshops. Est. costs: $2,000/yr
5. Fund to provide seed money for key projects emerging from the Workshops, selected by a team made up of Board members; $500/project. Est. costs: $4,500/year
 

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Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
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Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Services
  2. Public & Societal Benefit -
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

ArtsCommons

The ArtsCommons is an outdoor, flexible, free-standing, and multi-purpose “(art-) maker’s space,” or modular "black box," able to support performances (spoken word, dance, music), installations, and overall civic engagement, with the configuration encouraging informal engagement with spectators and the community at large. The “first generation” ArtsCommons consists of a pair of 20’ x 10’ x 10’ steel containers that have been visually and physically modified and designed to create a visually striking space able to accommodate both visual and performance artists; the project's portability, by enabling placement in various neighborhoods within Greater Boston, allows for engagement with members of those communities as spectators of, participants in, and creators of the arts and culture of those communities.

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Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  By any measure, a major success for the ArtsCommons was its participation in the 2017 Figment Festival on the Kennedy Greenway, and its engagement with over 400 visitors who responded, both in writing and (in some cases) via improvised music, to the prompt, "Tell us...what's next." This debut served as a proof of concept -- that the ArtsCommons' underlying idea of engagement and community-building via art, and the public's responses to that art, is valid, and will be used as the platform for further exposure in other venues and collaboration with the neighborhoods surrounding those venues. In 2016, the success of an experimental, "non-container," version of the ArtsCommons, using shipping pallets, plywood, and cotton-covered foam to create spaces for performances and other activities as part of JP PorchFest, and serving as venues for both music and visual arts, supported the underlying concept of creating spaces -- and opportunities -- for the ability of art to engage, animate, and contribute to communities and neighborhoods. 
Program Long-Term Success  The ArtsCommons is envisioned, ultimately, as a permanent part of Greater Boston's arts ecosystem, providing improvised spaces for artists, for the publics those artists wish to reach, and for deliberate and focused interactions between the two. 
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Examples of Program Success  As noted above, in addition to the ArtsCommons' participation at Figment 2017, the project is now the subject of a special architecture design studio at Wentworth Institute of Technology. 

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Ron Mallis
CEO Term Start Jan 2013
CEO Email [email protected]
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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 4
Number of Contract Staff 0
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Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
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Gender Female: 3
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
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Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? No
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
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Governance


Board Chair Mr. Dan Sieck
Board Chair Company Affiliation Pepper-Hamilton
Board Chair Term Feb 2017 - Feb 2018
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Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Ben Bruce DesignLab Voting
Mr. John Cannistraro Cannistraro LLC Voting
Mr. Mike Eagle Eagle Leasing Company Voting
Mr. Richard Frank Artists for Humanity Voting
Ms. LMerchie Frazier Museum of African American History Voting
Ms. Malia Lazu TheUrbanLabs.com Voting
Mr. Rob Trumbour Wentworth Institute of Technology Voting

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Advisory Board Members

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Mary Fichtner Community Volunteer --
Nigel Jacob Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
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Gender Female: 2
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Board Information

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Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 12%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 71%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

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Financials


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Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $10,000.00
Projected Expense $10,000.00
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2015 990EZ (short year, covers Sept. 3, 2015 - Dec. 31, 2015)

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Foundation Comments

BostonAPP/Lab is a newer organization and received its nonprofit status from the IRS in June 2016, as indicated in the above posted IRS Letter of Determination. As such, a short year 990EZ document is posted above covering September 3, 2015 - December 31, 2015. Additional documents will be posted as they become available. 

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