Sculpture & Decorative Arts Conservation Services 86 Joy St, Somerville, MA02143 Founded in 2000 at a former bakery, Sculpture & Decorative Arts Conservation Services endeavors to preserve works of…More art and other monuments. Working on pieces of decorative art such as gravestones and statues out of a studio on Joy Street, the service offers strategic planning and environmental assessments, as well as condition analysis and surveys.
Tufts University Art Gallery @ Aidekman Arts Center 40 Talbot Ave, Medford, MA02155 Located on Tufts' campus within the Aidekman Arts Center, the University Art Gallery has free admission and parking.…More Inside, the gallery occupies multiple floors and though several rooms. Guests can meander through the gallery and out into the outdoor sculpture garden. While student artists are sometimes featured, this gallery mostly exhibits major works and artists through seasonal showings. This is a quiet, calm space.
Brickbottom Artists Association 1 Fitchburg St, Somerville, MA02143 Operating out of a large, eponymous former warehouse on Fitchburg Street, the Brickbottom Artists Association is one of…More the oldest artists' associations in the country. This nonprofit organization offers creative workshops, classes and full art programs. Also housing a contemporary art galley, the association is part of the Open Studio program, an endeavor to expand and preserve the arts in and around Boston.
The Museum of Bad Art 55 Davis Sq, Somerville, MA02144 Located in the basement of the historic Somerville Theatre, The Museum of Bad Art regularly exhibits a few dozen quirky…More pieces from its permanent collection. Admission to this constantly changing attraction is free with the purchase of a movie ticket. Museum merchandise is available at the theater. The Museum of Bad Art also features exhibits in the Dedham Community Theatre and at Brookline Access Television.
Center for Arabic Culture 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA02143 The Center for Arabic Culture is a non-profit organization that focuses on celebrating Arabic language, culture, art,…More history and Arab-American cultural experiences. Programs include visual arts, performance arts, teaching Arabic and scholarly activities. CAC also promotes local events involving Arab culture such as lectures, music, dancing and festivals.
Thorkelson Graphics 237 Holland St, Somerville, MA02144 Thorkelson Graphics is a commercial graphic art designer based in Somerville. The graphic art designer specializes in…More cartoon, illustration and watercolors. His webpage provide a variety of artwork. Customers can call to schedule an appointment about art services.
Ethnic Arts Center of Somerville P.O. Box 45252, Somerville, MA02145 This local non-profit organization specializes in educating children and young adults on many different ethnic cultures…More from around the world. And this arts center does it in fun ways, like small parties, arts and crafts programs, and puppet shows.
In some towns, the Local Cultural Council (LCC) restricts itself to one important task: they award state grant money…More to local arts and culture organizations for worthy projects. But in Somerville, our LCC blossomed into the Somerville Arts Council, a full-fledged arts organization that programs community events year-round. They are best-known for ArtBeat, a two-day summer arts festival that fills Davis Square with live music, dance, arts, crafts, food stands—and the occasional electric-guitar-wielding mummy. But that's not all they do.
Their Art Without Walls initiative brings art activities directly to youths in their neighborhoods. Via their Switchbox Project, they are transforming Somerville utility boxes into public works of art. And all summer long, their ArtsUnion initiative presents numerous cultural events in Union Square that range from Haitian or Punjabi cultural festivals to movies screened in Smell-o-Vision and an annual techno dance party under the McGrath Highway overpass.
With Union Square Main Streets, ArtsUnion also hosts the rather unusual fall Fluff Fest, which celebrates the Somerville-born snack food Marshmallow Fluff. Finally, special Arts Council events throughout the year include the popular holiday lights Illumination Tour.
In short, this is an organization bubbling over with creative ideas, and lucky for us, they tend to make them happen.
Somerville Open Studios (SOS) is a nonprofit organization formed for the purpose of organizing an annual city-wide…More artists open studios event the first weekend of May in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Visual artists working in every discipline of the fine arts and crafts media—painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, fiber, clay, glass, furniture and jewelry open their studios for the art-loving public. Visitors can view the art made within the community, interact with local artists, and see artists' working spaces for free.
SOS broadens the public's exposure to finished works of art and encourages a deeper appreciation of the art-making process. This exposure both educates the community and raises awareness of the contribution that artists make to daily life in Somerville.
In recent years, more than 350 artists have participated in this event at more than 100 sites. An Artist's Choice exhibit held at The Somerville Museum takes place during April-May and often musical events and poetry readings are part of the arts extravaganza as well.
Washington Street Art Center 321 Washington St, Somerville, MA02143 Boasting a fully operational dark room and a large gallery, the Washington Street Art Center hosts studio space for…More roughly 20 local artists. This non-profit hosts monthly exhibitions and maintains gallery hours on Saturday afternoons. Located between Union and Inman squares in the 321 Washington St industrial complex, the Art Center also has a fabulously detailed website that gives sneak previews for current and future events.