Narrative Arts Center

We are excited to announce that Boston Planning and Development Agency and the Fallon Group have awarded GrubStreet 13,000+ square feet of reduced-rent cultural space at 50 Liberty Drive in the Seaport to build Boston’s first narrative arts center.

GrubStreet's new space will include a bookstore, cafe, community space for writers, a podcast studio, and more classrooms for GrubStreet’s workshops. It will also feature an event space for readings, slam poetry, storytelling events, and shows that combine words with music and dance. Our new home will welcome people of all backgrounds and income levels to create, perform, and collaborate.

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Our Community Partners

The additional building space and new stage will allow GrubStreet to partner with more arts and community groups than ever before to put on unique literary events, readings and performances. We’re excited to showcase and work with a broad range of voices and community partners, including our anchor tenant and key partner Mass Poetry, an organization committed to promoting poetry across the state. From hosting the Massachusetts Poetry Festival to delivering poets into local schools, Mass Poetry brings expertise in creating placemaking to the partnership as well as innovative programming that reaches close to 5,000 Massachusetts students each year. The group behind the Raining Poetry project, Mass Poetry plans to activate the Seaport with projects such as site-specific poetry installations and poetry programming that aims to raise up all voices.  

 

Creating a More Accessible City

Now in its 21st year, GrubStreet has grown into one of the most inclusive, influential, and productive writing centers in the country. We are working to lift up everyone’s voices and to ensure that artistic education is available to everyone – especially those who have been marginalized. Our community is racially and economically diverse and ranges in age from 13 to 99! With the creation of a narrative arts center, we will deepen our work by cultivating stories from writers and storytellers from every zip code and age,  reflecting and amplifying contemporary Boston as we know it: a culturally rich city full of writers, artists and storytellers, creative thinkers and readers.