Narrative Arts Center

GrubStreet has a GREAT chance of winning our bid to create a dynamic, inclusive, and fully accessible Narrative Arts Center in a 13,000 sq-ft waterfront space in Boston's Seaport, one that showcases, celebrates and supports writers at all stages and from all backgrounds. We're talking a large performance space, books by Harvard Bookstore, and an affordable coffee shop/wine bar. Oh, we also just got a $2 million grant from the Calderwood Charitable Foundation to make this happen, but the grant is contingent on us winning the bid.

While other cities have narrative arts spaces and venues, Boston does not have a place where people from all backgrounds and income levels can create, perform, and collaborate. Read our full vision.

Our Partners

Our partners in this new venture are the Harvard Book Store, which will create a new bookstore on the first level, and Mass Poetry, which will expand its public poetry projects. Together and with other arts partners, we’ll curate a literary stage. 


Creating a More Accessible City

Now in its 21st year, GrubStreet has grown into the most inclusive, influential, and productive writing center 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. We serve a racially and economically diverse community from every neighborhood of Boston and beyond and are committed to breaking down all barriers to participation. We believe this new narrative arts center will widen and deepen Grubstreet’s artistic, civic, and community impact, allowing us to reach more students from every community and income and to increase opportunities for everyone to participate and be heard.



GrubStreet has already secured a two-million dollar lead donation toward this vision from the Calderwood Charitable Foundation, contingent on GrubStreet winning the bid. The foundation shares our belief that a narrative arts center in Boston would be a game changer.   


How You Can Help

Ready to share your excitement and make a Narrative Arts Center a reality in Boston? Here’s how you can help:

Learn more about advocacy for the Narrative Arts Center, including talking points to share.