VIDEO: See GrubStreet’s Public Preview of New Space

Missed the first public preview of GrubStreet's new space on the waterfront? Have no fear! Eve Bridburg, GrubStreet's Founder and Executive Director, shares a video recap of the event and invites you to participate in helping shape our vision to create an arts space for everyone.

On September 19th, we held the first public preview of our new space on the waterfront with Mayor Martin J. Walsh.  Before construction began, we wanted to give our community a chance to tour our new home, appreciate the views and raw space, hear a beautiful poem from one of our teen writers, and learn more about our vision to build an arts space for everyone. 

It was a thrilling and joyful event with hundreds of writers, friends, and future neighbors collectively celebrating this exciting leap and all it will mean for Boston. In typical grubby fashion, we asked our community to share their own hopes and dreams for the space by writing them down on large sticky notes and hanging them around the space. We were delighted, moved and surprised by the responses. Here’s a sample of what we heard.

I hope this space will:

ignite imagination

Ignite the inner nerd in us all

be a haven for everyone

be a place we can all be heard

be in my life forever

be filled with people who embrace challenges and learn/grow together

be a place of community, art, new friends, and fellowship

bring people from other neighborhoods to the waterfront

bring the cool kids to the waterfront

break barriers

have fun events

last and flourish, allow writers to do the same, and grow, and sell books, and read more


We couldn’t agree more. In case you missed the event, check out our video recap above so you can be with us in spirit. We also invite you to share your own response to our community promptsAnd, if you'd like to learn more about the new arts space or would like to contribute to the campaign to build it, please contact Kat Read, our capital campaign manager at [email protected]. We're still in the early, "quiet phase," but will be reaching out to you and our whole community next year.

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About the Author

Under Eve’s (she/her/hers) leadership, GrubStreet has grown into a national literary powerhouse known for artistic excellence, working to democratize the publishing pipeline and program innovation. An active partner to the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, Eve was the driving force behind establishing the country’s first Literary Cultural District in downtown Boston and securing chapter 91 space in the Seaport to build a creative writing center. The Barr Foundation recently named her a 2019 Barr Fellow in recognition of her leadership. Having graduated from its inaugural class, Eve remains active with the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program, a consortium of 200 of the world’s top cultural leaders, which addresses the critical issues that face the arts and cultural sector worldwide. Eve has presented on the future of publishing, what it takes to build a literary arts center, and the intersection of arts and civics at numerous local and national conferences. Her essays and op-eds on publishing, the role of creative writing centers and the importance of the narrative arts have appeared in The Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Cognoscenti, Writer's Digest and TinHouse. Eve serves on the Advisory Board of The Loop Lab, a new Cambridge-based nonprofit dedicated to increasing representation in the Media Arts. Eve worked as a literary agent at The Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency for five happy years where she developed, edited, and sold a wide variety of books to major publishers. Before starting GrubStreet, she attended Boston University’s Writing program on a teaching fellowship, farmed in Oregon, and ran an international bookstore in Prague.

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