BAA history


Since 1987, Brickbottom residents have volunteered their time, energy and effort to make the Brickbottom Artist Association what it is today - a vital community arts organization in Boston's contemporary art scene.

The Brickbottom Artist Association was founded by residents of the Brickbottom Artist Building, one of the oldest living and working artists communities in the country.

In 1984, a group of artists came together, in search of a stable and affordable working and living environment. They eventually purchased two semi-abandoned buildings which were originally erected in the 1920's as the cannery and bakery of A&P stores.

The community, named after the section in Somerville for the clay deposits used for brickmaking, has become a well-known model for other artists' live/work developments throughout the country.

Today, the nearly 150 condominium spaces, each of a unique size, shape and design, serve as both home and workspace to BAA member artists and non-artists alike.

Honors and awards:

2007:  The BAA received an Organizational Support grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  The Organizational Support program nurtures the development of a robust cultural sector through three-year matching grants to organizations with track records of excellence and community service.

2005:  The Massachusetts Cultural Council awarded the Gold Star Award in 2005 to the Brickbottom Gallery for its innovative and creative programming.