The Brickbottom Artist Association (BAA), a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is dedicated to preserving and expanding the arts in Somerville and the greater Boston area.
We foster a stable, permanent artist community of Brickbottom residents and non-resident members. The BAA promotes and supports its members and their artwork through art openings, BAA gallery shows, membership benefits, and other programs.
The BAA's annual Open Studios is one of the oldest in Boston. Over 100 artists open their doors annually for Open Studios. This event has been expanded to encompass the greater Brickbottom District, which includes Joy Street Studios. We increased inclusion of the Somerville artist community by adding an "Affiliate" category to our membership.
Year-round, the Brickbottom Gallery presents thoughtful and professionally curated art exhibitions as Somerville's premiere not-for-profit contemporary art gallery, as well as events and classes open to the community. The Gallery has operated for twenty years, bringing established artists from all over the world and showcasing both established and emerging artists from this community.
Through community outreach and involvement, free lectures, and scholarship awards, the BAA strives to expand an awareness of the arts that enriches the Boston community at large. For example, BAA member Riki Moss participated on the jury of the Edge of Center Competition, sponsored by the Boston Society of Architects, with the Mayor of Somerville and the Somerville Arts Council, to participate in the future zoning and planning of our district.
Our community outreach includes several years gracing the walls at the headquarters of WGBH, our local NPR and PBS affiliate; an ongoing innovative Arts+Schools Program (through a grant from the Somerville Arts Council) that partners Brickbottom artists with the Prospect Hill Academy; and salon events in the lobby and gallery offered free to the public, such as concerts and open rehearsals in the Gallery by the professional music group Schola Cantorum of Boston. The BAA also offers health insurance at group rates to local artists.