Global Arts Live in partnership with BioMed Realty to launch 585 Arts

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We are thrilled to be part of this exciting partnership to expand arts opportunities in Cambridge. 

For many years Global Arts Live and the greater Boston cultural sector has been held back by the lack of performance venues. We are very excited to announce that Global Arts Live is bringing its 30-years of experience to lead the creation of 585 Arts, a new non-profit dedicated to operating and programming the expansive arts and performance spaces that are featured in BioMed Realty’s new building planned for 585 Third Street in Cambridge’s Kendall Square.   

Once operational, 585 Arts will manage 30,000sf of indoor and outdoor public space at 585 Third Street, including a 300+ seat theater featuring state of the art audio and visual systems, rehearsal space, flexible multipurpose rooms for workshops and meetings, an indoor garden and outdoor performance spaces. 585 Arts will also activate additional indoor and outdoor public spaces throughout the 10-acre Canal District.  

585 Arts will be committed to diverse and inclusive programming with an operational model for long term sustainability. The new nonprofit will place a particular focus on attracting artists and audiences of color,  tapping into the vibrant neighborhoods that surround Kendall Square. In this mission, 585 Arts will be supported by an expanded Arts Influencer Circle, a volunteer body of Cambridge and Greater Boston creatives who provided input from the cultural community during 585 Third Street’s initial design and feedback stages. 

Global Arts Live, which has pledged to raise $15 Million operating funds for the new 585 Arts entity, will be an anchor tenant at the 585 Third Street theater upon completion, which is expected in 2025. Committed to hosting at least 100 nights of programming per year, Global Arts Live will bring its reach and decades of experience presenting international music, contemporary dance, and jazz to provide both the economic and artistic foundation for a diverse and inclusive performing arts series. More than 200 nights per year will be available for additional artists and cultural organizations to produce and present their work. 

Read the Boston Globe article Nonprofit will operate and program planned 300-seat theater in Kendall Square here.
Read the WBUR ARTery article New Arts Nonprofit And Performance Venue Announced For Kendall Square here.

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