Inside:Out — Weaving Arts into the Urban Fabric

This national open design competition seeks to transform the Tremont Street plaza and other public spaces surrounding the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA), which occupies an entire city block from Clarendon Street to Berkeley Street in Boston’s historic South End. The BCA is an urban cultural village, incubating and showcasing the performing and visual arts and artists of our times. The BCA complex includes 50 working artist studios, six live/work spaces, The Mills gallery, and four theatres. It is also the home of the Boston Ballet, the Community Music Center of Boston, and almost a dozen other non-profit arts organizations.

The design competition will accomplish four principal goals. First, the project seeks to create a space/landscape that identifies the BCA as a citywide arts destination, and reflects on the BCA’s mission to showcase and incubate the work of visual and performing artists of our times. Second, the BCA seeks to offer a welcoming and inclusive environment that unites the arts with the surrounding cityscape. Third, the design must create a space that will not only serve as an everyday gathering place to encourage interaction, but can also be adapted to accommodate larger seasonal activities and or special events. Finally, the goal is to unify the old and new elements of the BCA complex, while also guiding visitors to the institutions, arts groups, and businesses within the block that the BCA occupies.

The registration deadline is February 27, 2006, and the submission deadline is May 9, 2006. Finalists will be announced on May 24, 2006, and the winner will be announced in September, 2006. Up to five finalists will receive $2,500 and the winner will receive $5,000 and contract negotiations to build the project. The fee to enter is $75 for non-professionals and $175 for professionals.

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