A Cultural Facilities Survey

Today, we are launching our online survey of cultural facilities in Boston.  I’m hoping everyone who uses performance space or who provides performance space will take the time to fill it out.

As you know, last fall, the issues around space in Boston quickly rose to the top of our public discourse.  Everyone was talking about the challenges surrounding Emerson College and the Colonial Theater, Boston University and the Huntington Theatre Company and the Boston Lyric Opera.  These weren’t new challenges and the organizations that were highlighted were only the latest arts organizations to struggle with issues around space. 

In November, Mayor Walsh announced the City would be undertaking a cultural facilities study.  In doing this study, we want to understand the complexities of space in Boston’s performing arts ecosystem.  Are there not enough seats? Are we losing seats? Or do we just not have the right kinds of spaces for the performances taking place in Boston today? We want to know if today’s venues meet the needs of the organizations in our city. 

The online survey is designed for members of the performing arts community, both those who provide rehearsal and performance space and those who use rehearsal and performance space. 

Because we want to understand what is most important to you and your organization, the survey is detailed and many of the questions are open-ended. It will take anywhere from 10 to 40 minutes to complete, depending on how many venues you use or provide.  The survey will close on March 18, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

We truly appreciate you taking the time to provide valuable input. 


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