Green Street Studios to Close It's Doors

October 2, 2019

 

 

Green Street Studios is closing after 28 incredible years of serving the dance and arts community in Cambridge and greater Boston. Green Street Studios is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization that fulfills its mission to empower artists to create, explore, and showcase ideas that enhance the vibrancy of our community through affordable rehearsal space and accessible, innovative programming. Each year, GSS has welcomed over 5000 community members to our Central Square studios and Black Box Theater for performances, classes, rehearsals, artist residencies, and more.

Green Street Studios is thriving both artistically and financially. Following a turn-around initiated in 2016, exponential growth has continued under current leadership. Despite this success, GSS cannot sustain a significant rent increase brought by new ownership of the building. Tragically, the increase reflects the prohibitive cost to operate in the Central Square Cultural Arts District and broader Cambridge.

The last day of regular operations will be October 27, 2019. We invite community members to celebrate the legacy of Green Street Studios by renting space, taking classes, and attending performances.  A special Benefit Class Series will take place October 18-20.  Please check our website and social media in the coming weeks for the schedule and other important updates.

 

Upon closure, GSS will join the ranks of other non-profit arts organizations (i.e., EMF and Out of the Blue Too Gallery) which have been forced to close or relocate in recent years due to prohibitive operating costs in Central Square. The City of Cambridge is aware of the untenable costs, but is neither actively preserving nor offering support to keep cultural arts institutions in Cambridge.


Get involved. We encourage you to lend your support to existing arts organizations. If the arts have enriched your life, please advocate for meaningful arts funding and protection in Cambridge. 

Thank you to the passionate community, staff, leadership, and volunteers who have kept the heart of Green Street Studios beating for 28 years. 

 

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For more information, please contact board@greenstreetstudios.org 

 

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