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Experience something unexpected with interactive and innovative workshops, lectures and demos in the visual and performing arts. Experiment with wax in the Mills Gallery, learn how theatre companies bring imaginary worlds to life, delve into the artistic process with BCA studio artist demos and more!

 

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block-perfMovement at the Mills
Friday, April 18th | 7:00pm & 8:00pm
Mills Gallery
Movement at the Mills is a series of dance exhibitions know for showcasing fresh, edgy work. This session features local companies, Jessie Jeanne & Dancers in a cross-disciplinary work inspired by Henri Matisse and Reject Dance Theatre as they explore the territory of human psyche, gender and animal movement. Learn more

 


 

block-wkshpThe Homework Machine with Boston Children’s Theatre
Saturday, April 19th | 12-3pm (with 30 min break before 2 pm performance)
Plaza Theatre
Explore musical theatre with an interactive workshop, a behind the scenes tour and then the 2pm World Premier showing of The Homework Machine.
Learn more and buy tickets

 


 

block-openJordan Eagles: Blood Dust Opening Reception
With Curator’s Introduction
Friday, April 25 | 6pm
Mills Gallery
Free and open to the public
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block-wkshpNeighborhood Circles: Mixed Media Poster Design
Saturday, May 3
Ages 2–4 | 9:30–10:15 am
Ages 5 and up |10:30am–12:00 pm
Arts Resource Room at the Calderwood Pavilion
Create mixed-media posters that represent our own family circles. We will then put them together to create a large wall size mural that shows how we are all connected! Learn more and register



 

block-talkHow many artists does it take to change (a lightbulb)?
Saturday, May 3 | 1-3 pm
Tour at 1pm | Community Exhibition Celebration at 2pm
Mills Gallery
Join Cathy McLaurin for the culmination of her 15-week residency at the Boston Center for the Arts with a tour (of sorts) of the BCA campus as well as its South End neighborhood, followed by a community exhibition.
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block-wkshpCreate Your Own Superhero
Saturday, May 10
Ages 2– 4 | 9:30–10:15am
Ages 5 and up 10:30–12:00 pm
Artist Studios Building at the BCA
Bring your superhero to life!
Learn more and register

 


 

block-perfReverberations
Friday, May 16 | 7pm
Mills Gallery
Free and open to the public
Contemplative musician Federico Parra’s harmonic singing echoes the raw connections evoked from the rich artistry of Jordan Eagles. Programmed in conjunction with the Mills Gallery exhibition Jordan Eagles: Blood Dust.
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block-wkshpDANCE CHAT
Wednesday, May 28th | 7:00pm
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
Two guys walk into a barre…
Join two powerful voices in American dance, Peter DiMuro and Sydney Skybetter, for dynamic conversation on survival in the dance world and the ideas, roles, identities and responsibilities that grow out of and into being a dance artist. The chat will evolve with audience participation.
Treats will be served. Cash Bar.
Free and open to the public
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block-perfMovement at the Mills
Friday, June 6 | 7pm
Mills Gallery
Free and open to the public
Critically-acclaimed dance company Skybetter and Associates performs company repertoire amidst Jordan Eagles’ exhibition as part of Movement at the Mills, a series of dance exhibitions showcasing fresh, edgy work.
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block-perfXX PlayLab Festival: New Ideas
June 6 - June 8, 2014
BCA Plaza Theatre
Discover the ideas that shape our city and nation's vibrant new play sector with this year's XX PlayLab artists. This weekend-long festival of new work will feature panel discussions, staged readings and talkbacks with the playmakers.
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Previous Programs:


 

block-wkshpSummer Teen Art | Beyond the Walls: Public Art
July 22-26 | 2:30-5:30 pm | Artist Studios Building
$25 per week
Take your art practice out of the studio and gallery and onto the BCA plaza. For teens ages 12-15.
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block-wkshpConnected through Drawing: An Interactive Workshop with Ilona Anderson
Saturday, July 27 | 10am–12pm
Mills Gallery
Free and Open to the Public
Tired of the same old lines? Rethink the way you use everyday drawing tools to create new imaginative and experimental works. All levels of drawing experience welcome.
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block-wkshpSummer Teen Art | Outside the Lines: Focus on Drawing
July 29 - August 2 | 2:30-5:30 pm | Artist Studios Building
$25 per week
Immerse yourself into the world of drawing with the BCA’s summer exhibition. For teens ages 12-15.
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block-wkshpSummer Teen Art | Wordplay: Text and Image
August 5-9 | 2:30-5:30 pm | Artist Studios Building
$25 per week
Blur the lines between poetry, spoken word and the visual world. For teens ages 12-15.
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block-wkshpSummer Teen Art | Mix-tape: Pop-culture Remixed
August 12-16 | 2:30-5:30 pm | Artist Studios Building
$25 per week
Be inspired by hip-hop culture of the late 80s from poetry, rap battles and DJs. For teens ages 12-15.
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block-openCulture Tap by New American Public Art
Opening Reception, Artist Talk and Demonstration

Friday, September 6 | 7-9pm
Artist Studios Building
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block-wkshpInvisible Cities: Drawing with Light and Shadow with Marguerite White
Saturday, September 7 | 2–5pm
Mills Gallery
Free and Open to the Public
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block-talkArtist Reception
Friday, September 13 | 6–8pm
Mills Gallery
Free and Open to the Public
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block-talkCurator Talk
Saturday, September 14 | 1pm
Mills Gallery
Free and Open to the Public
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block-openSouth End Open Studios
September 21 & 22
11am-6pm
Artist Studios Building
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block-talkArtist Talk - Azadeh Tajpour
September 26 | 7pm
Mills Gallery
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block-openOpening Reception
Friday, October 4 | 7pm
Mills Gallery
Free and Open to the Public
Featuring a live musical performance by Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society.
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block-wkshpHome Sweet Home: Building Environments
Saturday, October 19 | 10:30am-12pm
Mills Gallery
Ages 5 and up
Build your own architectural models using sticks, branches and other elements of nature!
Learn more and Register

 


 

block-wkshpTools for Creativity Workshop
Monday, October 21 | 6:30pm
BCA Plaza Theatres
Free, RSVP Required
Designing, Controlling and Triggering Audio in Live Performance: a hands-on workshop led by Matthew Gray.
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block-wkshpPicture This! Storytelling with Images
Saturday, October 26 | 10:30am-12pm
Mills Gallery
Ages 5 and up
Let your pictures tell the story as we draw our own storytelling banners.
Learn more and Register

 


 

block-perfSinging Stories with Clare Dolan
Saturday October 26 | 7pm
Mills Gallery
Free and Open to the Public
An evening of live cantastoria, the millennium-old performance form in which painted narrative images are brought to life by a singing narrator, fills the Mills Gallery. Presented by Clare Dolan, Chief Operating Philosopher of the Museum of Everyday Life. Learn more

 


 

block-wkshpMove with Weber Dance
November 2 | 9:30-10:30am
Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts
Ages 2-4
Jump, spin and show us your best moves.
Learn more and Register

 


 

block-wkshpMove with Weber Dance
Saturday, November 2 | 10:30am-12pm
Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts
Ages 5 and up
Jump, spin and show us your best moves.
Learn more and Register

 


 

block-wkshpFixing Sessions with the Fixers Collective
Saturday November 2 | 3-6pm
Mills Gallery
Free and Open to the Public
Bring that broken lamp, torn pair of pants, or busted toaster to a fixing session and interact with a fixer who can help you get it back into use. Note: repairs and not guaranteed and drop off items are not accepted. Come early! Learn more

 


 

block-talkThe National Bitter Melon Council and our (Inter)national Bitternesses
Thursday, November 7 | 7pm
Mills Gallery
Free and Open to the Public
Since its founding at the BCA in 2004, the NBMC has grown internationally! Join founding members Andi Sutton and Hiroko Kikuchi to discuss bitterness and how to use it as a rallying tool (or culinary contribution) in the community. Learn more

 


 

block-wkshpParading Around!
November 9 | 9:30-10:30am
Mills Gallery
Ages 2-4
Be part of a mini-parade at the BCA.
Learn more and Register

 


 

block-wkshpParading Around!
Saturday, November 9 | 10:30am-12pm
Mills Gallery
Ages 5 and up
Be part of a mini-parade at the BCA.
Learn more and Register

 


 

block-perfXX PlayLab: New Playmakers
Sunday November 10 | 7pm
BCA Plaza Theatre
Free and Open to the Public
Meet this year's generation of XX PlayLab artists and collaborators as they share a glimpse of what's to come.
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block-wkshp1860s Paper Canoe Building with Mare Liberum
Saturday, November 16 | 10am-1pm
Mills Gallery
Free and Open to the Public
Learn about the 19th century practice of creating full-size paper racing shells, skiffs and canoes with common items from the hardware store. Work along side the artists to finish their in-progress paper canoe. Learn more

 


 

block-wkshpTools for Creativity Workshop
Tuesday, November 19 | 6:30pm
BCA Plaza Theatres
Free, RSVP Required
Inexpensive Arduino projects for the Theatre: a hands-on workshop led by Matthew Gray.
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block-talkBRIGHT NIGHTS: Book signing and presentation with author and photographer Tod Seelie
Friday, November 22 | 7 pm
Mills Gallery
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block-wkshpShifting Borders: Artist Round-Table Discussion
Monday, November 25 | 7pm
Mills Gallery
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block-openThe Infinite Space of the Possible Opening Reception
Friday, December 13 | 6-8pm
Mills Gallery
Free and Open to the Public
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block-wkshpBlack and White Still Life Watercolor Workshop with Aileen O. Erickson
Saturday, December 14 | 1-3pm
Mills Gallery
Free and Open to the Public, Registration Required
Bring unexpected items to create a collaborative still life that will inspire your own composition.
Learn more and Register



 

block-talkCurator’s Talk: The Infinite Space of the Possible
Thursday, January 9 | 7pm
Mills Gallery
Free and Open to the Public
Exhibition curator Lynne Cooney and participating artists will investigate the importance of permission and the nature of risk-taking.
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block-wkshpFairy Tales with imaginary beasts
Saturday, January 25 | 11am-12:15pm
Free, Registration preferred
BCA Plaza Theatres
Actors from imaginary beasts help us get into character and bring fairy tales to life with fun theatre games and exercises.
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block-wkshpWhite-Line Block Printing with Victor Ortale
WORKSHOP REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL
Saturday, January 25 | 1-4pm
Mills Gallery
Free and Open to the Public, Registration Required
Join artist and architect Victor Ortale for a hands-on exploration of his press-less printing process.
Learn more and Sign up for the waiting list



 

block-wkshpDance Workshop with SPUNKandCOmpany
Saturday, January 25 | 2–3pm
Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts
FREE and open to the public
Participants will be invited to move with company dancers in this fun, interactive event.
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block-wkshpCity Views: Printmaking
Saturday, February 1 | 10:30am-12pm
Free, Registration preferred
Mills Gallery
Inspired by artist Victor Ortale’s colorful images of Boston, we will use simple materials to create our own prints about the place we call home.
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block-wkshpMaster Scriptwriting for Stage & Screen
10 Wednesdays | 6:30pm - 9:30pm
January 8 - March 12
Grub Street Headquarters and BCA Plaza Theatre
Ready to work with professional actors to bring your script to life? Want to get your script produced, get an agent, or apply for an MFA program? In this intensive forum in partnership with Grub Street, you will polish and complete a full-length screenplay or play. Learn more




block-talkArtist Resident Cathy McLaurin
February 27 | 7 pm
Mills Gallery
While in residency at the Boston Center for the Arts from February 3 through May 16, artist Cathy McLaurin will create a tour of Boston’s historic South End neighborhood, drawing on methodology including “on the ground” interactions with community members and historical research.
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block-wkshpSolar Exposures with Scott Patrick Wiener
March 15 | 1-3 pm
Mills Gallery
Free, Pre-registration required
Collaborate with artist Scott Patrick Wiener to print your own personal imagery onto construction paper using UV light. Through hands-on art making and discussion, explore Wiener’s process using a material that—much like memory—will fade over time. Programmed in conjunction with BRINK v1 on view in the Mills Gallery until April 13, 2014. Learn more

 


 

block-talkPanel Discussion: Itinerant Photography
Thursday, March 20 | 7pm
Mills Gallery
Join us as exhibition artists discuss contemporary artistic practices that engage themes of psychogeography, psychological portraiture and nomadic countercultures. Programmed in conjunction with BRINK v1 on view in the Mills Gallery until April 13, 2014.
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block-wkshpA Community Conversation with Artist Resident Cathy McLaurin
March 22 | 1 pm
Mills Gallery
Come tell us about yourself! Artist Cathy McLaurin and the Boston Center for the Arts host an afternoon of story sharing. Bring a personal object that you feel communicates your history and experience.
Learn more

 


 

block-perfXX PlayLab: New Forms
Sunday March 23
BCA Plaza Theatre
Free and Open to the Public
Expand on new forms and approaches to new play development with this year's XX PlayLab artists and collaborators.
Learn more

 


 

block-wkshpHands-on Bookmaking with Houseboat Press
April 5 | 1-3pm
Mills Gallery
Free, Pre-registration preferred
Work alongside members of Houseboat Press to create your own book. Editing from a bank of photos, explore relationships between images and the impact that selection can have on how a story is created. Programmed in conjunction with BRINK v1 on view in the Mills Gallery until April 13, 2014.
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