Arts at the Armory: A Cultural Haven in the Heart of Somerville
Nestled in the vibrant city of Somerville, Arts at the Armory is a cultural beacon in its ever-evolving community. This historic venue on Highland Avenue is a hub for creativity, innovation, and community engagement. The Center for Arts at the Armory (CAA) is a non-profit organization that resides in a historic Armory building, serving Somerville and the Greater Boston community through arts, cultural and community events, exhibitions, markets, classes and more.
In this post we’re taking a closer look at the Armory’s impact, and what to keep an eye out for, and shedding light on how recent changes in Somerville have influenced this creative institution.
Arts at the Armory: A Creative Oasis
Arts at the Armory is more than just a building; it’s a haven for artistic expression. Housed in a former armory dating back to 1903, this unique venue has been transformed into a space where the arts flourish. It serves as a platform for artists, musicians and other performers to showcase their talents and connect with the community. The organization offers a wide range of programs, including concerts, theater productions, art exhibitions and classes, making it an inclusive and diverse cultural space where something interesting happens nearly every day.
A Central Location
Situated in the heart of Somerville, Arts at the Armory is accessible to both locals and visitors. The new Green Line extension has brought The Armory to a new level of convenience for those commuting to the venue. Located a short walk from the Maguon Square stop on the B, C and D lines, Arts at the Armory is significantly more accessible to the broader Boston community.
Recent Changes and Challenges
One intriguing new development of Arts at the Armory is the city of Somerville’s recent purchase of the building through eminent domain, making it the first publicly owned arts and culture center in Somerville. This change has sparked debate and concern among the community, and some questioned the implications for the organization’s future. But by acquiring the property, the City aims to stabilize the facility’s finances and develop a sustainable operating model aimed to reduce revenue pressure on arts activity and allow the building to remain as a community arts center.
Arts at the Armory hosts so many events with a diverse array of shows that cater to a wide audience. The Center for Arts at the Armory has five signature programs that create opportunities for artists and promote the creative economy. One such program, The Spotlight Series, is a curated series that celebrates the diversity and culture of the community by bringing world-renowned performers with local support talent in an intimate setting. The series presents Peter Mulvey on February 3rd and Blind Boys of Alabama on March 14th.
Learn more at artsatthearmory.org.
With its commitment to foster creativity and embrace change, and its array of upcoming events, Arts at the Armory is an important part of the Somerville and the Greater Boston arts community. We encourage you to visit them soon!