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Festival of Street Art

Bartlett Yard is a former MBTA bus storage and repair yard that has been vacant for over a decade. It's the poster child for blight. We're going to un-blight it in the summer of 2013.

Bartlett Events is a community-based, non-profit, temporary event series being held at Bartlett Yard. We plan to offer free or low-cost events of all kinds with a special emphasis on the arts to activate the space before its development in 2014. The series will engage the neighboring community in the development process, and reintroduce Dudley Square as a destination for arts and culture in Boston. It will also be a heckuva lot of fun.

We have lots of ideas for events. We want to get SoWa open markets to the space, and maybe a farmers market, and a food truck festival, and all kinds of other stuff. But we also want there to be lots of free things that don't involve shopping, and we want a lot of public art on the site.

So our big idea is to turn the biggest eyesore on the site, a huge garage building with about 25 giant garage doors, into Boston's biggest piece of street art. We're going to go find the best graffiti artists and muralists in Boston and give each of them a bunch of paint and a door to work on. Then we're going to have a party one weekend to celebrate. At the party, we'll let anyone who wants to paint have at it on the doors we didn't give to graffiti artists.

And then the developer is going to tear the building down. Art is fleeting!

Funded by Boston, MA (December 2012)