Sowing art in the bitter soil of Boston since 2001

About Special Projects Incubator

Program History:

The Special Projects Incubator evolved out of the Meet Me at the Table series, an 18-month research-based project through the Public Art Incubator. Moving away from the term "public art" SPI frees the Berwick to work with artworks that activate its artists and audiences as social beings, whether through interactive, dialogic or interventionist temporary public projects. The Special Projects Incubator supports work and processes that lie between genre categories and official states of recognition.

Under the SPI program, a project can receive one or all three levels of support:

Level A. Two featured projects will be selected by the board, with priority given to projects that meet the Berwick’s working definition of public art as "art work in temporary social spaces, with an emphasis on creating public dialogue.” The Special Projects Coordinator will help these projects set and achieve specific goals within the fostering period. These projects are eligible for up to $1,000 each in support of materials needed.

2009 Level A Projects included:

Present Tense Archive Project - An on-line and physical archive of performance art from 2003 up until the present, compiled by The Present Tense, a Boston-based performance art collective.

Level B. Berwick co-sponsorship, co-presentation or co-hosting support will be offered to an additional three or four projects through promotion, mailing list notices, in-kind support & potential mini-grants (up to $100) from our budget.

Level C. The Berwick will continue to serve as a fiscal agent for grant applications, and provide advising and/or connections to resources in support of a project that fits within the scope of our mission.


We welcome submissions for SPI support on a rolling basis.  Please submit no more then 500 words articulating your proposed project and include any images or links you think will help illustrate your goals.

We accept ideas for work of any media, but encourage event based projects that engage public and social interaction.  Works in progress are acceptable to submit and will be considered based on their content, with consideration of how SPI can help develop their logistics.

We highly recomend viewing our current and past projects before submitting your proposal.  Proposals should be sent to Daniel and Ryan.


This project has been generously funded in part by the LEF Foundation.