The Front Porch Arts Collective

The Front Porch Arts Collective is in residence at Central Square Theater.  The Collective is a new and exciting Boston-based Arts Collective founded in July 2016.

The Front Porch Arts Collective is a black theatre company committed to advancing racial equity in Boston through theater. ‘The Porch’ serves all of Boston, however our work directly promotes communities that identify as part of the African Diaspora. This includes, but is not limited to African-American, Afro-Latino, Afro-Caribbean, African, and Multi-racial communities. For nearly a decade, Boston has existed without a professional black theatre company employing artists of color and demanding the consideration of the major news outlets in Greater Boston. Boston’s reputation as an unwelcoming and racist city, featured prominently in a seven part Spotlight series in the Boston Globe, highlighted issues of structural racism, including the visible cultural segregation in the arts. As a black theater company committed to rewriting those narratives, our namesake signifies a communal spirit, inspiring us to serve communities of color and produce art that is inclusive of all communities and welcoming to all audiences, to inspire a more tolerant and inclusive Boston. Our values are: Cultural Inclusion; Community Advancement; and Impactful Legacy.

The Front Porch Arts Collective seeks to create a place where perspectives and experiences of Black people are no longer novelty, but an integral part of the global conversation.  Additionally The Porch builds programs that seek to make the entire theatrical landscape more reflect the diversity of the city.  By creating an atmosphere where people see the world through differing experiences, we hope to foster greater understanding of the human condition that ultimately contributes to tolerance and empathy in our world.

Learn more at FrontPorchArts.org

The People
Maurice Emmanuel Parent – Artistic Lead
Dawn Meredith Simmons – Artistic Lead

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