Our nonprofit the Greater Roxbury Arts & Cultural Center Inc. was formed in 2022 to develop a 35,000 square foot visual and performing arts center in the Nubian Square commercial district in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, MA.
The conceptual design for GRACC, inspired by the local context and the historical influence of Nubia, encompasses a variety of spaces. The center will house a two-level main stage proscenium theater with wings, a fly system, theatrical lighting, 310 fixed seats, and a projector to accommodate both live performances and film screenings. Dressing rooms, a green room, a second floor rehearsal space, third-floor flexible black box theater, as well as two first-floor art galleries are also included in the design.
Our inaugural president and CEO is Taneshia Nash Laird.
To support and present innovative performing arts, cinema, visual art, and humanities that honor the cultural roots and diverse talent emergent from the African diaspora, while promoting social justice and economic development in the Nubian Square neighborhood of Boston.
To become a destination where patrons, partners, and performers can find meaningful connections through the arts, and to be a leader in celebrating the beauty and richness of Black and Latinx culture in Boston.
Community: We believe in creating an inclusive and welcoming environment where all members of the community can come together and celebrate diverse cultures through the arts.
Creativity: We value and encourage artistic innovation and experimentation as a means of advancing cultural expression and understanding.
Social Justice: We are committed to promoting social justice through our programming and supporting the communities we serve.
Economic Development: We strive to foster economic development and growth through partnerships with local businesses and organizations, and by providing employment opportunities that bolster the creative economy.
Education: We believe in the transformative power of the arts and are committed to providing educational opportunities for youth and adults to engage with and appreciate diverse cultural expressions.
These are the companies that will call GRACC home.
(Stay tuned for announcements about our Annual and Visiting Artists and Companies.)
Castle of Our Skins
Castle of our Skins is a Black arts institution dedicated to fostering cultural curiosity and celebrating Black artistry through music. In classrooms, concert halls, and beyond, Castle of our Skins invites Black heritage and culture exploration, spotlighting both unsung and celebrated figures of past and present.
OrigiNation's professional dance division will be GRACC's resident dance company, making OrigiNation the first professional Black and Latino youth dance company in the nation in residence at a performing arts center especially designed for the African Diaspora.
The Roxbury International Film Festival bills itself as the largest festival in New England that celebrates people of color. Over the course of ten days the festival screens all genres of films, holds workshops and panel discussions and offers filmmakers the opportunity to network with each other as well as audience members.
Join us in bringing diverse and inclusive art to our community as a Charter Member of GRACC, destined to be the premier cultural destination of Nubian Square. Click below to learn more about our charter memberships and benefits.
Whether you can commit to one day or become a regular volunteer, we appreciate your help in making our pre-opening programs and fundraising a success. Contact us to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
Your support will help us bring world-class performances, exhibits, and educational opportunities to Roxbury. You can make a one-time or recurring donation online or by mail. Every gift makes a difference and we thank you in advance.