An exhibit with as many as 280 pieces is expected to open to the public this spring, on the ground floor of the Enterprise Block.
BROCKTON — A nascent arts district in the city’s downtown, created through strong advocacy from local artists, government grants and the generosity of a key player in downtown development, will soon see a major addition.
A 280-piece collection of original Asian artworks and Western prints is slated to open to the public as a long-term exhibit inside the Enterprise Block, a recently constructed complex that includes artist housing and the Enso Gallery.
365备用网址APPThe collection belongs to the Milton Art Museum, curated from the private holdings of families in Boston’s suburbs before the museum temporarily closed in 2018.
It’s expected to re-open to the public this spring, with oversight from the Brockton Arts Council, a volunteer group of local artists and organizers who are helping move the collection out of storage.We can deliver news just like this directly to your inbox. You can sign up for This Just In (a daily newsletter that comes out at 7:30 p.m. each evening with items we've posted that day), News Alerts (so you don't miss anything important), our Daily Newsletter (sent each morning) and more. It's customized to your preferences -- and it'll only take a few seconds.
365备用网址APPThe Brockton Arts Council’s founder, a former café owner named Arnie Danielson, has proven to be a resourceful activator of underused spaces around the city. Trinity Financial's Enterprise Block, a growing 113-unit residential complex where several commercial spaces are yet to find tenants, will soon house two gallery spaces where Danielson plays an active role.
The Enso Gallery, which Danielson curates, occupies its ground-floor space free of charge from Trinity. The Milton Art Museum will pay its rent using grant money that the Brockton Arts Council helped secure.
The grant, which will help pay for the renovation of the unfinished commercial space, was awarded by the Barr Foundation through MassDevelopment, an arm of state government that’s catalyzed several art projects and real estate developments in downtown Brockton in recent years.
Together with the Enso Gallery, which showcases a small but compelling collection of works from local painters, the Milton Art Museum could help a small arts district establish itself as a destination for creatives, fans and tourists.
“Visitors can say, ‘My word, where do these artists come from?’” Danielson said, turning to the gallery’s sweeping windows. “And we can point to the houses outside. Here, here, here and here.”
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