Are you a small performing arts troupe in need of a stage? Perhaps you’re a midsize company pining for consistent rehearsal space and room to grow. Maybe you’re a property owner who would like to transform your building into a performance venue. Or maybe, just maybe, you’re one of the city’s larger producers who believes Boston needs a big, flexible performing arts space that can better accommodate modern productions and audience tastes.
City Hall wants to hear from you. Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced Tuesday the launch of an online survey to study the city’s performing arts venues and compare them to the needs of the city’s performing arts groups.
“As the performing arts landscape in Boston continues to evolve, it is important to have a clear understanding of the assets that exist within the city so we can quantify the needs that exist within the performing arts ecosystem,” Walsh said in a statement. “We encourage members of the community to share their input regarding the performance and rehearsal space in Boston so together we can start working toward solutions surrounding the complexities of space for Boston’s performing artists.”
Formally known as the Performing Arts Facilities Assessment, the online survey is part of a broader facilities study the mayor announced last November following a series of rapid-fire shifts in the city’s performing arts landscape involving the Colonial Theatre, Citi Performing Arts Center, and BU Theatre. Calling the survey an “essential component” of that broader study, city officials said it would allow them to hear directly from Boston’s performing arts community — both performers and those who provide performance and rehearsal venues.
Both the survey and the broader study are part of Boston Creates, the city’s months-long cultural planning process, due for completion in June, which seeks to craft a cultural master plan for Boston. City officials promise the survey results will inform what they are calling a “comprehensive report on the challenges and opportunities facing the Boston performing arts ecosystem.”
The survey remains open through the evening of March 28, which coincides with the next Boston Creates meeting at Bunker Hill Community College at 6 p.m.