Our flagship program, THE BROCKTON POETRY SERIES, has been running monthly for more than a dozen years using as venues The Brockton Public Library, Fuller Craft Museum, Elvera’s Café, and now our new home, GALLERY THIRTY THREE in the Stacy Adams Cultural Arts Building on Dover Street.

On the fourth Tuesday of each month the doors open at 7:00 PM for networking, the event beginning at 7:15 when host Kayla Orrick steps to the microphone to welcome the audience, lay out a few simple rules and begin the open mic.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to share their own work or the credited work of another and to actively participate in the emotional and artistic exchange between poet and audience.  A short intermission follows the open mic before our series booking agent Julie Devasto takes the microphone to introduce the evening’s featured poet.

We have in the past featured Pulitzer Prize winners Maxine Kumin and Lloyd Shwartz, force of nature feminist activist Marge Piercy, the king of light prose XJ Kennedy, the inestimable Michael Brown and Valerie Lawson, Boston’s Poet Laureate Danielle Legros-George, and slam masters Simone Beaubien Eric Darby and Sir Ryk Mcintyre among others…  The list is almost endless and we are eternally grateful to our founding poets, co-hosts and booking agents Philip Hasouris, Frank Miller, and Sheila Twyman.

A long standing part of The Brockton Poetry Series is the BROCKTON POETRY WRITING WORKSHOP, held on the third Saturday of every month from Noon until 3PM in Gallery Thirty Three. This workshop is facilitated by our rotating team of Alva Howe, Andy Feinberg, and Kris Weinrich.  If you are serious about improving your craft this is a wonderful and eye opening experience…  please join us…

Language is the thread with which we weave the tapestry of our lives…

Come hear the weave of words…

THE NIGHT SLAM is presented on the second Thursday of every month in GALLERY THIRTY THREE in The Stacy Adams Cultural Arts Building on Dover Street.  The doors open at 6:30PM for networking. The event begins when host Barbatt Jocelyn steps to the microphone to welcome the audience, lay out a few simple rules and begin the open mic portion of the evening.  The open mic is followed by a short intermission, judges are selected, slam positions drawn, and our host Barbatt calls the room to order, reviews the slam rules, introduces time keeper and co-host Kris Weinrich, and calls the first performer to the microphone.  Slam Poetry is judged both by content and presentation, it is  an 8 by 8 single elimination competition – three rounds to a final pairing and the evenings Slam Champion.

The rituals of the slam, original work performed without props, a three minute time frame with just the poet the microphone and the audience teaches a whole world of skills – presentation, posture, vocabulary, articulated emotion, and raw nerve as our performers strive to connect with their audience, tell their story and bring them along…  Join us, you will be amazed…

The Shoe City Screens Film Festival is a celebration of local film talent…  Documentarians, Cinamatographers, Videographers, Sound Engineers, Screenwriters, Actors…  Showing off Feature Films, Shorts, Comedies, Music Videos, Animatiion, Claymatiion, Horror…

The range of material is startling, the creativity and practiced craft noteworthy, the dedication and hard work of the artists involved is absolutely inspiring…

Please Join us for Films, Lectures, and Artists round tables…

You will be amazed…

Promise

We began hosting the DOWNTOWN BROCKTON ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL in the twin Salisbury Brook and Finnegan Parks on the corner of Crescent Street and Montello Street on the last Saturday in August beginning in 2010.  A wonderful day of food, music, artwork, craft vendors, and children’s activities…  We grew every year, beginning in 2010 with a modest but enthusiastic audience of about 350 guests and culminating in 2016’s festival’s 2500+ guests over three days following our move to our new home in the Stacy Adams Cultural Arts Building on Dover Street.

This year Brockton Arts is celebrating our second anniversary in our new home in the Stacy Adams Cultural Arts Building on Dover Street, using the opportunity to once again grow DBAMFEST2017.  DBAMFEST will be staged in the Stacy Adams Cultural Arts Building, it’s parking lot, and other venues downtown over the last weekend in August.  The Festival begins with an Open House in Gallery Thirty Three on Friday afternoon August 25th and will finish with a Drummers Circle and Musical Jam Session in the Gallery late Sunday evening August 27th.

In between there will be an Artist’s Reception and musical performances Friday evening, hip hop and old timey rock and roll picnic parties Saturday afternoon in two venues with live DJs and live bands, live musical performances Saturday evening in two venues, and the Brockton Symphony Brass Quintet performing Sunday afternoon in Gallery Thirty Three

The Stacy Adams Cultural Arts Building will be holding open Studios over the period of the festival as well as hosting an indoor vendors mall.

Mark your calendars… We are looking forward to a wonderful time…

Please come out and play with us…

The Earthquake that devastated Port a Prince Haiti on January 12th 2010 deeply affected the Haitian community in its full international expression. The entire community was in mourning. In response to the malaise felt by all the Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts (HAAM) began a program to support their artistic brethren in Jacmel Haiti, sending art supplies – brushes, paints, and canvas – to partners in Jacmel expressly to stimulate an artistic response to the devastation. That response became The Jacmel Project, HAAM in partnership with Brockton Arts staging an initial series of artistic presentations showcasing the works of artists from Haiti as well as the work of artists from the local Haitian diaspora, that work relating to the earthquake and its effects. The initial series of shows was presented under the title of ‘When Our Brushes Shook’ and was staged over a period of months in Boston City Hall, Cambridge City Hall, Brockton City Hall, the Driscoll Gallery at the Brockton Public Library, as well as with Fuller Craft’s Art in the Windows on Main Street in Brockton, and the walls of Chrisman Charlot’s Tamboo Bistro. The intent of the Jacmel Project was to get the artists painting again, there were stories to be told, and to begin a small marketing initiative with that artwork to benefit the artistic community…

To that end ‘When Our Brushes Shook’ was followed by our second show ‘Haitian Colors of Resilience’ the next year with Lesley University and the Mass College of Professional Psychology, and our third show ‘Haitian Colors in Transit’ the next year with MassPort, Unicef, ArtsBoston, the Haitian Consul General, the City of Boston, and the Ansara Family Funds. Our fourth show ‘Migrating Colors’ staged with the Mass College of Professional Psychology and the Weddelman Gallery at Lasalle College began a public introduction to the long term success of the project. The Jacmel Project has returned in excess of $20,000 to the artists and our partners in Jacmel and now supports an Arts Academy in Jacmel for children that engages and teaches 80 students. Our current show is titled ‘The Jacmel Project – Reflection and Celebration’ and is staged in Brockton Arts’ Gallery 33 in the Stacy Adams Cultural Arts Building with the support and partnership of Torrey and Associates Real Estate, the office of Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter, and Brockton’s Main Street Manager Gary Leonard.

Please join us on Saturday evening November 21st 2015 from 6PM until 11PM as we celebrate with a reception for ‘The Jacmel Project – Reflection and Celebration’ in Gallery 33, The Stacy Adams Cultural Arts Building, 33 Dover Street Brockton MA… Please come out and play with us…