Malden Center for Arts & Culture

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Malden Center for Arts & Culture

Malden Center for Arts & Culture

The City of Malden is developing a concept plan for a new Malden Center for Arts & Culture, to be located at 89 Summer Street, the site of the former Malden District Courthouse. Malden community members are invited to help envision the future of the site.

MAPC will support community outreach and engagement for the project and make recommendations for an operations approach and business model for the space. 

Questions? Reach out to Director of Arts & Culture Annis Sengupta at asengupta@mapc.org.

Steering committee meetings are held monthly and are open to the viewing public.

Upcoming Events

Steering Commitee Meeting

Wednesday, October 6
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Click here for info on how to join.

Steering Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 3
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Click here for info on how to join

Background

The arts community in Malden has been advocating for new space to support arts and culture in the city for the last few years. This project will build off those conversations and begin new ones to make this vision a reality.  

The City of Malden is working with the Malden Legislative Delegation to file legislation designating the Malden District Courthouse, located at 89 Summer Street, as surplus property and directing its transfer from the Commonwealth to the City. The City’s goal is to convert the courthouse into the Malden Center for Arts & Culture.

In addition to pursuing the transfer of property, the City is developing a concept plan for the arts center, guided by a 10-member Steering Committee that includes a diverse representation of cultural organizations and artistic disciplines in addition to City leaders.

To create a plan for the center, the City must resolve questions regarding its programming, design, and operations. The full plan will identify the uses and users of the space, develop a concept design for renovations, build a sustainable operational model, and identify funding sources for construction and operations.

In partnership with the Steering Committee, the project team will:

  • Conduct an extensive community engagement process to understand what artists and creators need, as well as what the public would like to engage with
  • Conduct an architectural feasibility analysis and assess the types of spaces that are appropriate for the building and what uses can be accommodated
  • Research successful examples of arts and culture centers that include the uses desired by the Steering Committee and broader community 
  • Propose a business model for operation of the building as an arts and culture center

The Plan

At the end of this process, the Malden Center for Arts & Culture Concept Plan will articulate a vision for the building as an arts and cultural center, define the values guiding the program, and lay out an operational model for the space.

The plan will also identify the likely users of the space and propose what the Cultural Center will be used for, based on feedback collected from the Steering Committee and broader community engagement.

Finally, the plan will include a proposed business model based on research on similar spaces and one or more design schemes for adapting the building to accommodate the proposed uses. 

Partners

Design team:

The design team will be facilitated by the Boston Society for Architecture Community + Collaborative Design program. The designers will provide analyze building conditions and provide schematic design options based on community feedback.