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Lincoln Arts Project Seeks to Play a More Prominent Role in Waltham

Lincoln Arts Project (LAP) seeks to play a more prominent role in the Waltham art scene by renting out affordable studio spaces to young and emerging artists or small creative businesses. Initially established as a temporary gallery space, LAP is located on the first floor of the Lincoln Studios—one of the larger artist studio buildings in Waltham.

Since mounting their first show in November 2010, the gallery has undergone some renovations and added a basement space. It all happened while LAP was transitioning from being just a temporary space to show art to a permanent gallery. Beyond the studios that were already part of the building, there were no other studio spaces that the gallery could claim their own.

“We had access to a bunch of large storage spaces that connected to the gallery and it just seemed to make sense to turn them into studio spaces” says Pat Falco who along with Elliott Anderson opened the gallery in 2010. The recently completed renovations allowed for studio spaces that are now associated with the gallery itself rather than with Lincoln Studios.

As an artist run space, the newly created studio spaces allows LAP to have a fully functioning gallery by covering the costs associated with running it.

“We're definitely trying to create more affordable spaces and get some more exciting artists in the area. There seems to be a flux of younger people moving out to Waltham, but most of the studio spaces around us cater towards older artists,” says Pat Falco, hoping that this initiative will attract exciting artists and inject life into the Greater Boston arts community.

“We're fortunate to already be located in one of the bigger artist buildings in Waltham, and with a great location on Moody Street we have a lot of potential,” he added.

All images are courtesy of Lincoln Arts Project.

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Anulfo AKA The Evolving Critic is a preservationist and blogger with a strong interest in architectural history, urbanism, and the parallels between fashion and architecture. He holds degrees in Tourism Planning and Development from the University of New Hampshire and in the History of Art and Architecture from Boston University. Anulfo has written for the Boston Society of Architects and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He oversaw BR&S's blog, Our Daily Red, from 2012-14.

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