photo courtesy of Wayne Strattman
The Piano Craft Guild building- commonly known as the Piano Factory- is a historic artist space in the South End of Boston. For over 40 years, visual artists have contributed to the artistic and commercial value of this building and the surrounding neighborhood. In November of 2017, these artists were informed that their commercial spaces would be converted into luxury residential units and they would need to move out by January of 2019. There is no reason for this eviction, aside from profit-driven business reasons. These artists who have contributed to the cultural and monetary value of this building and paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in rent are asking for a proper negotiation agreement.
The handful of remaining artists of the Piano Factory value their workspaces, community, and relationships. Displacing and evicting artists is a wrongful pattern that has become commonplace in this city over the past several decades. If the owners want to reap the benefits of redevelopment and displacement, they also have a responsibility to negotiate fair settlements for the remaining artists who have made this building what it is today.
Letter from Boston Mayor Walsh's office:
We are urging The Shoreline Corporation (property manager) and Simeon Bruner (owner) to agree to a proper negotiation towards a fair deal with the remaining visual artists at the Piano Craft Guild.
To learn more about tenant organizing at the Piano Factory, click here