Arts & Culture in Beverly

New Artist in Residence Pilot Program!

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The Beverly Arts District (BAD), through partners Beverly Main Streets, Montserrat College of Art, and the City of Beverly, is excited to announce the City's first Artist in Residence Program! The selected Artist-in-Residence Zooguu, aka Jennifer & Brian Gubicza, will be provided with studio space in the Beverly Arts District at no cost as well as a monthly stipend to support their work through October 2021. Join us for the Grand Opening on September 10th! 

The link at left, and HERE, will direct you to the Project website 

Follow along on social media too - @creativecollectivema  @zooguu  @mybeverly01915  @bevartsdistrict

The residency will take place through October 31, 2021 at 285 Cabot Street, the restaurant portion of Chianti, which is temporarily closed. Operating hours will be 11:00am – 7:00pm Friday and Saturday and 11:00am – 4:00pm on Sunday. Zooguu’s residency will consist of three parts: Picture of the storefront window reading Beverly Creature Quest and a picture of a narwhal

  • Beverly Creature Quest - a scavenger hunt using unique fiber art sculptures in local businesses; 
  • A Storefront showcasing the artists’ work and a space for community art making; and 
  • A Community Art Quilt designed by Brian and sewn by Jen using fabric art made by the community that will celebrate Beverly. 

The 2021 Beverly Artist in Residence Pilot Program addresses multiple goals and will help the City recover from COVID-19 related shutdowns by increasing foot traffic downtown while also supporting the creative workforce. Through this initiative the City of Beverly and the partners on this project will support a local artisan and highlight an industry which has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Artist in Residence will use arts and culture to highlight the City’s COVID-19 recovery through handmade art pieces, community engagement, and creative economic development engagement activities that will support other Downtown businesses. 

Support to the artists will be provided by the Creative Collective, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), and the City of Beverly. Additional partners include Beverly Main Streets, Montserrat College of Art (which together with the City of Beverly oversee Beverly Arts District), as well as Massachusetts Cultural Council (funder of the artist stipend), Beverly Cultural Council, and host Florian Realty LLC.

With funding and support from: 


Please contact Director of Planning and Development, Darlene Wynne, with any questions regarding the program by phone at 978-605-2341 or via email at