It’s the third edition of Fort Point Q&A! We had the great opportunity to sit down with Jason Talbot, co-founder of Fort Point nonprofit Artists for Humanity in their award-winning EpiCenter building. As Artists for Humanity celebrates their 25th year doing business and helping mentor youth in the arts, it’s clear that the sky’s the limit for them.
(Photo Credit: Danielle Duggan)
Question: What are your favorite things about the Fort Point neighborhood?
Artists for Humanity has been here for about 25 years, and has seen the neighborhood go through a lot of changes. When we initially came down here, the thing about Fort Point that we found wonderful was that it felt like we owned it in a sense. There was barely anyone around except for the artists. The various abandoned properties, vibrant arts community and whole culture of the place was awesome.
The location of Fort Point relative to other neighborhoods was great too. It’s close to downtown, putting us in the vicinity of several businesses and commerce in general. This was great for us when we were starting up, as we were able to find clients close by and deliver work to our neighbors in the community fairly easily. The access to public transportation is pretty great too, with several stops on the Red Line being close to us.
As development has increased in the neighborhood, it has given tremendous opportunities to us. All of our new neighbors are potential clients for us, which is great. The increased business that follows with development also allows us to act as a greater resource for the arts to Boston and the community.