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Jim Grace
Executive Director

Jim Grace is the Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston (A&BC). A practicing attorney, he previously served as the Executive Director of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts (VLA) from 1998 until 2008, when it merged with the A&BC. Jim has extensive experience working with artists and arts organizations in the areas of legacy planning, publishing law, public art and social practice art projects, copyright, nonprofit incorporation and mergers, negotiation training, real estate development of creative spaces, and nonprofit board development. Jim was an adjunct professor for Boston University’s Masters in Arts Administration Program for more than five years where he co-taught a course on Legal Issues in Arts Administration. As a national leader in the field, Jim trains locally and nationally on a variety of board, legal and artist professional development topics. 

In addition to his non-profit leadership and legal work, Jim is a working author. He is the co-author of the New York Times Best Seller The Worst Case Scenario Handbook: Golf. To date he has been involved in the publication of over eight books. Jim currently serves on the Boards of the Brookline Community Foundation and the AIR Institute in Washington, DC as well as the Advisory Board of Brain Arts Org.  He has served on the Board of Associated Grant Makers (now Philanthropy Massachusetts) and the Private Sector Council of Americans for the Arts. He is a founding Board Member of the Arts Services Coalition and a former founding Board Member of the Fort Point Cultural Coalition (FPCC). The FPCC developed Midway Studios — 89 units of artist live/work space in downtown Boston and merged with A&BC in 2015. 

Boston Art Review Reports on Artist Live-Work Space in Boston

The spring/summer 2022 edition of the Boston Art Review is out, and it includes a fantastic feature by Anita Morson-Matra, “Real Talk," that focuses on the state of live-work spaces for artists in Boston.  Anita…

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Preserving 350 Artist Spaces in Lowell

The Arts & Business Council is delighted to announce the preservation of Western Avenue | Studio & Lofts, a vibrant artist community in Lowell, Massachusetts, through purchase of the property as the next phase of…

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Available Grants from Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation

Our partners at Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation have two new grant programs available to help small businesses continue to recover from the pandemic. While not all of the artists and arts organizations we work with…

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