Opened January 1, 2024

the Hive – 561 Windsor Street Suite 401a, Somerville (in the “Taza” building)

SomArt Space @ the Hive is a movement-enabled space which nurtures professional performing artists to create new work.

Amenities/Space Description: 2,800 sf mostly open space with 3 support columns offset to the right. Dance floor/stage dimensions are 25’x43′ unobstructed. The space has 9′-12’ ceilings, natural light/windows along the far wall, elevator access, bathrooms and showers, sound system, lighting system, projection system, changing area, office, and guest seating. The building is directly over the bridge from the Union Square T stop (Green line). (2 hour) Parking is limited, but public transportation is readily available.

MOVING FORWARD/VISIONING THE FUTURE

TEACH

REHEARSE

PERFORM/PRESENT

EXPERIMENT

To Request Space:

Eligibility

Before proceeding, please be sure the activities you plan on using the space(s) for fit within the following criteria: Currently we are able to support activities for dance/theatre rehearsals, informal showings, performances, labs, and other activities centering working artist practices. We are unable to support activities that fall outside these priorities due to the high demand for scheduling in the spaces.

Register through our booking software. Required fields include name, email, space use questions, and credit card information. Registration should take approximately 5 minutes or less to complete. There is no cost to register.

After registering, schedule a walkthrough through our scheduling page for each space (the Som Art program has 4 distinct spaces) you want access to book. Each space requires a separate walk-through to be approved to book it. Please read about the allowed uses of each space before scheduling a walkthrough. Be sure you are signing up for the correct space/location you want to book.

After the walkthrough you would be approved to book space up to 60 days in advance, but no less than 24 hours in advance through our automated booking system. This function will not be enabled until we approve you after your in-person walkthrough.

Our Policy:

  • Each new artist must attend a space walkthrough and policy overview before booking space. Walkthroughs are available 2x/week and scheduled through our scheduling system (see step 2 above).
  • Artists must agree to our policy/terms via the booking system before they are able to book space.
  • Artists who attend the walkthrough MUST be present during the duration of their booking. Artists cannot book the space for other artists and not be present.
  • All artists using the space must be able to “leave no trace” after their time in the space taking all trash with them as they leave.
  • No disposal of food food/drink or containers in the spaces.
  • Dance floor policy includes no outside shoes. If you have worn your shoes outside, they are outside shoes. Barefeet, socks, dance shoes, etc. are permitted on the floors.
  • Artists will have a maximum of 6 hours per week of rental to create equitable booking availability for all. (if you need more, use our special space request form.)
  • Artists will have up to 60 days to book the space without a yearly or seasonal contract.
  • Hours of operation are 9am-9pm 7 days a week.
  • The key must be left in the lockbox at all times. To prevent lockouts, do not take the key into the space with you!
  • Each space has a checkout procedure accessible through a scannable QR code in the space at the end of each use.
Non-Contract RehearsalsContract RehearsalsLabsShowingsPerformances Ongoing Classes
How to Book Directly through the booking system Special Request Form for Armory or RFP for the HiveDirectly through the booking system with approvalSpecial Request Form for Armory or RFP for the HiveSpecial Request Form for Armory or RFP for the HiveSpecial Request Form for Armory or RFP for the Hive
Max Days Advance Booking60 daysSeasonal or Yearlyup to 2 Seasons before up to 2 Seasons before up to 3 Seasons before Yearly Sept start, Seasonal, or 60 Days
Min Days Advance Bookingno sooner than 24 hoursYearly – September start date
Seasonal – Sept, Jan, May start dates
no sooner than 48 hoursno sooner than 7 daysno sooner than 7 daysno sooner than 48 hours
Max Hours per Week666min 3min 46
Cancellationno later than 48 hoursno later than 14 days. Must have 90% use of contract datesno later than 48 hoursno later than 7 daysno later than 7 daysno later than 48 hours
Cost (all spaces)$8-$17/hr
New Rate $12-$17 4/1/24
$8-$17/hr
New Rate $12-$17 4/1/24
$8-$17/hr no pay participants
New Rate $12-$17 4/1/24 –  $20-$35/hr pay participants
$8-$17/hr no pay
New Rate $12-$17 4/1/24
participants –  $20-$35/hr pay participants
$100-$1000 depending on yearly budget, location, and tech time needed$20-$35/hr
Space AvailabilityHive or ArmoryHive or ArmoryHive or ArmoryHive or ArmoryHive OnlyHive Only

If you are an existing artist seeking space, time/date usage that falls outside of our existing policy, please fill out this request form: