The Piano Craft Gallery, Inc. works to eliminate common barriers to accessing the arts such as race, education level, and class by guiding our operation through an anti-racist and inclusive lens. The Piano Craft Gallery, Inc. does this by sharing, promoting, and celebrating the work of racially, culturally, and socio-economically diverse artists of all abilities with the public. This results in diverse networks of individuals accessing the gallery space and experiencing the arts. The Piano Craft Gallery, Inc. provides a free, handicapped accessible venue in Boston where people can enjoy and learn about the diversity of artmaking and performing in the Greater Boston area. Additionally, the Piano Craft Gallery, Inc. provides an affordable community venue for public and private events.
The Pianoforte Manufactury, built by Jonas Chickering & Sons, was completed in 1853. At the time, it was the largest building in the country.
For 75 years, the Chickering Piano Factory produced the finest American pianos (grands, baby grands, uprights, square pianos, and harpsichords), even rivaling the European Steinway. In 1974, the Piano Factory became one of the first factory/loft conversions, with nearly 200 residences and creative spaces, including a theater, printshop, and a large gallery at the entrance of the building. After 40 years, the Piano Craft Gallery was moved to its current location, a larger and more comfortable exhibit space.