Our History

Gateway Arts was originally established in 1973
to provide day services for eight adults.

When I moved to Boston from Manhattan in 1977, I accepted a position as Director of Gateway Crafts, a small program, which combined my interests in the arts and human services.  Gateway had been established four years prior as part of the de-institutionalization of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health state schools.  At that time ten individuals were part of this little gem of a program, housed in a small basement studio in Brighton.  Shortly after, Gateway became part of Vinfen Corporation, a non-profit human service agency with entrepreneurial spirit.  They encouraged me to expand the program.

- Director Rae Edelson shares the early history of Gateway Arts.


And expand we did.

The Gateway Timeline

Read Outsider Art: the Studio Art Movement and Gateway Arts by Rae Edelson (Director, Gateway Arts) to learn more about the international history of outsider art studios and Gateway’s place in that history.