Violence Transformed and Stable Ground Boston

Stable Ground’s mission is to address the complex relationship among chronic housing insecurity, its psychologically traumatic impact, and municipal housing policy through participatory community-based art and culture programming that is structured to inform the work of the City of Boston Office of Housing Stability.

Stable Ground is a collaboration among four organizations. The NuLawLab at Northeastern University School of Law engages arts-based disciplines to create new models of legal empowerment. The Office of Housing Stability creates new programs and policies to support the creation, maintenance and preservation of secure and affordable housing. Violence Transformed hosts a unique artist in residency program in partnership with Stable Ground that creates opportunities for visual and performing artists to further develop their socially-engaged artistic practice with community members about the personal and often traumatic impact of housing insecurity. The Domestic Violence Institute at Northeastern University School of Law provides focused community education with the goal of helping people break the cycle of violence.

Stable Ground has been funded by The Kresge Foundation.

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In the Time of COVID-19

In partnership with Stable Ground Boston, Violence Transformed is hosting a virtual series of exhibitions featuring multi-media art, In The Time of COVID-19. Originally planned to focus on the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable and housing-insecure communities, we have expanded the theme to include a focus on the dual impact of racism and the pandemic on these same communities, including groups threatened and traumatized by the multiple forces of racism, bigotry, homelessness and housing insecurity, loss of livelihood, and fear of deportation and discrimination.


Artist-in-Residence Projects

Violence Transformed and Stable Ground Boston were honored to be working with three award winning artists: Ngoc-Tran Vu, L’Merchie Frazer and Anna Meyer.  Each of these artists is deeply committed to a variety of social issues linked to chronic housing insecurity. During the spring and summer of 2018, these artists and our project partners worked together to produce a series of events, panels, gatherings, public talks and exhibitions.

Nubian Square Block Party

Community Gathering and Dance Performance with Anna Meyers

July 21, 2018

Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building,  Boston, MA


Poetry & Art Workshop with L'Merchie Frazier

June 21, 2018

Grove Hall Branch Boston Public Library, Dorchester, MA

Dorchester Not for Sale Community Dinner & Forum

Social Engagement Dialogue with Ngoc-Tran Vu

May 16 & June 20, 2018

Vietnamese American Community Center, Dorchester, MA

UPRISE: Celebrating 45 Years of Resistance

Collaborative Event with City Life/Viva Urbana with L'Merchie Frazier

May 19, 2018

284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA

Rise Up! Dorchester Residents Share Their Stories

With Ngoc-Tran Vu

May 11, 2018, 6:30-9:30 PM

Homestead Bakery, Boston, MA