With Montserrat College of Art in the heart of the district, BAD is home to hundreds of working artists and art students whose work can be seen and heard all over the district. Many graduates choose to stay in Beverly and open their creative businesses, form their bands and publish their books. They exhibit in a dozen galleries like Mingo, the 301 Gallery and The Window. They create in studio spaces at Zeitgeist Gallery and at Clay Dreaming and in the 40+ spaces at Porter Mill, an historic brick building that also houses the Wicked Art Bar and is host to Beverly ComicCon. Actors, musicians and comedians perform on stage at the historic Cabot Theatre which is being restored to its 1920s glory and at the dazzling Larcom Theatre. They play their horns at Chianti, one of Beat Magazine’s top 150 places in the world to hear jazz! When you visit, make a day of it – enjoy the beach that’s 2 blocks away, visit galleries sprinkled throughout the district, play a little tune on our street piano, paint your own canvas and dine in one of our award-winning restaurants like Barrel House, named one of Zagat’s “10 Hottest US Bourbon Bars.” You can experience art in local businesses that transform their walls into galleries. Leave your mark on the world-famous “Legal Graffiti Wall” that runs along the commuter rail tracks. Take a class at Philip Lowe’s Furniture Institute of MA or listen to poetry in improbable places like poolside at the Y and at the bike shop. The District is also home to cool events like Arts Fest in June, summer block parties, the Gran Prix Bike Race in July and Beverly’s New Year on December 31. Come and “Be BAD” with us!