At Miranda’s Hearth, our long-term goal is to become the first community art hotel where everything from the food to the furniture is made by local artists.
At the hotel, visitors will be able to buy what they use in their rooms, buy something similar in the gallery, or take a class to learn how to make it directly from the artist.
From June 2015 – July 2016, The Hearth Community built a tiny house as a public art project on the front lawn of The Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord, MA. In addition to building the house from scratch, we filled it with local handmade objects to showcase the functional forms of art that are often overlooked by traditional venues. The project, BIG Art; Tiny House, culminated in the 2nd BIG Tiny House Festival on July 16, 2016 which drew over 3,000 people. Once we have our hotel, Aubergine, the Hearthmade tiny house, will become the first hotel room.
Now that our tiny house prototype is complete and we have a strong community behind us, we’re starting a location feasibility study to find our permanent home. Our goal is to find an empty, publicly owned building in a post-industrial mill town or post-agricultural town within an hour of Boston that recognizes art as a form of economic development. We then plan to work with the city to turn the building into a cultural and economic resource.