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About BCAF


The Boston Comic Arts Foundation (BCAF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate comics through art festivals, artist grants, and educational programming. We partner with local businesses, libraries, and universities to provide quality programming and educational opportunities for all residents.


BCAF is positioning Boston as the premier indie comics hub for artists, universities, and the general public.

The field of comics is rapidly evolving. By increasing the visibility of the comic art form and the accessibility between artists and audiences, BCAF seeks to encourage young readers, motivate the artist community, and elevate the discourse surrounding comics.


Our Successes

Organized 12 annual comics festivals since 2010

Provided over 140 free arts programs

Attracted over 25,000 attendees

 Hosted over 2,000 artists and writers

Awarded over 100 mini-grants for new work

Meet the Team

Shelli Paroline

Executive Director
Email: sparoline@

Jason Viola

Project Manager

Rebecca Viola

Office Manager
Email: rviola@

S.Matt Read

Development Officer
Email: sread@

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