May 21, 2018
Arts & Culture Nonprofits Across Massachusetts Receive $9.3M

June 19, 2017 — Arts and culture nonprofits across Massachusetts recently received $9.3 million in new awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, bringing total cultural sector funding to more than $100 million since the fund was established 10 years ago.

“Massachusetts and its communities share a rich history and diverse culture that benefit residents and attract visitors from around the nation and the world,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “These investments in our communities local strengths and landmarks, drive growth in tourism, jobs and our economy across the Commonwealth.”

The new round of awards includes 61 capital grants totaling about $8.9 million and another 18 planning grants totaling nearly $400,000. Grants range from $7,000 to $300,000, and must be matched one-to-one from private and/or other public sources.

Among those receiving the grants were the following:
  • American Antiquarian Society, Worcester: $225,000 for an expansion of the historic Antiquarian Hall to create a new conservation lab, public engagement space, and universal access upgrades.

  • Arlington Center for the Arts: $187,000 to modernize a historic school building that will become its new home.

  • The Bidwell House, Monterey: $125,000 for accessibility enhancements and the structural preservation of the historic home.

  • Buzzard’s Bay Coalition, New Bedford: $125,000 to rehabilitate the historic 1890 Bathhouse on Onset Beach, revitalizing coastal Wareham through environmental education programs.

  • Center for the Arts at the Armory, Somerville: $28,000 to repair existing windows and add soundproof storm windows that will enable an expanded program schedule and increased hours of operation.

  • Concord Museum: $225,000 to construct a new Education Center.

  • Double Edge Theatre Productions, Ashfield: $140,000 to turn an old farm into an artist studio and theatrical workshop.

  • Featherstone Center for the Arts, Oak Bluffs: $125,000 for the construction of two new buildings on the art center campus.

  • Lawrence History Center, Lawrence: $55,000 to replace a decommissioned elevator to better accommodate those with mobility challenges.

  • Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River: $225,000 to purchase the building that the Center has occupied for 15 years, and to build additional restrooms in the facility.

  • National Association for Armenian Studies, Belmont: $225,000 for fire protection, accessibility upgrades, and installation of an elevator.

  • Nuestras Raices, Holyoke: $194,000 to renovate its urban agriculture facility and performance stage.

  • South Shore Conservatory, Hingham: $133,000 for improvements and renovations at the school’s Duxbury campus, the Ellison Center for the Arts.

  • West Stockbridge Historical Society, West Stockbridge: $90,000 for the renovation and expansion of the 1854 town hall to install an ADA compliant elevator and bathrooms, as well as electrical and plumbing upgrades.
For a complete listing of Cultural Facilities Fund grants, click here.

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