Mass. Community Foundations Get Grants to Boost the Arts
September 8, 2017 Five community foundations across Massachusetts each recently were granted $35,000 from the Barr Foundation to bolster arts and creativity in their respective regions in connection with the foundation's efforts to elevate the arts and enable creative expression.
The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
(CFWM), based in Springfield, said the grant will enable it to make investments in innovative initiatives that go beyond the scope of its current grant programming.
We are thrilled that the Barr Foundation selected us to convene this effort in the Pioneer Valley, said CFWM President and CEO Katie Allan Zobel. Many of our own contributors are committed to supporting arts and creativity which are such a vital component of the economy and quality of life in our region. Funding from Barr will significantly contribute to CFWMs ability to strengthen nonprofit arts groups in building their own capacity, as well as the network of arts and culture organizations in the Valley and Hilltowns.
CFWM has convened an advisory group consisting of 30 individuals representing local arts and cultural nonprofits, artists, funders, and other cross-sector initiatives "to help guide its thinking on new ways to build the fields capacity to adapt, take risks, and engage changing audiences and to foster opportunities to connect the arts to other disciplines and sectors."
Also receiving grant funding were:
- The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in Sheffield, to undertake a planning process to determine priorities for its arts and creativity portfolio.
- Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts (CFSEMA) in New Bedford, to develop a plan that addresses the obstacles and opportunities to realizing a vibrant arts and culture environment in more communities and neighborhoods in New Bedford and Fall River.
- Essex County Community Foundation in Danvers, to undertake a planning process to broaden awareness of arts and creativity, design a grant and support program for arts organizations, and develop a fundraising plan.
- Greater Worcester Community Foundation in Worcester, to design a grant and technical assistance program to support effective ways of stimulating and supporting arts and creativity in the city.
CFSEMA recently convened a "community Conversations" in Fall River and New Bedford in support of the Arts, Culture & Creativity Initiative supported by the grant.