October 22, 2018
Double Edge Theatre, NEFA, Year Up Get $1M in Grants

December 24, 2017 — Double Edge Theatre receives $275K to build an arts campus... New England Foundation for the Arts gets $750K to advance theater project...Year Up gets $30K to help urban young adults.

Double Edge Theatre Receives $275K to Build an Arts Campus

Double Edge Theatre, an Ashfield nonprofit that aims to create a 'living culture' by developing the highest quality of original theatre performance, recently was awarded a $275,000 grant to build an arts campus.

The two-year grant was one of 23 made nationwide by ArtPlace America, a public-private partnership that works to position arts and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development. ArtPlace received 987 applications for this year’s funding cycle.

ArtPlace said Double Edge Theatre "will transform currently vacant and underutilized farm buildings in Ashfield, MA into a vibrant arts campus which aims to make Ashfield a destination that aggregates creativity, artistic expression, imagination, and culture alongside a rural identity; demonstrating how art is key to economic sustainability."

Double Edge Theatre was founded in 1982 as an artist-owned ensemble theatre, in which each member would be responsible for the art making as well as the business and board leadership. In 1994 the ensemble moved from Boston to a 100-acre farm in Ashfield to further the sustainability of the theatre and its international artist collaborations.

New England Foundation for the Arts Gets $750K to Advance Theater Project

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), a Boston-based nonprofit that provides leadership and resources to benefit artists, the public, arts funders, and policymakers, recently announced it received a $750,000 two-year grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to increase the impact of the National Theater Project.

NEFA launched the National Theater Project (NTP) in 2010 to support innovative devising and ensemble theater artists and to build a network of organizations committed to strengthening opportunities and cultivating audiences for their work. To date, NTP has funded the creation and touring of 49 new works, reaching audiences in 40 states across the U.S.

The new grant will increase the number of Creation and Touring grants, support artists through a finalist development grant, and enable an expansion of the annual grantee cohort meeting and regional convening, extending NTP’s reach to more artists and communities across the U.S.

Cathy Edwards, executive director of NEFA, said, “NTP reflects NEFA’s value of fostering equitable access to the arts; these additional funds mean more communities will engage with original works of art, which will enrich the cultural landscape of our nation."

Year Up Gets $30K to Help Urban Young Adults

Citizens Bank recently announced it has awarded a $30,000 to Year Up, a Boston-based national nonprofit that provides urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support to help them reach their potential.

“With the support of the Citizens Charitable Foundation, Year Up will be able to provide even more opportunity youth with access to meaningful careers at top companies in need of their talent,” said Bob Dame, executive director of Year Up Greater Boston. “The grant will help us continue to adapt our curriculum to meet changing labor market demands, and ensure that our young adults gain the necessary skills and experience to succeed in the workplace and in higher education.”

Year Up Greater Boston opened its doors to 22 students in July 2001 as the first Year Up site in the country. In 2017, Year Up Greater Boston supported 590 students at sites in downtown Boston, Quincy, and Roxbury.

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