Nine Greater Boston Grassroots Arts Nonprofits Get $95K
April 8, 2018 Nine Greater Boston nonprofit grassroots arts programs recently were granted $95,500 in connection with an effort that aims to provide local artists an opportunity to experiment, delve more deeply into their artistic process, and create, develop and showcase innovative new works that represent diverse voices and perspectives.
The grants were included among 65 grants totaling $785,000 awarded to individual artists and organizations in connection with the second year of the Live Arts Boston partnership between The Boston Foundation
and the Barr Foundation
(TBF). Grantees were chosen through an open application and community review process that included local artists, presenters, and producers.
The number and breadth of applications for Live Arts Boston this year demonstrates both the remarkable vibrancy of the Greater Boston arts community and the need for increasing local support for artists and producers, said Paul S. Grogan, TBF president and CEO, last week in announcing the grants. We are proud to work with the Barr Foundation to make these funds available to grassroots arts programs that shape so much of the culture of our city and region.
Last year's grantees reported that the funding allowed them to take new risks, present material to new and different audiences, and pay Greater Boston artists who were part of their productions, according to TBF.
Nonprofits receiving this year's grants were the following:
- Anna Myer and Dancers, Cambridge: $10,000 for Watermark
- BAMS Fest, Dorchester: $15,000 for Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Festival
- Chorus pro Musica, Boston: $6,000 for Audubon An Oratorio with Chorus, Baritone Soloist, Orchestra and Video
- Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble, Cambridge: $12,000 for Hub of the Musiverse: Immigration, Integration and Imagination in Contemporary Concert Music
- Franklin Park Coalition: $10,000 for Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park
- Jean Appolon Expressions, Cambridge: $10,000 for Vwayaj
- Mobius, Boston: $10,000 for Transaction II
- Non-Event, Jamaica Plain: $15,000 for Experimental Music in Exceptional Spaces: Concerts in the Waterworks Museum, Boston City Hall, and Beyond
- Transient Canvas: $7,500 for The Well-Beloved, A Pursuit
Live Arts Boston is living proof that organizations such as the Boston Foundation believe in the healing power, community impact, and shared experiences that music and live performances have on people, said BAMS founder Catherine Morris.