April 25, 2019
Comm. Foundation of SE Mass. Gives $187K to Local Nonprofits

October 13, 2018 — The Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, based in New Bedford, recently announced it awarded $187,500 to nine area nonprofits to create public art that emphasizes accessibility and inclusion.

The Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts said the grants were funded through a two-year partnership with the Barr Foundation and its Creative Commonwealth Initiative.

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • Cape Verdean Association of New Bedford, New Bedford: $30,000 to transform the entrance to the “Ave” through the creation of Island Park representative of North End’s diverse “island” ethnic communities.

  • Casa dos Acores da Nova Inglaterra, Fall River: $15,000 to engage internationally renowned artists who will collaborate with local artists and the community in Fall River to create a regional multidisciplinary art festival similar to the Walk&Talk and Tremor festivals in Portugal.

  • Community Economic Development Center, New Bedford: $5,000 to elevate the voice and visibility of the Mayan-Guatemalan community through public art and cultural events.

  • DATMA, New Bedford: $27,500 to transform downtown New Bedford into an urban theater by using landmarks and parks as its gallery sites to exhibit cutting-edge public art.

  • New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!, New Bedford: $35,000 to revitalize and renovate public basketball courts in Fall River and New Bedford through a transformative art mural-style court project by engaging children from the neighborhoods.

  • New Bedford Historical Society, New Bedford: $10,000 to create a permanent memorial to Frederick Douglass at Abolition Row Park.

  • New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, New Bedford: $30,000 to bring pop-up NBSO performances to community venues throughout neighborhoods in New Bedford and Fall River

  • SER-Jobs for Progress, Fall River: $17,500 to create a city-wide public display of large format photos of immigrants in the community, utilizing photography to help celebrate Fall River’s cultural and linguistic diversity

  • SUPERFLAT New Bedford, New Bedford: $17,500 to engage the viewer with the production of murals and elevate the nature and tone of public discourse through good design, a diversity of artists, and subject matter that treats people and public spaces with dignity and respect.

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