November 14, 2018
 
Mass Cultural Council Awards $5.1M to 320 Mass. Nonprofits

October 15, 2018 — The Mass Cultural Council, a state agency supporting the arts, humanities, and sciences, recently announced it has awarded grants totaling $5,143,900 to 320 nonprofit arts, humanities, and science organizations across Massachusetts.

The funds for the 2019 grants cycle, ranged from $3,000 to $57,000, which must be matched one-to-one, provide operational support to organizations that connect children and adults to theatre, music, visual art, and film; teach them about history, literature, and the environment; and introduce them to new ideas and cultural traditions.

Included in the grants were awards for current portfolio grantees, two-year operating support for organizations that could become portfolio grantees, and one-year project grants that are not for general operating support.

This year, 80 project grants were awarded, as follows:
  • 20 Summers, Inc., Provincetown: $2,500 to Support a Conversation Series in the Hawthorne Barn: to provide a five part conversation Series taking place within the historic Hawthorne Barn in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

  • Acre Family Day Care, Lowell: $2,500 for Pre-K STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math): to produce the 5th Annual STEAM fair to Pre-K students and families.

  • AHA! New Bedford, New Bedford: $2,500 for Kids Rule: to support programming by and for youth as part of July AHA! Night, which is themed "Kids Rule."

  • Albany Berkshire Ballet, Pittsfield: $2,500 for Rockwell in Our Time: to support "Rockwell In Our Times," a new work by Mary Giannone Talmi based on Norman Rockwell's iconic paintings "The Four Freedoms."

  • Amherst Cinema Arts Center, Inc., Amherst: $2,500 for See-Hear-Feel-Film: to produce "See-Hear-Feel-Film" (SHFF) with third graders how to feed their imaginations, develop their writing skills, and help them become active and thoughtful viewers.

  • ANIKAYA/Akhra, Inc., Somerville: $2,500 for The Listen Project: for a series of workshops to develop an ensemble of Deaf performers to create and perform site-responsive works in public spaces.

  • Arlington Public Art, Arlington: $2,500 for PATHWAYS: Art on the Minuteman Bikeway: to support the production of site-specific art installation and related community engagement activities along the Minuteman Bikeway.

  • Ashmont Hill Chamber Music, Inc., Boston: $2,500 for Residency with Bass-baritone Dashon Burton: for a residency with bass-baritone Dashon Burton, including a recital, a workshop with Boston City Singers, and vocal coaching for the Ashmont Boys Choir.

  • Asian American Resource Workshop, Boston: $2,500 for Boston Asian American Film Festival: for the Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF).

  • BAMS Fest, Inc., Boston: $2,500 for Boston Art & Music Soul Festival: for a music festival that celebrates Franklin Park--Playstead as ground zero for black arts, entertainment, and community convening.

  • Belmont World Film, Inc., Sudbury: $2,500 for Belmont World Film 17th Annual Family Festival: to support a 4-day film festival for children age 3-12, featuring narrative and documentary films based mostly on children's books, a live version of WBUR's international children's fable podcast "Circle Round," and film making workshops."

  • Berkshire Children's Chorus, Sheffield: $2,500 for Music of the British Isles: for a series of concerts featuring the Berkshire Children's Chorus and a number of local musicians performing music of the British Isles.

  • Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, North Adams: $2,500 for DownStreet Art: for a gallery walk and a street party during four monthly events known as "DownStreet Art Thursdays" that celebrate the artistic vibrancy and community spirit of North Adams.

  • Berkshire South Community Center, Great Barrington: $2,500 for Berkshire Ukulele Band and Berkshire Sings: for free ukulele group lessons, singing exercises, and lessons.

  • Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Boston: $2,500 for Inside Chinatown: to produce an exhibition focusing on the voices of local Chinatown laborers, often invisible to those who frequent the neighborhood, by documenting & sharing their experiences through storytelling and photography workshops.

  • Boston Shakespeare Project, Inc., Boston: $2,500 for Shakespeare in Motion After-School Program: for an after-school theatre arts program where students learn the essentials of acting, directing, and explore Shakespeare's enduring characters and themes through the lens of their own experience.

  • Brown Box Theatre Project, Inc., Boston: $2,500 for World Premiere tour of Mox Nox by Patrick Gabridge: for a new work by local playwright Pat Gabridge, including workshops centered around script development, technical elements, and creative choices.

  • CACHE in Medford, Inc., Medford: $2,500 for Mystic River Celebration: for an arts festival along the Mystic River.

  • Cambodian Mutual Assistance Assn., Lowell: $2,500 for Cambodian Cultural After School Program (CCASP): for a program for youth ages 7-14 that combines homework help with lessons in traditional Khmer music and dance performance.

  • Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge: $2,500 for Blacksmith House Poetry Series: to support the Blacksmith House Poetry Series (BHPS), a series of readings that bring together an audience of celebrated local writers, students, and readers who are curious and enthusiastic about contemporary poetry.

  • Cambridge Community Television, Cambridge: $2,500 for The Art of the Everyday: 24 Hours in Cambridge: for a community video montage of 24 hours in Cambridge, exposing participants and viewers to the lifestyles of people who live, work, play, and go to school in Cambridge.

  • Canal District Alliance, Worcester: $2,500 for Worcester's Blackstone Canal Horse and Wagon Tours: to support 16 youth from South High Community School to research, write, deliver, and lead public tours of The Canal District on wagons pulled by Belgian draft horses.

  • The Cantilena Chamber Choir, Lenox: $2,500 for Martin Luther King Concert Celebration 2019: for a Martin Luther King Psalms and Spirituals sing at Trinity Church in Lenox, including guest performers Baltimore's inner city Urban Choral Arts Society, a mixed youth and adult choir.

  • Cappella Clausura, Inc., Newton: $2,500 for Fanny Hensel: 3 Cantatas: for a concert featuring Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel's three cantatas for chorus, soloists, and orchestras.

  • Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Assn., Boston: $2,500 for Cultural performances in Chinatown: to provide performances at the Chinatown Gate on the Greenway and at the August Moon Festival during July and August.

  • Community Service Care, Inc., Boston: $2,500 for Families Creating Together Fall Family Arts Learning Cycle: to provide free/low-cost inclusive community-based art workshops, field trips, art training & materials for children with disabilities and their parents.

  • Convergence Ensemble, Inc., Boston: $2,500 for American Voice in Poetry and Song: for a concert hosted by American Voice in Poetry and Song, a chamber music/spoken word program weaving together songs and poetry from the Harlem Renaissance, the Transcendentalist movement, and present day works, showcased in Dorchester, MA.

  • Cooperative Productions, Inc., Dighton: $2,500 for CO-OP Music & Arts Performance: to empower those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including brain injuries, through performance arts.

  • Da Camara Singers, Amherst: $2,500 for Young Composers Commission Project: to produce two public concerts and commission works created by young composers with choir accompaniment, in Pioneer Valley venues.

  • DÜNYA, Inc. , Belmont: $2,500 for Othello in the Seraglio: screenings of a "coffeehouse opera": to conduct screenings and discussions for the film adaptation of Dünya's coffeehouse opera "Othello in the Seraglio," a unique Middle Eastern version of the Othello tale.

  • Easthampton City Arts +, Easthampton: $2,500 for Youth Arts Initiative: to produce an 8 week intergenerational art piece that brings teenagers and senior citizens together to create art, share stories, learn history, make connections, and build bridges within the community of Easthampton, MA.

  • Emerson College Art Gallery, Boston: $2,500 for Afro-Tech and the Future of Re-Invention: to produce "Afro-Tech and the Future of Re-Invention," an exhibition featuring visual artists of the African diaspora.

  • Framingham Downtown Renaissance, Inc., Framingham: $2,500 for Now & Then Portraits Utility Box Project: to produce public art wraps on five utility boxes in the central business district core of downtown Framingham to be featured as part of the Cultural and Creative Placemaking Tour.

  • Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell, Lowell: $2,500 for The Lowell We Live In: to produce The Lowell We Live In, a series of hands-on activities exploring the cultural, social, economic, and political composition of Lowell.

  • Girls Incorporated of Worcester, Worcester: $2,500 for Girls Inc. of Worcester Fine Arts Enhancement Series: to produce Girls Inc.’s after school, violence prevention, expressive arts program with a fine-arts series.

  • Girls Rock Campaign Boston, Boston: $2,500 for Girls Rock Campaign Boston (GRCB) Summer Sessions: for music instruction for girls ages 8–17 where participants receive technical instrument instruction, form bands and write an original song, then perform at a public showcase at a Boston venue.

  • Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation, Gloucester: $2,500 for Music on Meetinghouse Green: for an outdoor music festival that features popular musical performers and local food vendors.

  • Gloucester Writers Center, Inc., Gloucester: $2,500 for Writing in Place: Dogtown Writers Festival: to support the Dogtown Writers Festival.

  • GreenRoots, Inc., Chelsea: $2,500 for Reclaiming Chelsea's Waterways by Kayak and Canoe: to produce up to 5 canoeing/kayaking adventures, launching from different points surrounding Chelsea and East Boston, to allow residents to become more knowledgeable about their surrounding rivers.

  • HONK!, Cambridge: $2,500 for Elm Street Art Action: for a new participatory art-making area for the HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands.

  • Housing Families, Inc., Malden: $2,500 for GREAT Youth and Families Program (GYFP): to provide art- and play-therapy for children, youth, and parents who have experienced homelessness or housing insecurity.

  • Juventas New Music Ensemble, Wellesley: $2,500 for The Boston New Music Festival: for the Boston New Music Festival.

  • Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, Boston: $2,500 for Youth Adventure Days: to support Youth Adventure Day, free four-hour field trips to exhibits at The Greenway for groups of school-aged children from Boys & Girls Clubs and other youth-serving organizations located in predominantly low-income Boston neighborhoods.

  • Lexington Chamber Music Center, Inc., Lexington: $2,500 for Lexington Chamber Music Center Outreach Concert Series: to support a series of concerts for senior citizens and patients in retirement facilities and hospitals, bringing the joy of classical music by young student musicians to underserved communities.

  • Liars & Believers, Cambridge: $2,500 for A Story Beyond: to produce an original musical fable and present workshops in underserved Greater Boston communities.

  • Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race, Lowell: $2,500 for The Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race: to produce human powered art sculptures, celebrating the intersection of art, science, engineering, math and technology.

  • Lowell Telecommunications Corporation, Lowell: $2,500 for Video Storytelling for Teens: to support a program that teaches low income teens media arts skills by creating documentary-style videos for broadcast on LTC channels in Lowell.

  • LuminArtz, Essex: $2,500 for ILLUMINUS Festival: for a festival that brings together artists, light techs, and the community to light up downtown Boston.

  • MA Center for Native American Awareness, Danvers: $2,500 for MCNAA: Celebrating 30 Years: for a special two-day intertribal Pow-wow in Haverhill, Massachusetts to Celebrate 30 Years of Native American artistry through dance, music, and art.

  • The Marble Collection, Inc. , Lakeville: $2,500 for Mentoring for Publication Workshop: for a six-week workshop pairing Massachusetts teen artists and writers with college student mentors to guide their work towards publication.

  • The Master Singers, Inc., Lexington: $2,500 for 50th Anniversary: Lexington’s Choral Arts Concert: for a concert celebrating choral music in Lexington with a new work from a local composer for chorus, and orchestra.

  • Medford Arts Center, Inc., Medford: $2,500 for Medford Arts Resource Vehicle (MARV) Trash to Treasures Program: for "Trash to Treasures," an artist facilitated art program delivered via a mobile art center named MARV that includes making clothing, jewelry, sculpture, and musical instruments.

  • The Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown: $2,500 for Perceptions of Self: for an art exhibit that combines "selfies" and traditional self-portraits to address equity, diversity, and inclusion in the community and the broader Boston region.

  • musiConnects, Boston: $2,500 for Family, Fiddle, Food, Fest!: for guest musicians to teach students string instruments, French Canadian fiddle tunes, and the Cajun music of Louisiana followed by a public performance.

  • Mystic Learning Center, Inc., Somerville: $2,500 for Somerville Youth Arts Festival presented by BOH: for a Somerville Youth Arts Festival hosted by Books of Hope.

  • Nantucket Dreamland Foundation, Nantucket: $2,500 for The Dreamland Stage Company's production of "The Diary of Anne Frank.

  • New Bedford Dept. of Parks & Recreation, New Bedford: $2,500 for Music on West Beach: to support free programming to celebrate the many styles of Jamaican, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, and local music, in New Bedford's South End.

  • New Bedford Historical Society, Inc. , New Bedford: $2,500 for Abolition Row Project: to support the Abolition Row Project, which brings together researchers, writers, and artists to highlight the 19th century antislavery abolitionists who lived in the Seventh Street neighborhood.

  • New England Brass Band, Groton: $2,500 for Cosmic Classics: Coalescing Musical Communities: to create a new arrangement of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 for choir, organ, and brass band.

  • The Nolumbeka Project, Inc. , Greenfield: $2,500 for Pocumtuck Homelands Festival: for a festival celebrating Native American art, music, and culture that blends aspects of traditional powwows and indigenous vendors and performers with educational programs such as archaeologists, authors, and history lessons.

  • North Shore Community Dev. Coalition, Salem: $2,500 for Beyond the Museum: Lecture and Workshop Series: for a lecture and workshop series to support educational programming for the Punto Urban Art Museum.

  • Novi Cantori, Longmeadow: $2,500 for Music that Restores: A choral composers' forum hosted by Novi Cantori: to rehearse, edit, and perform new compositions.

  • Old Colony Historical Society, Taunton: $2,500 for Liberty and Union Fall Festival: for a family-friendly festival in historic Downtown Taunton to celebrate the first recorded raising of the City’s flag.

  • On with Living and Learning, Inc., Boston: $2,500 for Unheard: Listen Up!: for self-advocacy workshops and research for women to build a multimedia production and integrate a curated exhibit of 80 portraits by an incarcerated women artist.

  • Palante Theater Company, Holyoke: $2,500 for Dancing in My Cockroach Killers": to produce "Dancing in my Cockroach Killers" by Pregones Theater/Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre for performances presented by the Palante Theatre Company.

  • Palaver Strings, Inc. , Brookline: $2,500 for Lifesongs Project: to support Palaver Strings, Ethos, and the LGBT Aging Project as they work with elderly LGBT adults throughout Boston to co-write songs about their life experiences and present them in a public concert.

  • Piti Theatre Company, Shelburne: $2,500 for Great Greenfield DinoFest: for a festival to celebrate local history and the region's connection to the birth of paleontology, and to highlight environmental issues as they relate to the theme of extinction.

  • Rockport New Year's Eve, Inc. , Rockport: $2,500 for Rockport New Year's Eve: for an accessible, affordable, and culturally diverse celebration of the arts on New Year's Eve in Rockport Massachusetts.

  • Silverthorne Theater Company, Inc. , Montague: $2,500 for WHITE, BLACK & BLUE, by Steve Henderson and Will Chalmus: for the premiere of the play "White, Black & Blue" by Massachusetts playwrights Steve Henderson and Will Chalmus.

  • South Shore YMCA, Norwell: $2,500 for Art Program Engagement Project: to support integrated art shows and educational programming, including lectures, workshops and hands-on programs reaching all ages at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell.

  • Sterling Youth Ballet, Inc. , Sterling: $2,500 for Nutcracker Ballet 2018: for performances of the Nutcracker Ballet at the Stratos G. Dukakis Performing Arts Center in Fitchburg.

  • Survivor Theatre Project, Cambridge: $2,500 for Western Massachusetts Performance Project: to support the Western Massachusetts Performance Project, a theatre workshop intensive for survivors of sexual violence in and around the Western MA area, in partnership with Womanshelter/Compañeras of Holyoke, MA.

  • Sustainable CAPE, Truro: $2,500 for Meet the Farmer: Food = Health!: for a farmers market for Cape Cod elementary schools that includes "Bee Diversity," a children's art exhibit.

  • UMASS Lowell Department of Art & Design, Lowell: $2,500 for The 404 International Festival of Art and Technology: for a project that celebrates the union of art & technology with exhibits and performances ranging from interactive animation, Virtual Reality, innovative uses of legacy technology and other cross-disciplinary projects.

  • Vineyard Arts Project Limited, Edgartown: $2,500 for Vineyard Arts Outdoors: for "Vineyard Arts Outdoors," culminating in outdoor workshop performances of three new works in progress from Black Iris Project, Cirio Collective, and The Public Theater.

  • Wellesley Choral Society, Wellesley: $2,500 for Magnificent Magnificats: for a choral concert featuring several versions of "The Magnificat."

  • Wellfleet Preservation Hall, Inc. , Wellfleet: $2,500 for A Year of Living Cinematically; A Cape Cod Youth Film Project: to provide creative teens with the opportunity to learn all aspects of film production from professionals and to screen their work in a professionally equipped venue.

  • Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, Provincetown: $2,500 for Talisman Roses: to produce the premiere of one of Tennessee Williams unknown plays and 3 new plays by New England playwrights, tackling diverse topics including mental health in a relatable context.

  • Worcester Schubertiad, Inc., Worcester: $2,500 for Classical Idol Competition and A Celebration of Youth: for a performing arts competition for Massachusetts high school students and college students who attend a Massachusetts colleges or universities.

  • Worcester Youth Center, Inc., Worcester: $2,500 for Youth Center Dance Program: to provide a group of 10 youth to work with a dance instructor to explore the medium and social justice issues; and design and produce a performance for youth and community members.

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