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October 26, 2021
Vaccination Mandate; Funding for Public Arts; Grant Proposals Sought

September 7, 2021 — Harvard Art Museums to require proof of vaccination for all visitors. New England Foundation for the Arts gets $2.4M for public art. Yawkey Foundation seeking grant proposals from nonprofits. City of Boston offering more than $3M for arts organizations.

Harvard Art Museums to Require Proof of Vaccination for All Visitors

The Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge today announced that, starting Sept. 28, will require all visitors age 12 or older, as well as people coming to the museums for business or academic purposes, to provide proof of vaccination or documentation of a negative COVID-19 test upon entrance to all museums facilities, one of the first nonprofits in the state implementing such a policy.

Vaccination documentation must reflect that visitors are fully vaccinated, having received their final dose at least two weeks prior to the day of their visit, the museum said. Visitors younger than 12 years old do not need to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

Many Massachusetts nonprofit museums currently require masks for all staff and visitors. Among them are Boston Children's Museum in Boston, Children's Museum of Greater Fall River in Fall River, The Clark in Williamstown, the EcoTarium in Worcester, MASS MoCA in North Adams, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Science in Boston, the Springfield Museums in Springfield, and the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester. The Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton asks but does not require visitors and staff to wear masks, while Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge says masks are not required for visitors, although staff wear them.

New England Foundation for the Arts Gets $2.4M for Public Art

New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) recently announced that earlier this summer it was awarded $2.4 million over two years from the Barr Foundation to continue its public art program, which supports grantmaking and strategic partnerships that “contribute to a more equitable public art ecosystem in Massachusetts.”

Giles Li, senior program officer at the Barr Foundation, said, “The need to embrace spatial justice is urgent as our society considers how to reemerge into the public realm and as we look ahead to the end of the pandemic. Returning to the way things were is not good enough. Artists play a critical role in helping us reimagine a better world, one that affirms all people deserve to be heard, seen, and valued. Barr is proud to partner with NEFA to help support and build a trusting community of BIPOC artists as a foundation for the spatial justice movement.”

NEFA’s Public Art for Spatial Justice grants support artists and artistic collaborations to create public art in Massachusetts that fosters public imagination and contributes to more just futures for our public spaces and public culture. Grants range from $5,000-10,000. Lead applicants can be a fiscally sponsored collective or 501(c)(3) organization.

Yawkey Foundation Seeking Grant Proposals from Nonprofits

The Yawkey Foundation today announced it is seeking applications from nonprofit organizations for grants up to $100,000 related to health care, arts and culture, and conservation and wildlife. Proposals may request funds for programming, one small project, or a piece of equipment aligned with a nonprofit’s purpose.

Proposals to the foundation’s Program & Small Capital grants program should demonstrate the organization’s track record of proven impact in providing direct services and programs for unmet needs in underserved regions in eastern Massachusetts.

Deadline to apply: Oct. 1. Details.

City of Boston Offering More than $3M for Arts Organizations

The City of Boston last week invited nonprofits, and other organizations, to submit applications for grants for art programs that benefit the public in Boston's, as well as grants for arts and culture organizations that need financial support to recover from the economic impact of COVID-19 and reopen their offerings to the public.

“The arts are necessary for both our city’s financial recovery and healing those impacted by the pandemic through creative self-expression,” said Acting Mayor Kim Janey, adding, “These organizations have gone above and beyond to address the needs of Boston residents throughout the pandemic. The city will continue to support arts investments, as we get through this together.”

Reopen Creative Boston is a $3 million grant program to cover expenses related to reopening the arts and culture sector and resuming cultural programming and services. Arts and cultural organizations of any budget size that can demonstrate they have been negatively economically impacted by COVID-19 are eligible to apply.

Through Reopen Creative Boston, the city will award grants of up to $50,000 to cover costs for reopening and restarting programs, including payroll, new technology, and consulting services. Organizations that operate and own cultural facilities will be eligible for an additional grant up to $50,000.

Grants of $2,000, $3,500, or $5,000 for neighborhood arts programming, awarded through the Boston Cultural Council, are available to organizations with annual budgets under $2 million.

Deadline to apply for both types of grants: Oct. 15. Details.

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