Arts Organizations, East Boston YMCA Get Grants

March 14, 2017 — Nonprofit art organizations across Massachusetts recently received grants totaling $35,250 from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, while the East Boston YMCA received $25,000 from the Massachusetts Port Authority.

The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, based in Sheffield announced that it has awarded the grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations that purchase, exhibit, or commission work by regional artists.

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • MASS MoCA, North Adams: $20,000 to display the work of six mid-career New England artists in a group exhibition, Explode Every Day: An Inquiry Into the Phenomena of Wonder. The exhibition features artists Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel, Tom Friedman, Megan and Murray McMillan, and Chris Taylor.

  • SculptureNow, Becket: $4,750 for its annual sculpture exhibition at the Mount in Lenox. The work of William Carlson of Sandisfield and Robin Tost of Mill River, along with 26 other sculptors, will be on display from June 1 to October 31, 2017.

  • South Shore Art Center, Cohasset: $3,500 for watercolor artist Lisa Goren to teach elementary school students about her artistic process during a yearlong artist residency.

  • University Museum of Contemporary Art, Amherst: $7,000 to help exhibit the sculptural work of Sarah Braman and Josephine Halvorson as part of Crosstown Contemporary Art, an installation of 8 to 10 artists’ work along North Pleasant Street. The exhibition will open in May.

Massport Grants $25,000 to YMCA of Greater Boston’s Annual Fund

The Massachusetts Port Authority yesterday announced that it has awarded $25,000 to the annual fund of the YMCA of Greater Boston to support the East Boston YMCA.

“Families tell us every day how the East Boston Y opened the door to their future, despite facing seemingly insurmountable challenges. But we could not have done this alone,” said Ann-Margaret Gutierrez, executive director of the East Boston Y. “With support from donors like Massport, the Y can continue to be the one constant that our families know they can depend on in these ever changing times.”

Since 2008, Massport has awarded the East Boston YMCA with more than $315,000 to support its important work in the community.

For more than 12 years, the East Boston Y has provided programs that focus on healthy living, social responsibility, and youth development, including programs focused on fitness and nutrition, artistic, social, and wellness for underserved seniors, early education, care, and afterschool programs, The East Boston Y also has a teaching kitchen where students from the area learn about healthy food preparation.