An amazing thing happened in March of 2020 – with no preparation, no warning, and no training, teachers around the world had to pivot toward creating learning experiences with empty classrooms and studios.
Creative Youth Development programs serve some of the most vulnerable youth in Massachusetts. Often these are young people for whom home and school have not been places of support but, instead, the source of trauma in their lives. During the current pandemic, however, many of these youth are sheltered, or trapped, in place in these homes.
$475K from the National Endowment for the Art's CARES Act allocation will be awarded to 74 CYD programs statewide.
Mass Cultural Council is prioritizing five action items to help the cultural sector manage financial disruption associated with coronavirus.
The Arts for All Coalition is drawing attention to the role arts can play in the Student Opportunity Act. This new state law offers new funding opportunities to improve education, especially in Gateway Cities across the Commonwealth.
Last month, Mass Cultural Council proudly awarded 15 new Amplify grants for 2020 totaling $22,500.
This fiscal year Mass Cultural Council is investing $1.15 million into classrooms across the Commonwealth with 283 grants to support creative learning through the arts, humanities, and sciences for Massachusetts’ students.
A pilot round of grants have been awarded to organizations participating in our Foster Families Pilot Program which supports programming that connects youth and families in the foster care system to cultural opportunities in Western Massachusetts.
Inside an unassuming Victorian-era building, just west of downtown Holyoke, is one of the nation’s most distinctive creative community development initiatives: The Care Center. It is an example of what can happen when culture and creativity form the foundation to dismantle systemic barriers for individuals, as well as communities.
Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, Mass Cultural Council, Arts|Learning, and Lesley University are co-hosting this event.
As part of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan, we've created a new process for broadening our pool of panelists.
A new program from Mass Cultural Council is stepping into a significant and systemic gap in the youth arts ecosystem.
The META Fellowship, a partnership between Mass Cultural Council and The Klarman Family Foundation, is the first program of its kind to convene a statewide community of music educators and teaching artists.
Check out our Fall grant opportunities for Educators & Schools
Curriculum frameworks are the foundational architecture for teaching and learning in K-12 education. Without frameworks, schools struggle to set learning standards and effective ways to track student growth and achievement. Subjects lacking strong frameworks are often marginalized or ignored.
The National Endowment for the Arts remains a vital and stable source of support for the cultural ecosystem here in Massachusetts despite the partisan battles in Washington, D.C.
Creativity is in full bloom at three Springfield Housing Authority developments. Children at Duggan, Moxon, and Riverview Apartments are critically assessing and discussing a variety of art works, both classic and modern. And then, they are creating their own art inspired by their new way of seeing and reflecting on how artists create.
Check out recent episodes of Creative Minds Out Loud, Mass Cultural Council's podcast, featuring:
- Diane Paulus and Diane Borger of the American Repertory Theater
- Alex Oliver-Dávila of Sociedad Latina
- Margaret Keller of Community Access to the Arts (CATA)
The Foster Families Pilot Program is a one-year pilot that connects Western Massachusetts Department of Children and Families offices and social workers with a contact person at participating cultural organizations in their region.
Mass Cultural Council is much more than a grant maker. We provide the services, consultation, and support that assure that every tax dollar we invest in the cultural landscape of Massachusetts delivers meaningful impact for our residents. Our services are only possible because of the hours staff spend supporting constituents. Since July 1, 2018 Mass Cultural Council staff have...