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Grants Awarded to Foster Families Pilot Organizations

Erik Holmgren, Program Manager

A teen participant in an Art Garden program.
A teen participant in an Art Garden program.

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.

Congratulations to these recipients:

Art Garden, $1,000
To support introductory visual arts workshops for Shelburne Falls area foster families at the Art Garden

Barrington Stage, $1,500
To support scholarships for summer camp for foster-involved youth during the current fiscal year, and engagement with social workers including performance tickets and workshops around theater education

Berkshire Theater Group, $1,025
To support sibling or birth parent meetings in theater space and admission to Berkshire Theater performances

Community Music School of Springfield, $2,500
To support the Foster Care Music Connections Program, which includes Sonido Saturday workshops for foster-involved youth

Enchanted Circle, $3,500
To work with foster-involved youth to create a movable, multimedia art display that will be taken to area DCF offices and displayed at the Eric Carle Museum

Eric Carle Museum, $2,500
To support an art show of work created by foster-involved youth and their families on May 2, 2020, and a foster care recruitment event on May 23, 2020

Mass MoCA, $2,500
For 10 Sibling Saturdays, the Art-tasitic Families Program, and entry fees for social workers

Norman Rockwell Museum, $2,500
For a series of nine workshops for foster-involved youth focused on understanding and experiencing the museum, and one workshop for local social workers to have a guided experience of the museum before it is open to the public

Piti Theater, $1,050
To support a Storytelling workshop for local social workers and upcoming Sibling Saturday visits

Springfield Museums, $1,000
To host orientation sessions for social workers at the Springfield Museums, including an overview of admission process, museum resources, guided tours, and drop-in arts and literacy programs

TOTAL: $19,075

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