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Projects Grants to Support 176 Cultural Organizations across the Commonwealth

Sara Glidden, Program Manager

a family wrapped in winter clothing makes art on a table outside in front of a multi-colored bus
A family makes a project outside Cotuit Center for the Arts’ Art Bus.

Cultural organizations across the Commonwealth are continuing to find innovative and creative solutions to connect with their communities, as they rebuild from the impact of the COVID pandemic. Mass Cultural Council is pleased to support 176 organizations across the Commonwealth with $431,000 in Projects grants for programming during July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022.

Part of the Cultural Investment Portfolio, Projects grants are one-year grants for public programming that provides access, excellence, diversity, or education in the arts, humanities, or sciences. These grants frequently provide a point of entry for smaller organizations, many of whom provide unique opportunities for Massachusetts residents to participate with cultural events in their own communities.

This year, 42% of Projects applicants were organizations applying to Mass Cultural Council for the first time. 37% of Projects grant recipients were first-time applicants. First-time grantees include:

  • Abilities Dance, Brookline: An Evening with Abilities Dance in Upham’s Corner
  • Berkshires Jazz, Pittsfield: Jazz Appreciation Month: the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival
  • Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity, Northampton: Con Alma, a sonic performance which examines the isolation of the pandemic
  • Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cotuit: Art Bus Community Roots: mobile art outreach program, encouraging family engagement
  • Fall River Museum of Contemporary Art, Fall River: two public art projects to be presented in a downtown storefront in Fall River
  • Lowell Makes, Lowell: 2022 Mill City Skill Share, an annual a day of free community-led workshops
  • Northbridge Brass Endeavors, Northbridge: Afternoon of Brass performances in Northbridge and Worcester
  • Ohketeau Cultural Center, Ashfield: The Living Presence of Our History, a public project on contemporary Indigenous issues

Projects grants support Mass Cultural Council’s goal of growing the economy.

See the Complete Projects Grants Funding List

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