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Funding List

Fiscal Year 2022: $1,584,000


Organization City/Town Grant
“e” Inc. Boston $22,000

to support a twice-weekly science and action after-school program for middle schoolers.

18 Degrees Pittsfield $22,000

to provide opportunities for children to succeed and grow to their full potential through musical study and accomplishment in a supportive environment fostering confidence, discipline, teamwork, pride, aspiration, and community engagement.

Actors’ Shakespeare Project Boston $22,000

for ensemble and performance-based Shakespeare and theater projects for vulnerable youth in the custody of DYS, on probation, or in transition back into society to develop social, pre-professional, artistic, and literacy skills.

Angkor Dance Troupe Lowell $22,000

to support vulnerable youth in their developmental process of self-identity through connecting them to their culture of origin, and to instill in them a strong goal-setting/work ethic through the demanding medium of Cambodian classical and folk dance.

Art Garden Shelburne $22,000

to support teens in developing skills for a lifelong journey as artists, so they can become contributing members of their communities.

Artists for Humanity Boston $22,000

for a paid apprenticeship/leadership program to provide teens with hands-on job training in the arts and enterprise under the mentorship of professional artists, and to include a public exhibition and sale of the young people’s artwork.

BalletRox Boston $22,000

to provide Boston youth ages 3-19 a chance to dance in a supportive, community based environment.

Barrington Stage Company Pittsfield $22,000

for an intensive out-of-school activity to use theatre as a catalyst to help at-risk youth, ages 13 to 19, learn valuable life skills that can aid them in developing positive self-images.

Berklee College of Music Boston $22,000

for an intensive program for youth (grades 9-12) to develop musicianship by learning advanced skills, technique, and composition.

Berkshire Pulse Great Barrington $22,000

to provide dance, world music and performing arts instruction after school and during summer breaks for at-risk youth in Southern Berkshire County.

Bird Street Community Center Boston $22,000

for youth to experience a career exploration of the fashion field, learning how to create and put on their own photoshoots, design and construct custom made clothing using fabric materials and equipment, and publish a magazine highlighting their efforts.

Boston Children’s Chorus Boston $22,000

to support an integrated music and social justice education program for over 500 children to deepen educational impact.

Boston City Singers Boston $22,000

to transform the lives of young people by providing safe and inspiring opportunities to grow through joyful expression.

Boston Conservatory at Berklee Boston $22,000

to fund the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, a catalyst for the inclusion of individuals with special needs in all aspects of arts education.

Boston String Academy Boston $22,000

to increase access to quality music education in Allston, Roxbury and Chinatown communities that lack intense and excellence driven ensemble music programming.

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras Boston $22,000

to offer classical music training for students of color and low-income students in Boston.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell Lowell $22,000

to support free youth-driven music instruction in a safe and vibrant space to at-risk and low-income young people.

Brick House Community Resource Center Montague $22,000

to support youth ages 11-18 in developing leadership and entrepreneurial skills, connecting to their local community through the practice, display, and sale of multi-disciplinary arts, team service projects, and youth recognition events.

Bridge Boston Charter School Boston $22,000

to cultivate non-cognitive character strengths and executive functioning skills for low-income Boston youth through intense high quality ensemble experiences.

Cambridge Community Center Cambridge $22,000

to teach teens the authentic history of hip-hop culture and equip them with the skills to write, record, and perform original music.

Cambridge Community Television Cambridge $22,000

to support teens in creating honest stories about themselves and their communities in paid positions as media artists.

Central Square Theater Cambridge $22,000

for a theater ensemble for youth ages 13 to 25 that responds to social issues in their community, especially around issues of race, inclusion, and opportunity.

City Strings United Agawam $22,000

to elevate students’ leadership, musicianship, and self-management skills to equip them with greater confidence to overcome obstacles and realize their potential for excellence.

Clubhouse Network Boston $22,000

to support The Clubhouse, a creative after-school learning environment where teens from “at-risk” Boston neighborhoods develop projects based on their own interests, build skills, and gain confidence through technology.

Community Adolescent Resource & Education Center Holyoke $22,000

to increase students’ awareness and love of language and poetry; to inspire students to express themselves through poetry; and to present contemporary poetry to the public through instruction, student poetry anthology, and public readings.

Community Art Center Cambridge $22,000

for teens to explore the issues in their lives and seek to create positive change through media production as well as through the management of a national festival for youth-produced films and videos.

Community Day Charter Pub School – Prospect Lawrence $22,000

to deliver a high-level violin training in a challenging but nurturing environment to Lawrence 3rd through 8th graders at CDCPS.

Community Music Center of Boston Boston $22,000

to support a program that provides students at three Boston Public Schools the opportunity to engage in school-day group string instruction and continue their learning in the summer with ensemble instruction.

Community Music School of Springfield Springfield $22,000

for Springfield Public School students to learn to play an instrument and the basics of music literacy, build confidence and artistic identity, and gain skills that apply across disciplines.

Conservatory Lab Charter School Boston $22,000

to provide ensemble-based opportunities that are fully integrated into the school day for students from the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.

El Sistema Somerville Somerville $22,000

to provide equitable access to the pursuit of musical excellence, self-esteem and self-confidence for children in Somerville Public Schools.

Elevated Thought Foundation Lawrence $22,000

for youth to examine societal issues and explore new ideas through discussion and debate, poetry, organizing, and the use of various visual art mediums.

Enchanted Circle Theater Holyoke $22,000

to perform “Sharing Our Truth,” an abbreviated performance of the Youth Truth script to spread awareness of teens experiencing out of home care and teach peers how to support these students.

Express Yourself Beverly $22,000

to support community youth and young people from the Department of Mental Health to collaborate in a multi-disciplinary, culturally diverse arts program that brings 17 isolated communities together to perform at the Citi Wang Theater.

Girls Incorporated of Lynn Lynn $22,000

to provide teen leaders with the opportunity to work with scientists to help influence peers and younger girls to see science as exciting, to engage with their community, and to see careers in STEM as a viable option.

GreenRoots Chelsea $22,000

to support the ECO Youth Crew to engage and educate other youth on environmental justice issues in Chelsea.

Groundwork Lawrence Lawrence $22,000

to increase STEM proficiency, professional networks, and environmental awareness.

Hyde Square Task Force Boston $22,000

for an afterschool Afro-Latin dance program to promote the artistic growth and personal resilience of low-income, minority Boston teens and help them become successful and civically engaged artists and individuals.

Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción Boston $22,000

to support an employment-based, out-of-school opportunity that places high school-aged participants (called Peer Leaders) in rigorous courses centered on the Creative Youth Development model and civic engagement.

Institute of Contemporary Art Boston $22,000

to support high-need youth create audio and film work for critique and presentation, acquiring artistic, professional, and life skills supported by artists/mentors.

Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program Boston $22,000

to offer a daily before- and after-school, ensemble music education for Boston Public School students, to help children develop executive functions and social-emotional skills through the pursuit of collaborative musical excellence.

Madison Park Career Tech Foundation Boston $22,000

to engage Boston youth from elementary school through college in the creative possibilities of STEAM.

Margarita Muñiz Academy Boston $22,000

to provide an intense high quality music program to all students Margarita Muniz Academy.

Mass Audubon Lincoln $22,000

to provide out-of-school opportunities for youth in Lowell to work alongside mentors to conduct scientific investigations, participate in habitat stewardship projects, and develop leadership skills.

Massachusetts College of Art and Design Boston $22,000

to address issues of equity and social justice through its free, 4-year college preparatory program.

MassLEAP Collective Boston $22,000

to support Youth poets in gaining skills in the creation and management of arts spaces, while serving their peers with quality opportunities.

Medicine Wheel Productions Boston $22,000

to provide employment opportunities, mentorship, case management, and therapeutic creative work for underserved or marginalized youth from across the city of Boston.

Merrimack Valley Community Music School Andover $22,000

to start middle school band and elementary school bands as well as private lesson programs in the community.

Musica Franklin Colrain $22,000

to support an immersive after-school music ensemble program for at-risk students, teaching self-control and focus through the discipline of playing in an ensemble.

musiConnects Boston $22,000

to fund a program using of chamber music to positively impact the growth of young people in community centers and schools, as musicians and as citizens who are independent, community minded, and can work together to resolve conflict.

Mystic Learning Center Somerville $22,000

to offer under-resourced and under-represented youth a platform for the creative expression of their lived experiences; and provide professional development for young authors and teaching artists.

New Bedford Whaling Museum New Bedford $22,000

to provide 18 low-income, academically motivated high school students with resources and experiences to deepen community engagement, promote personal and professional development, and cultivate college and career readiness.

New England Aquarium Corporation Boston $22,000

to offer paid career exploration in science and museum administration, as well as life skills development for youth ages 14 to 18.

New England Public Media Springfield $22,000

for youth to learn skills, gain confidence and activate the art of storytelling to connect with others about issues impacting their lives.

Northern Berkshire Community Coalition North Adams $22,000

to assist young writers to develop their creative work with the guidance of expert staff through participation in weekly writing sessions, and to provide the opportunity to publish their work and share it in public readings.

OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center Boston $22,000

to provide youth with intensive dance training and performance opportunities (in multiple genres), leadership development, and professional development training to promote their self-esteem, physical fitness, and long-term self-sufficiency.

Partners for Youth With Disabilities Somerville $22,000

for accessible afterschool and summer performing arts programs, workshops, special events, classes, and leadership opportunities for approximately 50-60 youth with and without disabilities.

Performance Project Northampton $22,000

to engage youth in artistic training, social justice dialogues, inter-generational mentoring and leadership development.

Project STEP Boston $22,000

for String Training for Minority Youth; Access, Intensity, Support, and Success.

Provincetown Art Association and Museum Provincetown $22,000

to provide free project-based curriculum in traditional and digital arts for under-served youth 13-18 from 8 towns of Outer Cape.

RAW Art Works Lynn $22,000

to help teens at the critical juncture between youth and adulthood to envision and create positive futures; for RAW Chiefs to mentor younger artists at RAW; and for Project Launch to provide teens with one-to-one mentoring for college access.

Rehearsal for Life Boston $22,000

to develop peer leaders focused on social issues and community outreach using scene work that encourages dialogue and reflection.

Shakespeare & Company Lenox $22,000

for adjudicated youth in the Berkshire County Juvenile Courts system to rehearse and perform a Shakespeare play instead of incarceration or community service, helping the young people develop more consistent positive behaviors.

Sociedad Latina Boston $22,000

to engage local youth in music creation and production.

Springfield Public Schools Springfield $22,000

to advance leadership, pride, self-discipline and creativity of students of the High School of Science and Technology of Springfield through the study and performance of music.

Theater Offensive Boston $22,000

for an educational theater program that provides arts instruction and leadership training to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth and their straight allies, ages 14-22.

Transformative Culture Project Boston $22,000

to work with youth who are most likely to be negatively impacted by media messages and put them in control of crafting alternatives.

Worcester Chamber Music Society Worcester $22,000

to provide free instruments and music lessons in string instruments, and an intensive mentorship by WCMS teaching artists to Main South neighborhood youth.

Worcester Public Schools Worcester $22,000

to support an after school instrumental program for Worcester Public School students in Grades 4-9, providing youth development and ensemble opportunities that may not be available at their home or school.

Worcester Youth Center Worcester $22,000

for students to work with an artist to explore social justice issues and design a mural for the WYC building in a creative expression program.

Zoo New England Boston $22,000

to support the ZooTeen, ZooTeen, Jr., Teen Ambassador, and Youth Advisory Council programs in order to provide students with access to hands-on learning opportunities, exposure to jobs in zoos and conservation organizations, and workplace skills.

Zumix Boston $22,000

to support personal guidance, self-assessment, and leadership development in urban youth through focus on four distinct areas: songwriting and performance, instrumental music, creative technology, and radio.

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