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Funding List

Fiscal Year 2021 Total: $1,000,000


Organization City/Town Grant
Actors’ Shakespeare Project Boston $20,000

Shakespeare Inside & Out: 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 $20,000

Youth Creative Programming: 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.

Artists for Humanity Boston $20,000

Arts Micro-enterprise: 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 $20,000

BalletRox Dance! Community Dance Program: to provide Boston youth ages 3-19 a chance to dance in a supportive, community
based environment.

Barrington Stage Company Pittsfield $20,000

Playwright Mentoring Project: 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.

Berkshire Pulse Great Barrington $20,000

Performing Arts Program: 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 $20,000

Arts Entrepreneurship for At-Risk Youth: 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.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell Lowell $20,000

Music Clubhouse: 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 $20,000

Momentum Arts: 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.

Cambridge Community Center Cambridge $20,000

The Hip Hop Transformation: 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 $20,000

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

Central Square Theater Cambridge $20,000

Youth Underground: 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.

e inc. Boston $20,000

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

Elevated Thought Lawrence $20,000

Creative. Community. Change. (C3): 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 $20,000

YOUTH TRUTH: Arts and Advocacy for Child Welfare: 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 $20,000

Year Long Immersion in the Arts: 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 $20,000

Beach Sisters, an environmental and marine science program for girls: 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 $20,000

Empowering and Engaging Youth Voices for Environmental Justice: to support the ECO Youth Crew to engage and educate other youth on environmental justice issues in Chelsea.

Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción Boston $20,000

IBA’s Youth Development Program: 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.

Madison Park Career Tech Foundation, Inc. Boston $20,000

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

Massachusetts Audubon Society Lincoln $20,000

Lowell Leaders in Stewardship: 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 $20,000

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

Medicine Wheel Productions Boston $20,000

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

Mystic Learning Center Somerville $20,000

Books Of Hope: 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 $20,000

High School Apprenticeship Program: 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 Boston $20,000

Teen Interns at NEA: 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 Radio Foundation Springfield $20,000

NEPR Media Lab: 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 $20,000

Teen Writing Workshop: 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 $20,000

Professional Dance Division: 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 $20,000

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

Project STEP Boston $20,000

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

Provincetown Art Association and Museum Provincetown $20,000

Art Reach: 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 $20,000

RAW Chiefs and Project Launch: 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 $20,000

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

Shakespeare & Company Lenox $20,000

Shakespeare in the Courts: 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 $20,000

Youth Artist Master Program: to engage local youth in music creation and production.

The Art Garden Shelburne $20,000

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

The Boston Conservatory at Berklee Boston $20,000

Berklee City Music-High School Academy (HSA): for an intensive program for youth (grades 9-12) to develop musicianship by learning advanced skills, technique, and composition.

The Care Center Holyoke $20,000

Paper City Poetry Project: 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.

The Clubhouse Network Boston $20,000

Collective Impact: A Clubhouse Youth Leadership Initiative: 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.

The Community Art Center Cambridge $20,000

Teen Media Program: 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.

The Hyde Square Task Force Boston $20,000

Ritmo en Acción: 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.

The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston $20,000

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

The Massachusetts Literary Education and Performance Collective Boston $20,000

Massachusetts Youth Spoken Word Leaders Program: to support Youth poets in gaining skills in the creation and management of arts spaces, while serving their peers with quality opportunities.

The Performance Project Northampton $20,000

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

The Theater Offensive Boston $20,000

True Colors Out Youth Theater: 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 $20,000

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

Worcester Youth Center Worcester $20,000

Proclaiming a Visual Voice (PAVV): 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 $20,000

ZooTeens: 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 $20,000

HANDS-ON Youth Development Program: 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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