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Amherst Cultural Council

The Amherst Cultural Council allocates state Arts Lottery funds, but it is directed to support and nurture arts activities in the community by seeking private or other public funds and initiatives.

Contact

Matt Holloway & Julianne Applegate - Co-Chairs
millsa@amherstma.gov
413-259-3002

Address
4 Boltwood Avenue
Amherst, MA 01002-2302

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Application Information

FY23 Allocation

$53,800

FY23 Local Priorities

We will prioritize projects for and by BIPOC communities, individuals with disabilities, and low-income communities. We seek applications from people of all ages, races, and persuasions. We encourage new applicants and welcome repeat applicants.

Grant applications will be prioritized by the benefit they bring to the Amherst community. Please provide detailed information about how your project will specifically benefit people in the greater Amherst community.

We encourage events that bring regional collaboration and benefit. For grants that have regional audiences and also benefit Amherst residents we encourage you to apply to all LCC’s with communities who will benefit from the event.

To better serve the community, grants will be evaluated and prioritized to assure that the assortment of grants funded provide different types of arts and cultural activities: (e.g. music, theater, visual art, performing arts, literature, science, historical, and other types of events).

FY23 Local Guidelines

Requirements

Virtual events will be considered. Please include information on your virtual platform. Venues and dates must be confirmed when submitting an application. Please include a letter from the venue as confirmation of date.

Only one application from each group or individual will be considered. Please combine multi program/project requests under one application.

Applications from students are encouraged, but we do not support projects whose sole purpose is fulfillment of a requirement for a degree program.

Travel expenditures will not be reimbursed.

Please identify recipients of stipends and the number of performances, if applicable. K through 12 applications for projects and field trips must state how they relate to classroom activities and curriculum. The ACC will consider funding tickets for students and one adult for one trip per grade per school.

Do not attach more than ten pages of supplemental material.

All events and programs funded by the ACC must consider access for persons with disabilities, including the facility or event location as well as the content of the program. To ensure equitable access, an applicant should make a candid assessment and identification of barriers (physical, virtual, cultural, communication) followed by a bold and innovative plan for improvement.

Recommendations

As equity and inclusion are central to our work, we encourage applicants to develop accessibility practices and include accommodation services in their applications. ACC has dedicated funds to support accessibility — your grant budget may include additional funds for accommodation services that will provide improved access to your project. If it does, please specify the type of supports / services you are able to provide in your application narrative. Accommodations for greater access may include, but are not limited to: sign language interpreters; language interpreters and / or translations; open or closed captions; verbal and audio description; sensory modifications; and accessible website development. Resources are available through the Mass Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Mass Commission for the Blind, Massachusetts Office on Disability, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission Independent Living Centers, the New England ADA Center, and your city’s Office of Disability. Applicants seeking more information about writing accessibility supports into their grants may reach out to ACC Co-Chair Matt Holloway (mwh617@gmail.com).

Regarding accessibility, applicants may also wish to review our 4/28/22 Accessibility Roundtable presentation, found at https://www.amherstma.gov/1221/Cultural-Council.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY22 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Paccia, Abbey Half in Dream $300
Amherst Cinema Arts Center, Inc. Virtual Cinema & Masked Mornings $1,300
The Amherst Ballet Theatre Company, Inc. Amherst Ballet Spring Dance Performance $2,100
MUSIC Dance.edu Hip Hop Dance Chair Exercise for Seniors! $600
Harms, Andrew Folk, Jazz, and Film Music for Trumpet and Piano $600
York, Matt Songs and Stories - The Highwaymen $200
Authors and Artists Festival Authors and Artists Festival $500
Racial Justice Rising Community Outreach for Racial Justice - Year 2 $200
Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum and Foundation Wednesday Folk Traditions 2022 $1,500
Hilltown Families, Inc. Hilltown Families Suggests $700
Tillis, Pamela In the Spirit and the Flesh: The Cultural Legacy of Dr. Frederick C. Tillis (working) $2,500
Meagher, Nancy "Millicent and the Day it Rained Buttons, a Leeds, Mill River Fish Tale" $700
Arcadia Players, Inc. Arcadia Players Presents Three Concerts by Artistic Director Finalists $1,800
Scott, Jessica The Name is the Guest of the Substance $1,150
Amherst Business Improvement District, Inc. Kamil Peters $1,800
Tincknell, Roger L. Children's Songs and Singing Games Family Concert $500
Mohawk Trail Concerts, Inc. Summer Festival 2022 $200
Amherst Historical Society Strings at the Strong $1,800
Hampshire Young People's Chorus Digital Piano for Outdoor Singing $700
Amherst Public Art Commission Portal Gallery on Boltwood exhibition $2,500
Sticca, Paul Strong House Summer Concert $900
Nelson, Peter N. LastRequest $1,450
Illuminati Vocal Arts Ensemble, Inc. Pride Concert $450
Starlight's Youth Theatre, Inc. Peter Pan Jr $500
Travelnitch, Inc. The World on Wheels $400
Son, Sebastian Reasons to Leave - A New Musical $1,500
Blatner, William A Concert of Sacred Music: Reaching for Freedom, Hope and Justice $500
Longstreeth, Kenneth FREE CONCERT BY JEFF GAVIOLI AND HIS BAD NEWS JAZZ AND BLUES ORCHESTRA FEATURING CINDY REED $1,000
Amherst Community Band Community Band music funds $450
Amherst Community Television, Inc. Access For All- Amherst Cultural Council $250
Hitchcock Center, Inc. Nightwings: A Storytelling Program for Children and Families $500
Town of Amherst Juneteenth 2022 $1,000
Amherst Center Cultural District A Celebration of the Arts $1,500
KO Theater Works, Inc. Clear Creek at Ko Festival- 3rd time's the COVID-rescheduling charm $1,600
Hampshire College Look and Feel: Senegalese Graffiti Artist Residency and Exhibition $1,500
Multi-Arts, Inc. Project Earth $1,000
O'Connor, Kate Climate Healing Chorus Concert $700
Northampton Center for the Arts, Inc. Youth Performance Festival 2022 $1,000
The Valley Winds, Inc. Orchestra in the Orchard Plus $1,450
Gallery A3 Expanding Community II $2,500
Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Inc. Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestras' Performance $1,000
African Heritage Reparations Assembly Documenting Reparations For Residents of African Heritage in Amherst, Massachusetts Part One $500
Friends of the Mount Holyoke Range, Inc. Summit House Sunset Concert Series $600
Ethnic Arts Center of Somerville, Inc. Watch, Make, Share! CULTURES OF AMHERST! $500
Grant, Andy Shedding light on the namesake Amherst $1,000
Wildwood Elementary School Wildwood Outdoor Learning Initiative $700
Charlemont Forum Charlemont Forum Summer Speakers Series 2022 $300
Ryan, Elizabeth Winter Holiday $300
Masla, Robert Life Appreciation Through Drawing and Painting $200
Floranina, Ezzell Home Sweet Home- A Climate Crisis Community Festival and Obstacle Course for All Ages $300
Swing Set Singers Vocal Jazz Concert by Swing Set $625
Beatty, Justin Odenong Powwow $3,000
Seva, Mei To Begin Anew $900
Valley Light Opera, Inc. Mozart Requiem $500
Brezinsky, Ira Community Band Festival $450
Sidibe, Youssoupha Virtual African Traditional Music Workshop $700
Petersen, Julia Making Space for the Fiber-Curious $500
Novi Cantori of Greater Springfield, Inc. Spring Concert $700
CitySpace, Inc. Wild & Precious Arts Festival $500
Hilltown Youth Performing Arts Program, Inc. Hilltown Youth Performing Arts Program Summer Workshop $500
Sankofa Gumbo, Inc. Community Kwanzaa $1,750
Chakraborty, Maitreyee East Meets West - Tagore and Dickenson $450
King, Shoshona Juneteenth Celebration $2,000
Keatinge Bezark, Cat Milo The Fairy Festival $750
French-Byrne, Sean Emerging Playwrights Festival $950

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