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Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire

CCNB regrants funds from the Mass Cultural Council to individuals and organizations for projects in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. In addition, one or more individual artist is awarded $1,000 each year.
Eleven municipalities are represented. These municipalities are: Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, Hancock, Lanesborough, New Ashford, North Adams, Monroe, Savoy & Williamstown.

Contact

Cecilia Hirsch
mrm@usa.com
413-652-2982

Address
PO Box 227
North Adams, MA 01247-0227

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Application Information

FY23 Allocation

$86,500

FY23 Local Priorities

The Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire makes grants available to:

1-Individuals and organizations for project grants that have a community benefit
2-schools and other non-profit educational entities
3-one individual artist, with the goal of supporting an eventual public exhibition

When evaluating grants, the Council takes into account the challenges of creating community in our region, due to transportation and other rural & demographic issues. Also:
-Grant proposals with digital content are accepted, but will be evaluated on the public benefit they bring to our 11 communities, as well as the grantee’s connection to these communities.
-Grants which solely lead to personal commercial gain are not supported
-We ask council members to refrain from a vote for any application with which they have any connection
-We aim to at least partially fund all proposals which receive strong scoring

In addition to meeting the state criteria, the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire requires the following:

If the applicant doesn’t reside in one of our 11 towns, the project must take place within one of our towns or be accessible remotely.

Venue invitation letters are required in two instances::

1 – If the applicant does not reside in the CCNB area, the application must contain a venue invitation letter signed by a representative from the local hosting venue, preferably on letterhead stationery, confirming that the event will take place at that venue. Phone and email contact information must be included.

2 – If the applicant is not the hosting venue, but is using the venue for the project.

If a venue (school, library, theater, etc) is organizing and completing the project, no venue confirmation letter is needed.

Venues should be handicap accessible.

If a project is digital in delivery, no venue letter is needed.

3 – Applications for an individual artist award are invited from individual artists. The award may support any expense that enhances the artist’s ability to create his/her/ their work such as supplies, materials, equipment, rent, travel, residencies, etc.

Artists are chosen based on the excellence of the artist’s work as evidenced by samples of recent work submitted as part of the application as well as the potential of the project to advance the artist’s work. Relevance to our communities is often considered, but is not a requirement.

The chosen artist will work with the cultural council to create an exhibit/performance of the work created as a result of the grant in one of the eleven towns. During the run of the exhibit/performance, a reception for all grantees may also be held.

FY23 Local Guidelines

In addition to meeting the state criteria, the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire requires the following:

If the applicant doesn’t reside in one of our 11 towns, the project must take place within one of our towns or be accessible remotely.

Venue invitation letters are required in two instances::

1 – If the applicant does not reside in the CCNB area, the application must contain a venue invitation letter signed by a representative from the local hosting venue, preferably on letterhead stationery, confirming that the event will take place at that venue. Phone and email contact information must be included.

2 – If the applicant is not the hosting venue, but is using the venue for the project.

If a venue (school, library, theater, etc) is organizing and completing the project, no venue confirmation letter is needed.

Venues should be handicap accessible.

If a project is digital in delivery, no venue letter is needed.

3 – Applications for an individual artist award are invited from individual artists. The award may support any expense that enhances the artist’s ability to create his/her/ their work such as supplies, materials, equipment, rent, travel, residencies, etc.

Artists are chosen based on the excellence of the artist’s work as evidenced by samples of recent work submitted as part of the application as well as the potential of the project to advance the artist’s work. Relevance to our communities is often considered, but is not a requirement.
The chosen artist will work with the cultural council to create an exhibit/performance of the work created as a result of the grant in one of the eleven towns. During the run of the exhibit/performance, a reception for all grantees may also be held.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY22 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Lewis, Bernice E. Eleventh Annual Ukulele Festival $1,000
Hess, Molly Rail Trail Roll-Along $2,000
York, Matt Songs and Stories - The Highwaymen $400
MUSIC Dance.edu Hip Hop Dance Chair Exercise for Seniors! $500
Hilltown Families, Inc. Hilltown Families Suggests $350
Cope, Jr., Edward L. Impromptu Magic for Camping $300
Cope, Jr., Edward L. Impromptu Magic for Camping $350
Maichack, Gregory The Jellyfish: How to Pastel Paint $400
Kids 4 Harmony Kids 4 Harmony $2,500
Barrington Stage Company, Inc. Playwright Mentoring Project $1,000
Cope, Jr., Edward L. Wildlife Balloon Animal Twisting Workshop $300
Williamstown Theatre Foundation, Inc. Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2022 COMMUNITY WORKS program $3,000
Taylor, Desiree Government in the flesh- Racial History in Massachusetts and a woman called Mumbet $1,000
Maichack, Gregory The Jellyfish: How to Pastel Paint $426
The Artist Book Foundation Book Donations to North Adams Public Library $2,010
Hudson, Jane W. Spirit Nature $1,000
Schorr, Marney Arts in Recovery for Youth $3,500
Adams Free Library Summer Reading 2022 $1,200
Barbara and Eric Rudd Art Foundation, Inc. 2022 NEW EXHIBITIONS’ CATALOG AND FREE PUBLIC OPENING RECEPTION, CONTINUATION OF FREE ADMISSION FOR BERKSHIRE COUNTY RESIDENTS AND SUPPORT FOR THE DJ/LIVE MUSIC PORTION OF THE 22ND ANNUAL EAGLE STREET BEACH EVENTS $100
North Adams Public Library Story in Action $350
Community Images, Inc. Images Cinema Virtual Cinema $1,000
Native Plant Trust, Inc. Plant Communities of Massachusetts $700
Tool, Kristen Hands-On Early Literacy Workshops $1,500
Spatz, M. Alice Creation and Completion of "Berkshire Triptych" $400
Tincknell, Roger L. Halloween, Seasonal Songs and Sing-alongs $400
Pittsfield Shakespeare, Inc. Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park $500
Spatz, Lawrence Concert at Bill Laston Park $450
New England Puppet Arts 2022 Adams Plein Air Paint Out $1,500
Cheshire Council on Aging Sheryl Faye Presents Ruth Bader Ginsburg $375
Scott, Sheila Healing Through Music $125
Bates III, Davis R. Two Performances for Seniors $600
Cheshire Council on Aging Seniors to the Theatre 2022 $800
Karlen, Megan From Straw to Gold - Part One $400
Bates III, Davis R. The Places You'll Go: A Summer Reading Performance $375
Brayton Elementary School Cultural and Education presentations/events at Brayton Elementary School $2,500
Michalenko, Eugene Historical & Geographical Highlights of the Sites Along the Berkshire Scenic Rail route in Northern Berkshire $1,500
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Indigenous Peoples: We are Still Here $1,500
Music in Common, Inc. The Black Legacy Project $1,500
Galietti, Danielle Snow Drawing: Group Arts Project $1,100
Shakespeare & Company, Inc. 2022 Fall Festival of Shakespeare $2,000
Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School Saving our Place $1,500
St. Stanislaus Kostka School Springfield Museums, Berkshire Museum & Hancock Shaker Village $1,800
2nd Act Org, Inc. Prevention Play Programming $400
Sweeney, Jessica Member-run Programming $1,500
North Berkshire Community Dance North Berkshire Contra & Square Dance $900
Bates III, Davis R. Generations of Fun: Songs & Stories $475
Bergin, James St. John's Concert Series $3,000
Berkshire Dance Theatre, Inc. Hip Hop Dance Camp $1,100
Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center, Inc. Boreal forest exploration at Youth Center Inc and Mt Greylock summit $1,100
Daunis, Michael North County Chorale $2,436
Bates III, Davis R. The Places You'll Go: A Summer Reading Performance $375
Richards, Raianne Community Concert in Cheshire with the Massachusetts Walking Tour $300
Richards, Raianne Community Concert with the Massachusetts Walking Tour $300
Holmes, Isabelle Phil Kline's Unsilent Night $1,000
Heart & Soil Collective, Inc. Family Drumming Workshops with Otha Day $2,760
Fazio, Rhonda M Dyeing to Wear It: Creating Community through Color $600
Hoosic River Watershed Association, Inc. Envisioning Effects of Climate Change Along the Hoosic $1,000
Pelaez, Nina The Avon Project $1,500
Cheshire Library Association community programming and events $1,300
ROOTS Teen Center, Inc. Hip-Hop Dance Culture $2,925
Lanesborough Public Library Music and Literacy Enrichment Program $900
Granda, Keri The Plant Wall Project $900
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Inc. On the Road - North Adams $800
Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, Inc. Sheep to Shawl Cultural Festival $880
Williamstown Cultural District Summer Sundays; Artists in real-time $1,650
Cope, Jr., Edward L. Family Magic Show $450
Tincknell, Roger L. Halloween, Seasonal Songs and Sing-alongs $350
Tincknell, Roger L. Winter Solstice Celebration $350
Morales, Marilyn Duo Pianists, Composers & Educators Whipple & Morales in Concert $600
Hoosic River Revival, Inc. Plein Air Painting Focused on the Hoosic River $800
Cheshire Community Association Town of Cheshire Block Party $1,750
Richards, Raianne Community Concert in Cheshire with the Massachusetts Walking Tour $425
Rogers, Scott Windsor Jazz-Blues Workshop $175
WAM Theatre, Inc. WAM Theatre’s 2022 Season and Community Engagement program $450
New England Puppet Arts Pandemic-time Clown Workshop and Performance $800
Mount Greylock Regional High School Fall Festival of Shakespeare $2,100
Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center, Inc. Berkshire Rhythm Keepers at Ramblefest $400
Dunning, Catherine Life Drawing Program $375
Berkshire Music School, Inc. ALL THAT JAZZ: A Musical Enrichment Program $3,000
Maichack, Mary Jo D. In the Wee Small Hours Cabaret Show $450
Bradley, Paula Banjo Pickin' Gals $400
Berkshire Concert Choir, Inc. Season of Light $100
Oakes, Robert An Evening with Oakes and Smith $250

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