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Pittsfield Cultural Council

With funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Pittsfield Cultural Council (PCC) provides grants to help underwrite projects, programs, and events in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences. We are committed to supporting the work of local artists, cultural institutions, schools, as well as the work of community members who identify as Black, Indigenous, POC, LGBTQX, refugee, immigrant, or person living with a disability in sustaining and enriching the diverse creative community of the city of Pittsfield, with a focus on making cultural activities accessible and engaging to all.


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PO Box 1192
70 Allen Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201-6250

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Application Information

FY25 Allocation


FY25 Local Priorities

The Pittsfield Cultural Council gathers input from the community yearly and develops funding priorities based on this feedback. This year, the Pittsfield Cultural Council will give priority to :
Projects planned by Pittsfield artists or organization, with attention to those applicants who identify as Black, Indigenous, POC, LGBTQX, refugee, immigrant, or person living with a disability.
Projects with a direct benefit to Pittsfield residents.
Projects that are accessible for free or at minimal cost to community members.
Projects that reach diverse audiences, especially audiences that do not usually benefit from cultural/arts offerings.
Emerging of independent projects, with the goal of promoting new growth in the arts in Pittsfield.
Projects for which a thorough and complete application has been presented, including an identified location with a letter of support from the venue in which the event/project will occur; specific dates for which the project has been scheduled; and complete budget information, including all funding sources, including in-kind.

FY25 Local Guidelines

A resume or other documentation, detailing the the applicant’s qualifications must be included with the application.
In this time of pandemic, we wish to provide latitude to artists who are limited to presentations on a virtual platform.
Applicants will not be funded for more than three consecutive years. We would ask that the applicant who has been funded for three consecutive years would refrain from making application to the council for one year.
Any changes to the project after approval of the original grant application must be submitted in writing, (e-mail is acceptable) and approved by the Pittsfield cultural Council in advance of those changes.
Only one application will be considered from any individual or organization during each grant year.
The PCC does not fund fund-raising projects or grant scholarships.
The MCC logo and the PCC logo must be used in all promotional materials for any project that the PCC has funded. Those who fail to do so may be ineligible for subsequent funding. The PCC logo is available in several formats.
Funding for each grant is at the discretion of a quorum of council members. Applicants should understand that the council members will make every effort to provide funding to every worthy application, but not necessarily at the full amount requested by the applicant.
Beginning in FY 2019, the Pittsfield Cultural council agreed to participate in the Reimbursement to Grant Program which was launched by MCC in FY 2018. As in the previous cycle, in FY 2023, approved grantees will receive their funding up front and not on a reimbursement basis.
Please mail all reimbursement requests to:
Pittsfield Cultural Council
PO Box 1192
Pittsfield, MA 01202-1192

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Arts in Recovery for Youth Arts in Recovery for Youth $2,000
Available Potential Enterprises, Ltd. Creative Drawing Workshop $2,500
Barrington Stage Company, Inc. Playwright Mentoring Project $2,000
Beehive Media LLC Bearing Witness: Stories of Resilience $2,000
Berkshire Concert Choir, Inc. The Sounds of Music $2,500
Berkshire County Historical Society, Inc. The Photography of Arthur Palme $1,500
Berkshire Pulse, Inc. In-School Funbox Breaking Program for Elementary Students in Pittsfield Public Schools $2,500
Berkshires Jazz, Inc. 10 by Duke: a 10x10 Celebration of Duke Ellington $2,000
Bruno, Roger A Celebration of Song - The Great American Songbook and Beyond $650
Dworkin, Motoko Japanese Folktales & Origami for Families $550
Edith Wharton Restoration, Inc. NightWood $1,500
Flying Cloud Institute, Inc. Girls Science Club: Closing the Gender Gap $2,000
Greenagers, Inc. Greenagers Education and Stewardship $2,000
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Inc. Jacob’s Pillow On The Road $1,500
Kachulis, Nick Life with Bill: A New Model for Aging. $600
Kellogg, Mollie An Incognito Witch Staged-Reading and Musical Event $1,000
Kids 4 Harmony Kids 4 Harmony $2,500
Let it Shine! Public Art Partnership Let it Shine Public Art Partnership $3,090
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! $600
Maichack, Mary Jo D. This-a-Way Mezudio! World Folksong/Dances for Kids $598
Maloney, Scott I AM ... $300
Mandel, Bruce In His Own Write: Singer Songwriter Bruce Mandel $500
Nutshell Playhouse, Inc. Nutshell Playhouse at the Berkshire Athenaeum and Kidzone $800
Rebel Town Productions Rebel Town: The Boston Tea Party Musical $3,000
Roots & Dreams and Mustard Seeds Inc. The Colors of Kings/ Los Colores De Los Reyes $2,500
Second Street Second Chances, Inc. Using Our Outside Voices $3,229
Shakespeare & Company, Inc. 2024 Fall Festival of Shakespeare $2,500
Stationery Factory Events, LLC Calliope Cafe and Indie Night $4,000
Stockwell, Bernadette Pittsfield: Do Your ARt! $350
The Downtown Pittsfield Cultural Association, Inc. First Fridays Artswalk $2,000
The Eagles Band, Inc. Eagles Band Colonial Theatre Free Annual Concert $3,000
The Stockbridge Sinfonia, Inc. The Stockbridge Sinfonia: Intergenerational Community Orchestra of the Berkshires $2,000
Truss III, Tom ReWritten $2,500
Tupper, Lara Scarlet Letters: Writing Prompts from Authors of the Berkshires $350
World and Eye Arts Center, Inc. Mujeres Moviendo Montañas $1,500

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