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CAPITAL GRANTS

American Antiquarian Society, Worcester
Exterior of Antiquarian Hall in Worcester Project: Expansion & Accessibility Improvements
Grant:
$225,000

About the Facility: Founded in 1812, American Antiquarian Society is a national research library that makes its comprehensive collection of early Americana accessible to the general public as well as to researchers, serving 9,000 visitors annually. The facilities include the 1910 Antiquarian Hall, the Goddard Daniels House, and offices at its Regent Street house.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded American Antiquarian Society $225,000 for an  expansion of the historic Antiquarian Hall to create a new conservation lab, public engagement space, and universal access upgrades. 

 

Apple Tree Arts, Grafton
Project: Fixed and Integrated Equipment Upgrades
Grant:
$219,000

About the Facility: Apple Tree Arts’Front Exterior of Grafton Town House historic Civil War era facility, the Grafton Town House, serves as a community school for the arts that provides high quality music and theatre arts programming to individuals located in the Blackstone and Assabet Valleys.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Apple Tree Arts $219,000 for the purchase of major audio equipment and integrated sound and light systems, stage curtains, mechanical shade and curtain treatments for the Grafton Town House’s performance hall. 

 

Bolton Conservation Trust, Bolton
Bolton Conservation Trust Project: New Construction
Grant:
$96,000

About the Facility: The Performance Pavilion will serve as a major architectural element in the creation of the new Bolton Town Common, which will be used for concerts, films, theatrical performances and arts festivals.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Bolton Conservation Trust $96,000 for the construction of an Outdoor Performance Pavilion within the new Bolton Town Common.

 

EcoTarium, Worcester
Exterior of the EcoTarium in Worcester Project: New Construction and Renovation
Grant:
$122,000

About the Facility: EcoTarium is one of the country's oldest natural history organizations, and offers indoor and outdoor exhibits, planetarium shows and educational programs.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded  The Ecotarium $122,000 for the replacement of two sections of the main museum building roof, insertion of an associated air intake, and initial construction work to renovate and repurpose the vacant polar bear habitat for the Wild Cat Station exhibit.

 

Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge
Old Sturbridge Village 8th century Law Office Project: Visitor Center & Museum Renovations and Repairs
Grant: $125,000

About the Facility: Old Sturbridge Village is a living history and resource center that interprets the first 50 years of the new nation, from 1790 to 1840.
The Village is situated on more than 200 acres and consists of more than 100 buildings and 59 historic structures, some of which require urgent maintenance and repairs.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Old Sturbridge Village $125,000 for exhibit space renovations in the Visitor Center and upgrades to the Collection Storage Facility.  

 

Worcester Center for the Performing Arts, Worcester
Hanover Theatre Conservatory & Events CenterProject: Infrastructure, Equipment & Accessibility Upgrades
Grant:
$125,000

About the Facility: The Hanover Theatre Conservatory & Events Center facility houses a new Conservatory for the Performing Arts, function and administrative spaces, and a ground floor restaurant. The newly acquired facility has allowed The Hanover Theatre to expand programming and enhance the visitor experience.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Worcester Performing Arts Center $125,000 for an elevator installation and new lighting and signage in the theater’s new pedestrian plaza.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg
Grant: $30,000
About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Fitchburg Art Museum $30,000 to support strategic and design planning for an on-site storage facility which will house the museum's permanent art collection.

Pakachoag Music School, Auburn
Grant: $5,200
About the Project:
The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Pakachoag Music School $5,200 for a feasibility study to determine plans to purchase a new facility.

 

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Greater Boston

CAPITAL GRANTS

Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington
Arlington Center for the Arts new facilityProject: Repairs and Renovations to Newly Acquired Facility
Grant:
$187,000

About the Facility: The Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA) is relocating to a new space after 27 years to Arlington’s first high school building, constructed in 1894. It will serve as the new home for the ACA and save a treasured community asset.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $187,000 to the Arlington Center for the Arts to  make exterior repairs and build a performance stage in a historic facility that will become its new home.

 

Artists for Humanity, South Boston
Artists for Humanity crowded studio spaceProject: Facility Expansion
Grant:
$225,000

About the Facility: Artists for Humanity’s 2004 youth arts facility is known as the EpiCenter in Boston's Fort Point district and one of Boston’s largest onsite employers of youth and teens. Further expansion will allow the organization to double youth employment and partner with creative industries to create a cultural economy center.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Artists for Humanity  $225,000 to expand its current building to include a makers studio, an art gallery, retail store and extended event space.  

 

Boston Ballet, Boston
Boston Ballet new studio spaceProject: Expansion and Accessibility Updates
Grant:
$100,000

About the Facility: The Boston Ballet’s new studio in Newton will be its largest studio facility of three, was selected and designed to support continued program growth. Boston Ballet serves 2,000 students annually.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Boston Ballet $100,000 to renovate a new site in the school’s Metrowest campus. The renovations will include additions to studio space, parking, and inclusive/accessible design.

 

Boston Children’s Museum, Boston
Waterfront Side Façade, Boston Children’s MuseumProject: Repairs to the Exhibition Hall
Grant:
$164,000

About the Facility: The Boston Children's Museum is one of the country's oldest and largest children's museums. Located in a six-story converted warehouse on Fort Point Channel, the Museum is addressing a number of on-going capital projects.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Boston Children's Museum $164,000 for repairs in the exhibition hall including waterproofing, lighting, plumbing and flooring upgrades.

 

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Boston
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood CenterProject: New Construction of a Community Arts Center
Grant:
$225,000

About the Facility: The creation of BCNC’s new community arts center will support and strengthen the cultural assets in Chinatown while revitalizing an integral part of the city of Boston.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center $225,000 to build the ”One Chinatown Arts Center (1CAC),” that will serve as a community arts education and performance facility.

 

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston
Symphony Hall, home of Boston Symphony OrchestraProject: Replacement of Absorption Chiller
Grant:
$225,000

About the Facility: Symphony Hall is the home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops. The hall was originally built in 1900 and is often studied as an acoustic model for new concert halls. In 1999, it was designated as a National Historic Landmark. 

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Boston Symphony Orchestra $225,000 to replace the Symphony Hall steam absorption chiller. The new system will improve operational efficiency, preserve valuable musical instruments and ensure patron comfort.

 

Center for the Arts at the Armory, Somerville
Center for the Arts at the Armory front exteriorProject: Window Repairs and Replacements for Soundproofing
Grant:
$28,000

About the Facility: Since 2009, The Center for the Arts at the Armory hosts a broad range of performing arts activities, visual arts exhibits and community cultural events in a historic armory building.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Center for the Arts at the Armory  $28,000 to repair existing windows and add soundproof storm windows that will enable an expanded program schedule and increased hours of operation.

 

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum courtyardProject: Museum Exterior and Roof Restoration
Grant:
$225,000

About the Facility: First opened to the public in 1903, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a snapshot of 19th century Boston. The three stories of galleries and the Venetian-style courtyard house a unique collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts from cultures spanning 30 centuries.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum $225,000 to restore the east and west facades of the historic Gardner’s Palace, including stucco, windows, and terra cotta roof tile.

 

Harvard Semitic Museum, Cambridge
Entrance to Gallery, Harvard Semitic MuseumProject: Mesopotamian Gallery Renovations
Grant:
$100,000

About the Facility: The Harvard Semitic Museum, which serves the public as well as Harvard community, holds the university's collection of more than 40,000 Near Eastern artifacts and art. The facility is dedicated to the use of these objects for research, teaching, publication and exhibition of ancient Near Eastern archaeology, history, and culture.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Harvard Semitic Museum $100,000 for renovations and upgrades to the Mesopotamian gallery, including a new floor, improved lighting, and new permanent display cases.

 

Huntington Theatre Company, Everett
A Confederacy of Dunces” Performance, Huntington Theatre CompanyProject: Expansion and Renovation of New Production Center
Grant:
$100,000

About the Facility: The Huntington Theatre Company is planning to expand into a full-scale theatre complex with modern amenities and technology, including the build-out of a new Production Center located in Everett, MA.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Huntington Theatre Company $100,000 to convert a warehouse space into a new Production Center. The space will be used to build and store scenery, sets, props, and costumes.

 

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Exterior of the Institute of Contemporary ArtProject: Electrical, Lighting, and Life Safety Updates
Grant:
$116,000

About the Facility: The new Institute of Contemporary Art building opened in December of 2006. The uniquely cantilevered 65,000 square foot facility sits on the edge of Boston Harbor and houses gallery and performance space, an education center, design store, café, and support spaces.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $116,000 to the Institute of Contemporary Art  for upgrades to fire and life safety systems, and electrical lighting repairs.

 

Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center of Greater Boston, Boston
Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center of Greater BostonProject: Theatre Amenities Enhancements
Grant:
$100,000

About the Facility: The Center for the Arts at the Jewish Community Center houses a 7,500 square foot auditorium constructed in the mid-1980s that presents cultural and education programs that are accessible to the community.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Jewish Community Center of Greater Boston $100,000 for the construction of a new technical control booth in the Riemer-Goldstein Theater space.

 

Longy School of Music of Bard College, Cambridge
Longy School of Music, Pickman Concert HallProject: Pickman Hall Renovation & Chiller Replacement
Grant:
$35,000

About the Facility: The Longy School is housed in the Zabriskie House (1889). The 350-seat Edward Pickman Concert Hall was added to the facility in 1970 and now hosts more than 250 musical performances a year.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Longy School of Music $35,000 to purchase a new chiller for Pickman Hall.

 

Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston
Project: GallMassArt, Bakaler & Paine Galleries ery Space Renovation
Grant:
$225,000

About the Facility: The Bakalar & Paine Galleries facility consists of 10,164 square feet of exhibition, office, and storage spaces in South Hall of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Originally part of Boston Normal School, the three-story building was constructed in 1905-06.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Massachusetts College of Art and Design $225,000 to complete renovation and expansion of the Bakalar & Paine Galleries, New England's largest free contemporary art space.

 

Mother Brook Arts and Community Center, Dedham
Mother Brook Arts and Community CenterProject: Renovation for Accessible Restrooms
Grant:
$40,000

About the Facility: Mother Brook Arts and Community Center is housed in the former Avery Elementary School, a local landmark. Its architectural style is typical of schools built in the 1920s, and contains 38,000 square feet over three floors, including classrooms restored as artist studios, and an attached auditorium with stage.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Mother Brooks Arts and Community Center $40,000 for plumbing renovations and to add handicapped accessible restrooms.

 

Museum of Science, Boston
Waterfront Façade, Museum of ScienceProject: Fire Protection Systems Upgrade
Grant:
$212,000

About the Facility: With more than 600 permanent exhibits and an average of 1.6 million annual visitors, the Museum of Science is one of the largest science centers in the world.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Museum of Science $212,000 to complete a comprehensive fire protection systems upgrade, including alarm initiating devices, heat detectors, wiring upgrades, new smoke detectors & replacement of fire alarm panels.

 

National Association for Armenian Studies, Belmont
Front Exterior, National Association for Armenian StudiesProject: Expansion, Accessibility, and Fire Safety Upgrades
Grant:
$225,000

About the Facility: The National Association for Armenian Studies’ 27,000-volume rare-book library in diverse languages and alphabets is a living legacy of culture and history after the Armenian genocide.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the National Association for Armenian Studies $225,000 for fire protection, accessibility upgrades, and installation of an elevator.

 

Puppet Showplace, Inc., Brookline
Audience, Puppet Showplace TheatreProject: Renovated Studio Space & Accessibility Upgrades
Grant:
$20,000

About the Facility: The Puppet Showplace Theatre presents twice-weekly shows to over 20,000 children annually from its theater on Station Street in Brookline, a National Historic Register facility constructed in 1890.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Puppet Showplace $20,000 to upgrade the theater's sound, lighting, heating and cooling, install a ramp to improve accessibility, and renovate the basement to create studio space.

 

Zoo New England, Dorchester
Entrance, Franklin Park ZooProject: Accessibility Improvements
Grant:
$120,000

About the Facility: Zoo New England operates the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and the Stone Zoo in Stoneham. Zoo New England's animal collection includes roughly 1,800 animals representing about 260 distinct species. The current Children's Zoo is located at Franklin Park, including Franklin Farm where children can touch and see animals.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $120,000 to Zoo New England to fund accessibility renovations to parking areas, entrances and exits and rest rooms.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

Celebrity Series of Boston, Boston
Grant:
$26,000
About the Project:
The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Celebrity Series of Boston $26,000 to support real estate, architectural, theatrical design, and operations planning for a new flexible performance space.

Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, Boston
Grant:
$30,000
About the Project:
The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association $30,000 to support the conceptual planning for a new Chinese immigrant heritage visitor center in Chinatown.

The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts, Jamaica Plain
Grant:
$30,000
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts $30,000 to support a feasibility study to address code compliance and evaluate potential renovation and expansion.

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Boston
Grant:
$15,000
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center $15,000 to assess feasibility of expansion to accommodate programmatic growth and storage needs.

The Record Company, Boston
Grant:
$10,000
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Record Company $10,000 to establish an all-ages collaborative music venue; a small format setting in which artists and members of the community can participate in performances and music community events.

 

SYSTEMS REPLACEMENT PLAN GRANTS

The Guild of Boston Artists, Boston
Grant:
$7,000
About this Project:
A 20-year capital needs assessment of the building and its mechanical systems.

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Metrowest

CAPITAL GRANTS

Concord Museum, Concord
Concord Museum aerial viewProject: Expansion & Construction of new Education Center
Grant:
$225,000

About the Facility: Concord Museum displays its collection of 17th, 18th and 19th century Americana objects in its three-story Museum building, built in 1930 with a 1991 Graham Gund-designed addition.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Concord Museum $225,000 to renovate existing gallery space and for the construction of a new Education Center to meet expanded programming needs.

 

Massachusetts Audubon Society, Lincoln
Drumlin Farm, Massachusetts Audubon SocietyProject: Construction of a new Environmental Learning Center
Grant:
$225,000

About the Facility: The Environmental Learning Center will become the new educational hub at Drumlin Farm, to foster collaboration, catalyze innovative ideas and provide environmental science programming.

About this Project:The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Massachusetts Audubon Society $225,000  for construction of a net-zero energy building that will become a new environmental learning center.

 

Walden Woods Project, Lincoln
Walden WoodsProject: Media Exhibits Installation
Grant:
$125,000

About the Facility: The Walden Woods Visitors Center is designed to be a destination site that will increase the number of visitors to the area in all seasons and promote the history and culture of Thoreau country.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Walden Woods Project $125,000 for the construction of interpretive media exhibits at a new Walden Pond Visitor Center.

 

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Northeast

CAPITAL GRANTS

The Cabot Performing Arts Center, Beverly
Front Entrance of The Cabot Project: HVAC Replacement
Grant:
$225,000

About the Facility: Established in 1920, The Cabot is a rare survivor from among the classic movie and vaudeville palaces that have largely disappeared from the American cultural landscape. Today it presents a rich variety of high-quality entertainment year-round, including regional and national acts, popular movies, and film and music festivals.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Cabot Performing Arts Center $225,000 for the full replacement of an HVAC system.

 

Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation, Gloucester
Gloucester Meeting House Project: Fire Safety and Detection Systems
Grant:
$130,000

About the Facility: The Federal Style edifice, completed in 1806, is the largest, oldest and last remaining historic Meetinghouse in Gloucester. It serves as a welcoming civic center, distinguished concert hall and hub for community events.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation $130,000 for the installation of a comprehensive fire-sprinkler system, fire-proof insulation and new detection systems.

 

 

House of the Seven Gables, Salem
House of the Seven Gables Project: HVAC Replacements
Grant: $58,000

About the Facility: The House of Seven Gables Museum is now a collection of seven buildings located on a single campus in Salem, MA along the shores of the Salem Harbor within Salem's Derby Street Historic District.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the House of the Seven Gables $58,000 to replace HVAC systems in four historic buildings to increase efficiency, reduce environmental impact, provide a more stable environment for collections and more comfortable conditions for visitors.

 

Lawrence History Center, Lawrence
Facility exterior, Lawrence History Center Project: Elevator Replacement
Grant: $55,000

About the Facility: Founded in 1978 as the Immigrant City Archives, the Lawrence History Center's mission is to collect, preserve, share, and animate the history and heritage of Lawrence and its people. The facility, built in 1882, is on the National Register of Historic Places that includes a main office building, carpenter shop, blacksmith shop, stable, and a warehouse.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Lawrence History Center $55,000 to replace a decommissioned elevator to better accommodate those with mobility challenges.

 

Manship Artist and Residence Studios, Beverly
MARS, Barn Gallery Project: Acquisition and Establishment of New Artist Residency
Grant: $207,000

About the Facility: Manship Artist and Residence Studios will preserve a local treasure with national significance and continue the legacy of Cape Ann's historic community of artists by establishing an artist residency program at the renovated 15+ acre property of sculptor Paul Manship.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Manship Artist and Residence Studios $207,000 to purchase the Manship property in Gloucester, which will be transformed into an artist educational facility and gallery place.

 

City of Salem, Salem
Charter Street Cemetery Walking Paths Project: Cemetery Rounds Restoration
Grant: $125,000

About the Facility: Established in 1637, this historically significant Charter Street Cemetery is located downtown Salem and visited by hundreds of thousands of people per year. The Adjacent Witch Trials memorial has an important relationship with the burial grounds which plays a role in the city’s tourism industry.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the City of Salem $125,000 to support the restoration of the Charter Street Cemetery, including accessibility, fencing and landscaping improvements.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester
Grant: $30,000
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Cape Ann Museum $30,000 for architectural studies and strategic planning assistance to explore expansion and facility improvements, informed by programmatic need and a 2016 Systems Replacement Plan.

 

SYSTEMS REPLACEMENT PLAN GRANTS

Lawrence History Center, Lawrence
Grant:
$7,000
About this Project: A 20-year capital needs assessment of the building and its mechanical systems.

Manship Artists and Residence Studios, Gloucester
Grant:
$7,000
About this Project: A 20-year capital needs assessment of the building and its mechanical systems.

 

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Southeast

CAPITAL GRANTS

Ames Free Library, EastonQueset House, Ames Free Library
Project: Queset House Restoration
Grant: $125,000

About the Facility: The 1854 Queset House is an architectural jewel that hosts the Ames Free Library’s lifelong learning programs and serves as a center for community engagement and programming.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Ames Free Library $125,000 to renovate and restore the roofing and mortar-wood erosion of the Queset House building.

 

Buzzards Bay Coalition, New Bedford
Artist’s animation of Onset Bathhouse renovations, Buzzards Bay Coalition Project: Rehabilitation & Expansion of New Discovery Center
Grant:
$125,000

About the Facility: Buzzards Bay Coalition plans to transform a historic Bathhouse into the  “Onset Bay Discovery Center,” which will serve to provide quality, affordable, on-the-water interpretive programs that foster environmental stewardship and appreciation of cultural resources to a low-income area of Wareham.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Buzzards Bay Coalition $125,000 to rehabilitate and expand the historic 1890 Bathhouse on Onset Beach to house programs that foster environmental stewardship.

 

Featherstone Center for the Arts, Oak Bluffs
Aerial view of new facility construction, Featherstone Center for the Arts Project: Expansion of Art Center Campus
Grant:
$125,000

About the Facility: The Featherstone Center for the Arts’ two new buildings will serve as an Art Barn, that houses a flexible gallery space, two classrooms, art storage and administrative offices, and a new Pottery Studio, with separate rooms for wheels, kilns and crafts.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Featherstone Center for the Arts $125,000 for the construction of two new buildings on the art center campus.

 

Heritage Museums & Gardens, SandwichHeritage Museums & Gardens
Project: Creation of a Universal Access Garden Space
Grant:
$225,000

About the Facility: Heritage Museums & Gardens was founded in 1969 and attracts more than 133,000 visitors annually. Located on 100 acres of gardens, trails, and natural areas, it offers three museum buildings featuring a permanent collection of American art, automobiles, and historic objects, as well as annual special exhibits and outdoor programs and events.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Heritage Museums & Gardens $225,000 for the creation of a “Five Senses Garden” providing universal access and programs for those who have a range of physical and mental disabilities.

 

Lloyd Center for the Environment, South DartmouthLloyd Center for the Environment, front entrance
Project: Renovations & New Construction of Learning Centers
Grant:
$225,000

About the Facility: Lloyd Center for the Environment provides environmental education programs and conducts research from its 55-acre property along the Slocum River. The property includes wildlife exhibits, an observation tower, and five miles of publicly accessible hiking trails.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Lloyd Center for the Environment $225,000 for the  renovation of the main building and site improvements to transform the Lloyd Center into a regional Biodiversity Learning Center.

 

Martha’s Vineyard Museum, Edgartown1895 Vineyard Haven Marine Hospital
Project: Vineyard Haven Marine Hospital Renovation
Grant:
$225,000

About the Facility: The Martha's Vineyard Museum is the only comprehensive museum on the island of Martha's Vineyard, with a collection that encompasses the rich history, fine and folk arts, literature, and the dramatic arts native to the island.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Martha’s Vineyard Museum $225,000 to renovate the 1895 Vineyard Haven Marine Hospital, which will become a part of a new campus for the Museum's collections and programs and a new attraction to the Vineyard Haven Harbor Cultural District.

 

Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall RiverNarrow Center for the Arts, facility exterior
Project: Purchase of Facility
Grant:
$225,000

About the Facility: Occupying a 15,000 square foot space in a former mill building, the Narrows Center for the Arts features a 280-seat performing arts venue, an art gallery, and artist studio space.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Narrows Center for the Arts $225,000 to purchase the building that the Center has occupied for 15 years, and to build additional restrooms in the facility.

 

New Bedford Port Society, New Bedford Seamen’s Bethel and the Mariner’s home
Project: For Restoration & Preservation of Historic Buildings
Grant:
$150,000

About the Facility: The New Bedford Port Society maintains the historic Seamen's Bethel and Mariners' Home located on the top of Johnny Cake Hill in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. The Seaman's bethel has served the maritime community for over 175 years and tells the story of New Bedford's whaling history through its current fishing history.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $150,000 to the New Bedford Port Society for the restoration of the Seamen’s Bethel and Mariner’s Home to preserve and make accessible two historic landmarks, create a venue to honor New Bedford’s Maritime Heritage, and enhance the National Park as a world-wide tourist destination.

 

Friends of Nobska Light, FalmouthThe Nobska Lighthouse and Keeper’s house
Project: Restoration & Renovation of Nobska Light and Keeper’s House
Grant:
$225,000

About the Facility: Friends of Nobska Light was incorporated in 2015 in order to preserve Nobska Light Station for the public. It will become a museum on the history of the lighthouse in cooperation with the four founding historical organizations and private individuals.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Friends of Nobska Light $225,000 to support the restoration of the Nobska lighthouse and the renovation of the keepers' house.

 

Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, ProvincetownProvincetown Center for Coastal Studies
Project: Exhibit Renovations & Accessibility Improvements
Grant:
$174,000

About the Facility: The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies is an environmental research and education center, which on completion will include marine and coastal science laboratories, an open atrium space for exhibits, and interactive classrooms and meeting rooms.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies $174,000 for renovations to interactive classrooms and to purchase a solar array.

 

Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, New BedfordRotch-Duff-Jones House and Gardens Museum
Project: Exterior & Garden Repairs
Grant:
$68,000

About the Facility: The Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, located within the Country Street National Historic District, is a historic house museum that explores the cultural, economic, social, and architectural history of New Bedford.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Rotch-Duff-Jones House & Garden Museum $68,000 to replace house and cupola roof; repair dormers, repair Coachman House gutters; resurface front driveway, install lighting, signage, restore garden steps and railings; and renew historic rose garden parterre.

 

South Shore Conservatory, DuxburyEllison Center for the Arts building, South Shore Conservatory
Project: Exterior Repairs & Sound Systems
Grant:
$133,000

About the Facility: The South Shore Conservatory has two facilities located in Duxbury and Hingham, which provide studio, classroom and performance space  as part of the organization’s education in the arts programming.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the South Shore Conservatory $133,000 to renovate the Ellison Center for the Arts, including exterior repairs, acoustic treatment, and sound and projection systems.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

Cape Cod Center for the Arts, Dennis
Grant:
$30,000
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Cape Cod Center for the Arts $30,000 to develop a long-term master plan for sustainability and to assess immediate facility repairs and renovations.

Cape Cod Symphony and Conservatory, Hyannis
Grant:
$30,000
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Cape Cod Symphony and Conservatory $30,000 to support a comprehensive conditions assessment and building systems evaluation, and to create a conceptual design study for expansion.

Old Colony Historical Society, Taunton
Grant:
$5,200
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Old Colony Historical Society $5,200 to develop a preservation plan for the museum's collection, and to assess expansion of collection and storage space.

Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown
Grant:
$30,000
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Provincetown Art Association and Museum $30,000 to plan for expansion of the facility onto the Museum's recently acquired additional land.

Tales of Cape Cod, Barnstable
Grant:
$30,000
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Tales of Cape Cod $30,000 to assess restoration and preservation plans to enhance meeting space in the Olde Colonial Courthouse.

UMass Dartmouth, Dartmouth
Grant:
$28,000
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth $28,000 for a feasibility study to prioritize capital improvements to the Star Store Gallery, including a market study and facilities audit.

The Yard, Inc., Chilmark
Grant:
$30,000
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Yard, Inc. $30,000 for schematic design planning per the second phase of a larger campus renovation project.

 

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Western

CAPITAL GRANTS

Berkshire Pulse, Inc., HousatonicBallet Class in Studio B, Berkshire Pulse
Project: Elevator Repair for Increased Accessibility
Grant:
$84,000

About the Facility: Berkshire Pulse's home in downtown Housatonic is part of the historic Monument Mills property, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The third floor of the 1866 mill building has become the ideal space for dance studios due to its lack of interior partitions or posts and abundance of natural light.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Berkshire Pulse $84,000 for accessibility improvements including converting the existing freight elevator into an ADA compliant lift.

 

The Bidwell House, MontereyFront façade of Bidwell House Museum
Project: Structural Preservation & Accessibility Upgrades
Grant:
$125,000

About the Facility: The Bidwell House museum consists of four structures and 192 acres of grounds. The original portion of the house dates to 1750 by Reverend Adonijah Bidwell, and today its rooms serve as exhibit space for the museum, which houses a permanent collection of 18th and 19th century antiques and furnishings.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Bidwell House $125,000 for accessibility enhancements and the structural preservation of the historic home.

 

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, AmherstEric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Project: Energy Management & Lighting Upgrades
Grant:
$52,000

About the Facility: Founded in 2001, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art works to inspire an appreciation for the art of the picture book. The facility welcomes nearly 45,000 visitors annually, and includes three rotating galleries, a hands-on art studio, an auditorium, a library, and a cafe.

About this Project: Founded in 2001, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art works to inspire an appreciation for the art of the picture book. The facility welcomes nearly 45,000 visitors annually, and includes three rotating galleries, a hands-on art studio, an auditorium, a library, and a cafe.

 

CitySpace, Inc., EasthamptonCitySpace, Inc. front façade
Project: Old Town Hall Renovations
Grant:
$135,000

About the Facility: Built in 1869, Easthampton’s old Town Hall is listed on the National and State Historic Registers. This significant historical landmark within the community serves as an iconic architectural structure with two prominent towers on either side of the building. The second floor theatre will be transformed into a performing arts space for the community that honors the building's history.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded CitySpace $135,000 for the renovation of Old Town Hall’s second floor theatre.

 

Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, WilliamstownEntrance of the Clark Museum
Project: Terrace Design, HVAC & Roof Replacement
Grant:
$225,000

About the Facility: The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, located on a 140-acre campus in the Berkshires, is both an art museum and a center for research and higher education. The new Clark campus will assert the primacy of the Museum as the central experience of visiting the Institute, complemented by the new Visitor, Exhibition, and Conference Center, the renovated Manton Research Center and West Terrace.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute $225,000 for the redesign of Manton West Terrace, roof repairs and a new HVAC installation.

 

Double Edge Theatre Productions, AshfieldRepurposed farm building, Double Edge Theatre
Project: Studio and Workshop Space Expansions
Grant:
$140,000

About the Facility: Double Edge Theatre offers performances, classes and workshops on a large campus in Ashfield: a 105-acre former dairy farm that includes a barn complex of performance spaces, rehearsal space, and artist residences.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Double Edge Theatre Productions $140,000 for the expansion and renovation of farm buildings to create an artist studio, theatrical lighting and electrical workshop, and a functioning kitchen.

 

Easthampton Media, EasthamptonSpace in Eastworks mill building, Easthampton Media
Project: Cultural Media Center Expansion
Grant:
$172,000

About the Facility: Easthampton Media is housed in White Brook Middle School in the preexisting student TV studio. The expanded studio, theater and office space into a new Cultural Media Center in Eastworks will maximize programming and is aligned with the City’s economic goals.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Easthampton Media $172,000 to construct a Cultural Media Center that will house digital storytelling, events,  performance and arts programming.

 

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, BecketJacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Campus
Project: New Studio Construction
Grant:
$225,000

About the Facility: Jacob's Pillow campus encompasses 220 acres including 42 buildings (the oldest of which date from the 1780s), as well as gardens and woodlands.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival $225,000 to construct a new year-round dance studio.

 

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center marquee Project: Lobby Renovations
Grant:
$65,000

About the Facility: The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents music, dance, theater, and film in a 101-year-old, 700-seat theater. Most of the theater has been newly restored with the expertise of architect Hugh Hardy, but additional improvements need to be made to bring the facility up to 21st-century standards for a theatrical venue.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center $65,000 to renovate the center's lower lobby, install LED lighting and upgrade audio systems.

 

New Marlborough Village Association, Great BarringtonHistoric Meeting House, New Marlborough
Project: Meeting House Exterior Restoration
Grant:
$27,000

About the Facility: The Meeting House is New Marlborough's only state historic landmark. The building, designed by Henry Sykes and built in 1839, is a Greek Revival wooden frame structure with a permanent stage in the sanctuary, and a gallery in the basement.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the New Marlborough Village Association $27,000 for the completion of the Meeting House exterior restoration by installing wrought iron bannisters, a copper dome and repairs to the steeple.

 

Nuestras Raices, HolyokePerformance stage, Nuestras Raices, Inc.
Project: Lechonera Renovations
Grant:
$194,000

About the Facility: La Finca (the farm) at Nuestras Raices is an agriculture and cultural center in Holyoke's Latino community.  The Lechonera renovation project will expand the farm's capacity to host Latino cultural events and advance agritourism, introducing the community to agriculture.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Nuestras Raices $194,000 for the renovation and repairs to the Lechonera facility, fencing, and an event stage.

 

The Norman Rockwell Museum, StockbridgeNorman Rockwell Museum, front entrance
Project: Interior Repairs & HVAC Replacement
Grant:
$125,000

About the Facility: The Norman Rockwell Museum cares for the world's most comprehensive collection of works by its namesake artist, and a growing collection representing other notable illustration artists. The 36-acre campus includes the main museum built in 1993; Norman Rockwell's Stockbridge Studio, an adapted 19th century barn; the Linwood House, a Berkshire Cottage built in 1859; a carriage house and an outdoor sculpture area.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Norman Rockwell Museum $125,000 for repairs to the museum's wiring and monitoring system, lighting, windows, parking and walkways, and the replacement of an HVAC system.

 

Ventfort Hall Association, LenoxVentfort Hall
Project: Stabilization Repairs & Elevator Installation
Grant:
$125,000

About the Facility: Ventfort Hall Mansion is a 28,000 square-foot brick house that sits on 11.7 acres, and one of the few remaining Gilded Age "cottages" in the Berkshires of more than 75 built in the late 1800s. The mansion was slated for demolition in 1997, when Ventfort Hall Association purchased it and began work to repair the extensive damage brought on by years of neglect.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Ventfort Hall Association $125,000 for the installation of an elevator and to support exterior stabilization repairs.

 

West Stockbridge Historical Society, West Stockbridge1854 Town Hall, West Stockbridge Historical Society
Project: Expansion & Accessibility Renovations
Grant:
$90,000

About the Facility: The West Stockbridge Historical Society acquired the mid-19th century Town Hall in 2009, and has been renovating the space with the intent to create a cultural center that features a local history research center and museum, performance space, and community meeting space.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the West Stockbridge Historical Society $90,000 for the renovation and expansion of the 1854 town hall to install an ADA compliant elevator and bathrooms, as well as electrical and plumbing upgrades.

 

Edith Wharton Restoration, LenoxThe Terrace at the Mount
Project: Terrace Restoration
Grant:
$124,000

About the Facility: Designed and built in 1902, the Mount is the estate and gardens of Edith Wharton. The Gilded Age mansion is a historic site and center for culture and a National Trust for Historic Preservation landmark. A major architectural feature of the Main House, the Terrace also serves as a prime venue for programming, and generates earned revenue through a cafe and facility rentals.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Edith Wharton Restoration $124,000 to support the restoration and reconstruction of the outdoor terrace of the Main House.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

Drama Studio, Inc., Springfield
Grant:
$30,000
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Drama Studio, Inc. $30,000 to assess building conditions and determine plans for renovation on the 100+ year old facility the studio has leased for 29 years prior to purchasing the property.

 

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