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CAPITAL GRANTS

Exterior of American Antiquarian SocietyAmerican Antiquarian Society, Worcester
Project: Renovation of Conservation Lab
Grant: $116,000

About the Facility: Founded in 1812, the 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 the American Antiquarian Society $116,000 to renovate its book and paper conservation lab, including upgrading equipment and expanding the existing space.

 

Exterior of the EcotariumEcoTarium, Worcester
Project: Connection to Electrical Grid
Grant: $244,290

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. Since 1971, the facilities have been powered on site by a co-generation power plant that has become dated and unreliable.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the EcoTarium $244,290 to connect the facility to the electrical grid, thus reducing reliance on its aging power plant, ensuring energy continuity, and positively impacting the safety of visitors and wildlife.

 

Interior of Worcester Art MuseumWorcester Art Museum, Worcester
Project: Accessibility Improvements
Grant: $100,000

About the Facility: The second largest art museum in New England, the Worcester Art Museum complex covers one city block and includes the original 1898 building and several subsequent additions from the past century.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Worcester Art Museum $100,000 to retrofit ADA compliant access ramps at the two main Museum entrances and a centrally located elevator at the Lancaster Lobby.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

First Parish Meeting House Preservation Society of Shirley, Inc., Shirley
Grant: $11,500
Scope of Project: To assess the needs and costs associated with  planning for accessibility and restroom facilities for the Shirley Meeting House.

Hopkinton Center for the Arts, Hopkinton
Grant: $20,000
Scope of Project: An updated business plan and formal market analysis to support planning and fundraising for the renovation and expansion of a 19th-century dairy barn into a performing arts center.

Worcester Community Cable Access, Worcester
Grant: $25,000
About the Project: For planning expenses associated with the expansion and renovations of the  current facility to have an auditorium-studio for live audience television/audio recordings, a new classroom for media arts training, and additional improvements.

 

SYSTEMS REPLACEMENT PLAN GRANTS

Town of Royalston, Royalston
About the Project:  A 20-year capital needs assessment of the building and its mechanical systems.
Grant: $7,000

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Greater Boston

CAPITAL GRANTS

Exterior of All Newton Music SchoolAll Newton Music School, Inc., West Newton
Project: Fire Safety and Accessibility Improvements
Grant: $180,498

About the Facility: Built in the 1890's, the building was the home of Henry B. Day, the son of Frank A. Day. In the early 20th century, Temple Reyim purchased the building for the purpose of a Jewish Temple and School. In 1965, the All Newton Music School, Inc. purchased the building from Temple Reyim.  Since a renovation in 1976, no significant renovations have been completed in the facility.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the All Newton Music School $180,498 for a fire suppression system, an ADA compliant restroom and a one story vertical platform lift.

 

Exterior of Arsenal for the ArtsArsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown
Facility Renovation & Improvements
Grant: $31,100

About the Facility:  The Arsenal Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary arts center that houses the 380 seat Charles Mosesian Theater, the 90 seat Black Box Theater, rehearsal spaces, classrooms, artist studios and gallery spaces. Under the Arsenal Center for the Arts umbrella, it is currently home to three resident partner companies: New Repertory Theatre, Watertown Children's Theatre and the Quilters Connection.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Arsenal Center for the Arts $31,100 for art classroom expansions, office re-modeling, theater riser replacement, soundproofing, and lighting and security upgrades.

 

Exterior of Boston Children’s MuseumBoston Children's Museum, Boston
Facility Renovation
Grant: $65,000

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 facility has a number of projects that their ongoing, extensive capital project is addressing.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Boston Children's Museum $65,000 for renovation work, including reflooring a pre-school science exhibit and refurbishing bathrooms.

 

Interior of the Wang TheatreCiti Performing Arts Center, Boston
Loading Dock Upgrade & Improvements
Grant: $59,104

About the Facility:  Reaching 1 million people annually, Citi Performing Arts Center operates the Wang Theatre, a National Historic Landmark, and the Shubert Theatre, nicknamed the "Little Princess" of the Boston Theatre District.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Citi Performing Arts Center $59,104 to repair, upgrade and improve the safety of the historic Wang Theatre’s existing loading dock, improving access to the loading doors and stage.

 

Exterior of Eliot SchoolThe Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, Jamaica Plain
Facility Renovation and Improvements
Grant: $43,750

About the Facility: The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts occupies a two-story 1831 Greek Revival schoolhouse with Victorian-era cupola in Jamaica Plain. They offer classes and workshops in woodworking, sewing and fiber arts, painting, drawing, photography and other crafts.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts $43,750 for renovation work on the School's historic building, including cupola repair, main building gutter, douwnspout, and shutter replacement, shop floor repair, and electrical, plumbing, heating, and ventilation upgrades.

 

Exterior of Museum of ScienceMuseum of Science, Boston
Lobby Renovation and Upgrades
Grant: $250,000

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 $250,000 to support a comprehensive renovation of the Museum's entrance, lobby, and concourse including renovation and technological upgrade of the Box Office.

 

Construction on North Street FacilityNorth Bennet Street School, Boston
Construction of New Public Exhibition Space
Grant: $250,000

About the Facility: Since its founding, North Bennet Street School has called 39 North Bennet Street its home, occupying a main building and three adjoining townhouses.  The School recently purchased a property with two adjacent buildings, which will allow all offices and classrooms to exist under one roof.  The current grant will support the construction of the component of the facility that will house the public arts programs.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the North Bennet Street School $250,000 for the construction of an addition to the organization's new home on Boston’s Greenway in order to expand public programming and provide public exhibition space for contemporary craft and visual arts work.

 

Exterior of Old South Meeting HouseOld South Association, Boston
Upgrades for Energy Conservation, Lighting, & Sound
Grant: $60,378

About the Facility: Famed as the place where the Boston Tea Party began in 1773, today the Old South Meeting House is a busy museum, treasured National Historic Landmark and an active center for civic dialogue and free expression.  The 1729 Old South Meeting House is considered one of the most historically important public colonial structures still extant in the United States and attracts visitors from across the nation and throughout the world.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Old South Association $60,378 to develop and implement significant improvements in energy conservation, improve the lighting and upgrade to a digital sound system for programs and performances in Old South Meeting House.

 

Exterior of Spontaneous CelebrationsSpontaneous Celebrations, Inc., Jamaica Plain
Energy Efficiency Improvements & Installation of Air Conditioning
Grant: $15,900

About the Facility: Founded in 1994, Spontaneous Celebrations is a community arts and cultural center that welcomes 32,000 annually to its cultural events and festivals. The organization's home is a 6,800-square-foot structure built in 1860 that includes a large community room, theater, and art studio.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Spontaneous Celebrations, Inc. $15,900 to replace an oil/steam boiler with a multiple zone, high-efficiency natural gas system and install air conditioning to improve summer use.

 

Exterior of USS Constitution MuseumUSS Constitution Museum, Inc., Boston
Facility and HVAC Upgrades
Grant: $32,394

About the Facility: The USS Constitution Museum is housed in three historic buildings in Boston's Charlestown Navy Yard. Incorporated in 1972 as an interpretive complement to the naval vessel USS Constitution, the museum features historical collections, education programs and a research library.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the USS Constitution Museum $32,394 to improve audience services including urgent repairs to the HVAC system, renovating the store, replacing worn doors, and upgrading wiring to improve technology systems.

 

Entrance to Franklin Park ZooZoo New England, Dorchester
Renovation of Children’s Zoo
Grant: $250,000

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 the Zoo New England $250,000 for the renovation of the existing Children's Zoo at Franklin Park.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

American Congregational Association, Boston
Grant: $30,000
Scope of Project: Planning to create a dynamic public exhibit on the New England Puritans and their legacy.

ArtsBoston, Inc., Boston
Grant: $30,000
Scope of Project: For a facilities renovation and capital campaign plan to increase the capacity of ArtsBoston’s Copley Square booth.

The Footlight Club Community Theatre, Jamaica Plain
Grant: $25,000
Scope of Project: To create a building master plan and capital fundraising plan for Eliot Hall in Jamaica Plain.

Passim, Cambridge
Grant: $30,000
Scope of Project: To conduct a fundraising feasibility study and develop a business plan to assess a potential building purchase and renovation.

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Metrowest

CAPITAL GRANTS

Exterior of 51 WaldenThe Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord, Concord
Egress Improvements
Grant: $15,000

About the Facility: The building now known as 51 Walden was constructed in 1887 to serve as the town armory. Today 51 Walden houses three resident groups (The Concord Band, The Concord Orchestra, and The Concord Players and a dance studio. Each of the resident organizations has a full season of weekend performances, and audiences come from all around Boston metropolitan area.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord $15,000 for the replacement of four deteriorated wooden sets of egress steps and landings with new code-compliant egresses.

 

Exterior of Buckman TavernLexington Historical Society, Lexington
Fire Safety and Accessibility Improvements
Grant: $100,000

About the Facility: Buckman Tavern on the Lexington Common, the gathering place of the Lexington militia before the Battle of Lexington on April 19, 1775, is an iconic building in American history. The Lexington Historical Society has been the steward of this structure for nearly 100 years and interprets the Tavern to thousands of visitors from around the world every year. Buckman Tavern is a National Historic Landmark.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Lexington Historical Society $100,000 to renovate and restore Buckman Tavern for handicapped accessibility, systems upgrades, fire safety and historic fabric repair.

 

Garden in the WoodsNew England Wild Flower Society, Inc., Framingham
Grounds Maintenance
Grant: $23,500

About the Facility: New England Wild Flower Society is the oldest plant conservation organization in the country. The Society’s headquarters at Garden in the Woods also functions as a living museum and botanical garden.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the New England Wild Flower Society $23,500 to replace aging security/deer exclusion fence for security of the museum-quality collection of plants as well as improving aesthetics and community relations for the site.

 

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Northeast

CAPITAL GRANTS

Exterior of Raw Art WorksRAW Art Works, Lynn
Facility Expansion
Grant: $76,875

About the Facility: RAW Art Works has free art programs for youth and maintains a gallery with rotating exhibits, film screenings and events. RAW is nearing full capacity in its four-story building and has secured a long-term lease on an adjacent space ground-level space adjacent to its gallery and 1st floor studio.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded RAW Art Works $76,875 to renovate a ground-level space adjacent to RAW's existing gallery and 1st floor studio for use as a youth and community art space and studio.

 

Exterior of the Cultural Center at Rocky NeckRocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester
Acquisition of Cultural Center
Grant: $154,006

About the Facility: Initially named Giles Chapel, the 1877 building is a historically notable Carpenter Gothic-style church.  Now a year-round cultural facility for Rocky Neck Art Colony’s expanded programs, the Center's main hall serves as a fully equipped gallery, a small concert and lecture hall and a function room. The lower level serves as a workshop studio and as additional meeting and gallery space.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Rocky Neck Art Colony $154,006 for the acquisition of the property and to continue developing the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

Amesbury Carriage Alliance, Inc., Amesbury
Grant: $20,000
Scope of Project: To create a feasibility study to evaluate the development of the Amesbury Carriage Alliance building to house the Amesbury Carriage Museum, City of Amesbury Visitors Center, and Amesbury Chamber of Commerce offices.

Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Essex
Grant: $7,500
About the Project:  To determine the feasibility of extensively rehabilitating or replacing the existing Shipbuilding Museum Center.

 

SYSTEMS REPLACEMENT PLAN GRANTS

Marblehead Little Theatre, Inc., Marblehead
Grant: $7,000
About the Project:  A 20-year capital needs assessment of the building and its mechanical systems.

 

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Southeast

CAPITAL GRANTS

Exterior of the “Hotel”Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, Inc., North Chatham
Facility Renovation
Grant: $129,525

About the Facility: The Chatham Marconi Maritime Center is sited on the former Marconi/RCA Wireless Receiving Station, comprising a 10-building campus on 11+ acres.  All buildings were built in 1914 and are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. “The Hotel” is the former residence of the operators who worked at the station.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center $129,525 for renovation of  the Hotel, a structure adjacent to current headquarters to house exhibits, provide afterschool and summer educational programs, offer programs for adults, and provide administration space.

 

Exterior of Chatham Orpheum TheaterChatham Orpheum Theater, Chatham
Acquisition and Renovation of Theater
Grant: $250,000

About the Facility: The Chatham Orpheum Theater built in 1916 is the town's first and only motion picture theater. The plans for the restored Chatham Orpheum Theater include two state-of-the-art motion picture screening forums.  A 35-seat art house cinema will feature foreign films, documentaries, independent films and educational programming. The larger 157-seat main theater will show first-run feature films plus simulcasts of opera, theater and dance performances, and sports events.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Chatham Orpheum Theater $250,000 to acquire and renovate the historic movie theater in downtown Chatham.

 

Exterior of Bristol County Superior Court Building in Fall  RiverChildren’s Museum of Greater Fall River, Fall River
HVAC Installation
Grant: $187,100

About the Facility:   The Children’s Museum is located in the 1889 Bristol County Superior Court Building in Fall River.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River $187,100 for a new heating and central air conditioning system.

 

Exterior of Old Derby AcademyHingham Historical Society, Hingham
HVAC, Fire Safety and Accessibility Renovation
Grant: $250,000

About the Facility: Old Derby Academy is a Federal era schoolhouse that now serves as the Hingham Heritage Visitor Center. Since opening the 1818 Old Derby Academy building to the public in 2008, the Historical Society has brought new life to a structure that had stood virtually empty since the 1960s. Thousands now visit Old Derby annually to attend meetings and events, volunteer, shop, or explore their heritage.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Hingham Historical Society $250,000 to rehabilitate and expand Old Derby Academy into a heritage museum by adding handicapped facilities, climate control, ultraviolet protection, a sprinkler system and additional storage.

 

Exterior of Highfield HallHistoric Highfield, Inc., Falmouth
Grounds Restoration
Grant: $12,500

About the Facility: Built in 1878, Highfield Hall was one of the first large summer estates to be developed on Cape Cod, ushering in the resort age of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century.

The building was abandoned in the mid-20th century and left to decay, but has since been restored to function as a mixed-use cultural center: part historic house, part museum, part cultural center.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Historic Highfield $12,500 for completion of the landscape restoration of Highfield Hall, specifically for water management projects.

 

Exterior of the Fire BarnLittle Theatre of Fall River, Inc., Fall River
Fire Safety, Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Grant: $12,500

About the Facility: The Little Theatre of Fall River is housed in the Firebarn, a renovated three-story firehouse with an 88-seat theater.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Little Theatre of Fall River $12,500 to increase energy efficiency with replacement windows, replace fire alarm main control, decrease water infiltration with a new bulkhead, and enhance The Firebarn.

 

Interior of Martha’s Vineyard Film CenterMartha's Vineyard Film Society, Inc., Vineyard Haven
Interior Improvements and Integrated Equipment
Grant: $17,200

About the Facility: In 2012, the Martha's Vineyard Film Society established a new 177-seat multi-function theatre in the Tisbury Marketplace in Vineyard Haven.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Martha's Vineyard Film Society $17,200 to complete construction of the new Martha's Vineyard Film Center and to purchase integrated equipment that will help the facility run more efficiently.

 

Exterior of Marine HospitalMartha's Vineyard Museum, Vineyard Haven
Design and Renovation of Marine Hospital Building
Grant: $191,100

About the Facility:  The Museum purchased the former U.S. Marine Hospital (c. 1895) in Vineyard Haven with plans to combine adaptive reuse with new construction to address the needs for greater public access, more public programming space and the capacity to preserve collections according to the highest museum standards.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Martha's Vineyard Museum $191,100 to develop final designs for the Museum's new home, renovation of Vineyard Haven's Marine Hospital building, and the construction of a new program and collections center on site.

 

Interior of Narrows Center for the ArtsNarrows Center for the Arts, Inc., Fall River
HVAC Installation and Interior Improvements
Grant: $34,884

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 focusing on live music, an art gallery, and artist studio space.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Narrows Center for the Arts $34,884 for installation of an HVAC system and renovation of the musicians’ and performers’ “Green Room” hospitality and backstage area.

 

Exterior of Vineyard PlayhouseThe Vineyard Playhouse Company, Inc., Vineyard Haven
Renovation of the Vineyard Playhouse
Grant: $100,000

About the Facility: The historic Vineyard Playhouse, built in 1833, has been the home of the Company since 1982.  The restored facility will include a two-story theater, workshop studio, art gallery space, and administrative offices.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Vineyard Playhouse Company $100,000 for the complete renovation, restoration, and  expansion of the historic 1833 Vineyard Playhouse in downtown Tisbury.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

Cape Cod Conservatory of Music and Arts, Falmouth & West Barnstable
Grant: $25,000
Scope of Project:  For preliminary architectural drawings to renovate campus facilities in Falmouth and West Barnstable, and to revise the current parking loop for the Falmouth campus.

Center for Coastal Studies, Inc., Provincetown
Grant: $24,250
Scope of Project: To develop a facilities master plan and analyze suitability, financial and economic impact of various options, including possible marine visitor center in partnership with others.

Downtown Taunton Foundation, Inc., Taunton
Grant: $12,500
Scope of Project: To assess the financial and structural feasibility of renovating the historic District Courthouse in downtown Taunton as an arts center, including design development, accessibility analysis, and operational planning.

The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association, Nantucket
Grant: $30,000
Scope of Project: For a business plan for proposed science center including projections for earned income, contributions, and  to inform facility design and capital campaign sizing.

 

SYSTEMS REPLACEMENT PLAN GRANTS

Cotuit Center for the Arts, Inc., Cotuit
Grant: $7,000
About the Project:  A 20-year capital needs assessment of the building and its mechanical systems.

 

Harwich Junior Theatre, Inc., West Harwich
Grant: $7,000
About the Project:  A 20-year capital needs assessment of the building and its mechanical systems.

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Western

CAPITAL GRANTS

Berkshire Carousel HorsesBerkshire Carousel, Inc., Lanesborough
Construction of Facility for Berkshire Carousel
Grant: $250,000

About the Facility: The facility will house the first classical wooden carousel carved in Massachusetts in over 100 years.  The horses and chariots are hand carved by volunteers and this is believed to be the largest volunteer created permanent art project in New England ever undertaken. In addition to the Carousel, the facility will house educational space, performing art space, a visitors' center for tourism, and a restoration workshop.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Berkshire Carousel $250,000 to provide a facility to house a classical wooden carousel in Lanesborough.

 

Ozawa Hall at TanglewoodBoston Symphony Orchestra, Inc., Lenox
Tanglewood Pavilion Construction
Grant: $141,868

About the Facility: Located in Lenox and Stockbridge, Tanglewood's 526 acres encompass more than 80 structures, including four performance venues, three historic manor houses, and patron facilities such as rest rooms, food service facilities, gathering spaces, and a Visitor Center. Tanglewood's primary venues are the Koussevitzky Music Shed and Seiji Ozawa Hall.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Boston Symphony Orchestra $141,868 for the construction of two permanent open air  pavilions at Tanglewood, the orchestra’s summer home in Berkshires County.

 

Exterior of Museum BuildingSterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
Renovation of Museum Building
Grant: $250,000

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, with 18,500 square feet of gallery space, as the central experience of visiting the Institute, complemented and enriched by the new Visitor, Exhibition, and Conference Center, the renovated Manton Research Center, and the newly configured landscape.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute $250,000 for the complete renovation of the Museum Building, including additional galleries, upgraded life safety and HVAC systems, and new collections and facilities storage.

 

Double Edge Theatre’s “The Farm”Double Edge Theatre Productions, Inc., Ashfield
Energy Efficiency Improvements
Grant: $61,250

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. The Theatre is progressing through a greening initiative in order to reduce its energy consumption.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Double Edge Theatre $61,250 to launch Phase 2 of its Building Renovation and Greening Project, including further upgrades to existing facilities and replacement of older, inefficient systems.

 

Exterior of the Ted Shawn TheatreJacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Inc., Becket
Campus Renovation and  Energy Efficiency Improvements
Grant: $122,563

About the Facility: The only dance institution to be named a National Historic Landmark, Jacob's Pillow welcomes thousands of visitors annually to its summer Festival.  The 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 the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival $122,563 to improve energy efficiency in four buildings, expand and renovate festival housing, and address compliance, efficiency and safety of equipment and systems.

 

Exterior of the Academy of Music TheatreNorthampton Academy of Music, Inc., Northampton
Roof Replacement and Interior Maintenance
Grant: $133,921

About the Facility: The Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, built in 1890, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The theater is one of the oldest of its kind in the nation, and today offers performing arts and film presentations.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Northampton Academy of Music $133,921 to replace the roof above the stage and the seats in the auditorium, and complete restoration of the interior plaster and paintwork to restore the building’s historic integrity.

 

Exterior of Norman Rockwell’s StudioThe Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge
HVAC, Accessibility and Security Maintenance and Improvements
Grant: $172,750

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 the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Norma Rockwell Museum $172,750 to make vital repairs and enhancements to safeguard the collections and improve visitor experience, including improved security, ADA access to the Rockwell Studio, HVAC upgrades, archives storage, and repairs to roof, driveways, and walkways.

 

No. 10, “The Little Yellow Trolley”Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, Inc., Shelburne Falls
Construction of Storage Facility
Grant: $27,500

About the Facility: The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum is dedicated to preserving and operating Shelburne Falls & Colrain Street Railway trolley car No. 10.  Located at the Buckland Freight Yard.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum $27,500 to construct a fire-resistant carbarn for storing historic trolley cars.

 

Naumkeag “Cottage” and GardensThe Trustees of Reservations, Stockbridge
Landscape Restorations at Naumkeag
Grant: $128,002

About the Facility: Founded in 1891, The Trustees of Reservations protects 96 Massachusetts landscapes and landmarks, which together encompass over 23,000 acres. One of these is Naumkeag, a National Historic Landmark, which sits on 46 acres in Stockbridge and includes Gilded Age buildings and collections, as well as one of only three Fletcher Steele-designed gardens open to the public.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Trustees of Reservation $128,002 for the restoration of the Naumkeag gardens in Stockbridge, including the restoration of  previously built landscape features.

 

Exterior of the Fuller Building in SpringfieldWFCR Foundation, Inc., Springfield
Construction of New Headquarters
Grant: $113,432

About the Facility: New England Public Radio's two public radio stations, WFCR and WNNZ, operate primarily from Hampshire House, a converted dormitory on the campus of UMass Amherst built in the 1940's that also serves as an academic office building for the University. In December 2012, the New England Public Radio Foundation purchased the Fuller Block Building, a historic building in the pedestrian center of downtown Springfield.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the WFCR Foundation $113,432 for the construction and expansion of a new headquarters in downtown Springfield.

 

Exterior of the  Mount’s StableEdith Wharton Restoration, Inc., Lenox
Improvements to the Stable
Grant: $77,500

About the Facility: Designed and built in 1902, the Mount is the estate and gardens of Edith Wharton. In addition to being a historic site and center for culture, the Gilded Age mansion is also a National Trust for Historic Preservation landmark.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Edith Wharton Restoration $77,500 for a comprehensive utility overhaul of the historic Stable at The Mount, including the installation of heating in the Stable Assembly Hall to enable year-round use for programming and additional visitation.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

The Hitchcock Center, Inc., Amherst
Grant: $30,000
Scope of Project: To fund design development for a new building, facility planning for an existing building, and implementation of Strategic Plan through business planning.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams
Grant: $30,000
Scope of Project: To conduct a feasibility study to inform renovations of MCLA's Church Street Center to provide a center for cultural activity and performance in North Adams.

Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, Holyoke
Grant: $30,000
Scope of Project: Planning for the renovation and reopening of the Victory Theatre in Holyoke, including construction consulting, business planning, and architecture and engineering costs.

Saint James Place, Great Barrington
Grant: $22,500
Scope of Project: For a market study and business plan that will inform the restoration and preservation of an Gothic Revival church in Great Barrington being transformed into a year-round cultural center.

Topia Arts Center, Adams
Grant: $22,132
Scope of Project: For a Capital Fundraising Feasibility study.

 

SYSTEMS REPLACEMENT PLAN

CitySpace, Easthampton
Grant: $7,000
About the Project:  A 20-year capital needs assessment of the building and its mechanical systems.

Westfield Museum, Inc., Westfield
Grant: $7,000
About the Project:  A 20-year capital needs assessment of the building and its mechanical systems.

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