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CAPITAL GRANTS

Fitchburg Historical Society, Fitchburg
Fitchburg Historical Society, Phoenix Building exteriorProject: Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Grant: $19,000

About the Facility: In 2003, the Fitchburg Historical Society purchased the distinctive late 19th century Phoenix Building, and over the past decade has made numerous capital improvements including accessibility and life safety systems upgrades.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Fitchburg Historical Society $19,000 to add energy efficient air conditioning to the Society's library and exhibition hall.

 

Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, Worcester
Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, Tuckerman Hall exteriorProject: Backstage Renovation
Grant: $110,000

About the Facility: Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra offers concerts and presents lectures and other civic functions from the historic Tuckerman Hall, a 12,000 square foot, 550-seat hall built in 1898.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra $110,000 to build an internal backstage stairway in Tuckerman Hall that will serve as a safer alternative for accessing the stage than the current sprial staircase.

 

Worcester Center for Performing Arts, Worcester
Worcester Center for Performing Arts, rendering of Main StreetProject: Facility Build Out
Grant: $600,000

About the Facility: 551 Main St, adjacent to Worcester's Hanover Theatre, has been a vacant space for six years and was recently acquired by Worcester Center for Performing Arts.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Worcester Center for Performing Arts $600,000 for the development of the three level building to provide space for Worcester Center for Perofmring Arts' outreach programs, administration, and functions.

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Greater Boston

CAPITAL GRANTS

Boston Athenaeum, Boston
Boston Athenaeum, exteriorProject: Facility Restoration & Upgrades
Grant: $45,000

About the Facility: The Boston Athenaeum's National Historic Landmark building, built in 1849, is home to a research library, gallery space, and museum with over 100,000 objects.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Boston Athenaeum $45,000 to renovate flooring and install compact storage shelving units for the Prints and Photographs Department.

 

Boston Ballet, Boston
Boston Ballet, Clarendon Street building exterior
Project: System Upgrades
Grant: $65,000

About the Facility: Boston Ballet is one of the major ballet companies in North America and among the top in the world. Its 60,000 square foot headquarters includes education, office, and rehearsal space.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Boston Ballet $65,000 for purchase and installation of a high-efficiency three-boiler system.

 

The Boston Conservatory, Boston
The Boston Conservatory, rehearsal in orchestra roomProject: Performance Space Construction
Grant: $70,000

About the Facility: Since 2012, The Boston Conservatory has been developing a new facility at 132 Ipswich Street in the Fenway neighborhood to provide new classroom, studio, rehearsal and performance space.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Boston Conservatory $70,000 for the development of the Orchestra Room, a 3,200 square foot public performance space located on the first floor of the Conservatory's Ipswich Street facility.

 

Emerson College, Boston
Project: Facility Conversion
Grant: $100,000

About the Facility: Currently located in a location inaccessbile to the public, Emerson College will be relocating its art gallery to Boylston Place in the Theater District.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Emerson College $100,000 to convert Boylston Place, currently occupied by the Admission Visitors Center, into a public art gallery.

 

The Footlight Club Community Theatre, Boston
Footlight Club, Eliot Hall interiorProject: System Upgrades
Grant: $90,000

About the Facility: Jamaica Plain's Eliot Hall, built in 1831, has been the home of the Footlight Club Community Theatre since 1878, and offers both performance and gallery spaces.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Footlight Club Community Theatre $90,000 for fire safety system upgrades.

 

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, photograph of Raphael room taken in 1903Project: Facility Renovations & Restoration
Grant: $250,000

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 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum $250,000 to fully restore the Raphael Room gallery, with the scope of work including new floors, repairs to architectural details, and new wall coverings.

 

Harvard Musuems of Science & Culture, Cambridge
Harvard Museums, Glass Flowers exhibit casesProject: Facility Renovation
Grant: $270,000

About the Facility: The Harvard Museum of Natural History shares a facility with the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology on Harvard's Main Campus.  Since 1891 the Museum has displayed the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants in one of its galleries.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Harvard Musuems of Science & Culture $270,000 to renovate the gallery that houses the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants with new lighting, security, and vibration control measures, as well as climate control to obtain modern-day display standards while retaining the historic feel of the gallery space.

 

John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Boston
John F. Kennedy Library, exteriorProject: Facility Renovation
Grant: $380,000

About the Facility: Designed by I.M. Pei and constructed on a 10 acre site overlooking the Boston Harbor Islands, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum houses and preserves all of the presidential papers and historical materials of JFK and many of his associates.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded John F. Kennedy Library Foundation $380,000 to overhaul and add to the Museum's technology infrastructure by building a new A/V control room.

 

Longyear Museum, Newton
Longyear Museum, 400 Beacon Street property exteriorProject: Restoration & System Upgrades
Grant: $500,000

About the Facility: 400 Beacon Street in Newton was the last home of Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science.  Eddy  established The Christian Science Monitor at this residence, which has been a Newton landmark for over 100 years.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Longyear Museum $500,000 for extensive exterior restoration, accessibility improvements, and life safety system upgrades to the Mary Baker Eddy Historic House.

 

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum of Fine Arts, interior of temple room in Japanese wingProject: Facility Renovation
Grant: $600,000

About the Facility: First opened to the public in 1876, the Museum of Fine Arts is one of the world's largest privately supported encyclopedic art museums. The MFA displays approximately 450,000 works of art in 115 galleries of the three-story Museum building, which also includes gift shops, restaurants, educational space and gardens.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Museum of Fine Arts $600,000 to renovate four galleries that exhibit Japanese art as part of the Art of Asia Wing.

 

New England Conservatory, Boston
New England Conservatory, rendering of new building exteriorProject: New Construction
Grant: $600,000

About the Facility: As part of an extensive campus project, the New England Conservatory  is developing a black box theatre as a versatile public venue offering opera productions and musical productions by the NEC community and outside presenters of music and theater.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded New England Conservatory $600,000 for the construction of a publicly accessible black box theatre.

 

City of Quincy, Planning & Community Development Department, Quincy
City of Quincy, Hancock Cemetery Project: Restoration & Preservation
Grant: $190,000

About the Facility: Located in the center of Quincy, the Hancock Cemetary is the city's only remaining Colonial-era asset, and sits opposite the United First Parish Church which entombs both Adams presidents and their wives.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded City of Quincy, Planning & Community Development Department $190,000 to continue the restoration work on the historic Hancock Cemetery in Quincy by restoring the c. 1844 iron fence, stabilizing 85 tombs, and repairing pathways.

 

Somerville Arts Council, Somerville
Project: New Construction
Grant: $460,000

About the Facility: In 2011, the City of Somerville acquired a 2.2 acre site that was formerly used as a waste transfer station and incinerator site.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Somerville Arts Council $460,000 to transform the site into a self-sustaining creative village with event and performance space, artists' work studios, art galleries, community gardens and cultural cafe.

 

Urbanity Dance, Boston
Project: Facility Renovation
Grant: $20,000

About the Facility: Founded in 2008, Urbanity Dance has recently moved into space formerly occupied by a printing company in the South End and has undertaken renovating the space for its growing programming needs.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Urbanity Dance $20,000 for the construction of a soundproof ceiling in the new studio space.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

American Repertory Theatre Company, Cambridge
Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded American Repertory Theatre Company $30,000 for a study of the A.R.T.'s needs and philanthropic potential in advance of comprehensive capital improvements and a capital campaign.
Grant: $30,000

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, Boston
Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras $35,000 for a study to explore expanded space for programming including square footage requirements and capital campaign feasibility.
Grant: $35,000

Brookline Arts Center, Brookline
Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Brookline Arts Center $5,000 for an assessment and to develop plans for repairs to the facility's envelope and systems, interior upgrades to art studios, and accessibility compliance.
Grant: $5,000

Grub Street, Boston
Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Grub Street $26,000 for a study to determine the feasibility of a collaboration between GrubStreet, the Boston Review, and Harvard Book Store to open and manage a narrative arts center in the Boston area.
Grant: $26,000

Jamaica Plain Arts and Civic Center, Boston
Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Jamaica Plain Arts and Civic Center $35,000 for schematic designs and market analysis for the redevelopment of the former Blessed Sacrament church into the Jamaica Plain Arts and Civic Center.
Grant: $35,000

Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club, Boston
Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club $17,000 for a study on the adaptive reuse of the 1811 Ell to the historic 1760 Loring Greenough House.
Grant: $17,000

Old North Foundation of Boston, Boston
Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Old North Foundation of Boston $35,000 to study the interior painting of the church to determine the original colors and style of the historic landmark.
Grant: $35,000

Youth and Family Enrichment Services, Boston
Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Youth and Family Enrichment Services $35,000 for a needs assessment, and acquisition and design plans for a music education youth center.
Grant: $35,000

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CAPITAL GRANTS

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Wellesley
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, aerial view of performanceProject: Decking Purchase
Grant: $22,000

About the Facility: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's summer productions are staged annually on Boston Common, which is publicly-owned land.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Commonwealth Shakespeare Company $22,000 to purchase decking that will replace equipment rented annually to construct an open-air theater on Boston Common for the Company's free signature production. This decking will complement staging previously purchased by the Company.

 

Franklin Performing Arts Company, Franklin
Franklin Performing Arts Center, The Black Box exteriorProject: Facility Renovation & Accessibility Improvements
Grant: $220,000

About the Facility: Opened in September of 2014, The Black Box is a theater, music and event venue managed by the Franklin Performing Arts Company, which has produced cultural programming in the area for the past two decades.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Franklin Performing Arts Company $220,000 to complete second floor renovations, improve accessibility, and finish exterior repairs.

 

Medway Historical Society, Medway
Project: Facility Renovation & System Upgrades
Grant: $25,000

About the Facility: The Medway Historical Society is based in an 1800 square foot cape-style structure that was donated to the Society in 1962.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Medway Historical Society $25,000 for HVAC and life safety system upgrades and installation, as well as sewer, flooring, and insulation repair, and construction of a storage space.

 

Trustees of Reservations, exterior of the Old Manse

The Trustees of Reservations, Concord
Project: New Construction
Grant: $500,000

About the Facility: The Old Manse is a three-story historic home built in 1770 by the Reverend William Emerson. It has been the home of numerous authors, artists, philosophers and intellectuals who helped shape the Early American Republic's Reform movements.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Trustees of Reservations $500,000 for the construction of a welcome center on the foundations of an 18th century barn that stood on the property from 1774-1924.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

Museum of World War II, Natick
Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Museum of World War II $35,000 for a study regarding a new facility to house the Museum's comprehensive collection of original World War II cultural artifacts.
Grant: $35,000

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Northeast

CAPITAL GRANTS

Gloucester Adventure, Gloucester
The Gloucester Adventure, Glocester Adventure on the waterProject: Facility Renovation
Grant: $30,000

About the Facility: Schooner Adventure was built in Essex, MA in 1920 as a dory fishing schooner. The 122' long vessel was sea worthy in various capacities until 1988, at which point its owner donated the schooner to the City of Gloucester for restoration and preservation in perpetuity.  Over $5 million has been raised for restoration including the hull, decks and cabins, and the addition of five bulkheads below decks.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Gloucester Adventure $30,000 to convert the former Fish Hold into an educational programming space.

 

City of Lowell, Lowell
Lowell Memorial Auditorium exteriorProject: Facility Renovation & Restoration
Grant: $300,000

About the Facility: The Lowell Memorial Auditorium is New England's second largest theater, with 4,000 seats. Designed in the late Renaissance Revival style, the Auditorium was constructed in 1922 and today presents concerts and family entertainment, in addition to hosting speakers and community events.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded City of Lowell $300,000 for various renovations to Lowell Memorial Auditorium including replace/refinish tile, carpet, and wood floors, replace/refinish audience seating, increase height of loading dock door, and refurbish concession and kitchen space.

 

City of Lynn, Lynn
City of Lynn, Lynn Auditorium stageProject: Facility Renovation
Grant: $80,000

About the Facility: The Lynn Auditorium, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a 2,072-seat venue. The Auditorium has grown to become a premiere regional entertainment center since reopening in 2006.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded City of Lynn $80,000 for rehabilitation of the backstage dressing rooms and artist amenities of the Lynn Auditorium.

 

Woburn Public Library, Woburn
Woburn Public Library, exteriorProject: Facility Renovation
Grant: $525,000

About the Facility: The Woburn Public Library was designed by architect Henry Hobson Richardson and constructed in 1879 to contain, among other space, a reading room, art gallery and museum.  The museum's collection consists of approximately 1,300 artifacts and works of art.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Woburn Public Library $525,000 to repair and renovate 1,720 sq. ft. of the original 1879 art gallery, museum and related storage space as part of an overall restoration and expansion of the Woburn Public Library.

 

SYSTEMS REPLACEMENT PLAN GRANTS

Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester
Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Cape Ann Museum $7,000 for a systems replacement plan.
Grant: $7,000

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Southeast

CAPITAL GRANTS

Town of Aquinnah, Chilmark
Town of Aquinnah, Gay Head LighthouseProject: Facility Site Adaptation
Grant: $280,000

About the Facility: The Gay Head Lighthouse is a 240 square foot, six level lighthouse that is still in use as a navigational beacon.  The Lighthouse was built in the mid-nineteenth century, and is a widely recognized symbol of Martha's Vineyard's maritime heritage.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Town of Aquinnah $280,000 to relocate and restore the Gay Head Lighthouse and surrounding grounds.

 

Artists Association of Nantucket, Nantucket
Artists Association of Nantucket, construction of Visual Arts Center in processProject: New Construction & Build Out
Grant: $480,000

About the Facility: Founded in 1945, the Artists Association of Nantucket is building Nantucket's first Visual Arts Center by converting a 9,000 square foot facility purchased in 2013.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Artists Association of Nantucket $480,000 for the completion of the Visual Arts Center, including build out of educational studios, exhibition space, a studio apartment, administrative offices, and art storage.

 

The Brewster Historical Society, Brewster
Brewster Historical Society, Cobb House exteriorProject: Facility Renovation & System Upgrades
Grant: $150,000

About the Facility: The Brewster Historical Society recently purchased the Captain Elijah Cobb House with the intent to preserve  and provide access to Brewster's most historic home, and convert the space for exhibiting its collection of historic artifacts.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Brewster Historical Society $150,000 for general renovations and repairs to the Captain Elijah Cobb House including HVAC installation, life safety system upgrades, ADA accessibility, and roof repairs.

 

Cape Conservatory, Barnstable
Cape Conservatory. Highfield Theatre exteriorProject: Facility Renovation
Grant: $82,000

About the Facility: Constructed in 1976, the main building on Cape Conservatory's Falmouth Campus is over 5,600 square feet and offers 11 practice and performance spaces as well as an Early Education and Care classroom space focusing on arts-based early education programming.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Cape Conservatory $82,000 to renovate the existing preschool classroom to include a dedicated bathroom and emergency exit.

 

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Yarmouth
The Cultural Center of Cape Cod, exterior frontProject: Facility Build Out & Integrated Equipment Installation
Grant: $120,000

About the Facility: The Cultural Center of Cape Cod is a community-based organization that offers a wide range of events, exhibits, and educational programs in the visual, literary, and performing arts.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Cultural Center of Cape Cod $120,000 for the third phase of construction of the Education Wing and installation of integrated equipment.

 

Easton Children's Museum, Easton
Easton Children's Museum, fire house exteriorProject: System Upgrades
Grant: $7,000

About the Facility: Housed in an historic 108 year-old fire station, the Easton Children's Museum is an educational, cultural, and social learning center for children and families, with a primary focus on children ages 1-8. The museum has three floors of interactive exhibits and over 100 programs that allow kids to explore the world around them.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Easton Children's Museum $7,000 to replace the oil burner, and upgrade life safety systems.

 

Falmouth Artists Guild, Falmouth
Falmouth Artists Guild, exteriorProject: Facility Renovations
Grant: $75,000

About the Facility: The Falmouth Artists Guild's Art Center's 4,350-square-foot first floor was finished in 2009. The building was designed so a lower level and a second floor could be finished in the future.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Falmouth Artists Guild $75,000 to complete renovations of the second floor by adding two classrooms, a meeting space, and storage.

 

Hull Lifesaving Museum, Hull
Hull Lifesaving Museum, exteriorProject: Facility Restoration & Preservation
Grant: $90,000

About the Facility: About the Facility: Located at the mouth of Boston Harbor, the 19th century Point Allerton U.S. Lifesaving Station is the site of the greatest number of rescues from shipwrecks in the country, and houses an expansive collection of images, stories, and artifacts related to lifesavers and maritime history.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Hull Lifesaving Museum $90,000 for restoration of the Point Allerton US Lifesaving Station, including replacement and/or repair of existing clapboard, windows, doors, and stairways; stabilization of the foundation, and exterior painting.

 

Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, Plymouth
Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, exteriorProject: Accessibility Upgrades
Grant: $120,000

About the Facility: Manoment Center for Conservation Sciences has property in Plymouth totaling 40 acres, with office space and a library located in a 13,000 square foot building that serves as organization headquarters.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences $120,000 for accessibility upgrades including renovations of the Banding Lab deck to include a ramp, installation of an ADA compliant front door and lift/elevator, and creation of a first floor meeting space in the headquarter building.

 

Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River
Narrows Center for the Arts, interior stage Project: Integrated Equipment Installation
Grant: $100,000

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 the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Narrows Center for the Arts $100,000 for purchase and installation of integrated audio/visual equipment, and renovation of the green room and backstage area.

 

New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford
New Bedford Art Museum, exterior facade Project: Facility Renovation
Grant: $12,000

About the Facility: The New Bedford Art Museum and ArtWorks! Partners for the Arts and Community merged in 2014 to form one entity, and programming and administration were consolidated within the New Bedford Art Museum, located in the Seaport Cultural District.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded New Bedford Art Museum $12,000 to create space for offices and a ceramics studio in the basement level of the Museum.

 

New Bedford Historical Society, New Bedford
New Bedford Historical Society, exterior of Johnson House Project: System Upgrades
Grant: $20,000

About the Facility: The Nathan and Mary Johnson House dates back to 1830 and consists of two attached wood-framed structures. Following acquisition in 1999, the New Bedford Historical Society has spent the past four years renovating and restoring the house to its 1857 appearance.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded New Bedford Historical Society $20,000 for the installation of an HVAC system.

 

City of New Bedford, New Bedford
City of New Bedford, Zeiterion exterior Project: Facility Renovation & System Upgrades
Grant: $340,000

About the Facility: Zeiterion Theatre is the sole year-round professional performing arts center in Southeast Massachusetts. Serving over 100,000 people annually, the theatre provides New Bedford and the surrounding region with performing arts programming of excellence that inspires, educates, engages, and entertains.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded City of New Bedford $340,000 for roof repairs, elevator modernization, life safety upgrades, a new marquee, and side lobby refurbishment.

 

Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth
[Img: Plimoth Plantation]
Project: Facility Renovation
Grant: $310,000

About the Facility: Founded in 1947, Plimoth Plantation is a living history museum of 17th century New England. The museum is comprised of 130 acres overlooking Cape Cod Bay and includes a 1627 English Village and Wampanoag Homesite, as well as a separate waterfront campus that houses a full-scale reproduction of the Mayflower II merchant vessel.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Plimoth Plantation $310,000 for the renovation of an existing building to provide on campus housing for Plimoth Plantation's internship and fellowship programs.

 

Plymouth Guild for the Arts, Plymouth
Plymouth Guild for the Arts, exteriorProject: Accessibility Upgrades
Grant: $410,000

About the Facility: About the Facility: The Plymouth Guild, established in 1973, has owned and operated the Plymouth Center for the Arts for eight years. In 2007, the Plymouth Guild restored and connected the 100 year-old Russell Library and the 1835 Watson Mansion to house the Performing Arts Center, which features galleries, classrooms, and performance, office, and event space.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Plymouth Guild for the Arts $410,000 for accessibility upgrades, inlcuding the installation of a 4-level elevator, new egress, stairway, bathrooms, and sprinkler system.

 

Polly Hill Arboretum, West Tisbury
Polly Hill ArboretumProject: New Construction
Grant: $200,000

About the Facility: The Polly Hill Arboretum is a public garden, scientific institute, community resource and conservation corridor located on Martha's Vineyard. It currently consists of 10 buildings located on 72 acres -- 30 of which are dedicated to cultivation and display of woody plant collections.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Polly Hill Arboretum $200,000 to build an Education Center and Botany Lab.

 

Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, Provincetown
Project: Accessibility & System Upgrades
Grant: $350,000

About the Facility: Following the purchase of a former school building and converting the space, the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies opened the Hiebert Marine Laboratory in 2007, providing programming that focuses on research, conservation, and education in coastal and marine environments.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies $350,000 for accessibility and systems upgrades as well as renovations to the Hiebert Marine Laboratory to consolidate staff offices and expand programming space.

 

South Shore Conservatory, Hingham
South Shore Conservtory, Hingham Bampus main building Project: Facility Renovation & System Upgrades
Grant: $140,000

About the Facility: The South Shore Conservatory has two facilities located in Duxbury and Hingham, which provide studio, classroom and performance space to support the organization's mission of providing access to quality education in the arts. The Hingham building was acquired in 1974 and has undergone a series of renovations and additions in the past 40 years, including construction of a performance hall and the Carr Amphitheater.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded South Shore Conservatory $140,000 for window replacement and porch repair on the original section of the main building at SSC's Hingham campus; exterior painting; theater lighting and sound system in the amphitheater; and repaving the driveway/parking areas.

 

Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro
Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, exterior Project: Acquisition & Renovation
Grant: $600,000

About the Facility: The Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill offers workships, lectures, exhibitions, peformances, special events, and short-term artist residencies on Cape Cod.  Edgewood Farm, an 11+ acre property, is located near the main campus.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill $600,000 for the acquisition and renovation of Edgewood Farm in order to expand programming and to develop an artist residency program.

 

West Falmouth Library, Falmouth
West Falmouth Library, exteriorProject: Facility Expansion
Grant: $250,000

About the Facility: Nearly 120 years old, the West Falmouth Library is a dynamic, community centered library offering comprehensive services along with programming and events.  The original structure was built circa 1896, and a substantial addition was completed in 1972.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded West Falmouth Library $250,000 for an addition to provide improved accessibility, restoration of the historic library building, renovation of the 1972 portion of the building, and installation of a fire suppression system.

 

Westport River Watershed Alliance, Westport
Westport River Watershed Alliance, rendering of Head Garage Project: Facility Restoration & Conversion
Grant: $450,000

About the Facility: The Westport River Watershed Alliance offers programming surrounding science, education and advocacy.  The Alliance recently purchased The Head Garage, a 1600 square foot three story structure that was originally a blacksmith shop dating back to 1710.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Westport River Watershed Alliance $450,000 to restore and convert the Head Garage as a Science and Education Center and administrative headquarters.

 

Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society, Fairhaven
Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society, exterior of barn Project: Facility Conversion
Grant: $50,000

About the Facility: The Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society recently renovated and currently operates the historic home of Captain William Whitfield as a museum.  The carriage house is an historic barn dating to the early 19th century located behind the main house.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society $50,000 to transform the carriage house into an educational/cultural center.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

Cape Cod Children's Museum, Mashpee
Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Cape Cod Children's Museum $27,000 for a capital campaign feasibility study and a preliminary architectural study including schematic drawings.
Grant: $27,000

Duxbury Rural and Historical Society, Duxbury
Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Duxbury Rural and Historical Society $23,000 for a structural assessment of the Bradford House museum, built in 1808.
Grant: $23,000

South Shore Art Center, Cohasset
Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded South Shore Art Center $35,000 for the development of a facilities master plan and capital campaign strategy.
Grant: $35,000

Waterfront Historic Area League, New Bedford
Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Waterfront Historic Area League $17,000 for an architectural and financial feasibility study of historic buildings in downtown's Cultural District for the development of a creative co-work space and art gallery.
Grant: $17,000

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Western

CAPITAL GRANTS

Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge
Berkshire Botanical Garden Project: Facility Renovation
Grant: $270,000

About the Facility: The Berkshire Botanical Garden rests on 15 acres of land with 26 display gardens and plant collections, three greenhouses, and a woodland reserve. The historic Center house, dating back to 1770, is approximately 4,000 square feet, and is the oldest building on the Garden’s grounds.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Berkshire Botanical Garden $270,000 for the renovation of the historic Center House, built circa 1770, into an energy efficient, multi-use facility with flexible education/meeting spaces.

 

The Berkshire Theatre Group, Stockbridge
Berkshire Theatre Group, exterior of Fitzpatrick Main Stage in StockbridgeProject: Facility Renovation & Adaptation
Grant: $360,000

About the Facility: Berkshire Theatre Group supports wide ranging artistic exploration and accliamed performances in theatre, dance, music, and entertainment, with campuses in Stockbridge and Pittsfield. The Clapp House in Pittsfield was built circa 1871 and has most recently operated as a bed and breakfast. The Collins House in Stockbridge is a wood-framed building that currently houses administrative offices.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Berkshire Theatre Group $360,000 to convert The Clapp House and parts of the Collins House into long-term housing for up to 65 seasonal staff members.

 

Community Music School of Springfield, Springfield
Community Music School of Springfield, facade Project: Facility Renovation & Preservation
Grant: $63,000

About the Facility: Community Music School of Springfield's home is an Art Deco style, 34,000-sq-ft former bank listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To better accommodate its annual audience of 40,000, CMSS recently moved its offices from the former bank lobby, an impressive space with high ceilings and an Art Deco mural, to make way for a new concert hall.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Community Music School of Springfield $63,000 for the installation of energy efficient lighting and acoustic tiles, renovation of basement studios, energy efficiency upgrades, bathroom installation, and preservation of an historic 1930s mural.

 

Dewey Memorial Hall, Sheffield
Dewey Memorial Hall, exterior Project: System Upgrades
Grant: $30,000

About the Facility: Dewey Memorial Hall was created to improve the cultural and economic revitalization of Sheffield's central district through the arts. Its current facility, dating back to 1887, houses a community-based cultural facility that serves as a venue for concerts, lectures, art exhibitions, theater, and other community events.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Dewey Memorial Hall $30,000 for the installation of a new HVAC system, insulation, and lighting equipment.

 

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington
[Img: Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, marquee]
Project: Facility Renovation & System Upgrades
Grant: $50,000

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 the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center $50,000 to replace obsolete lighting and projection equipment, repair the theater entrance steps and install an automatic door, and make improvements to backstage area.

 

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, ,North Adams
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Chuch Street Center exterior Project: Accessibility Upgrades & Facility Renovation
Grant: $440,000

About the Facility: The Church Street Center of MCLA's campus is the site of the Fine & Performing Arts department, including performance space and recording rooms.  Its auditorium and social hall are used for college and community sponsored cultural events and ceremonies.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts $440,000 for accessibility improvements and stage expansion.

 

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams
[Img: Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, entrance]
Project: Facility Renovation & System Upgrades
Grant: $170,000

About the Facility: MASS MoCA features contemporary visual and performing arts on its 16-acre campus, which houses a complex of twenty-seven 19th century mill buildings. In 1995, MASS MoCA acquired the property and began renovations of over 600,000 sq ft of the facility to serve as galleries, theaters, a café, support spaces, and commercial space.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art $170,000 for roof repairs, and upgrades to HVAC, sound and lighting.

 

Saint James Place, Great Barrington
Saint James Place, exterior and tower Project: Facility Restoration & Preservation
Grant: $500,000

About the Facility: Saint James Place consists of two adjoining historic buildings that were once the sanctuary and parish house of the former St. James Episcopal Church. The English Gothic Revival Style dates to 1857 and has a seating capacity of 304. The parish house was completed in 1911 and features two versatile spaces suited for smaller performances or meetings.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Saint James Place $500,000 for the restoration and preservation of facilities for use as a year-round cultural arts center.

 

Stockbridge Library Association, Stockbridge
Stockbridge Library Association, exterior Project: Accessibility Upgrades & Facility Renovation
Grant: $600,000

About the Facility: The Stockbridge Library Association and its Historical Museum & Archives offer comprehensive library services in addition to a diverse-array of adult and family-oriented cultural programs. The original building dates to 1864, with an addition that opened in 1937.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Stockbridge Library Association $600,000 to implement universal accessibility, address mechanical and infrastructural code deficiencies, and enhance underutilized space for display and preservation of the historical collection.

 

West Stockbridge Historical Society, West Stockbridge
West Stockbridge Historical Society, exterior of Town Hall Project: Accessibility Upgrades & Facility Renovation
Grant: $40,000

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 the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded West Stockbridge Historical Society $40,000 for accessibility improvements including rebuilding the front foundation and sills; repair of cellar joists and columns, and to waterproof cellar floor.

 

WGBY TV 57, Springfield
WGBY, headquarters facade Project: System Upgrades
Grant: $100,000

About the Facility: As a public television station, WGBY functions as a center where artists, performers, educators, and others convene to perform, interpret art, and plan cultural activities shared throughout the local community and region.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded WGBY TV 57 $100,000 for upgrades to audio and lighting equipment in production studios.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

CitySpace, Easthampton
Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded CitySpace $15,000 for the design of preliminary architectural plans regarding the second floor of Old Town Hall.
Grant: $15,000

Ventfort Hall Association, Lenox
Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Ventfort Hall Association $35,000 to develop an historic structures report and maintenance plan as well as a fundraising plan to support the restoration and the maintenance of the existing structure and of new equipment.
Grant: $35,000

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