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CAPITAL GRANTS

EcoTarium, Worcester
Exterior of the EcoTarium in Worcester Project: Updates to Emergency Generator & Cooling Equipment
Grant:
$300,000

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. 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 EcoTarium $300,000 to purchase and install compatible cooling equipment and an emergency generator following a power plant failure in 2015. 

 

First Parish Meeting House Preservation Society, Shirley
Exterior of the First Parish Meeting House Preservation Society Project: Accessibility Improvements
Grant: $97,000

About the Facility: The historic Shirley Meeting House, situated on the original 4-acre town Common, has served Shirley residents as a community center for social, spiritual and political needs since 1773.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded First Parish Meeting House Preservation Society $97,000 to create an accessible main entrance, interior, and handicapped restroom.

 

Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner
Exterior of the Mount Wachusett Community CollegeProject: Sound System Upgrades
Grant:
$49,600

About the Facility: The Theater at the Mount is located within Mount Wachusett Community College's 14,000 square foot theater at the Fine Arts Center in Gardner, MA. It originally opened in 1976 and seats 550 patrons.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Mount Wachusett Community College $49,600 to replace the aging analog sound system with an updated, digital system to improve audience experience.

 

New Garden Park, Worcester
Interior rendering of New Garden Park galleryProject: Renovation & Build Out
Grant:
$300,000

About the Facility: New Garden Park promotes economic development and the generation of social capital in Worcester by leveraging the local creative and innovative economies. The project includes the redevelopment of two properties; the vacant Mezzanine building includes a performance space with an additional rehearsal/meeting space and green room facilities, and an adjacent site, home to a Pop Up gallery space.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded New Garden Park $300,000 to create the WOOteria, a 300 capacity creative performing and collaborative space in Worcester's Theatre District.

 

Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston
Interior of Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s Twigs CaféProject: Twigs Café Renovation
Grant:
$35,000

About the Facility: In 1986, the Worcester County Horticultural Society opened Tower Hill Botanic Garden, a 132-acre site that offers educational programs and tours of its extensive gardens, parks, and greenhouses. Tower Hill has a 50-year master plan for the development of its
facilities.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Tower Hill Botanic Garden $35,000 to renovate the Twigs Café and Reception areas to reduce excess noise.

 

Town of Berlin, Berlin
Exterior view of Berlin 1870 Town HallProject: Elevator Addition
Grant:
$242,000

About the Facility: The 1870 Town Hall, owned by the town of Berlin, was restored and repurposed for public use as a Cultural Center in 2006.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Town of Berlin $242,000 for site preparation,  drainage and handicapped parking for an elevator addition to Berlin's 1870 Town Hall building.

 

Town of Royalston, Royalston
Exterior of Royalston Town HallProject: Accessibility Improvements
Grant:
$183,000

About the Facility: The Royalston Town Hall, the cultural heart of the Royalston community, was built in 1867. 

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Town of Royalston $183,000 for accessibility renovations of Royalston town hall's second floor hall and stage.

 

Worcester County Mechanics Association, Worcester
Interior of the Great Hall of Worcester County Mechanics HallProject: Systems Installation & Facility Restoration
Grant:
$163,000

About the Facility: Worcester County Mechanics Association is a non-profit that strives to preserve Mechanics Hall, America's finest pre-Civil War concert hall. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Mechanics Hall is a surviving testament to the craftsmanship and prosperity of Worcester's industrial roots. 

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Worcester County Mechanics Association $163,000 to install LED exterior up-lighting, an HVAC system, and to restore the Great Hall Stage and Main Street Lobby, vestibule, and promenade space.

 

Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester
Exterior of Worcester Historical MuseumProject: Roof Replacement
Grant:
$100,000

About the Facility: The Worcester Historical Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of al subject matter in all time periods of Worcester’s history. Originally the home of the Worcester County Horticultural Society, the Museum’s Georgian Revival style facility at 30 Elm Street was built in 1928. The largest artifact in the Museum’s collection and one if its major galleries is Salisbury Mansion, a late 18th century merchant’s house and Worcester’s only historic house museum.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Worcester Historical Museum $100,000 to replace the roofs of both the Museum and Salisbury Mansion.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

Fitchburg Historical Society, Fitchburg
Grant: $24,250
About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Fitchburg Historical Society $24,250 to review and update a Master Plan for Main Street headquarters to create schematic design, cost estimates, and scope documents to study program and collections care capacity.

Worcester Art Museum, Worcester
Grant: $30,00
About the Project:
The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Worcester Art Museum $30,000 to develop a comprehensive master plan in order to improve existing facilities' efficiency and re-vision the future of the museum.

 

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Greater Boston

CAPITAL GRANTS

Architectural Heritage Foundation, Boston
Exterior of Old City Hall, home of the Architectural Heritage FoundationProject: Facility Upgrades
Grant:
$100,000

About the Facility: The Architectural Heritage Foundation is a historic preservation based organization whose ongoing flagship project and property is Old City Hall. Sited along the Freedom Trail, on nearby School Street, the Courtyard is visible and accessible to 500,000 annual passersby and tourists.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Architectural Heritage Foundation $100,000 for capital improvements and interpretation of the Old City Hall’s courtyard.

 

Boston Center for the Arts, Boston
Interior of the CycloramaProject: Facility Upgrades
Grant:
$60,000

About the Facility: Occupying a historic city block in Boston’s South End, the Boston Center for the Arts houses below-market studio, performance and exhibition space for working artists and arts organizations. It is currently addressing the necessary upgrades of its 130-year-old buildings.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Boston Center for the Arts $60,000 to upgrade the Cyclorama’s wiring, plywood walls, and aging theatre lighting and sound infrastructure.

 

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston
Koussevitzky Music Shed at TanglewoodProject: Accessibility & Facility Preservation
Grant:
$300,000

About the Facility: Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home in the Berkshires, features four performance venues and more than eighty ancillary building on its 526 acres. The Koussevitzky Music Shed, the 1938 musical pavilion at the heart of Tanglewood, is a seasonal hall open on three sides that seats 5,121 patrons, and more than 12,000 more on its adjacent lawn.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Boston Symphony Orchestra $300,000 to preserve the Koussevitzky Music Shed’s operational integrity and historical character, and to improve accessibility and patron safety.

 

Citi Performing Arts Center, Boston
Interior of the Wang TheatreProject: Theatre Seating Replacement
Grant:
$300,000

About the Facility: Reaching 350,000 people through performances annually, Citi Performing Arts Center operates the Wang Theatre, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Shubert Theatre, nicknamed the "Little Princess" of the Boston Theatre District.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Citi Performing Arts Center $300,000 to install new seating to replace all 3,460 frayed and worn seats of the Wang Theatre.

 

Gore Place, Waltham
Exterior of Gore PlaceProject: Accessibility Improvements
Grant:
$198,000

About the Facility: Gore Place is an historic site dedicated to the American statesman Christopher Gore, the 7th elected Governor of Massachusetts. Gore Place includes the 1806 Gore mansion, 1793 Gore carriage house, and 45 acres of lawns, gardens and historic farmland.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Gore Place $198,000 to install an entrance ramp and accessible bathroom, and to restore the staircases to address accessibility needs and safer egress for staff.

 

John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Boston
Exterior of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and MuseumProject: Legacy Gallery Renovation
Grant:
$100,000

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 $100,000 for renovation of the Legacy Gallery.

 

Museum of Science, Boston
Exterior of Museum of ScienceProject: Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Grant:
$163,000

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 Museum of Science $163,000 to replace existing chiller with an advanced, highly energy efficient unit.

 

New Repertory Theatre, Watertown
Interior of the New Repertory TheatreProject: Accessibility Improvements for the Hearing Impaired
Grant:
$32,000

About the Facility: Founded in 1984, New Repertory Theatre is the resident professional theater company at the Arsenal Center for the Arts. The company welcomes nearly 40,000 people annually to its performances in the 380-seat Charles Mosesian and 90-seat Black Box theaters.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded New Repertory Theatre $32,000 to purchase and install an Induction Loop Assistive Listening System to serve patrons with a wide range of hearing loss issues.

 

Newton Cultural Alliance, Newton
Exterior of the Allen House, home of the Newton Cultural AllianceProject: Systems Installation & Facility Restoration
Grant:
$268,000

About the Facility: The Historic Nathaniel Topliff Allen Homestead in West Newton, named after an 1850s pioneer educator and abolitionist, is the home of the Newton Cultural Alliance’s 25 local arts and cultural organization members. The Allen House is a Newton Landmark property and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Newton Cultural Alliance $268,000 to fund exterior repairs, to add systems, an elevator and fire detection equipment, and to restore barn for adaptive reuse classroom and black box theatre.

 

Old South Association, Boston
Interior of the Old South Meeting HouseProject: Ceiling Restoration
Grant:
$95,000

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 Old South Association $95,000 to restore and paint the interior ceiling of the 1729 Old South Meeting House.

 

Roxbury Community College, Roxbury Crossing
Exterior of Roxbury Community CollegeProject: Media Arts Center Renovation
Grant:
$127,000

About the Facility: The Media Arts Center is prominently located on the campus of Roxbury Community College in Roxbury, MA. The Center’s mission is to engage and educate the community through the Visual and Performing Arts; its three-story building houses the Resnikoff Art Gallery, Roxbury Repertory Theater, Mainstage Theatre, Broadcast and Media Technology TV Studio, and classroom and meeting spaces.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Roxbury Community College $127,000 to renovate sound, lighting, and carpet and install new seating of the Media Arts Center.

 

The Bostonian Society, Boston
Exterior of the Old State House, home of the Bostonian SocietyProject: Old State House Restoration
Grant:
$75,000

About the Facility: Built in 1713, the Old State House is the oldest public building in Boston; a national, state and local landmark; and a major destination on the Freedom Trail.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Bostonian Society $75,000 to restore the South Façade of the Old State House; the project includes repairs to the windows, masonry, and restoration work on the south and main building entrances.

 

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Exterior of the Institute of Contemporary ArtProject: Facility Repairs & Enhancements
Grant:
$107,000

About the Facility: The first art museum built in Boston in 100 years, 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 Institute of Contemporary Art $107,000 for enhancements to the building's integrity including door and exterior trim repair or replacement, building field panel replacement,  gallery ceiling repair, and new LED gallery lighting.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

Boston Children’s Chorus, Boston
Grant:
$30,000
About the Project:
The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Boston Children's Chorus $30,000 to plan for a move to and renovation of a new home in Dorchester's Upham Corner.

Boston Lyric Opera, Boston
Grant:
$30,000
About the Project:
The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Boston Lyric Opera $30,000 to conduct a comprehensive study for a new performance facility and permanent home.

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, Boston
Grant:
$30,000
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded  Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras $30,000 for feasibility assessments and to assist in the campaign launch for an identified site for new, expanded programming space.

Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Boston
Grant:
$23,500
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Metropolitan Waterworks Museum $23,500 for consultation to design appropriate HVAC systems and efficiency improvements, aimed at reducing heat loss and expanding winter use of the facility.

Nichols House Museum, Boston
Grant:
$4,400
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Nichols House Museum $4,400 to fund Phase 1 of a preservation project on its 1830s portico; to obtain plans, construction specifications and drawings.

Sociedad Latina, Roxbury
Grant:
$30,000
About this Project:
The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Sociedad Latina $30,000 to determine the feasibility of buying or leasing a new facility in Mission Hill or Roxbury through analysis of facility options, program expansion, and fiscal sustainability.

Stoneham Theatre Corporation, Stoneham
Grant:
$6,000
About this Project:
The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Stoneham Theatre Corporation $6,000 to conduct a feasibility study to assess HVAC systems, modifications to truss system, and examine accessibility enhancements to the theatre and entrance.

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Metrowest

CAPITAL GRANTS

Framingham Public Library, Framingham
Exterior of Framingham Public LibraryProject: Costin Room Equipment Upgrades
Grant:
$91,000

About the Facility: The Framingham Public Library’s mission is to serve the community by providing information, education, and arts experiences that are timely, relevant, and valuable. The Costin Room serves as one of the library’s important gathering spaces for performances, events, and lectures.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Framingham Public Library $91,000 to upgrade the audio/visual equipment of the library's Costin Room, including integrated broadcast video, audio, lighting, networking, and a projection system.

 

Lexington Historical Society, Lexington
Exterior of the Munroe TavernProject: Building an Archive Center
Grant:
$158,000

About the Facility: Munroe Tavern, under the care of the Lexington Historical Society, is an iconic building in American history, as it was the gathering place of the British Redcoat troops after the Battle of Lexington in 1775. The tavern is a National Historic Landmark.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Lexington Historical Society $158,000 to build an archives center at Munroe Tavern to expand public access, add storage for growing collections and to present archival exhibits.

 

Museum of World War II, Natick
Interior exhibition space of the Museum of World War TwoProject: Exhibition & Education Expansion
Grant:
$300,000

About the Facility: The Museum of World War II houses a collection of original letters, documents and artifacts amassed by Kenneth W. Rendell beginning in the post-war years. With more than 7,500 pieces on display, research archives with more than 500,000 pieces, and a growing demand for increased educational partnerships and programming, the Museum is in need of space for growth through construction around its current structure and on the adjacent property.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Museum of World War II $300,000 for expansion of this facility to triple exhibition space and create an education center.

 

The Discovery Museums, Acton
Exterior of the Discovery MuseumProject: Expansion & Renovation
Grant:
$300,000

About the Facility: The Discovery Museums is located on a 4.5-acre campus that includes two museum buildings, the Discovery Classroom, administrative and meeting space, and several storage facilities. While the number of students served by off-campus outreach programming has more than doubled in the last 8 years, current capacity of the main Acton campus is insufficient to allow for growth in programming and attendance.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Discovery Museums $300,000 to expand and renovate this facility, doubling square footage.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

51 Walden, Concord
Grant:
$8,000
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded 51 Walden $8,000 to study and design a cooling plan, and install air conditioning and ventilation systems.

Town of Medfield, Medfield
Grant:
$17,400
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Town of Medfield $17,400 to conduct a market analysis and explore the adaptive reuse of two buildings.

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Northeast

CAPITAL GRANTS

City of Peabody, Peabody
Interior view of the Wiggin Auditorium, located in Peabody’s City Hall buildingProject: Wiggin Auditorium Rehabilitation
Grant:
$102,000

About the Facility: Peabody’s 132-year-old City Hall building is home to the historic Wiggin Auditorium. Through the City, various organizations such as the Peabody Cultural Collaborative and Peabody Institute Library rent the Wiggin for use for concerts, poetry readings, comedy nights, plays, movies, award ceremonies, networking events and more.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded City of Peabody $102,000 to provide aesthetic rehabilitation of the decorative painted ceiling, a new sound and video projection system, and accessibility improvements to the Wiggin Auditorium of City Hall.

 

Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, Gloucester
Exterior of the Gloucester Stage Company Project: Student/Visitor Educational Center Construction
Grant:
$116,000

About the Facility: Dedicated to the preservation of Gloucester's maritime industrial history, the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center occupies 39,000 sq. ft. overlooking Gloucester Harbor. The Center features the oldest continuously operating marine railway in the country, an aquarium and other maritime exhibits, a boatbuilding shop, and a Marine Education Center.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center $116,000 to construct a Student/Visitor Educational Center on Harbor Loop.

 

Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester
Exterior view of the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center Project: Theater Lighting & Upgrades
Grant:
$50,000

About the Facility: The Gloucester Stage Company occupies 3,840 square feet on East Main Street in downtown Gloucester. The Company, offering year-round programs and performances to both residents and visitors, was a co-applicant in the creation of the MCC-approved Rocky Neck Cultural District and is vital to the development of arts and culture on Cape Ann.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Gloucester Stage Company $50,000 to replace aging and limited lighting system with a state-of-the-art lighting grid, integrated equipment and controls, and supporting electrical rewiring.

 

Marblehead Little Theatre, Marblehead
Exterior of the Marblehead Little Theatre Project: Structural Column Replacement
Grant:
$35,000

About the Facility: The Marblehead Little Theatre resides in the 1890 former Central Firehouse. A three story brick structure, it was gutted and renovated between 2000 and 2013 to create a community theatre accommodating 92 patrons and offering classroom and rehearsal space.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Marblehead Little Theatre $35,000 to replace structural columns in the basement of the MLT theater.

 

Middlesex Community College, Lowell
Exterior of Middlesex Community College Project: New Performing Arts Education Center
Grant: $113,000

About the Facility: Middlesex Community College, founded in 1970, acquired a former Boston & Maine Railroad Depot from the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission in 2008. Built in 1876 in high Victorian Gothic style, the Depot is a significant landmark in the Downtown Lowell Historic District; it provides space for rehearsals and performances currently lacking on the school’s Bedford and Lowell campuses.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Middlesex Community College $113,000 to support renovation and transformation of the former Boston & Maine Railroad Depot into a performing arts education center.

 

Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester
Exterior of Rocky Neck Art Colony Project: System Upgrades
Grant: $25,000

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 Rocky Neck Art Colony $25,000 to install an acoustic ceiling treatment, a second AC unit, lighting upgrades, and integrated A/V projection and sound equipment to its Main Hall.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

Creative Haverhill, Haverhill
Grant: $30,000
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Creative Haverhill $30,000 to study the feasibility of turning the George S Cogwells School into a sustainable artspace.

Lowell’s Maritime Foundation, Amesbury
Grant:
$12,500
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Lowell's Maritime Foundation $12,500 to develop a Condition Assessment and Preservation Plan to inform future Capital Campaign strategy for the preservation and rehabilitation of the existing historic boat shop.

Manship Artist Residence and Studios, Gloucester
Grant:
$30,000
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Manship Artist Residence and Studios $30,000 to conduct a feasibility study for the renovation of the Manship property as an arts and culture center with an artist residency program.

 

SYSTEMS REPLACEMENT PLAN GRANTS

LynnArts, Lynn
Grant:
$7,000
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded LynnArts $7,000 for a capital needs assessment of the building and its mechanical systems.

Raw Art Works, Lynn
Grant:
$7,000
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Raw Art Works $7,000 for a capital needs assessment of the building and its mechanical systems.

 

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Southeast

CAPITAL GRANTS

Buttonwood Park Zoo, New BedfordOutdoor view of the Buttonwood Zoo
Project: Education Complex Additions
Grant: $182,000

About the Facility: Nestled in the Olmstead inspired Buttonwood Park, the Buttonwood Zoo is a 10-acre property, and the most visited cultural attraction in Southeastern Massachusetts. Opened in 1894, the Zoo is the 12th oldest in the country, and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in
North America.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Buttonwood Park Zoo $182,000 to build a Wildlife Amphitheater and Animal Ambassador Building, part of the Zoo's new education complex, Nature Connection.

 

Cape Cod Repertory Theatre Company, Brewster
Exterior view of the Crosby Barn, a building associated with the Cape Cod Repertory Theatre Company Project: Reset & Repairs to Crosby Barn
Grant:
$125,000

About the Facility: Cape Cod Repertory Theatre presents dramatic and musical productions, many of them new and/or rare works. The Cape Rep campus sits on Nickerson State Park and includes the 200-seat Robert J. Delahunty Outdoor Theatre, a 135-seat indoor theater, and the historic Crosby Cape House, which was built and expanded between 1830 and 1889.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Cape Cod Repertory Theatre Company $125,000 to lift and reset the Crosby Barn in Nickerson State Park on a new foundation and make structural repairs.

 

Cape Conservatory, Hyannis
Exterior of the Cape Conservatory Project: Safety Improvements
Grant:
$114,000

About the Facility: The Conservatory began as a grassroots effort, founded in 1956 by a group of local citizens on Cape Cod, and has grown to encompass two campuses: a 14-acre West Barnstable facility and a 16.5-acre campus in Falmouth, Massachusetts.  The Conservatory offers instruction in all major instruments, a variety of programs for all ages, and seeks to promote a lifelong passion for music, art, dance and drama.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Cape Conservatory $114,000 to install a sprinkler system and revise the existing driveway and parking loop to improve student safety.

 

Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Provincetown Exterior of Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown
Project: Multiple Building Renovations
Grant:
$125,000

About the Facility: The Fine Arts Work Center's main location is on a compound in the heart of Provincetown's historic district. In all, the Work Center has 30 residential units, which are used as living quarters for program participants, including visual artists and writers in FAWC's Fellowship Program, Summer Workshop Program faculty and students, MFA faculty and candidates, returning residents, and visiting artists and writers.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown $125,000 to renovate three buildings to address accessibility compliance, energy efficiency, and habitability issues.

 

Nantucket Historical Association, Nantucket Exterior of the Whaling Museum in Nantucket
Project: System Upgrades
Grant:
$86,000

About the Facility: Comprised of a Whaling Museum, Research Library, and 18 historic sites, the Nantucket Historical Association has served as the principal steward of Nantucket History since 1894. Its flagship Whaling Museum is a state-of-the-art exhibition and interpretation center and year-round venue for community programs. The Museum earned accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums in 2007.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Nantucket Historical Association $86,000 to repair existing facilities and purchase and install equipment for the Whaling Museum. Projects include roof replacement, gutter and HVAC fan repair, brick wall repointing, and sound, lighting and security system upgrades.

 

Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association, Nantucket Exterior of Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association
Project: Facility Repair & Restoration
Grant:
$117,000

About the Facility: Located on the island of Nantucket, the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association is dedicated to promoting the legacy of 19th century scientist and educator Maria Mitchell through scientific resources and educational programs. The island acts as a natural laboratory; the campus’ 12 buildings include two observatories, an aquarium, a natural science museum, the birthplace of Maria Mitchell, an administrative building, and several buildings devoted to students, visiting researchers, and staff housing.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association $117,000 to repair and renovate two buildings for science education program space.

 

New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford Interior of New Bedford Whaling Museum
Project: HVAC System Replacement
Grant:
$150,000

About the Facility: With its collection of art, artifacts and manuscripts, the New Bedford Whaling Museum is the largest museum in America devoted to the history of the American whaling industry and its greatest port. The Museum's 125,000-sq.-ft., nine-building complex includes exhibition and program space, a 250-seat theater, library and museum store.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded New Bedford Whaling Museum $150,000 to replace a failing HVAC system that services the theater, entrance gallery, art galleries, and art storage areas.

 

Payomet Performing Arts Charitable Trust, Truro Exterior of tent, where Payomet hosts performing arts shows in Truro
Project: Equipment Upgrades
Grant:
$30,000

About the Facility: Payomet, founded in 1998 by actor Guy Strauss, and is now one of the leading presenters of performing arts on Cape Cod, with a focus on music, theater and circus. During the summer season, performances are held in its signature tent; the remainder of the year, Payomet produces concerts and events at venues from the mid-Cape to Provincetown.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Payomet Performing Arts Charitable Trust $30,000 to purchase new integrated sound and lighting equipment.

 

Provincetown Film Society, Provincetown Exterior of Waters Edge Cinema in Provincetown, home to the Provincetown Film Society
Project: Marquee Design & Installation
Grant:
$69,000

About the Facility: The Provincetown Film Society, which began as the Provincetown International Film Festival in 1999, purchased and renovated its 70-seat theater in 2013. Waters Edge Cinema serves Provincetown and the Cape Cod region year-round by screening the best of first-run independent cinema, offering special programs, and hosting the annual Film Festival, now in its 18th year.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Provincetown Film Society $69,000 to design, manufacture, and install a marquee for the renovated Waters Edge Cinema in Provincetown.

 

Thornton W. Burgess Society, East Sandwich Exterior of the Green Briar Nature Center
Project: Facility Maintenance
Grant:
$10,000

About the Facility: The Thornton W. Burgess Society promotes an appreciation for nature through its educational programming at the historic Thornton W. Burgess Museum and the Green Briar Nature Center, which are surrounded by nature trails and a wild flower garden. All proceeds from gift shop and kitchen sales go to support the society's science education programs on Cape Cod.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Thornton W. Burgess Society $10,000 to conduct maintenance work on the Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen buildings, which suffered winter-weather damage.

 

Town of Middleborough, Middleborough Exterior of the Oliver Estate in Middleborough
Project: Accessibility & System Improvements
Grant:
$28,000

About the Facility: The Oliver Estate, built in 1767 by Chief Justice Peter Oliver, and surrounding property totaling 54 acres is situated on the scenic Nemasket River in the Muttock Historic District. The Town of Middleborough has preserved the site, to be used for tours, historic reenactments, and public meeting space.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Town of Middleborough $28,000 to address handicap accessibility needs and repair the facility's septic system.

 

Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro Exterior of Edgewood Farm, new home of the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill
Project: Building Repair & Reconfiguration
Grant:
$294,000

About the Facility: The Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill is an inclusive arts community that has provided a wide range of artistic experiences to students at all levels of ability since its opening in 1971. Offering workshops, exhibitions, lectures, performances, special events, and short-term residences, Castle Hill is a prime example of a robust rural arts organization.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill $294,000 to repair and reconfigure buildings on its newly acquired Edgewood Farm into an art center and artist residency program spaces.

 

Waterfront Historic Area League, New Bedford Drawing of exterior for new co-creative center
Project: Building Renovations
Grant:
$100,000

About the Facility: The Co-Creative Center will be a 10,000 square-foot artist maker space aimed to foster New Bedford’s creative economy development. Located on 139/141 Union St, this abandoned block will be transformed into a collaborative art space in the heart of downtown’s historic district. 

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded  Waterfront Historic Area League $100,000 to renovate a vacant historic building for the creation of a co-creative center, to include a community gallery, co-work space, and artists education and makerspace.

 

Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Wellfleet Exterior of Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater
Project: Performance Tent Replacement
Grant:
$50,000

About the Facility: The Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater presents professional quality, alternative theater experiences to its audiences, primarily through its six principal productions, held annually in the Theater’s main space, the Julie Harris Stage. The WHAT for Kids youth program, in its 15th season, takes place in an outdoor performance tent, in need of replacement.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater $50,000 to replace the organization's performance venue, a Pavilion tent with expanded usage.

 

Wellfleet Historical Society, Wellfleet Exterior of Wellfleet Historical Society Museum
Project: Facility Renovation
Grant:
$100,000

About the Facility: The Wellfleet Historical Society and Museum, organized in 1951, collects, preserves, and exhibits the material culture and historical record of the Town of Wellfleet. Occupying a prominent site on Wellfleet’s Main Street, the Society and Museum is recognized as an important resource to the community and part of Wellfleet heritage.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Wellfleet Historical Society $100,000 to renovate a newly-acquired building, integrating it into existing facilities.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth
Grant:
$30,000
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded General Society of Mayflower Descendants $30,000 to undertake a feasibility study for future use, rehabilitation, and development of the Mayflower Society House Research Library, and Administrative Building at its national headquarters in Plymouth.

Hull Lifesaving Museum, Hull
Grant:
$15,000
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Hull Lifesaving Museum $15,000 to develop a prioritized treatment and maintenance plan for renovation of the Museum's Windmill Point Boathouse.

Oakes Ames Memorial Hall Association, North Easton
Grant:
$20,000
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Oakes Ames memorial Hall Association $20,000 to determine potential for expanding cultural uses, enhancing programming, and support building improvements through a market study, fundraising assessment, and architectural analysis.

 

SYSTEMS REPLACEMENT PLAN GRANTS

Barnstable Historical Society, Barnstable
Grant:
$7,000
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Barnstable Historical Society $7,000 for a capital needs assessment of the building and its mechanical systems.

Friends of the Paragon Carousel, Hull
Grant:
$7,000
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Friends of the Paragon Carousel $7,000 for a capital needs assessment of the building and its mechanical systems.

Nantucket Dreamland Foundation, Nantucket
Grant:
$7,000
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Nantucket Dreamland Foundation $7,000 for a capital needs assessment of the building and its mechanical systems.

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CAPITAL GRANTS

Amherst Cinema Arts Center, Amherst Exterior of Amherst Cinema Arts Center
Project: Solar Panel Installation
Grant:
$74,000

About the Facility: Amherst Cinema Arts Center is a three-theater facility that is dedicated to presenting independent and documentary cinema, with theaters seating 186, 46 and 46 patrons respectively.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Amherst Cinema Arts Center $74,000 to install solar panels on the facility's roof to generate electricity and solar renewable energy credits, reducing electric utility costs.

 

Arms Library Association, Shelburne Falls Exterior of the Pratt Memorial Library building, home of the Arms Library Association
Project: Envelope, Efficiency, & Restorative Improvements
Grant:
$266,000

About the Facility: The Pratt Memorial Library Building was constructed in 1914 by Frances R. Pratt to house the Arms Library; its two-floor building, featuring Beaux Arts masonry, is designed in the shape of an open book. The building features a children’s library, historic document displays, meeting and reading space, and original murals depicting American history, culture and wildlife.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Arms Library Association $266,000 to secure the building's exterior through masonry, foundation, and window improvements; replace energy systems; restore historic murals; and re-vision interior displays and a community room programming space.

 

Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield Exterior of the Union Street Theatre, home of the Barrington Stage Company
Project: Space Expansion & Accessibility Improvements
Grant:
$123,000

About the Facility: The Union Street Theatre was built in 1912 as a vaudeville theater, but was also used as a movie house and performance hall before falling into disrepair. In 2005, after eleven years of performing in rented facilities, the Barrington Stage Company purchased the theatre and launched a series of major renovations.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Barrington Stage Company $123,000 to reconfigure BSC’s stage, audience, and public spaces, install an additional 20-25 seats and make accessibility improvements.

 

Becket Arts Center of the Hilltowns, Becket Exterior of the Becket Arts Center
Project: Elevator Installation
Grant:
$23,000

About the Facility: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Becket Arts Center of the Hilltowns $23,000 to install an elevator lift to make the second floor programming space accessible.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Barrington Stage Company $123,000 to reconfigure BSC’s stage, audience, and public spaces, install an additional 20-25 seats and make accessibility improvements.

 

Berkshire Historical Society, Pittsfield Exterior of Arrowhead, home to the Berkshire Historical Society
Project: Accessibility Improvements
Grant:
$22,000

About the Facility: The Berkshire County Historical Society is located at Arrowhead, the historic home of author Herman Melville from 1850-1863, where he wrote Moby-Dick. The property includes 45 acres of lawns, fields and woods; visitors are invited to tour Arrowhead and the surrounding lands.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Berkshire County Historical Society $22,000 to renovate its first floor restroom, addressing accessibility compliance.

 

Chesterwood Museum and Estate, Stockbridge Exterior of the Chesterwood Museum and Estate
Project: Rehabilitation & Upgrades
Grant:
$107,000

About the Facility: Chesterwood Museum and Estate is comprised of the country home, studio, and gardens of Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, including the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Chesterwood $107,000 to enter phase 2 of building rehabilitation, centered on utility upgrades, to continue the transformation from a house museum into an Artists' Residency Center.

 

Double Edge Theatre Productions, Ashfield Exterior view of the Double Edge Theatre campus in Ashfield
Project: Space Renovations & Transformation
Grant:
$120,000

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 $120,000 to enter its final phase of major renovations to include the redesign and transformation of several unused buildings into workshop, design studio, storage and training and rehearsal spaces.

 

Earthdance Creative Living Project, Plainfield Exterior view of the Earthdance retreat center
Project: Accessibility Improvements & Structural Upgrades
Grant:
$77,000

About the Facility: Earthdance is an artist-run residential dance retreat center in rural western Massachusetts; its property includes 125 acres of woods, two large studios with meeting space, meditation and massage rooms, a kitchen, overnight accommodations, camping sites for up to 100 people, and a wood-fired sauna.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Earthdance Creative Living Project $77,000 to undertake renovations related to life safety systems, accessibility, and structural upgrades of the dance studio foundation.

 

Edith Wharton Restoration, Lenox Exterior of the Mount, home of the Edith Wharton Restoration
Project: Restoration & Repairs
Grant:
$100,000

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 this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Edith Wharton Restoration $100,000 to restore the exterior of the stable, with the scope of work including stucco restoration; repairing foundations, sills, sashes, doors and window frames; demolishing a coal bin; and installing utility upgrades.

 

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst Exterior view of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Project: Repairs & Upgrades
Grant:
$103,000

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 recently built facility, which welcomes nearly 45,000 visitors annually, includes three rotating galleries, a hands-on art studio, an auditorium, a library, and a cafe.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art $103,000 to install a high efficiency condensing boiler system and a humidifier; upgrade gallery and café lighting; and repair entrance overhangs and drainage in the second floor mechanical room.

 

Friends of Wilson McLaughlin House, Monterey Exterior of the Wilson McLaughlin House
Project: Community Center Renovation
Grant:
$25,000

About the Facility: The Wilson McLaughlin House is a small, early 19th century farmhouse. The post and beam structure has never been insulated, and became property of the Town of Monterey by bequest in 1995. The house sits on a 28 parcel of land, and is need of complete renovation.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Friends of Wilson McLaughlin House $25,000 to renovate a farmhouse for use as the Monterey Community Center.

 

Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield Exterior of the Hancock Shaker Village campus
Project: Building Restoration
Grant:
$110,000

About the Facility: Hancock Shaker Village is sited on 750 acres of historic farm, field, and woodland, and includes 18 historic buildings dating from 1793-1840. Many of these have not received full restoration treatment since the early 1960s when the village was first opened.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Hancock Shaker Village $110,000 to rebuild an expansive arrival courtyard and make repairs on 10 buildings on Hancock Shaker Village's campus.

 

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket Exterior of the Doris Duke Theatre at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
Project: Accessibility Improvements
Grant:
$158,000

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 this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival $158,000 to improve accessibility of this National Historic Landmark site and enhance artist and audience experience in the Doris Duke Theatre.

 

Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge Exterior of the Normal Rockwell Museum
Project: Accessibility, HVAC, & Security Maintenance Improvements
Grant:
$300,000

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 Norman Rockwell Museum $300,000 to address circulation, safety and access of its campus, museum and studio; the scope of work includes installation of a new stone plaza, ADA curbs, walkways and parking, upgraded museum roof, HVAC, fire system, and floors, and Studio siding, deck, drainage, and Carriage House repairs.

 

Northampton Community Arts Trust, Northampton Exterior rendering of the building at 33 Hawley Street, home to the Northampton Community Arts Trust
Project: Build Out of New Spaces
Grant:
$300,000

About the Facility: The Northampton Community Arts Trust, adapted from community land trust models, was formed in 2006 in response to the loss of affordable spaces for creative work in downtown Northampton. Its first property is a 25,000 square foot building located on a 1.5 acre lot in downtown Northampton.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Northampton Community Arts Trust $338,000 to complete the Phase 2 renovation of 33 Hawley Street in downtown Northampton, including build-out of performance space, workspaces, an art gallery, and lobby/mezzanine.

 

Saint James Place, Great Barrington Interior of Saint James Place
Project: Equipment Upgrades
Grant:
$247,000

About the Facility: Saint James Place, a former Episcopal church located on Main Street in the heart of Great Barrington, was founded in 2010 for use as a year-round community cultural facility; the space will feature music and theatrical performances, educational events, and civic functions.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Saint James Place $247,000 to purchase and install integrated lighting, sound and video equipment.

 

Springfield City Library, Springfield Exterior of the Springfield City Library
Project: Accessibility, Masonry, & Roof Improvements
Grant:
$100,000

About the Facility: The Central Branch of the Springfield City Library, one of nine neighborhood Public Library locations, opened in 1912. The Central Branch has a history of providing cultural public programs and providing an impressive and inviting community gathering space for the Springfield Community.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Springfield City Library $100,000 to replace the closed handicapped ramp system at the Central Library Quadrangle entrance, repoint and repair stair masonry, and replace and repair roofing.

 

Springfield Museums, Springfield Exterior of the Springfield Museums
Project: Roof & Entrance Repairs
Grant:
$100,000

About the Facility: Founded in 1857, Springfield Museums comprises four museums dedicated to fine art, science, and regional history. One of these, the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, is in need of repairs to help preserve and protect its collections.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Springfield Museums $100,000 to repair the roof, skylights, and front entrance.

 

The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield Exterior of the Berkshire Museum
Project: Facility Upgrades & Replacements
Grant:
$100,000

About the Facility: Located in the heart of downtown Pittsfield, the Berkshire Museum displays its fine art, history and natural science collections in a two-story Italian Renaissance revival building. Built in 1903, much of the systems currently need to be upgraded and replaced.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Trustees of the Berkshire Museum $100,000 to replace the projection, sound and lighting systems; patron seating; and the theater's entrance doors and marquee.

 

The Guthrie Center, Great Barrington Exterior of the Guthrie Center
Project: System Upgrades & Facility Repairs
Grant:
$68,000

About the Facility: The Guthrie Center, housed in a former church located outside downtown Great Barrington, was first built as the St. James Chapel in 1829. The structure was enlarged in 1866 and renamed Trinity Church. The facility features a large performance space, green room, industrial kitchen, mezzanine, balcony, 1,750 square foot second floor, and full basement.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Guthrie Center $68,000 for capital improvements to this facility, including roof; installing an updated energy efficient HVAC system; a professional stove; electrical upgrades; replacing the front stoop; and correcting stage issues.

 

UMASS Amherst Fine Arts Center, Amherst Interior of the Fine Arts Center at UMASS Amherst
Project: Theater Renovation
Grant:
$100,000

About the Facility: The Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst delivers inclusive arts programming and intercultural arts practices held in its 704-seat proscenium theater, the Bowker Auditorium.

About this Project: The Cultural Facilities
Fund awarded UMASS Amherst Fine Arts Center $100,000 to renovate its 704-seat proscenium theater, installing new seating, providing dressing rooms, wardrobe, green room, and storage space.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

Williamstown Theatre Foundation, Williamstown
Grant:
$8,750
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Williamstown Theatre Foundation $8,750 to conduct a search for a new scene shop and rehearsal space.

 

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