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CAPITAL GRANTS

Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg
Project: Renovations & Improvements to Museum Buildings
Grant: $140,000

About the Facility: The Fitchburg Art Mseum has over 20,000 square feet of exhibition space spread out over a four building complex. The museum features exhibitions from its art historical collections, as well as special loan exhibitions focused on regional contemporary art.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Fitchburg Art Museum $140,000 for repairs and improvements to its four building campus, including structural repairs and system upgrades.

 

Hopkinton Center for the Arts, Hopkinton
Project: Facility Renovation & Expansion
Grant: $450,000

About the Facility: The Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA) was formed from the partnership of two local cultural organizations: the Cultural Arts Alliance and Enter Stage Left Theater, who have undertaken a project to renovate town-owned barn into a community arts center.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Hopkinton Arts Center $450,000 to renovate and expand a 19th century dairy barn into an arts complex that will house gallery, classroom and performance spaces supporting both visual and performing arts.

 

Joy of Music Program, Worcester
Project: Recital Hall Expansion
Grant: $130,000

About the Facility: A former nursing home built in 1960, the Joy of Music Program’s facility is a one-story building that provides the school with program space including private lesson studios, large ensemble rooms, offices, and a recital hall. Rapidly increasing enrollment has caused the program to outgrow the recital hall in its current state.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Joy of Music Program $130,000 to expand the capacity of its recital hall, improve acoustics, and install an HVAC system.

 

Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, Worcester
Project: Systems Upgrades and Facility Renovation
Grant: $200,000

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 $200,000 to the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra so that it could upgrade systems within Tuckerman Hall and renovate the space to include a dressing room, adminstrative space, public restrooms, and updated service areas.

 

Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner
Project: Lighting System Upgrades
Grant: $30,000

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 $30,000 to Mount Wachusett Community College for lighting system upgrades at the Theater at the Mount.

 

Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge
Project: Facility Renovations & Upgrades
Grant: $60,000

About the Facility: Old Sturbridge Village is the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, with 59 original buildings brought to the museum site from towns throughout New England. The collections, exhibits, and programs present the story of everyday life in a small New England town from 1790 to 1840.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Old Sturbridge Village $60,000 to support its agenda to address a range of capital projects and maintenance needs among historic and non-historic buildings on the campus, including systems upgrades, landscaping, lighting upgrades, and roof repairs.

 

Preservation Worcester, Worcester
Project: Facility Restoration, Repairs, & Upgrades
Grant: $10,000

About the Facility: Preservation Worcester is headquartered at the Frank & Mabel Dean House, an American Foursquare structure built in 1901 and donated to the program in 1992. Renovated through a Massachusetts Preservation Project Fund grant, the structure is on the National Reigster of Historic Places, and is a model of adaptive reuse.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Preservation Worcester $10,000 for facility repairs and upgrades, including asbestos removal and installation of a dehumidication system.

 

The Stratton Players, Fitchburg
Project: Facility Renovation & Conversion
Grant: $200,000

About the Facility: Established in 1925, the Stratton Players is one of the oldest community theatre groups in the country, whose playhouse was lost to fire in 2011. In 2013, "Lucy's Barn", an 1880's era building, was donated to the players for conversion into a theater.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $200,000 to The Stratton Players for the renovation of Lucy's Barn into a theater.

 

Worcester County Mechanics Association, Worcester
Project: Systems Installation & Facility Renovations
Grant: $140,000

About the Facility: The Worcester County Mechanics Association preserves and maintains Mechanics Hall in Worcester as a community venue and performance space. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and has over 14,000 square feet of space accommodating events from 10 to 1600 people.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $140,000 to Worcester County Mechanics Association for design and installation of an exterior lighting system to Mechanics Hall, as well as lobby and restroom renovations.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

Fruitlands Museums, Harvard
Project: For development of a comprehensive facilities plan that incorporates strategic facility priorities from the organization's new strategic plan.
Grant: $30,000

Hillside Restoration Project, Boylston
Project: For development of a facilities plan to guide restoration of the John B. Gough Estate.
Grant: $22,000

Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester
Project: For planning and assessment of enhancing and relocating the New Street Glass Studio to the Sagamore Road Campus.
Grant: $30,000

 

SYSTEMS REPLACEMENT PLAN GRANTS

Fruitlands Museums, Harvard
Project: A 20-year capital needs assessment of the building and its mechanical systems.
Grant: $7,000

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Greater Boston

CAPITAL GRANTS

Artists for Humanity, South Boston
Project: Facility Expansion
Grant: $380,000

About the Facility: In September 2004, Arists for Humanity completed a 23,500 square foot youth arts facility known as the EpiCenter in Boston's Fort Point district. Having reached facility capacity with 250 teens employed annually, the organization is poised for expansion and development to continue serving its mission.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awared Artists for Humanity $380,000 to expand its facility to create a studio, gallery, retail store, café, and increase capacity to double youth engagement and employment in art and design.

 

Ballet Theatre of Boston, Cambridge
Project: Facility Expansion, Renovation, & System Installation
Grant: $130,000

About the Facility: Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre operates a school, a professional performing company, and community outreach programs in Harvard Square out of an American Gothic Revival style church built in 1870. The Ballet Theatre moved into this National Historic Landmark in July of 2000, and is in the midst of completing a three-phase renovation project.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Ballet Theatre of Boston $130,000 to install permanent stage lighting, expand dressing rooms and reception areas, and repair windows.

 

Boston Children's Museum, Boston
Project: Facility Repairs
Grant: $220,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Boston Children's Museum $220,000 to repoint and repair the east facing wall of its 140 year-old facility.

 

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston
Project: Facility Renovation
Grant: $400,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Boston Symphony Orchestra $400,000 to expand the chorus rehearsal room in Symphony Hall, and renovation plans will also include increased archive, food, and beverage space.

 

Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge
Project: Facility Renovation, Restoration, & Accessibility Upgrades
Grant: $220,000

About the Facility: The Cambridge Center for Adult Education is a community education center providing high-quality public programming to 20,000 participants annually. The center is housed in the Dexter Pratt House, built in 1811, and the William Brattle House, built in 1727. Both houses are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Cambridge Center for Adult Education $220,000 to upgrade 11 classrooms, three art studios, two theaters, and exhibition space, as well as improve wheelchair accessibility and preserve the exterior of the historic William Brattle House.

 

Citi Performing Arts Center, Boston
Project: Systems Upgrades
Grant: $360,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Citi Performing Arts Center $360,000 for the installation of new sound systems in the Wang and Schubert Theatres.

 

Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation, Brookline
Project: Facility Expansion & Accessibility Upgrades
Grant: $90,000

About the Facility: Coolidge Corner Theatre is housed in a 1906 Romanesque revival structure, formerly used as a church and renovated into an Art Deco theater. After being put up for sale in 1988 in the face of significant multiplex competition, the facility was saved by a grassroots community campaign and a benefactor who purchased the building and established the nonprofit organization to operate the movie house.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation $90,000 for facility expansion that will include a new screening room, elevator, loading zone, and family restrooms, as well as improve lobby accommodations, handicapped accessibility, and exterior lighting.

 

The Dance Complex, Cambridge
Project: Facility Renovation
Grant: $20,000

About the Facility: The Dance Complex was created to rescue the historic Odd Fellows Hall in Central Square and secure it for the dance community. Today, it offers classes, workshops and concerts in its studios and black box performance space, the Julie Ince Thompson Theater.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Dance Complex $20,000 for conversion of a street level storefront into a mutli-functional dance studio.

 

Gore Place Society, Waltham
Project: Facility Expansion
Grant: $200,000

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 Society $200,000 to build a service addition building with kitchen, restrooms, and program storage.

 

Huntington Theatre Company, Boston
Project: Systems Upgrades
Grant: $80,000

About the Facility: Huntington Theatre Company opened the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts in 2004. Serving as its second stage for both new and more intimate works, the 31,465 square foot performance facility includes rehearsal space, the 370 seat Virginia Wimberly Theatre, and a 200 seat black box studio theatre.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Huntington Theatre Company $80,000 for systems upgrades including energy-efficiency improvements, technical upgrades, and production equipment replacement.

 

The Hyde Square Task Force, Jamaica Plain
Project: Facility Renovation & System Upgrades
Grant: $270,000

About the Facility: A former Catholic grammar school, the 1920's era Cheverus School sits in the heart of the Hyde Square neighborhood of Jamaica Plain. Hyde Square Task Force acquired the building in 2010, and is in the process of completing renovations for the three floor 16,000 square foot space.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $270,000 to The Hyde Square Task Force for renovations that will increase program space as well as improve accessibility and upgrade life safety systems.

 

Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Boston
Project: Systems Upgrades, Facility Planning, & Renovation
Grant: $120,000

About the Facility: The Villa Victoria Center for the Arts at Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) is dedicated to promoting contemporary and traditional Latino art, including dance, music, poetry, theater, and visual art. The center includes the 450-seat Jorge Hernandez performance hall, a gallery, classrooms, and an outdoor amphitheater.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción $120, 000 to install a new sound system and exterior lighting, as well as investigate envelope repair, and renovate the facility's catering kitchen.

 

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Project: Facility Enhancements & Equipment Installation
Grant: $90,000

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 The Institute of Contemporary Art $90,000 for improvements to its theater space, energy efficiency and security systems upgrades, and repairs to the facility envelope.

 

Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, Boston
Project: Integrated Systems Improvements
Grant: $200,000

About the Facility: The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway is a lunch spot, urban garden, neighborhood hub, international art venue, and economic engine for the city of Boston. There are distinct parks located in the North End, Wharf District, Fort Point Channel, Dewey Square, and Chinatown. The Greenway covers 1.5 miles in the city of Boston where Interstate 93 ran before being rerouted underground during the Big Dig.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy $200,000 for various capital improvement projects in the North End Park that will repair or replace integrated systems and features within the park.

 

Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, Newton
Project: Theatre & System Upgrades
Grant: $150,000

About the Facility: The Jewish Community Centers Center for the Arts houses a 7,500 square foot auditorium constructed in the mid-1980's. It is a component of the Community Services building that supports cultural and education programs accessible to the community.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center $150,000 for upgrades to theatre seating and technical equipment.

 

Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Boston
Project: Systems Repair & Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Grant: $20,000

About the Facility: Each year, the Lyric Stage presents seven full-scale professional theater productions in its 240-seat, YWCA-owned facility. The building, originally constructed in 1926, has protected historical architectural status, although this does not apply to the theatre itself. In 1991, the Lyric Stage raised approximately $1 million to renovate an auditorium space into a functional theatre, and opened its doors to the public at this location in 1992.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Lyric Stage Company $20,000 for a new HVAC system and interior ductwork to improve energy efficiency and theatre environment.

 

MIT Museum, Cambridge
Project: Facility Renovation
Grant: $500,000

About the Facility: The MIT Museum is housed in two buildings dating to the early-mid 20th century. The museum first occupied space in these buildings in 1973, and with MIT the museum has been been engaged in a phased renewal of facilities over the last nine years.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $500,000 to MIT Museum for renovation of the museum's second floor that will create increased programming and collections space, as well as meeting and office spaces.

 

Mother Brook Arts and Community Center, Dedham
Project: HVAC Installation
Grant: $210,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Mother Brook Community Arts Center $210,000 to replace its current heating system with a multi-zone HVAC system as part of a building renovation to create a community arts center.

 

The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge
Project: Restoration & Repair of Gateway
Grant: $130,000

About the Facility: The Egyptian Revival Gatehouse is the most widely recognized symbol of Mount Auburn Cemetery. Originally constructed from wood in 1832, it was re-built of granite in 1842. The cemetery's cast iron fence was constructed three years later and replaced the original wooden fence surrounding the grounds.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery $130,000 to restore and repair the gatehouse and cast iron fence.

 

Mudflat Pottery School, Somerville
Project: Facility Renovation & Expansion
Grant: $7,500

About the Facility: Mudflat Pottery School has resided in what was formerly the Broadway Theatre in East Somerville since 2011, following a complete renovation to create studio, classroom, office and exhibition space. While Mudflat occupies 16,000 square feet of space, the building also contains two additional storefront areas.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Mudflat Pottery School $7,500 for the renovation of one of the storefront spaces that will create six additional studios for clay artists.

 

Museum of African American History, Boston
Project: Foundation Repair
Grant: $140,000

About the Facility: With four historic sites and two Black Heritage Trails® in Boston and Nantucket, the Museum of African American History tells the story of organized black communities from the Colonial Period through the 19th century. One of these sites, the Abiel Smith School located on Beacon Hill, is used for Museum edication programs, rotating exhibits, adminstrative office space, and the Museum Store.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Museum of African American History $140,000 for repointing and repairs to the Abiel Smith School foundation.

 

Museum of Science, Boston
Project: Life Safety Systems Upgrades
Grant: $250,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Museum of Science $250,000 for installation of sprinkler components and emergency power feeds in the Blue Wing of the museum.

 

New England Aquarium, Boston
Project: Exhibit Bay Renovation
Grant: $300,000

About the Facility: The New England Aquarium opened in 1969 on Boston's Central Wharf. In addition to the 200,000 gallon cylindrical Giant Ocean Tank (GOT) housing more than 600 animals, the aquarium maintains tanks of various sizes creating exhibit galleries arranged on four levels surrounding the GOT.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded New England Aquarium $300,000 for the renovation of six exhibit bays, which will include repairs for structural integrity, upgrades to life support systems, redesign of habitats, and enchanced education features.

 

Somerville Museum, Somerville
Project: Accessibility Improvements
Grant: $40,000

About the Facility: The Somerville Museum was originally the home of the Someville Historical Society, in a building constructed during the first third of the 20th century. It is a Federal Style building and part of the Westwood Road Historic District in Somerville; it is also listed on the Massachusetts Historic Register and the National Register of Historic Places.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Somerville Museum $40,000 to implement accessibility improvements to the egress, reception area, galleries, and restrooms.

 

USS Constitution Museum, Boston
Project: Upgrades to Theater & Integrated Systems
Grant: $70,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded USS Constitution Museum $70,000 for a renovation of its theater including upgraded sound, projection, lighting, and climate control systems.

 

Wheelock College, Boston
Project: Theatre Improvements
Grant: $100,000

About the Facility: The Wheelock Family Theatre is an 8,500 square foot space housing the Lucy Wheelock Auditorium which seats 650 patrons, complete with backstage, lobby, and restroom facilities.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Wheelock College $100,000 for improvements to the Wheelock Family Theatre, including new audience seating and state of the art lighting systems.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

Architectural Heritage Foundation, Boston
Project: To plan the adaptive re-use of Worcester Memorial Auditorium as a shared cultural facility for several cultural institutions.
Grant: $30,000

The Dance Complex, Cambridge
Project: To research comprehensive upgrades to the studio theatre and adjacent areas to best-support programming.
Grant: $8,000

FABLabs for America, Boston
Project: To explore options of a phased development strategy to transform vacant buildings in to a DREAM Factory (Democratizing Relevant Education & Access Mandate) and community innovation hub.
Grant: $30,000

Captain Robert Bennet Forbes House, Milton
Project: For a full building assessment with the intention of restoring Forbes House Museum.
Grant: $28,000

Huntington Theatre Company, Boston
Project: To investigate impact on operations from a major renovation to the Boston University Theatre complex.
Grant: $30,000

Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston
Project: To devise an architectural plan for the expansion of the Massachusetts Historical Society's facilities.
Grant: $30,000

 

SYSTEMS REPLACEMENT PLAN GRANTS

Citi Performing Arts Center, Boston
Project: A 20-year capital needs assessment of the building and its mechanical systems.
Grant: $7,000

Friends of Fenway Studios, Inc., Boston
Project: A 20-year capital needs assessment of the building and its mechanical systems.
Grant: $7,000

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

Puppet Showplace, Inc., Brookline
Project: A 20-year capital needs assessment of the building and its mechanical systems.
Grant: $7,000

 

 

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Metrowest

CAPITAL GRANTS

The Center for the Arts in Natick, Natick
Project: Second Floor Renovation
Grant: $180,000

About the Facility: The Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN) is located in the historic Natick Central Firehouse, constructed in 1875. Having completed a $2.4m restoration following acquisition of the building in 2001, it now serves as a multi-functional arts center for the greater community.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Center for the Arts in Natick $180,000 to renovate the second floor of its existing building into a second performance space.

 

DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln
Project: Facility Renovation
Grant: $100,000

About the Facility: DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is located on the former estate of Julian deCordova who donated his property to the town of Lincoln, MA with the stipulation that it become a public museum of art following his death. In 1949, the mansion was renovated into a multi-purpose art center, and the Sculpture Park was created in 1988. Museum expansion and upgrades, save the Carriage House, were completed in 1998.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum $100,000 for Phase 1 of its 2020 Master Plan that incorporates consolidating staff offices and relocating the museum café for year-round accessibility.

 

Lexington Historical Society, Lexington
Project: Historic Preservation, Accessibility & Systems Upgrades
Grant: $80,000

About the Facility: Buckman Tavern, under the care of the Lexington Historical Society since 1914, is an iconic building in American history, as it was the gathering place of the Lexington militia before the Battle of Lexington in 1775. The tavern is a National Historic Landmark.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Lexington Historical Society $80,000 for accessibility improvements, and life safety and systems upgrades.

 

Massachusetts Audubon Society, Lincoln
Project: Exhibit Structure Upgrades
Grant: $80,000

About the Facility: Drumlin Farm, under the care of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, is a wildlife sanctuary and working farm. The farm maintains a number of exhibit areas housing a wide variety of animals for visitors to view.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Massachusetts Audubon Society $80,000 to replace and upgrade components of three exhibition structures on Drumlin Farm.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

The Concord Conservatory of Music, Concord
Project: For a capital campaign feasibility study to support and guide pre-implementation planning for a strategic move to a new facility.
Grant: $9,000

Concord Museum, Concord
Project: For a capital campaign feasibility study in regard to implementing the museum's Campus Master Plan.
Grant: $30,000

Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham
Project: For a multi-faceted planning study that will inform space, business, and fundraising planning for renovation of the historic Jonathan Maynard building as the new home for Danforth Art Museum and School.
Grant: $30,000

Performing Arts Center of Metrowest, Framingham
Project: For a facility needs assessment.
Grant: $15,000

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Northeast

CAPITAL GRANTS

The Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport
Project: Renovation/Repair & System Upgrades
Grant: $140,000

About the Facility: The Firehouse Center for the Arts operates in a historic Federalist Style brick building initially constructed in 1823 and renovated to its current use in 1990. It houses the 191 seat Arakelian theater, and a box office which was constructed in 2011.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Firehouse Center for the Arts $140,000 for efforts to address significant renovation/repair needs and technical upgrades as identified in a recently completed Systems Replacement Plan.

 

Gloucester Adventure, Gloucester
Project: Restoration of Below Decks
Grant: $40,000

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 milllion 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 $40,000 for its efforts to restore spaces below decks to their original configuration so that the ship can be used as a community landmark, museum, and classroom.

 

Historic New England, Haverhill
Project: Improving Storage Conditions & Building Envelope
Grant: $210,000

About the Facility: Historic New England's Haverhill Facility, historically known as the Lang building, is a former shoe factory built in 1912 as a pair of eight story structures in Haverhill. The building serves as collections storage for 65,000 decorative and fine art objects, and approximately 150,000 archival items. It also houses the conservation lab and some staff offices for HNE.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Historic New England $210,000 to replace and upgrade various components of the facility including window replacement, electrical, lighting, and life safety updates; and external concrete repair.

 

Marblehead Little Theatre, Marblehead
Project: Lighting System Upgrade
Grant: $9,500

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 the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Marblehead Little Theatre $9,500 to assist with the purchase and installation of a new lighting system.

 

Northeast Document Conservation Center, Andover
Project: Acquisition
Grant: $470,000

About the Facility: The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) is a paper/book conservation laboratory, digital imaging studio, and preservation training center for collections-holding institutions in Massachusetts. It is currently planning to move from a leased space into a self-owned facility.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Northeast Document Conservation Center $470,000 for its acquisition of a 33,000 square foot building that was built originally as a supermarket and was converted into a research and development space in the mid-1990's.

 

Ocean Alliance, Gloucester
Project: Restoration & Renovation
Grant: $70,000

About the Facility: The Tarr & Wonson Paint Factory was constructed in the late 19th century. At one time the facility included seven different buildings, which were abandoned from 1980 until the sale of the property to Ocean Alliance in 2008.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Ocean Alliance $70,000 to support its plans to restore and repurpose the Tarr & Wonson Paint Factory as an oceanographic research, education, and cultural center.

 

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem
Project: Integrated Equipment Installation/Accessibility Upgrade
Grant: $40,000

About the Facility: Opening in 2003, the newest Peabody Essex Museum building is a 200,000 square foot building containing guest services, nine galleries, and a 193 seat theater.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Peabody Essex Museum $40,000 for the installation of power operators on eight sets of gallery doors in order to make them more physically accessible.

 

Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester
Project: Renovations & Systems Upgrades
Grant: $30,000

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 $30,000 for upgrades to the HVAC system, reconstruction of the rear deck, installation of drainage systems, and build-out of kitchen and office space.

 

City of Salem, Salem
Project: Window Restoration
Grant: $20,000

About the Facility: Old Town Hall is the earliest surviving municipal structure in Salem, dating to 1816. A Federal Style brick building, the second floor of the building has been used as a public hall since its construction. The space currently includes a stage and moveable wooden seating, and hosts cultural events.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the City of Salem $20,000 to support its restoration of all original historic windows in Old Town Hall.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

Greater Haverhill Community Arts and Education Foundation, Haverhill
Project: For the feasibility of acquiring and renovating Cogswell School, a vacant municipal building, into a community art center.
Grant: $9,000

Town of Hamilton, Hamilton
Project: To determine whether a nonprofit should be established to manage the town-owned Patton Homstead, a gift from Joanne Holbrook Patton, widow of Major General George Patton and daughter-in-law of WWII General George Patton.
Grant: $7,000

Windhover Performing Arts Center, Rockport
Project: For the design and plans to link two exisiting buildings and convert them into a state of the art indoor performance space for dance.
Grant: $30,000

 

SYSTEMS REPLACEMENT PLAN GRANTS

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

Windhover Performing Arts Center, Rockport
Project: A 20-year capital needs assessment of the building and its mechanical systems.
Grant: $7,000

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Southeast

CAPITAL GRANTS

Cape Cod Modern House Trust, South Wellfleet
Project: Restoration/Renovation of the Weidlinger House
Grant: $30,000

About the Facility: The Weidlinger House is a 3-D structural diagram designed by famed architect Paul Weidlinger. It is an example of the Modern Architecture movement, constructed in the early 1950s. The three bed, one bath single family home stands 12 feet off the ground on one end, and has an open and expansive living space.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Cape Cod Modern House Trust $30,000 for its renovation and restoration of the Weidlinger House in Wellfleet, MA.

 

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth
Project: Education Wing Construction
Grant: $140,000

About the Facility: The Education Wing is an historically and environmentally sensitive wood-frame, cedar shingled structure that resembles The Owl Club (a former men's club) that once stood in its place. It has three levels and a sculpture garden, and is located within Yarmouth's historic district.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Cultural Center of Cape Cod $140,000 for phases two and three of a three phase construction project to build an education wing. Phases two and three include interior construction and integrated systems installation.

 

Falmouth Historical Society, Falmouth
Project: Historic Renovation, Preservation, & Systems Upgrades
Grant: $250,000

About the Facility: The Reverend Samuel Palmer-Conant house is one of the oldest structures in Falmouth, dating back to circa 1730. Since 1966 the house has been used for Historical Society operations, including exhibition, office, research, and archival storage purposes.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Falmouth Historical Society $250,000 for restoration and historic preservation of the Conant House. Scope of work includes a new foundation, façade improvements, a new roof, and upgrades to integrated systems including HVAC, plumbing, and electrical.

 

Greater Plymouth Performing Arts Center, Plymouth
Project: Accessibility Improvements & Systems Upgrades
Grant: $160,000

About the Facility: The Greater Plymouth Performing Arts Center is renovating the Spire Center, an 1886 Methodist church with an audience capacity of 250, into a community art center.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Greater Plymouth Performing Arts Center $160,000 for its work in restoring the Spire Center into a performance hall. Funds will go towards installation of a new sound and lighting system, as well as improvements to life safety and accessibility components in the building.

 

Massachusetts Archaeological Society, Middleborough
Project: Renovation/Repair
Grant: $10,000

About the Facility: The Robbins Museum is located near Middleborough center in a two story building constructed in 1910. The Massachusetts Archaeological Society has had the building since the late 1980's, which currently has 4,500 square feet of exhibition space within the 21,000 square foot facility.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Massachusetts Archaeological Society $10,000 to assist with its multi-phase process to restore the building, This phase includes repair/replacement of windows, gutters, downspouts, siding, and exterior doors.

 

New Bedford Port Society, New Bedford
Project: Historic Restoration & Repair
Grant: $440,000

About the Facility: The New Bedford Port Society maintains the historic Seamen's Bethel and Mariners' Home located on the top of Johnny Cake Hill in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. The Seaman's bethel has served the maritime community for over 175 years and tells the story of New Bedford's whaling history through its current fishing history, while the Mariner's home was formerly the mansion of William Rotch, Jr., constructed in 1787 and presented to the Ladies Branch of the New Bedford Port Society by Sarah Rotch Arnold, daughter of William Rotch Jr., in 1851.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the New Bedford Port Society $440,000 for its efforts to restore and provide accessibility to the historic Seamen's Bethel and Mariners' Home to be developed into a Fishing Heritage Center.

 

New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford
Project: Educational Center & Research Library Construction
Grant: $500,000

About the Facility: The construction project will create a 17,000 square foot, four-story Education Center and Research Library addition, contiguous to the Museum's National Register complex on Johnny Cake Hill in New Bedford. The modern addition will greatly enhance public access to the New Bedford Whaling Museum's resources: collections, library, staff, and the programming those resources make possible.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the New Bedford Whaling Museum $500,000 for the construction of its new Education Center and Research Library, which will meet expanding programming needs and consolidate museum holdings onto one campus.

 

Provincetown Theater Foundation, Provincetown
Project: Seating Risers & Space Construction
Grant: $130,000

About the Facility: The Provincetown Theater has been converted from a barn, to car dealership, to the Provincetown Mechanics Buidling, to the Provincetown Theater. Scaling back plans following 9/11, the theater has a current capacity of 92, and set pieces are stored in rental storage bins outside of the facility withouth climate control.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund has awarded Provincetown Theater Foundation $130,000 to purchase new seating risers and double seating capacity, as well as build a storage/scene shop addition and new technical booth.

 

Rehoboth Antiquarian Society, Rehoboth
Project: Accessibility Improvements
Grant: $70,000

About the Facility: The existing Goff Memorial Hall was built in 1915 after a fire had completely destroyed the previous all wood building on the same site. It has been used as a museum, library, school, and town hall.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society $70,000 for the installation of two accessible restrooms on the main floor of Goff Memorial Hall.

 

Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, New Bedford
Project: Historic Preservation & Restoration
Grant: $30,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum $30,000 for immediate and longterm preservation and restoration including painting interior and exterior areas, repairing the front entryway, and stonework on the terrace.

 

Scituate Arts Association, Scituate
Project: Historic Preservation & Accessibility Upgrades
Grant: $20,000

About the Facility: The Bailey-Ellis House is an example of Victorian residential architecture, originally part of a large country estate owned and occupied by a local family in Scituate for nearly a century.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Scituate Arts Association $20,000 for its efforts to secure the building envelope, improve run-off and site drainage, as well as add accessibility features to the first floor of the house.

 

Sturgis Library, Barnstable
Project: Renovation & Systems Upgrades
Grant: $120,000

About the Facility: The original portion of Sturgis Library was built in 1644 as a meetinghouse, and was a traditional half-cape. It opened as a public library in 1867, and has had four major additions to the building since that date.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Sturgis Library $120,000 for replacement of its HVAC system, construction of a new, secure, climate-controlled space for archive storage, and renovation of the basement area.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

Academy Playhouse, Orleans
Project: For determining whether to entirely, partially, or minimally renovate its current facility, or to build a new structure in downtown Orleans.
Grant: $22,000

Cape Cod Art Association, Barnstable
Project: For engineering and design services to add an additional 4,000 square feet of studio, gallery, and storage space.
Grant: $27,000

Cape Cod Center for the Arts, Dennis
Project: For structural and architectural evaluations for renovation and repair of 19th Century “Cape Playhouse” theater as well as evaluation of eight other support buildings as part of comprehensive facility plan.
Grant: $25,000

Cape Cod Repertory Theatre, Brewster
Project: For capital planning that includes the expansion of the indoor theater's lobby and the addition of administrative offices in that same building as well as the rehabilitation and renovation of the historic Crosby Barn.
Grant: $15,000

Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cotuit
Project: For the development of a Facilities Master Plan that will analyze the feasibility of a renovation to the existing property to better serve patrons.
Grant: $30,000

General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth
Project: For the preparation of an Historic Structures report for the Mayflower Society House (built 1754) in order to facilitate its rehabilitation and future use.
Grant: $20,000

Harwich Junior Theatre, West Harwich
Project: For a structural engineer, architectural study, and preliminary drawings for renovation of Harwich Junior Theatre's Division Street building.
Grant: $9,000

Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich
Project: For the completion of architectural planning and feasibility work to implement Phase 1 of Heritage Museums & Gardens' Master Plan.
Grant: $30,000

Lloyd Center for the Environment, South Dartmouth
Project: For a comprehensive facilities expansion and capital campaign plan to support three construction phases of a new regional Biodiveristy Learning Center.
Grant: $30,000

Lower Cape Communications - WOMR, Provincetown
Project: For development of a systems replacement and facilities master plan as well as a capital campiagn feasibility study, schematics, and market analysis of the community space's cultural value.
Grant: $25,000

Mansfield Music and Arts Society, Mansfield
Project: For a capital campaign feasibility study.
Grant: $9,000

Ocean Side Performance Center, Hyannis
Project: To determine the feasibility of establishing a performing arts center that would feature symphonic orchestra concerts, ballet, live theater, art exhibits, and serve as an education facility for the performing arts on Cape Cod.
Grant: $30,000

Friends of the State Theatre, Stoughton
Project: For planning development to restore and revitalize an historic 1926 facility in order to reestablish the theatre as the community's cultural center in downtown Stoughton.
Grant: $30,000

Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro
Project: For an acquisition feasibility study of Edgewood Farm in Truro, MA for the purposes of developing a residency program.
Grant: $30,000

USS Massachusetts Memorial Committee, Fall River
Project: To determine feasibility of a new building project in advance of a major rebuilding to create a new museum standard facility.
Grant: $30,000

The Yard, Chilmark
Project: For completion of The Yard's Master Plan and schematic designs for campus facility renovations and expansion.
Grant: $30,000

Your Theatre, New Bedford
Project: To study the feasibility of acquisition, restoration, and reuse of the historic First Baptist Church in downtown New Bedford for a permanent theatre and offices via an architectural theatre study and business plan.
Grant: $20,000

 

SYSTEMS REPLACEMENT PLAN GRANTS

Cape Cod Center for the Arts, Dennis
Projects: A 20-year capital needs assessment of the building and its mechanical systems.
Grant: $7,000

Gallery X, New Bedford
Projects: A 20-year capital needs assessment of the building and its mechanical systems.
Grant: $7,000

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CAPITAL GRANTS

Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield
Project: Renovation & Energy Efficiency Improvements
Grant: $180,000

About the Facility: Located three blocks from Barrington Stage Company's Mainstage, the Blatt Center is a two story brick building constructed in 1972. It includes a 110 seat black box theatre, box office, rehearsal rooms and office space, and sits within the Upstreet Cultural District in Pittsfield.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Barrington Stage Company $180,000 for accessibility upgrades, installation of a fire suppression and new HVAC system, seating capacity expansion, and roof replacement.

 

The Bidwell House, Monterey
Project: Roof Replacement
Grant: $30,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Bidwell House $30,000 for construction of a new roof that will use design, materials, and workmanship sensitive to the historic structure.

 

Chesterwood Museum and Estate, Stockbridge
Project: Rehabilitation & Repurposing
Grant: $190,000

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 the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Chesterwood Museum and Estate $190,000 for the rehabilitation of the residence and conversion from museum to inhabitable space for artist residencies.

 

Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
Project: Renovation & Systems Upgrades
Grant: $600,000

About the Facility: The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, located on a 140-acre campus in the Berkshires, is both an art museum and a center for research and higher education. The new Clark campus will assert the primacy of the Museum, with 18,500 square feet of gallery space, as the central experience of visiting the Institute, complemented and enriched by the new Visitor, Exhibition, and Conference Center, the renovated Manton Research Center, and the newly configured landscape.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute $600,000 for the final phase of its campus expansion plan, which is a complete renovation of the 1973 Manton Research Center, resulting in renovated galleries, new public reading room, and upgraded life safety and HVAC systems.

 

The Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst
Project: Life Safety & HVAC Installation, Envelope Repair
Grant: $380,000

About the Facility: The Emily Dickinson Museum maintains two historic houses on a three acre-site in the center of Amherst, the homes of poet Emily Dickinson and members of her family from 1813 to 1943. The homestead, the first brick house in Amherst, was built circa 1813. The Evergreens, located next door to the homestead, was built in 1855, and today is furnished solely with Dickinson family furniture, art, household trappings and decor from the 19th century.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Emily Dickinson Museum $380,000 for the installation of fire suppression and HVAC systems, as well as for work to the building envelopes.

 

Double Edge Theatre Productions, Ashfield
Project: Hay Barn Renovation & Storage Unit Construction
Grant: $40,000

About the Facility: The Hay Barn is a post and beam barn dating back to 1825, and for the past 20 years has been used primarily as a storage facility.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Double Edge Theatre Productions $40,000 for its efforts to restore the Hay Barn into a multi-purpose facility with a scene shop, design studios, production offices and storage areas, as well as construction of an isolated storage unit.

 

Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield
Project: Exterior Restoration, Roofing, & Accessibility Upgrades
Grant: $80,000

About the Facility: Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum and working farm complex with 20 historic structures on the property, originally built as part of a Shaker settlement in the late eighteenth to mid-nineteenth centuries. A community group purchased the village from the Shakers in 1960 with the intention of turning it into a museum.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Hancock Shaker Village $80,000 for exterior restoration of nine existing Shaker buildings and one visitor center structure. In addition, one building will receive a new roof, and another will have accessiblity upgrades implemented.

 

Historic Deerfield, Inc., Deerfield
Project: Accessibility Upgrades & Historic Renovation
Grant: $30,000

About the Facility: Historic Deerfield owns 11 historic houses built between 1730 and 1850, as well as the Flynt Center of Early New England Life, built in 1998 to house the museum's growing collection, a research library, an historic school house, visitors center, meeting space, gift store, the Deerfield Inn, and historic Barnard Tavern.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Historic Deerfield $30,000 to complete the renovation of Barnard Tavern, including roof replacement, siding repair, decorative painting, ADA upgrades, and building systems installation.

 

The Hitchcock Center, Amherst
Project: New Construction/Expansion
Grant: $600,000

About the Facility: The Hitchcock Center is currently located in a former carriage house that, through various additions and space adaptations, has been home to the center for 40 years. The center has recently identified a need for a new facility given incease in programs, demand for services, and the current facility's capacity.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Hitchcock Center $600,000 for its construction of the first environmental education center in New England to meet the Living Building Challenge, which is the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment. The proposed 8,500 square foot facility will enable significant expansion of programming, which is currently in high demand.

 

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Becket
Project: Archive Expansion, Energy Efficiency Upgrades, & Accessibility Improvements
Grant: $130,000

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 the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Jacob's Pillow $130,000 to enhance energy efficiency and improve wheelchair accessibility of the site.

 

Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, Holyoke
Project: Pre-construction & Design Development for Renovation
Grant: $260,000

About the Facility: The Victory Theatre, built in 1919, is located in downtown Holyoke and seats 1600. The facility has been boarded up since 1979; MIFA purchased the building in 2009 and embarked on interim preventive repairs preparatory to a full reconstruction and restoration.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts $260,000 for the final phase of pre-construction before renovation, restoration and reopening of the Victory Theatre.

 

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams
Project: Structural Repairs & HVAC Upgrades
Grant: $90,000

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 cafe, support spaces and commercial space.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art $90,000 for roof and elevator repairs, floor refinishing, and upgrades to HVAC and life safety systems.

 

Friends of Wilson McLaughlin House, Monterey
Project: Community Center Renovation
Grant: $40,000

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 the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $40,000 to the Friends of the Wilson McLaughlin House to support renovation efforts to create a Monterey Community Center to enhance cultural and artistic experiences in Monterey.

 

The National Yiddish Book Center, Amherst
Project: Acoustic & Landscape Improvements
Grant: $40,000

About the Facility: The National Yiddish Book Center, a secular nonprofit, celebrates Yiddish literature and modern Yiddish culture through its exhibitions, galleries, libraries, theater and bookstore. In 2009, the center expanded to meet growing programming demands, and added the Kaplen Family Building, which is seamlessly connected to the original structure.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the National Yiddish Book Center $40,000 for acoustical improvements to the performance hall, repaving of the parking area, and upgrades to outdoor facilities.

 

New England Public Radio Foundation, Amherst
Project: Fixed/Integrated Equipment Installation
Grant: $110,000

About the Facility: In 2012, New England Public Radio purchased part of an historic building in downtown Springfield with the intention of relocating the main operations of NEPR. The completed facility will include four radio production suites, a technical operations center, office space, meeting rooms, and a Community Room for public events.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded New England Public Radio $110,000 for the purchase and installation of fixed and integrated equipment for its new headquarters in Springfield, a range of audio, broadcast, satellite, and fiber optics equipment.

 

New Marlborough Village Association, Great Barrington
Project: Aesthetic Improvements & Renovation
Grant: $60,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the New Marlborough Village Association $60,000 to paint the exterior and interior of the Meeting House, as well as insulate and soundproof the gallery, renovate storage areas, and deepen the curtain drain to protect the facility's foundation.

 

Northampton Community Arts Trust, Northampton
Project: Facility Renovation & Conversion
Grant: $140,000

About the Facility: The Northampton Community Arts Trust recently purchased property at 33 Hawley Street, which has had many iterations as a lumberyard, fitness center, daycare center and children's recreational facility. The goal of the NCAT is to renovate the 25,000 square foot facility as a cultural center, complete with a black box theater, dance studio, community space for exhibitions, and rehearsal/classroom space.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Northampton Community Arts Trust $140,000 for Phase 1 of its renovation of 33 Hawley St. Phase 1 will include installing wall and roof insulation, an HVAC upgrade, classroom, office space, bathroom, and rehearsal room renovations; window replacement; and construction of a catering kitchen and the shell of the black box theater within the building.

 

Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, Hadley
Project: Fixed Landscape & Building Repairs
Grant: $10,000

About the Facility: The 1752 historic Porter-Phelps-Huntington house was listed on the National Register in 1973 and has been open to the public since 1949. It is surrounded by six acres of landscaped property including the historic North Garden, the 1930 Sunken Garden created when the 1782 Great Barn was removed to Hadley Center to become the Farm Museum, and over 21 acres of agricultural land running along the Connecticut River.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum $10,000 for its efforts to restore the historic North Garden and 1930 Sunken Garden in addition to repairs to the base and surface of the driveway, woodshed sill and decking, garage doors, and Carriage House bathroom.

 

The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge
Project: System Upgrades & Storage Expansion
Grant: $150,000

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 the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Norman Rockwell Museum $150,000 for its efforts to install a new security and ADA parking spaces, upgrade plumbing and electrical systems, and the construction of storage areas.

 

Shakespeare & Company, Lenox
Project: Outdoor Education Space Creation & Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Grant: $290,000

About the Facility: One of the largest Shakespeare performance centers in the country, Shakespeare & Co. sits on a 30-acre site that once housed a boarding school. Since 2000, Shakespeare & Co. has converted buildings on the site, creating the 428-seat Founders' Theatre, the 250-seat outdoor Rose Footprint Theatre, housing facilities, classroom space and support spaces.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Shakespeare & Co. $290,000 for Phase 1 of its campus-wide facilities initiative, which includes replacing unused buildings with outdoor education spaces, improving energy efficiency of remaining buildings, and securing historic St. Martin's Hall for future use as a campus center.

 

The Springfield Museums, Springfield
Project: Restoration & Systems Upgrades
Grant: $120,000

About the Facility: The William Pynchon Memorial Building, constructed in 1927, is a Georgian Colonial Revival style building originally constructed for the extensive collections of the Connecticut Valley Historical Society. Upon renovation, the building will be home to a literacy-cased interactive exhibition called "The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss."

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Springfield Museums $120,000 for renovation of the William Pynchon Building. Funds will support envelope restoration and repair, as well as HVAC and electrical systems upgrades.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

The Berkshire Historical Society, Pittsfield
Project: For needs assessment study and investigation for appropriate spaces to preserve, make accessible and store the Berkshire Historical Society's 7,000 artifacts.
Grant: $24,000

The Berkshire Theatre Group, Stockbridge
Project: To investigate feasibility of converting an empty 12,500 square foot warehouse into the Berkshire Theatre Children's Performing Arts Center.
Grant: $30,000

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst
Project: For the development of a facilities Master Plan and fundraising plan.
Grant: $29,000

Images Cinema Williamstown,
Project: To research feasibility and impact of adding a second screen to the cinema.
Grant: $6,000

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Inc., Becket
Project: For the preparation of architectural plans, site and code review, capital campaign preparation, and operations impact of a new dance studio to benefit community and professional education programs.
Grant: $30,000

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