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

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the American Antiquarian Society $116,000 to renovate its book and paper conservation lab, including upgrading equipment and expanding the existing space.

 

American Antiquarian Society, Worcester
Regent Street House Renovation
Grant: $293,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the American Antiquarian Society $293,000 to renovate and reconfigure the Regent Street residence that is currently used as administrative offices to provide housing for visiting fellows. As part of the project, a historic porch that was previously removed will be replaced, restoring the character of the building.

 

Apple Tree Arts , GraftonExterior of Grafton Town House
Restoration of the Grafton Town House
Grant: $250,000

About the Facility: Apple Tree Arts is a community school for the arts that provides high quality music and theatre arts programming to individuals located in the Blackstone and Assabet Valleys.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Apple Tree Arts $250,000 to restore the historic Grafton Town House's second and third floors, which will serve as the organization's base of operations and provide a venue for community performances.

 

City of Worcester, WorcesterInstitute Park
Institute Park Gazebo
Grant: $63,000

About the Facility: The City of Worcester is currently undertaking the revitalization of Institute Park, a community resource located at the headwaters of the Blackstone River Corridor. The park hosts summer concerts and civic gatherings attended by thousands of residents from Worcester and surrounding towns.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the City of Worcester $63,000 to construct a small performance gazebo which will serve as a venue for a variety of outdoor performances and festivals.

 

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

About the Facility: EcoTarium is one of the country's oldest natural history organizations, and offers indoor and outdoor exhibits, planetarium shows and educational programs. Since 1971, the facilities have been powered on site by a co-generation power plant that has become dated and unreliable.

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

 

EcoTarium, Worcester
Energy Efficiency Improvements
Grant: $51,917

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 by a co-generation plant which was leading technology 37 years ago but today has become dated and unreliable.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $51,917 to help EcoTarium complete a two-phase plan to update and replace its heating and energy systems. This project will help the organization reduce the operating costs of its 60,000-square-feet facility.

 

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.

 

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

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

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

 

Fitchburg Historical Society, FitchburgExterior view of the Phoenix Building
Phoenix Building Accessibility
Grant: $106,800

About the Facility: In 2003, the Fitchburg Historical Society purchased the distinctive late 19th century Phoenix Building. The building needs a number of improvements to enable its adaptive reuse by the Society, including accessibility and fire suppression upgrades.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Fitchburg Historical Society $106,800 for phase one of a two-phase project to allow occupancy in the Phoenix Building. Phase one will consist of the construction of an elevator and staircase to allow for greater accessibility.

 

Fitchburg Historical Society, Fitchburg
Fire Suppression System
Grant: $47,000

About the Facility: In 2003, the Fitchburg Historical Society purchased the distinctive late 19th-century Phoenix Building. A fire suppression system is necessary for the Society to obtain an occupancy permit for its new home.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Fitchburg Historical Society $47,000 to design and install a fire alarm and fire suppression system in the Phoenix Building.

 

Fruitlands Museum, Inc., HarvardFruitlands Museum
Roof Repairs and Improved Accessibility
Grant: $73,000

About the Facility: Fruitlands is a museum dedicated to the heritage, nature, and art of New England. Located on the site of a short-lived utopian community established in 1843, the campus includes several historic structures and collections of Native American artifacts, Hudson River School landscape paintings, 19th-century vernacular portraits, textiles, and documents.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Fruitlands Museum $73,000 to replace the roof of the art gallery and to increase overall accessibility. The work will include repaving the museum's driveway and handicapped parking spaces, as well as renovating the art gallery's entryway to improve accessibility.

 

Groton Historical Society, GrotonGovernor George S. Boutwell House
Increase Energy Efficiency
Grant: $79,000

About the Facility: The Groton Historical Society is a museum that collects, preserves, and displays objects, records, and folklore of historic significance from the Town of Groton's past. The museum is located in the Governor George S. Boutwell House, constructed in 1855 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Groton Historical Society $79,000 to increase the energy efficiency of the Boutwell House by installing new windows and doors and converting from oil to natural gas heat. The work also includes the installation of a new fire suppression system and foundation repairs.

 

Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, WorcesterRendering of Poli Palace Theatre interior
Poli Palace Theatre Restoration
Grant: $675,000

About the Facility: Originally built in 1904, the 66,000-sq.-ft. Poli Palace Theatre has undergone a number of transformations: It was updated in 1925 by theatre architect Thomas Lamb, converted in 1967 to a 4-cinema movie theatre, and eventually closed in the mid 1990s, falling into disrepair.

About the Project: In 2002, Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts was formed to restore the Poli Palace Theatre and transform it into a modern 2,300-seat performing arts center that will host concerts, Broadway tours, family shows, and performances by local arts organizations. The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $675,000 for the project.

 

Hanover Theatre for the Performing ArtsTheater interior, Worcester
Wurlitzer Organ Installation
Grant: $62,000

About the Facility: Originally built in 1904 to house the Poli Palace Theatre, the 66,000-square-foot space was restored to become the Hanover Theatre, which opened in 2008 as a state-of-the-art performing arts center. The organization was recently offered the opportunity to receive and install an historic Mighty Wurlitzer organ, which includes 34 sets of pipes put together from more than 20 discarded theater organs.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Hanover Theatre $62,000 for renovations including the installation of a lift to accommodate additional top-tier seating, restoration of a private reception space, and installation of a Wurlitzer organ.

 

John Woodman Higgins Armory, Inc., WorcesterExterior view of the John Woodman Higgins Armory
Repair and Stabilization of the Higgins Armory
Grant: $280,000

About the Facility: The John Woodman Higgins Armory Museum has an extensive collection of international arms and armor, which is housed in one of the earliest examples of steel frame and glass curtain architecture in the country. The collection is threatened by a lack of stability in some of the Museum building's steel beams.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded John Woodman Higgins Armory $280,000 toward the stabilization of steel beams and the painting and glazing of the museum's exterior.

 

Hopkinton Center for the Arts, HopkintonExterior photo of the newly renovated Hopkinton Center for the Arts building
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 1930, 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.

 

Joy of Music Program, Inc., WorcesterExterior Joy of Music facility
Water Drainage Improvements
Grant: $107,500

About the Facility: A former nursing home built in 1930, 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. A wooded area on a hill behind the building consistently sends rain water toward the facility and has created ongoing water damage issues.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Funded awarded the Joy of Music Program $107,500 for replacing a collapsed storm water drainage system and re-grading parking lot to keep water away from the building.

 

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

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

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

 

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.

 

Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, WorcesterExterior view of Tuckerman Hall
Tuckerman Hall Expansion
Grant: $41,000

About the Facility: Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra offers concerts and presents lectures and other civic functions from the historic Tuckerman Hall, a 12,000-sq-ft, 550-seat hall built in 1898. Despite a series of renovations to Tuckerman Hall, the backstage area is still too small to meet all program needs.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra $41,000 for architectural and engineering drawings, plans and specifications to build a 2,600+ square foot wing addition to Tuckerman Hall. This expansion will create much-needed backstage space for performers and provide handicapped access to the stage.

 

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.

 

Old Sturbridge Village, SturbridgeLaw Office, built in the 18th century
Maintenance and Repairs
Grant: $135,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Old Sturbridge Village $135,000 to address maintenance of several buildings throughout the Village, including roof repairs, structural repairs, siding, painting, and prep work.

 

Old Sturbridge Village, SturbridgeOld Sturbridge Village
Deferred Maintenance
Grant: $250,000

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 $125,000 to address the maintenance needs of various buildings and structures, including roof replacement, carpentry repairs, interior and exterior painting, and HVAC upgrades.

 

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.

 

Tower Hill Botanic GardenTower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston
Container Court and Accessibility
Grant: $89,000

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 Worcester County Horticultural Society $89,000 for the construction of the Container Court, an exhibit designed for individuals with physical disabilities. The project will also include the replacement of surrounding pathways to make the area more accessible.

 

Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston The Orangerie, part of the Quadrangle at Tower Hill
Tower Hill Quandrangle
Grant: $675,000

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 $675,000 for phase four of Tower Hill Botanic Garden's master plan, which includes renovations and new construction to complete the Quadrangle--a complex containing a visitor center, restaurant, a new greenhouse and other structures.

 

ValleyCAST!, WhitinsvilleView of Alternatives, Unlimited campus
Theater and Museum Improvements
Grant: $160,000

About the Facility: ValleyCAST! operates out of the historic Whitin Mill campus, which includes a theater, meeting space, and retail space; the historic Brick Mill, which houses galleries and affordable housing; and the Museum of Industrial Heritage. While the primary construction was complete in 2006, the theater and museum require a number of improvements in order to be professionally equipped venues.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded ValleyCAST! $160,000 for renovations to Whitin Mill site buildings including theater lighting improvements, installation of assistive listening equipment, and museum climate control improvements to protect displays.

 

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

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

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

 

Worcester Art Museum, WorcesterMuseum interior
Accessibility Improvements
Grant: $310,000

About the Facility: The second largest art museum in New England, the Worcester Art Museum complex covers one city block and includes the original 1898 building and several subsequent additions from the past century. Accessibility improvements will focus on the Higgins Education Wing, which covers 25% of the total square footage and includes studios, classrooms, storage, exhibition and office space.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $310,000 to the Worcester Art Museum for renovation of an existing studio into a 130-seat public lecture hall, construction of a new barrier-free entrance, and upgrades to the existing Museum Cafe.

 

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

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

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

 

Worcester Center for Performing Arts, WorcesterInterior of Hanover Theatre
HVAC Improvements for Hanover Theatre
Grant: $14,839

About the Facility: The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, located in the heart of downtown Worcester, is a 2,300-seat performing arts center presenting a wide variety of world-class performances. The theatre was fully restored in March 2008 and has welcomed over 650,000 patrons.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Worcester Center for Performing Arts $14,839 for improving the auditorium's HVAC system to reduce energy usage and installation of an HVAC system in the box office to improve the work environment for employees.

 

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.

 

Worcester County Mechanics Association, WorcesterInterior of Mechanics Hall
Organ Restoration
Grant: $75,000

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 $75,000 to restore the 1864 E. & G.G. Hook Brothers tracker organ and replace 1,000 theater chairs.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

EcoTarium, Worcester
Grant: $18,750
Scope of Project: Planning for and modeling on-site sustainable energy options

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

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

Fruitlands Museum, Harvard
Grant: $37,500
Scope of Project: Comprehensive master plan to guide long-term development and operation of the museum

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

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

Worcester 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

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

Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester
Grant: $18,500
Scope of Project: Design work to inform options for a new accessible entrance, increased gallery space as well as financial feasibility analysis.

Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester
Grant: $37,500
Scope of Project: Business plan and partnership model plan for the development of the Worcester/Blackstone Visitor Center

 

SYSTEMS REPLACEMENT PLAN GRANTS

American Antiquarian Society, Worcester
Grant: $6,000

EcoTarium, Worcester
Grant: $6,000

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

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

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Greater Boston

CAPITAL GRANTS

Agassiz Baldwin Community, a Cambridge Corporation, Cambridge20 Sacramento St. Photo courtesy C. Sullivan, Cambridge Historical Commission
Maud Morgan Visual Arts Center
Grant: $400,000

About the Facility: Agassiz Baldwin Community (ABC) is dedicated to the cultural vitality of the local community, and also reaches thousands annually through exhibitions at its Sacramento Street Gallery. ABC's main building is a recently-restored early Victorian house, which is too small to accommodate the visual arts programming the organization would like to provide.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Agassiz Baldwin Community $400,000 for the construction the Maud Morgan Visual Arts Center. The project will transform a dilapidated carriage house behind ABC's main building into exhibition and reception space, as well as four visual art studios for students and practicing artists.

 

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

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

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

 

American Repertory Theater, CambridgeInterior of Loeb Drama Center
Box Office and Lighting Improvements
Grant: $169,000

About the Facility: Founded in 1979, the American Repertory Theater works to expand the boundaries of theater, and presents its programs at the 550-seat Loeb Drama Center (built in 1960) and the flexible 300-seat OBERON (opened as the Zero Arrow Theater in 2005). The addition of a second venue has increased the need for A.R.T. to both coordinate its box office efforts and update equipment in the original theater.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded American Repertory Theater $169,000 for the purchase of a new ticketing system and the reconfiguration of existing box office space, and for upgrades of lighting and projection equipment at the Loeb Drama Center.

 

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

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

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

 

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.

 

ArtsBoston, BostonFaneuil Hall BosTix booth
Faneuil Hall BosTix Booth Renovation
Grant: $180,000

About the Facility: ArtsBoston sells half-price tickets and provides arts information at two BosTix booths located at Copley Place and Faneuil Hall. While the Copley Place booth was built in 1994, construction of the Faneuil Hall booth was completed in 1979; the Faneuil Hall booth has had no substantial renovation since its opening.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded ArtsBoston $180,000 for the first major renovation of ArtsBoston's Faneuil Hall BosTix booth. The project will involve updating the exterior of the booth, reconfiguring the interior to improve workflow, and adding external signage and lighting.

 

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

 

Berklee College of Music, BostonInterior of Berklee Performance Center
Berklee Performance Center Accessible Bathrooms
Grant: $175,000

About the Facility: Owned and operated by Berklee College of Music, the Berklee Performance Center is located in Boston's Back Bay. Showcasing more than 200 events each year, the center is both the college's flagship performance space and one of Boston's most prestigious concert halls.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund has awarded the Berklee College of Music $175,000 for a bathroom expansion to increase the number of bathroom facilities from six to twenty in the 1,215-seat venue.

 

Berklee College of Music, Boston
Cafe 939 @ Berklee Café 939 @ Berklee
Grant: $200,000

About the Facility: The world's largest independent music college, Berklee College of Music began planning two years ago to develop a café venue that would offer burgeoning musical talent the opportunity to perform in a public setting. The result was Café 939, a 4,000-square-foot space that includes a café and a flexible live performance space that seats 50 to 200 people.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Berklee College of Music $200,000 to support the transformation of a former architect's studio in Boston's Back Bay into Café 939, which includes a coffehouse and performance venue.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Boston Ballet, Inc., Boston
Deferred Maintenance
Grant: $90,000

About the Facility: The Boston Ballet's 60,000 square foot headquarters includes education, office and rehearsal space. However, its HVAC system is inadequate to support a multi-purpose facility of this size.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Boston Ballet $90,000 to support the installation of a digital heating and cooling system and other deferred maintenance projects.

 

Boston Ballet, Inc., BostonBoston Ballet studio
Roof Repair
Grant: $45,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Boston Ballet $45,000 to repair the 12,500 square-foot roof and to address additional weatherization issues.

 

Boston Center for the Arts, Inc., BostonBCA Roofline
Repairs and Renovations
Grant: $386,000

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. The Center has completed four years of research on prioritizing the capital needs of its expansive facilities.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Boston Center for the Arts $386,000 for repairs to the Cyclorama and Tremont Estates Building, including electrical system updates, stairway and elevator upgrades, roof repair, and updates to the sprinkler system.

 

Boston Center for the Arts, Inc., BostonExterior of the BCA Plaza
Deferred Maintenance and Environmental Design Initiative
Grant: $400,000

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 deferred and future maintenance needs of its 130-year-old buildings.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Boston Center for the Arts $400,000 for the replacement of heating and HVAC systems and the redesign of the organization's historic outdoor plaza.

 

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.

 

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

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

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

 

The Boston Conservatory, BostonExterior of Seully Hall
Renovation of Performance Space, Seully Hall
Grant: $106,375

About the Facility: Seully Hall is the Boston Conservatory's only large concert hall. Originally designed for the Boston Medical Library, 8 The Fenway (a classic Beaux-Arts structure) was completed in 1900 and purchased by the Boston Conservatory in 1965.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Boston Conservatory $106,375 for the renovation and restoration of historic Seully Hall, a public performance venue.

 

The Boston Conservatory, BostonExterior of the Boston Conservatory
Theater Building Expansion and Renovation
Grant: $675,000

About the Facility: The Boston Conservatory presents more than 250 free and low-cost performances annually, mostly from its Main Stage on Hemenway Street. Built in 1949 and expanded in 1958, the theater building has a number of limitations; the Main Stage theater has little wing space and no orchestra pit, and the dance studios are inadequate in size.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Boston Conservatory $675,000 for a major facilities initiative, including extensive renovations to the Conservatory's existing 350-seat theater; and the construction of new studios, performance space and an orchestra rehearsal hall.

 

Boston Neighborhood Network Television, RoxburyExterior of the Boston Neighborhood Network Television headquarters
Adaptive Re-Use of the Egleston Square Power Station
Grant: $518,400

About the Facility: The former MBTA electrical power station in Egleston Square, Roxbury, is the new headquarters of Boston Neighborhood Network Television. Built in 1909, the historic building once supplied power to the elevated train, but had fallen into disrepair after the train was relocated in 1986. BNN renovated this unique building in 2007 as part of its campaign to revitalize the neighborhood.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Boston Neighborhood Network Television $518,400 for the historic preservation and adaptive reuse of the former Egleston Square MBTA power station into a cultural center.

 

Boston Parks & Recreation Department, BostonCopp's Hill Burying Ground
Copp's Hill Burying Ground Restoration Work
Grant: $73,000

About the Facility: The Historic Burying Grounds Initiative (HBGI) is a public/private cooperative program established within the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. It focuses on the comprehensive restoration, on-going conservation, and heritage interpretation of Boston's sixteen historic burying grounds, including Copp's Hill Burying Ground. Copp's Hill, which dates from 1659, is a popular tourist destination located on the Freedom Trail.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Boston Parks & Recreation Department $73,000 for restoration work at Copp's Hill Burying Ground. The project includes the restoration of historic cast-iron fences and a cast-iron well, as well as accompanying masonry work.

 

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.

 

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Inc., BostonExterior of Symphony Hall
Exterior Restoration
Grant: $250,000

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 $250,000 for the preservation and restoration of the exterior of Symphony Hall. The work includes replacing portions of the roof and repointing the facade.

 

Boston Symphony Orchestra, BostonSymphony Hall in Boston. Photo:  Stu Rosner
Symphony Hall Renovations
Grant: $675,000

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. Designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1999, Symphony Hall has had regular maintenance but no significant renovation of its interior spaces.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Boston Symphony Orchestra $675,000 to help with the extensive renovations planned for Symphony Hall's auditorium and other interior public spaces. The work will help to restore the historic appearance of the auditorium and improve audience accessibility.

 

Boston University Concert Hall, Boston
Accessibility and Acoustics Improvements
Grant: $400,000

About the Facility: The Concert Hall at Boston University has a unique history: built in 1919, the hall was designed originally to house an automobile showroom, which was the purpose it served until becoming vacant in the 1940s. The university acquired the building in the 1950s and converted it into the concert hall that stands today; however, the building still faces challenges with acoustics and accessibility.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Boston University $400,000 for renovations to its concert hall, including a raised roof to improve acoustics, a new handicapped seating area, a new HVAC system, and other interior renovation work.

 

The Bostonian Society, BostonExterior of Old State House
Exterior Preservation of the Old State House
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 for brick repointing and window repairs to preserve facility's appearance and restore its stability due to environmental and age-related deterioration issues.

 

The Bostonian Society, Boston
Old State House Stabilization
Grant: $254,400

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 Boston Society $254,400 to complete the structural stabilization of the Old State House, including restoration and sealing of its tower, repair and enhancement of its HVAC system and accessibility improvements.

 

Brookline Arts Center, BrooklineExterior of Brookline Arts Center
Renovation of Ceramics Studio
Grant: $38,000

About the Facility: Built as Brookline Firehouse #3 in 1886, the Brookline Arts Center took over and opened its first classes on the premises in 1968. As many as 5 classes are housed simultaneously in its studio classrooms, the gallery spaces are open 5 days a week, and classes are offered 6 days a week.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Brookline Arts Center $38,000 for the expansion and renovation of the ceramics studio classroom and kiln room.

 

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.

 

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, CambridgeInterior of Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center
Theater Renovations
Grant: $45,664

About the Facility: Founded in 1978, the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center presents visual and performing arts programs by ethnically and culturally diverse artists. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Center is located in Bullfinch Square and consists of an ornate theater, two art galleries and support spaces.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center $45,664 for renovations and upgrades to the Center's theater that will include seating, lighting, staging, and acoustical upgrades.

 

Cambridge Center for Adult Education, CambridgeExterior of William Brattle 
                Street
Deferred Maintenance
Grant: $250,000

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 granted the Cambridge Center for Adult Education $250,000 for fire protection, emergency lighting, plumbing, electrical, window repairs, energy efficiency, and accessibility upgrades at the Dexter Pratt House and the William Brattle House.

 

Cambridge Community Television, Inc., Cambridge CCTV Facade
New CCTV Headquarters
Grant: $250,000

About the Facility: Cambridge Community Television is a nationally recognized community media center that provides training and access to media production tools for Cambridge residents, businesses, and organizations. The organization undertook the construction of a new facility that is nearing completion.

About the Project: The Cultural Facility Fund awarded Cambridge Community Television $250,000 to complete the finishing touches on CCTV's new home. The work includes the installation of an ADA compliant elevator, acoustic treatments, lighting systems, and an HVAC system.

 

Central Square Theater, CambridgeExterior of the Central Square Theater
Exterior Improvements
Grant: $68,000

About the Facility: Central Square Theater is the new permanent venue for two Cambridge theater companies, the Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater. Although the black-box theater and rehearsal spaces are state-of-the-art in their design and fit-out, the facility is set back from the street, creating challenges to the theater's goal of increasing its visibility.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $68,000 for exterior improvements to Central Square Theater, including new signage and exterior courtyard work to increase the theater's presence on Massachusetts Ave. The grant will also go toward the installation of specialized equipment such as listening devices, audio description devices, and a captioning system.

 

Central Square Theater, CambridgeExterior of the Central Square Theater
Building the Central Square Theater
Grant: $192,000

About the Facility: The Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater have partnered to develop a new theater arts center, the Central Square Theater, on a long-vacant parcel of MIT-owned land.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Central Square Theater $192,000 toward the completion of the new theater facility.

 

 

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

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

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

 

The Children's Museum, Boston Boston Children's Museum side view
Museum Expansion, Renovation, and Sustainable Design
Grant: $675,000

About the Facility: The Boston Children's Museum is one of the country's oldest children's museums, and also one of the largest. Located in a six-story converted warehouse on Fort Point Channel, the Museum facility has a number of space and layout challenges that their ongoing, extensive capital project is addressing.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Boston Children's Museum $675,000 to help in the construction of a 23,000-sq.-ft. addition, the creation of a Waterfront Park, and the renovation of the existing facility, which includes the incorporation of sustainable design.

 

The Children's Museum, Boston
Capital Improvements
Grant: $250,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Boston Children's Museum $250,000 to support various capital improvements, including the installation of additional security measures, the replacement of flooring on the first level, and the repair of the building's east and north facades.

 

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.

 

 

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

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

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

 

Citi Performing Arts Center, Boston Interior view of the Wang Theatre
Infrastructure, Preservation and Safety Improvements
Grant: $632,000

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 $632,000 for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, preservation and safety improvements to the Wang and Shubert Theatres.

 

Citi Performing Arts Center, Boston
Infrastructure Improvements
Grant: $250,000

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 $250,000 to repair and replace theater infrastructure, including the HVAC system in the Wang, exterior repointing of the Shubert, and electrical, life, and fire safety systems in both theaters.

 

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Inc., BostonShakespeare on the Common
Mobile Stage Purchase
Grant: $36,250

About the Facility: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's summer productions are staged annually on Boston Common, which is publicly-owned land. At this point, the majority of the stage equipment, including the deck of the stage, lighting equipment, sound equipment, and the trussing for light and sound equipment, is rented from local staging supplies rental companies.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company $36,250 for the purchase of a mobile staging system. This equipment will replace equipment that is rented every year to construct an open-air theater on the Boston Common.

 

Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation, Inc., BrooklineCoolidge Corner Theatre Marquee
Digital Cinema Projection System
Grant: $55,750

About the Facility: Coolidge Corner Theatre is housed in a 1906 Romanesque revival structure, formally 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 this movie house.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Coolidge Corner Theatre $55,750 for fixtures related to the upgrade of the projection and sound systems to meet new digital film exhibition standards.

 

Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation, Inc., Brookline
Theater Ceiling Restoration
Grant: $36,000

About the Facility: Coolidge Corner Theatre is housed in a 1906 Romanesque revival structure, formally 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 this movie house.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $36,000 to the Coolidge Corner Theatre for restoration of the theater's ceiling, including permanent repair of current roof leaks, replacement of compromised plaster, mural restoration, vent removal, and eradication of smoke stains.

 

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.

 

Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation, Inc., Brookline Moviehouse 1 at the Coolidge Corner Theatre
Renovation and Restoration
Grant: $162,400

About the Facility: An independent, nonprofit movie house with a unique Art Deco structure, the two-story Coolidge Corner Theatre had operated since 1933 without an elevator or handicap accessible restrooms.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Coolidge Corner Theatre $162,400 to support accessibilty, expansion of the lobby and restoration of the original Art Deco staircase.

 

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.

 

The Dance Complex, Inc., CambridgeEntrance to the Dance Complex
Accessibility Improvements
Grant: $112,500

About the Facility: The Dance Complex was created over 16 years ago 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 six studios and black box performance space, the Julie Ince Thompson Theater.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Dance Complex $112,500 for the reconfiguration of the floor plan of the lobby and offices to make the entryway and bathrooms fully accessible.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Emerson College, Boston Rendering of Paramount Center for the Arts
Construction of Paramount Center for the Arts
Grant: $675,000

About the Facility: In 2005, Emerson College began plans to convert the long-closed Paramount Theatre and the neighboring Arcade into the Paramount Center for the Arts. The Center will include a complex of theatres, studios, and residential and academic facilities.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities awarded Emerson College $675,000 to assist in the renovation and reconfiguration of the Paramount Theatre to create a new 560-seat venue, which will be open for use by both students and outside performing arts groups.

 

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

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

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

 

Friends of Mt. Auburn Cemetery, CambridgeStory Chapel and Landscaping
Story Chapel Renovation
Grant: $132,000

About the Facility: A National Historic Landmark, Mt. Auburn Cemetery was founded in 1831 and was the first large-scale designed public space in the United States. The new Visitors Center is located in Story Chapel, which was designed by Willard Sears and built in 1898.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $132,000 to the Friends of the Mt. Auburn Cemetery for construction of a new entrance to the Visitors Center in Story Chapel, to improve energy efficiency and accessibility.

 

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

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum $250,000 to fully restore the Raphael Room gallery, with the scope of work including new floors, repairs to architectural details, and new wall coverings.

 

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston Interior of the Gardner Museum
Relighting the Gardner Museum
Grant: $274,000

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

About the Project: In 2004, the Gardner Museum began a multi-year initiative to upgrade the gallery lighting throughout its palace building. The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $274,000 to help the Museum complete phases two and three of the project, which includes new electrical and lighting systems resulting in better preservation of the collection.

 

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, BostonPlans for the Gardner Museum's 
                new wing
Construction of New Wing
Grant: $250,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum $250,000 to support the addition of a new wing, designed by Renzo Piano to open in early 2012. The wing will include a 2,000 square foot exhibition gallery, a 300-seat performance hall, dedicated orientation and classroom space, and expanded conservation labs and archival storage.

 

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.

 

Gore Place Society, Inc., WalthamExterior of Gore Place
Restoration of Carriage House
Grant: $250,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Gore Place Society $250,000 for the stabilization and restoration of the 1793 Gore Place carriage house including a new roof, gutters, drains, exterior repairs and painting as well as a new foundation, moving the building to this new foundation, and landscaping.

 

Gore Place Society, Inc., Waltham Exterior of Gore Place
Fire Safety Improvements
Grant: $205,140

About the Facility: Gore Place is a historic site dedicated to the American statesman Christopher Gore, the 7th elected Governor of Massachusetts. Gore Place includes an 1806 Gore mansion, a 1793 Gore carriage house, and 45 acres of lawns, gardens and historic farmland. Up to now, a lack of a modern fire supression system has limited Gore Place from bringing in many traveling exhibitions.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Gore Place $205,140 to help with the installation of a fire detection and suppression system in the 1806 Gore mansion. This project will allow Gore Place to expand its exhibit offerings.

 

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

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

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

 

Harvard University Art Museums, CambridgeRendering of Fogg Museum Construction
New Construction of Art Museum
Grant: $250,000

About the Facility: Harvard's Fogg Museum at 32 Quincy Street nearby Harvard Square housed temporary and permanent exhibition space, curatorial and administrative offices, education spaces, the Straus Center for Conservation, and two object-based study centers. The original 1927 building has not been significantly updated or enhanced in over 80 years, and its structures and systems are in desperate need of significant upgrading, repair, and replacement.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund has awarded the Harvard Art Museums $250,000 for the construction of a landmark addition to the 32 Quincy Street facility that will improve and expand access to its important art collection for academic and general audiences.

 

Harvard University Art Museums, CambridgeExterior of Fogg Museum
Fogg Renovations
Grant: $359,000

About the Facility: The Harvard Art Museum consists of four research centers and three museums dedicated to Western European, Indian, and ancient Islamic and Asian art. Opened in 1927, Harvard Art Museum's Fogg building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and requires major renovations to address structural, space, and accessibility deficiencies.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $359,000 for the abatement phase of the Harvard Art Museums' Fogg building renovation and expansion project. The project will renovate and preserve its Renaissance-inspired courtyard, which serves as the museum's physical and programmatic center.

 

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.

 

Huntington Theatre Company, Inc., Boston View of the stage of the Boston University Theatre
Boston University Theater Systems Replacement
Grant: $164,000

About the Facility: The Boston University Theatre serves as the mainstage for the Huntington Theatre Company, a regional theatre company that serves more than 150,000 audience members annually.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Huntington Theatre Company $164,000 to help replace the theater's rigging systems and sound system.

 

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.

 

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston Institute of Contemporary Art - Artist's Rendering
The New ICA Building
Grant: $675,000

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-sq.-ft. facility sits on the edge of the Boston Harbor and houses gallery space, performance space, an education center, design store, café and support spaces.

About the Project: In 1999, the city of Boston selected the ICA as the recipient of a site on the waterfront for a new museum. The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $675,000 to help the ICA complete construction and cover remaining costs of its new building.

 

The Institute of Contemporary Art, BostonExterior of the Institute of 
                Contemporary Art
Energy Efficient Improvements
Grant: $50,000

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, cafe, and support spaces.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Institute of Contemporary Art $50,000 to increase energy efficiency. The project includes LED lighting, insulation, energy efficient window film, and a point-of-service hot water heater.

 

Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, BostonExterior of Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
Accessibility and Renovation Improvements
Grant: $150,573

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 (IBA) for the improvement of disability access, installation of a sound system, repair of basement floor and foundation and structural envelope analysis.

 

Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, Boston
Upgrades and Renovations
Grant: $400,000

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. IBA recently completed strategic capital business planning in preparation for this project.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded IBA $400,000 for renovations at the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts that include accessibility improvements, HVAC upgrades, installation of a new sprinkler system, and upgrades for the electrical, sound, and lighting systems.

 

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

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

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

 

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.

 

Lesley University, CambridgePlans for Lesley University's 
                new campus
New Arts Campus in Porter Square
Grant: $250,000

About the Facility: Lesley University will create a new arts campus in Porter Square. The project plans call for the relocation of Lesley's art college, the renovation of the historic Prospect Church, and the creation of 11,686 square feet of public art space.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Lesley University $250,000 to support the creation of several art venues within a new arts campus in Porter Square. Lesley University hopes to stimulate a transformation of Porter Square into an exciting arts destination for students and the general public.

 

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.

 

Longy School of Music, CambridgeInterior of the hall
Edward Pickman Concert Hall
Grant: $312,000

About the Facility: The Longy School is housed in the Zabriskie House (1889), which was originally the home of railroad magnate Edwin Hale Abott and contains several practice rooms, early music rehearsal facilities, a large Eurhythmics studio, and an electronic composition studio. The 350-seat Edward Pickman Concert Hall was added to the facility in 1970 and now hosts more than 250 musical performances a year.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $312,000 to the Longy School of Music for improvements to acoustics, lighting, and projection systems in Edward Pickman Concert Hall, and restoration of wood flooring and doorways in Zabriskie House.

 

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

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

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

 

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.

 

Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Inc., Boston
Sound and Video System Improvements
Grant: $11,568

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 the Lyric Stage Company $11,568 for fixtures related to the upgrade and replacement of sound, communications and video systems.

 

Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Inc., Boston
Improving the Audience Experience
Grant: $59,900

About the Facility: Each year, the Lyric Stage presents seven full-scale professional theater productions in its 240-seat, YWCA-owned facility. With its 40-year-old seats and 15-year-old lighting equipment falling into disrepair, the Lyric is seeking to improve the audience experience through infrastructure upgrades.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Lyric Stage Company $59,900 for replacement of theater seating and renovation of lighting and sound systems to improve safety, function, and capacity.

 

Massachusetts College of Art Foundation, BostonGallery at Mass Art
Expansion of Bakalar & Paine Galleries
Grant: $250,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Massachusetts College of Art $250,000 for the expansion and renovations to the Bakalar & Paine Galleries, the largest free contemporary art space in the region.

 

Massachusetts Historical Society, BostonMassachusetts Historical Society
Security Infrastructure
Grant: $100,000

About the Facility: The Massachusetts Historical Society is an independent research library with collections that include personal papers from three presidents, as well as accounts of the lives of thousands of other Americans. The facility was constructed in 1899 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Massachusetts Historical Society $100,000 to implement Phase 2 of their Security Infrastructure Project, which includes video surveillance, access control, and visitor management. The work will allow for increased visitation.

 

Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, Cambridge Exterior View of the Sanctuary Theatre
Ensuring Access and Enhancing Safety
Grant: $291,900

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre $291,900 for a series of facility improvements designed to make the building ADA compliant and enhance personal and property safety.

 

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.

 

Mudflat Pottery School, Somerville Exterior of Broadway Theatre
Broadway Theatre Renovation
Grant: $300,000

About the Facility: Originally built in 1915, the Broadway Theatre was last used as a neighborhood theater in 1982, before being converted to warehouse space. The building requires extensive renovations before it can be occupied by Mudflat, whose programming, accessibility, and public space needs have outgrown its current home.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $300,000 to the Mudflat Pottery School for renovation of the Broadway Theatre in East Somerville to become Mudflat's new home, including rehabilitation of 16,000 square feet for classrooms, artists' studios, kiln room, meeting space, work areas, and office space, two retail spaces, a new mezzanine, replacement of mechanical systems, and façade repair.

 

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 African American History, Boston African Meeting House Boston
African Meeting House Boston Restoration
Grant: $420,000

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 African Meeting House Boston, was built in 1806 and served as host to major figures of the Abolitionist Movement.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $420,000 for a restoration of the historically significant African Meeting House Boston, including a new elevator for handicap access, raising the ground floor, and improvements to the building's exterior.

 

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

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

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

 

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, BostonTop view of new MFA
Elevator Replacement
Grant: $37,500

About the Facility: First opened to the public in 1876, the Museum of Fine Arts is one of the world's largest privately supported encyclopedic art museums. The proposed elevator project will be carried out in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, a newly-renovated, 80,000 square foot space located on the west side of the Museum. Over 250 works of mixed-media art are displayed in the wing.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, $37,500 for the replacement of an elevator in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art. Upon completion, this project will increase accessibility and improve the visitor experience.

 

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
New Group Entrance
Grant: $400,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Museum of Fine Arts $400,000 for improvements to the west entrance on Museum Road to create a dedicated Group Entrance with parking for buses, improved driveways for enhanced accessibility, a new lobby, and fully accessible bathrooms.

 

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Rendering of the MFA with new American Wing
Renovations and Addition of American Wing
Grant: $675,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $675,000 for the expansion and renovation of the Museum, which will include a new American Wing, new educational spaces, and expanded conservation facilities.

 

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

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Museum of Science $250,000 to support a comprehensive renovation of the Museum's entrance, lobby, and concourse including renovation and technological upgrade of the Box Office.

 

Museum of Science, Boston
Planetarium and Omni Improvements
Grant: $675,000

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. Built in 1950 with periodic additions through 1987, the facility has endured wear and tear and is in need of improvements to align it with the Museum's programmatic vision.

About the Project: In July 2007, the Museum of Science launched its comprehensive four phase plan to renovate and expand its building. The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $675,000 for projects in phase one, including renovations to the Mugar Omni Theater's exterior and lobby, and infrastructure upgrades to the Hayden Planetarium.

 

Museum of Science, Boston
Hall of Human Life Exhibit
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 the development and construction of a major new interactive attraction, the "Hall of Human Life." This new permanent exhibit will relate new research in genetics and evolutionary biology to visitors' own health.

 

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 Art Center, NewtonExterior of New Art Center
Boiler Replacement
Grant: $50,000

About the Facility: Newton Art Center's building was constructed in 1873 as a Universalist Church, and includes two exhibition spaces, six classrooms, two ceramic studios, and support spaces. Because of its age, the building is in need of maintenance and energy efficiency measures.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $50,000 to New Art Center for the removal and replacement of an existing 46-year-old boiler encased in asbestos with two new boilers, converting from oil to gas heat.

 

New Art Center, NewtonExterior of Newton Art Center
Accessibility and Energy Efficiency
Grant: $55,000

About the Facility: New Art Center's building was constructed in 1873 as a Universalist Church, and includes two exhibition spaces, six classrooms, two ceramic studios, and support spaces. Because of its age, the building is in need of maintenance and energy efficiency measures.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the New Art Center in Newton $55,000 to increase accessibility and improve energy efficiency. The accessibility work includes the construction of a new ramp and two bathrooms and upgrades to porch handrails and an existing ramp. The project will also replace leaking windows, install HVAC, and seal the building envelope.

 

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.

New England Aquarium, BostonGiant Ocean Tank
Giant Ocean Tank Renovation
Grant: $250,000

About the Facility: The New England Aquarium opened in 1969 on Boston's Central Wharf. Within the main hall, the Giant Ocean Tank (GOT) is the first exhibit visitors notice upon entering and remains in view for much of their stay. This 200,000 gallon cylindrical tank houses more than 600 animals.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the New England Aquarium $250,000 for the renovation of the Giant Ocean Tank exhibit into a new experience for visitors. Key components are a new reef structure; new elevator and ramp; replacement of windows; a new domed ceiling; and a learning space.

 

New England Aquarium, Boston The Giant Ocean Tank; The Penguin Exhibit
Exhibit Infrastructure Upgrades
Grant: $455,000

About the Facility: New England Aquarium presents, promotes and protects the world of water through its 40,000 sq. ft. of marine animal exhibits, IMAX Theatre, and education, research and conservation facilities. Open to the public since 1969, the Aquarium is faced with aging infrastructure in its marine animal exhibits.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $455,000 to assist in the upgrade of the life support system for New England Aquarium's largest and most popular exhibits: the Giant Ocean Tank and the Penguin Tray. New filtration technology will be installed that will improve water clarity, enhancing the visitor experience and the safety of the living collection.

 

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

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

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

 

New England Conservatory of Music, Boston Interior of Jordan Hall
Jordan Hall Renovations
Grant: $357,000

About the Facility: New England Conservatory was founded in 1867, and today is a leading independent professional school of music that offers over 600 free concerts annually out of Jordan Hall. Built in 1903, Jordan Hall is a nationally-registered historical landmark, and home not just to the New England Conservatory, but to many local arts organizations.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $357,000 for New England Conservatory to replace parts of the climate control system in Jordan Hall, allowing the hall to once again be used year-round.

 

New England Historic Genealogical Society, BostonNew England Historic Genealogical 
                Society
Construction of Conservation Lab
Grant: $125,000

About the Facility: The New England Historic Genealogical Society is located on Newbury Street in Boston's historic Back Bay. The eight-story research center is one of the premier genealogy centers in the country, housing more than 200,000 books, 100,000 microforms, and more than two million manuscripts and family papers dating back more than four centuries.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the New England Historic Genealogical Society $125,000 to construct a Conservation Lab within its Newbury Street facility. The lab will feature a glass partition, allowing the public to observe the preservation process for valuable works on paper.

 

New Repertory Theatre, WatertownCharles Mosesian Theater. Photo by Peter Vanderwarker
Theater Improvements
Grant: $26,000

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. Although the performance spaces themselves are newly built, up to now they have been equipped with outdated audio and lighting systems, causing many technical issues.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded New Repertory Theatre $26,000 for updates to the lighting and audio systems in the Mosesian and Black Box theaters.

 

Newton Historical Society, NewtonExterior of Durant-Kenrick House
Durant-Kenrick House Restoration
Grant: $218,000

About the Facility: Currently based at the Jackson Homestead, the Newton Historical Society will acquire the Durant-Kenrick House (1732), one of only a few pre-Revolutionary houses remaining in Newton. Expansion to this property will allow the organization to address space issues at its headquarters and expand its educational programming.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $218,800 to the Newton Historical Society for preservation and restoration of the 1732 Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, including the addition of an educational wing with classroom/workshop space and improvements to parking, area landscaping, and walkways.

 

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

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

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

 

North Bennet Street School, BostonNorth Street Location Exterior
Acquisition of New Site
Grant: $250,000

About the Facility: Since its founding, North Bennet Street School has called 39 North Bennet Street its home, occupying a main building and three adjoining townhouses. The building's electrical, mechanical and ventilation systems are out of date and insufficient to meet the needs of the programs. Administrative offices are located on three separate floors of three separate buildings, with three departments inaccessible to wheelchair users. There is no space large enough for a group of over 20 to gather, much less for the school to meet as a whole.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the North Bennet Street School $250,000 for site acquisition of 152 - 174 North Street, Boston, for consolidation into a single facility designed to meet the current and future programmatic needs of the school and its public programs.

 

Old North Foundation of Boston, BostonOld North Church Steeple
Old North Church Maintenance
Grant: $137,500

About the Facility: Christ Church in the City of Boston, commonly known as Old North Church, is Boston's most visited historic site (at over 500,000 visitors each year). Popularized by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem Paul Revere's Ride, the Old North has also become an iconic cultural symbol for the principles and ideals of the American Revolution for American and international visitors alike.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Old North Foundation of Boston $137,500 for masonry repair and maintenance work to brick walls, stairways and historic structures and to repaint the Old North Church steeple.

 

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

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

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

 

Puppet Showplace, Inc., BrooklineInterior of the Puppet Showplace
Fire Safety Improvements
Grant: $19,380

About the Facility: The Puppet Showplace Theatre presents twice-weekly shows to over 20,000 children annually from its Station Street theater, a National Historic Register facility. Constructed in 1890, the 100-seat theater requires a number of improvements in order to become a fully up-to-date venue.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $19,380 to help Puppet Showplace Theatre install sound-proofing improvements and fire safety systems.

 

Paul Revere House, BostonFront of Paul Revere House
5/6 Lanthrop Place
Grant: $362,500

About the Facility: The Paul Revere Memorial Association operates two National Landmarks on its half-acre historic complex: the Paul Revere House and the Hichborn House. 5/6 Lathrop Place is a two-family home adjoining the property that will become an education and visitor orientation center, part of the organization's facilities master plan.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $362,500 to the Paul Revere House for phase one construction and repairs to stabilize Lathrop Place, which will be renovated for use as a 3,600-square-foot education and visitors center.

 

Paul Revere House, BostonExterior of Paul Revere House
Renovation of 5/6 Lathrop Place
Grant: $250,000

About the Facility: The Paul Revere Memorial Association operates two National Landmarks on its half-acre historic complex: the Paul Revere House and the Hichborn House. 5/6 Lathrop Place, an abutting row house built in 1835, will become a 3,600 square foot education and visitor orientation center, part of the organization's facilities master plan.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Paul Revere House $250,000 to renovate Lathrop Place. This project is critical to increase visitor capacity and make the Paul Revere House fully accessible.

 

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

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

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

 

Rose Kennedy Greenway, BostonRose Kennedy Greenway
Greenway Carousel
Grant: $250,000

About the Facility: The Rose Kennedy Greenway is a mile-long urban park that curves around the city of Boston connecting several neighborhoods. For the past two seasons, a rented carousel has been located in the Wharf District Parks. Thanks to the success of the carousel and the completion of the Greenway Carousel Study, the Greenway is ready to commission its own carousel.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Rose Kennedy Greenway $250,000 to support the construction of a one-of-a-kind, environmentally-themed carousel on the Greenway. It will be designed and sculpted by Massachusetts artist and nationally renowned carousel craftsman, Jeffrey Briggs.

 

Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall, Boston
Interior of Hibernian Hall Box Office Reconfiguration
Grant: $90,000

About the Facility: Originally a center for Irish cultural and community life and later the home for the Opportunities Industrialization Center, Hibernian Hall eventually fell into disrepair until it was purchased and renovated by ACT Roxbury in 2000. The 27,000 -square-foot space is now home to the Roxbury Film Festival, as well as poetry, theater, dance, and open studios events.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $90,000 for renovations to Hibernian Hall to create a new box office and reconfigure office space. Renovations will refit an existing storefront space, including installation of new finishes, partition relocation, and minor electrical work.

 

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

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

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

 

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.

 

Somerville Museum, SomervilleExterior view of the Somerville Museum
Roof Replacement and Other Repairs
Grant: $104,500

About the Facility: Through historical exhibitions, concerts, visual art exhibitions and community activities, the Somerville Museum connects the people of Somerville to the city's past and present. Built between 1925 and 1933, the building still has its original slate roof.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Somerville Museum $104,500 for repairs and improvements including slate roof replacement, snow guard replacement, gutter repair, interior windows, exterior painting, and a security system.

 

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

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

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

 

Spontaneous Celebrations, Boston
Energy Efficiency Improvements
Grant: $28,000

About the Facility: Founded in 1994, Spontaneous Celebrations is a community arts and cultural center that welcomes 15,000 annually to its cultural events and festivals. The organization's home is a 6,400-square-foot structure built in 1860 that includes a large community room, theater, and art studio.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Spontaneous Celebrations $28,000 for HVAC system improvements, window replacement, and insulation of the building to improve energy efficiency and make the building more comfortable for staff and visitors year-round.

 

Springstep, MedfordExterior of Springstep
Staging and HVAC Improvements
Grant: $209,000

About the Facility: Springstep celebrates dance and music traditions from cultures around the world in its custom-built 22,000-square-foot facility, which includes three studios, a performance hall, an atrium/gallery space, and offices. While the facility was built in 2003, Springstep has realized limitations for programming possibilities in the space, as well as an inadequate HVAC system.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Springstep $209,000 for repairs including upgrades to staging, integrated lighting and sound systems, HVAC system improvements, and general facility maintenance.

 

The Strand Theatre, BostonStrand Theatre marquee
Renovations to the Strand Theatre
Grant: $234,000

About the Facility: Built in 1918 as a movie and vaudeville house, the Strand Theatre is one of the few remaining neighborhood theaters in Boston. The newly refurbished theater re-opened its doors in October 2008 after renovations to the stage floor, orchestra, and major renovations to the backstage and utilities spaces.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $234,000 to the City of Boston for renovations to the Strand Theatre including installation of an internal communication system, video monitoring system, and refurbishment of restrooms. This project was informed by a CFF-funded feasibility study.

 

TheatreZone, Inc., ChelseaFacade of Chelsea Theatre Works building
Chelsea Theatre Works
Grant: $270,000

About the Facility: Known originally as the 1906 Old Post Office Building, TheatreZone's Chelsea Theatre Works houses a fully-equipped theater, class and rehearsal studios, and a lobby gallery. Renovations are needed to make this 100-year-old facility code compliant and fully accessible.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $270,000 to TheatreZone for construction of a new performing arts center, housing a 100-seat theater, lobby/gallery, class and rehearsal studios, and support spaces.

 

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

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

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

 

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.

 

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

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

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

 

USS Constitution Museum Foundation, Inc., Boston Courtyard of the USS Constitution Museum
ADA Compliance and Remodeling
Grant: $55,900

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the USS Constitution Museum Foundation $55,900 for improvements to the museum including renovations of the front doors, lobby, front desk, first floor bathrooms and theater to make them ADA compliant; and for the remodeling of the museum's store.

 

WGBH Educational Foundation, Brighton WGBH's Digital Mural
Digital Mural
Grant: $140,000

About the Facility: WGBH is one of the major PBS production houses, reaching an estimated weekly audience of 34 million people with its programs. After more than four decades at its previous home, it moved to a new facility in Brighton on a visible street above the Massachusetts Turnpike.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded WGBH $140,000 for the construction of a large LED screen and other descriptive panels on the exterior of WGBH's new building in Brighton. The digital mural is seen by a weekly average of 500,000 people and features a series of Boston landmarks and events.

 

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.

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

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Zoo New England $250,000 for the renovation of the existing Children's Zoo at Franklin Park.

 

Zumix, Inc., BostonExterior view of The Firehouse
The Firehouse
Grant: $200,000

About the Facility: For more than 17 years, Zumix has been empowering youth through music, and welcomes 6,000 annually to its programming, concerts, and events. As Zumix has grown, it has found its current 3,400-square-foot space too small to accommodate its current programming, or its two-year waiting list.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Zumix $200,000 for renovation of an existing 9,000-square-foot East Boston firehouse into Zumix's new home. The Firehouse will feature performance space, a live-sound-mixing and video-projection station, recording studio, classrooms, and support space.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

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

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

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

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

Artists for Humanity, Boston
Grant: $38,000
Scope of Project: For a feasibility study related to the EpiCenter, a youth arts facility

Boston Center for the Arts, Inc., Boston
Grant: $30,000
Scope of Project: Engineers and architects will determine the structural integrity of the Artist Studios Building and the adjoining Plaza for future upgrades and improvements.

The Boston Museum, Boston
Grant: $37,500
Scope of Project: Master plan, market research, and site and structural studies in order to proceed to the design stage of the new museum

The Bostonian Society, Boston
Grant: $38,000
Scope of Project: Series of feasibility studies for adaptations to the Old State House

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

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

Center for Arts at the Armory, Somerville
Grant: $12,950
Scope of Project: For a strategic business and marketing plan to ensure long-term viability

Charlestown Working Theater, Boston
Grant: $9,000
Scope of Project: Feasibility study to explore options for expanding the Charlestown Working Theater lobby

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Boston
Grant: $15,000
Scope of Project: Feasibility study to research the benefits of purchasing an integrated staging system

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

Dorchester Community Center for Visual Art, Dorchester
Grant: $3,938
Scope of Project: Assessment of an existing building for suitability as the new permanent location for DOTArt

Dorchester Historical Society, Dorchester
Grant: $9,375
Scope of Project: Facilities analysis of historic properties

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

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

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

Fort Point Arts Community, Inc., Boston
Grant: $20,000
Scope of Project: Planning and cost estimates for expansion to a full-fledged community arts center, store, event space and gallery.

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

Historic New England, Boston
Grant: $26,300
Scope of Project: In-depth feasibility study for heating and cooling system improvements to the Otis House Museum and two connected 19th century townhouses

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

Inquilinos Boricuas En Acción, Boston
Grant: $15,000
Scope of Project: Overall facilities master plan and strategic capital business plan for the Center for Latino Arts

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

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

Lesley University, Cambridge
Grant: $37,500
Scope of Project: A 12-18 month community input process to inform the university's vision for the relocation of a campus building

Massachusetts College of Art Foundation, Boston
Grant: $15,000
Scope of Project: Market study to analyze potential future audiences and economic impact of two galleries

Massachusetts College of Art Foundation, Boston
Grant: $18,750
Scope of Project: Planning study for new facilities for MassArt's contemporary art museum, the Sandra and David Bakalar and Stephen D. Paine Galleries

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

Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events, Boston
Grant: $37,500
Scope of Project: Planning and feasibility studies for the Strand Theatre

Old North Church, Boston
Grant: $37,500
Scope of Project: Phase two of a master planning process to assess existing building and new construction opportunities

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

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

Paul Revere House, Boston
Grant: $37,500
Scope of Project: Master plan, code and zoning assessment, and a fundraising assessment

Riverside Theatre Works, Hyde Park
Grant: $37,500
Scope of Project: Market and capital campaign study, site/facility study, and architectural and environmental analysis of an identified potential location

Stoneham Theatre Company, Stoneham
Grant: $14,300
Scope of Project: Market and design planning to assess the feasibility of creating a new performance and rehearsal space

Suzuki School of Newton, Inc., Newton
Grant: $18,750
Scope of Project: Development of an operating description and test the long-term feasibility of developing a new cultural center

Suzuki School of Newton, Inc., Newton
Grant: $27,000
Scope of Project: For architectural and fundraising feasibility study for the construction of a mid-size community arts center

Wheelock College, Boston
Grant: $37,500
Scope of Project: Feasibility study to investigate the renovation and expansion of the Wheelock Family Theatre facility

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

 

SYSTEMS REPLACEMENT PLAN GRANTS

The Boston Conservatory, Boston
Grant: $5,000

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

Dante Alighieri Cultural Society, Cambridge
Grant: $4,000

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

New Art Center in Newton, Newton
Grant: $4,000

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

Spontaneous Celebrations, Boston
Grant: $5,000

Springstep, Medford
Grant: $5,000

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CAPITAL GRANTS

Amazing Things Arts Center, FraminghamRendering of Amazing Things Arts Center. Courtesy Boston Globe
Firehouse Adaptive Reuse
Grant: $218,000

About the Facility: Amazing Things Arts Center presents 300-plus performing arts events per year, as well as classes and workshops, to an annual audience of 20,000. Shortly after its founding in 2004, Amazing Things realized that its one-room storefront was not only too small to accommodate growing demand for its performing arts programs and classes, but also lacked space to showcase local visual artists.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Amazing Things Arts Center $218,000 for the second phase of a project to restore and adapt a firehouse in downtown Framingham into a music, theater, art, and family events center. The Center's new home will include a professionally-equipped theater with more seats, classroom space, and exhibition space.

 

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.

 

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

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

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

 

Concord Art Association, ConcordExterior of Concord Art Center
Art Center Expansion
Grant: $170,000

About the Facility:Open since 1917, the Concord Art Association welcomes 7,000 visitors annually to its art museum and galleries in the historic John Ball House, which was built in 1760 and served as a stop on the Underground Railway. Because of the building's small size, the Association is currently unable to meet increasing demands for classes and exhibits, as well as office space.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Concord Art Association $170,000 for the major renovation of a wing (added in 1810) of the John Ball House. The project includes adding an elevator to increase accessibility, as well as a new classroom, gallery, collections storage and new mechanical systems.

 

Concord Museum, ConcordExterior of Concord Museum
Roof Repair
Grant: $83,300

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Concord Museum $83,300 for replacement of the leaking slate roof of the 1930 building, rebuilding four damaged chimneys, and undertaking other exterior repairs that are urgently needed to preserve the museum's permanent collection.

 

Concord Museum, Concord
Museum Climate Control Improvements
Grant: $98,000

About the Facility: Concord Museum displays its collection of 17th, 18th and 19th century Americana objects in its three-story Museum building. Built in 1930 with a 1991 Graham Gund-designed addition, the facility is in need of several improvements to its existing climate control systems in order to maintain professional museum standards.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Concord Museum $98,000 to help complete a two-phase project to upgrade the Museum building's climate control systems, ensuring the long term preservation of the Museum's collection.

 

Davis Museum and Cultural Center, WellesleyExterior of Davis Museum
Upgrade Security System
Grant: $165,000

About the Facility: The Davis Museum and Cultural Center is an academic fine art museum located on the Wellesley College campus. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rafael Moneo, the museum houses four floors of galleries showcasing works of art from antiquity to the contemporary moment.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Davis Museum and Cultural Center $165,000 to upgrade the original museum security system installed in 1993. This will include the replacement of obsolete equipment, the enhancement of CCTV monitoring, and facility access management.

 

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.

 

DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln DeCordova Museum
New Collections Storage and Exhibition Preparation Facility
Grant: $477,000

About the Facility: The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park exhibits modern and contemporary art on 35 acres of woodlands and lawns. Although its sculpture park holds 75 artworks at any given time, in addition to indoor exhibitions, the DeCordova facilities do not currently include any on-site collections storage.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park $477,000 to help in the construction of a new museum wing to create a new collections storage and exhibition preparation facility, allowing for greater access to the museum's permanent collection.

 

Discovery Museums, ActonEntrance to Discovery Science Museum
Increasing Capacity
Grant: $172,000

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 the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $172,000 to The Discovery Museums for exterior improvements including new entrance and signage, new pedestrian walkways, and reconfiguration of the existing parking facility. This capital project is informed by a campus master plan.

 

Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, Concord Exterior of Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts
Fire Safety Improvements
Grant: $96,000

About the Facility: Established in 1982, Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts offers concerts and education programs that focus on arts and the environment. The Center is housed in a former public high school building built in 1929 that includes several large classrooms, a 435-seat auditorium, a 49-seat performance space, a gallery, and 50 artist studios.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $96,000 to help Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts update its fire safety system, including the design and installation of a sprinkler system.

 

Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, ConcordEmerson Umbrella Center for 
                the Arts
New Elevator
Grant: $106,000

About the Facility: Established in 1982, Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts offers concerts and education programs that focus on arts and the environment. The Center is housed in a former public high school building built in 1929, and includes several large classrooms, a 435-seat auditorium, a 49-seat performance space, a gallery, and 50 artist studios.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts $106,000 to install a new, larger elevator to increase accessibility.

 

Fiddlehead Theatre Company, NorwoodHistoric Norwood Theater
Lighting Improvements
Grant: $31,000

About the Facility: Since 1994, Fiddlehead Theatre has presented theater and education programs to an annual audience of 20,000. The Theatre presents its works in the 1927 Norwood Theater which, due to its age, requires improvements to bring it up-to-date and make it fully accessible.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Fiddlehead Theatre $31,000 to create handicap accessible bathrooms, and to add modern front-of-house lighting.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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.

 

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

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

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

 

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.

 

Massachusetts Audubon Society, NatickExterior Saltonstall Nature Center
Saltonstall Nature Center Renovations
Grant: $185,000

About the Facility: Converted from an antique horse barn and renovated in 1983, the Saltonstall Nature Center at Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick uses a variety of environment friendly materials and employs renewable resources as natural energy. This Nature Center was Mass Audubon's first green building and has been used to showcase the effective use of renewable energy for almost three decades.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Massachusetts Audubon Society $185,000 for renovations that include improving accessibility to the building, upgrading the facility's "green" elements, and renovating program space to meet growing demand.

 

Massachusetts Audubon Society, Lincoln exterior of Joppa Flats education ctr (with solar panels)
Joppa Flats Education Center
Grant: $145,000

About the Facility: Opened in March 2003, the Joppa Flats Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary provides a venue for eco tourists and serious birders, and includes green elements such as 60 solar roof panels, which supply the equivalent of as much as 40 percent of its electricity needs. After five years in the new building, additional classroom space is needed to accommodate programming for young children, families, and school groups.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $145,000 to the Massachusetts Audubon Society for the renovation of existing unfinished second-floor space at Joppa Flats Education Center as a dedicated Children and Family classroom to support expanded children's programming.

 

Massachusetts Audubon Society, Lincoln Drumlin Farm Animal Barn
Drumlin Farm Improvements
Grant: $184,000

About the Facility: Drumlin Farm is Mass Audubon's flagship sanctuary. With over 230 acres of forests, fields and ponds, an organic working farm and wildlife displays, Drumlin Farm sees 100,000 visitors annually. Mass Audubon initiated a master planning process for the site in 1997, which revealed a number of structural and interpretive challenges which are the focus of the current project.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $184,000 to help Mass Audubon with infrastructure improvements and repairs at Drumlin Farm, including work on barns, trails, restrooms, greenhouses, and interpretive signage.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

New England Wild Flower Society, Framingham View of Nasami Farm Nursery and Sanctuary
Native Plant Center at Nasami Farm
Grant: $100,000

About the Facility: New England Wild Flower Society is the oldest plant conservation organization in the country. In addition to its Garden in the Woods living museum and botanical garden in Framingham, it owns Nasami Farm Nursery and Sanctuary in Whately, where its plant production operations are based.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $100,000 for the construction of a Native Plant Center on the Nasami Farm Nursery and Sanctuary that will include flexible work space, retail facilities and outdoor porches and gardens.

 

Thoreau Farm Trust, Concord View of Thoreau birth house
Birthplace Restoration
Grant: $23,250

About the Facility: The Thoreau Farm Trust was created with the goal of restoring and rehabiliting the Henry David Thoreau birth house. Built around 1730, the house was moved to its current location in the late 19th century, more recently falling into disrepair. Today, the Trust's central goal is to restore and rehabilitate this significant property and use it as an educational center.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Thoreau Farm Trust $23,250 towards the restoration of the Thoreau birth house to its original appearance. The project will include a focus on sustainability, such as energy-efficient materials and design elements, which themselves will be one focus of the new educational programs.

 

Trustees of Reservations, exterior of the Old Manse

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

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

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

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

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

Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham
Grant: $37,500
Scope of Project: Feasibility study to assess the structural needs of the Museum facilities

Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham
Grant: $30,000
Scope of Project: Audience testing for a new location and design planning for exhibitions in a former school building in Framingham.

DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln
Grant: $30,000
Scope of Project: Facilities and landscape master planning to evaluate visitor approach, admission, navigation, amenities and support.

The Discovery Museums, Acton
Grant: $37,500
Scope of Project: Master planning and programming planning to guide the expansion to a new building

Massachusetts Air and Space Museum, Bedford
Grant: $8,000
Scope of Project: For a study to develop a facility concept for a new air and space museum

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

New England Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin
Grant: $18,750
Scope of Project: For a regional market study to inform a proposed performing arts center

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

The Walden Woods Project, Lincoln
Grant: $31,875
Scope of Project: Feasibility assessment to address infrastructure improvements, maintenance, historic preservation, and green issues

 

SYSTEMS REPLACEMENT PLAN GRANT

The Center for the Arts in Natick, Natick
Grant: $7,000

Fiddlehead Theatre Company, Norwood
Grant: $5,000

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CAPITAL GRANTS

Cape Ann Historical Association, Gloucester
Entrance to Cape Ann Museum Collection Storage Improvements
Grant: $75,000

About the Facility: Founded in 1837, the Cape Ann Historical Association operates the Cape Ann Museum to collect and preserve significant information and artifacts relating to Cape Ann history and art. Significant facility expansion in the 1980s and 1990s has allowed for considerable growth of the collection; however this also means that the museum has outgrown its current storage capacity.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $75,000 to the Cape Ann Historical Association for improvements to the main storage space for their collection, including the installation of a high-density storage system to eliminate unused space and increase storage capacity.

 

Cape Ann Museum, GloucesterExterior of Cape Ann Museum
Safety System and HVAC Repair
Grant: $250,000

About the Facility: The Museum acquired its first permanent headquarters, the Captain Elias Davis House (1804), in 1926. The Museum began its most extensive expansion program in the late 1980s when it bought an adjacent brick building. Graham Gund Architects developed a renovation plan for converting four existing spaces within this building into galleries, a library/archive, and public restroom facilities.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $250,000 for a new HVAC system; sprinkler systems in older galleries; fire detection and expand burglary systems in 1804 historic house; electrical work for updated lighting system.

 

City of Lowell, Lowell Lowell Memorial Auditorium
Auditorium Renovations
Grant: $564,000

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

About the Project: The last major renovation of the Lowell Memorial Auditorium took place in 1983. The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $564,000 to help with the stabilization, repair and renovation of the Lowell Memorial Auditorium's exterior, as well as repairs to the Auditorium's HVAC system.

 

City of Lynn, LynnInterior of Lynn Auditorium
HVAC
Grant: $234,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the City of Lynn $234,000 to install an HVAC system in the Lynn Auditorium to allow use of the facility during the summer months.

 

Essex Art Center, Inc., LawrenceStudio in Essex Art Center
Renovation and Repairs
Grant: $95,000

About the Facility: Essex Art Center is a multi-purpose art center housed in an historic mill building constructed in 1915. Renovations are required to improve energy efficiency and accessibility, and to accommodate expanded programming.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $95,000 to Essex Art Center for maintenance and renovation including window replacement, creation of a vestibule area and new classrooms, office and gallery space relocation, staircase replacement, ceiling repair, HVAC improvements, and new storage space.

 

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 $100,000 for efforts to address significant renovation/repair needs and technical upgrades as identified in a recently completed Systems Replacement Plan.

 

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

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

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

 

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.

 

Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, GloucesterGloucester Maritime Heritage Center
Marine Education Center Addition
Grant: $95,000

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 the Project: In response to audience demand, the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center plans to expand its exhibit offerings. The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $95,000 to assist in adding a new gallery, balcony and storage loft to the Marine Education Center.

 

Historic New England, Haverhill
Project: Improving Storage Conditions & Building Envelope
Grant: $210,00

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.

 

Historic New England, NewburyExterior of Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm House
Water Drainage System
Grant: $144,000

About the Facility: The Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, one of the nation's most important surviving 17th-century buildings with related landscapes and collections, is a premier museum of Historic New England. A visitors center attached to the original carriage barn opened in 2001, and features an orientation exhibit, changing exhibit space, a gift shop and a fully-equipped programming space designed for educational programs and community use.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $144,000 for an advanced drainage project to mitigate persistent flooding threatening the museum and historic site that includes a 1690 manor house, a visitors center and a 1775 barn.

 

The House of the Seven Gables, SalemExterior of House of Seven Gables
Structural and HVAC Maintenance
Grant: $150,000

About the Facility: The House of Seven Gables Museum is now a collection of seven buildings located on a single campus in Salem, MA along the shores of the Salem Harbor within Salem's Derby Street Historic District. A Campus Plan Report was recently completed detailing the required maintenance on each of the buildings that comprise the House of Seven Gables Museum campus, some of which has been deferred for a number of years and has become critical in nature.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the House of Seven Gables $150,000 for clapboard replacement, window repair, HVAC replacement, roofs and downspouts repair, and plumbing and bathroom upgrades.

 

Ipswich Museum, IpswichExterior of Heard House
Structural Improvements to Heard House
Grant: $28,545

About the Facility: The Heard House, built in 1800, is open to the public seasonally, where visitors may enjoy its architectural features and a wonderful collection of Chinese artifacts, Chinese and American portraits, textiles, toys and 19th century works of art by the "Ipswich Painters" and Arthur Wesley Dow. The Heard House also houses the Museum's education center and meeting space as well as the Museum's offices.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Ipswich Museum $28,545 for structural improvements damaged by poor drainage, making primary entrance and bathrooms accessible, and window repair.

 

Longyear Museum, LynnExterior view of Mary Baker Eddy House
Mary Baker Eddy House Restoration
Grant: $395,000

About the Facility: Founded in 1926, Longyear Museum includes a 30,000-square-foot museum facility, as well as eight historic homes where Mary Baker Eddy lived and worked. The museum's most recently acquired home is in Lynn; built in 1871 and purchased in 2006, the building requires maintenance and accessibility improvements.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Longyear Museum $395,000 for restoration and accessibility improvements to the Mary Baker Eddy Historic House, including exterior trim repair, window relocation and porch reconstruction, and construction of a new entry vestibule and accessible restrooms.

 

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

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

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

 

Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Lowell Front steps of Lowell Memorial Auditorium
Auditorium Improvements
Grant: $310,000

About the Facility: The 4,000-seat Lowell Memorial Auditorium is New England's second largest theater and hosts more than 260 event days per year. Built in 1922, the venue requires life safety and other improvements to enhance security for attendees and better meet current code requirements.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $310,000 to the City of Lowell for several improvements to the auditorium, including the installation of a new fire alarm system, exterior exit doors, and replacement of the original flooring.

 

Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust, Lowell Spalding House Urban Environmental Education Center
Spalding House Urban Environmental Education Center
Grant: $21,000

About the Facility: Built in 1761, the Spalding House overlooks Pawtucket Falls and serves as one of the only remaining structures that tell of Lowell's pre-industrial history. Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust acquired the building ten years ago, when it began a series of restorations to bring it into operation as a museum and urban environmental education center.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $21,000 to help Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust complete the restoration of the Spalding House's 44 windows.

 

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

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

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

 

LynnArts, Inc., Lynn
Sign on exterior of LynnArts' building Deferred Maintenance
Grant: $75,000

About the Facility: The LynnArts Community Art Center is a 24,000-square-foot facility that houses three gallery spaces, a black box theatre, and 17 studio spaces for artists. Roof replacement and other critical repairs are needed to maximize cultural programming in the theater and improve accessibility.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $75,000 to LynnArts for deferred maintenance and renovations including roof replacement, HVAC improvements and other repairs, and installation of a lighting grid and seating to increase capacity of the black box theater.

 

Lynn Arts, Inc., LynnLynnArts Community Art Center
Expansion and Repairs
Grant: $12,000

About the Facility: The LynnArts Community Art Center is a 24,000-square-foot facility that houses three gallery spaces, a black box theatre, and 17 studio spaces for artists.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded LynnArts $12,000 for expansion and various repairs. The plans for expansion call for the construction of five new studio spaces and the creation of a year-round art store in the gallery. The grant is also funding the repointing of an exterior wall, carpet replacement, and additional building systems repairs.

 

Lynn Museum, Lynn
Renovating the Former Heritage Park Visitor Center
Grant: $283,000

About the Facility: Lynn Museum & Historical Society is dedicated to fostering an appreciation and understanding of Lynn's history and diverse cultural heritage. In 2006, the Museum relocated to the former Lynn State Heritage Park Visitor Center, a 40,000-sq.-ft. facility which requires major improvements to meet programming and storage needs.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $283,000 for the substantial renovation of Lynn Museum's new facility, including the complete reconfiguration of the first floor to allow for more exhibit space, the creation of a new research facility, and the expansion of storage space.

 

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.

 

Marblehead Little Theatre, Inc., MarbleheadExterior of Marblehead Little Theatre
Bathroom Construction
Grant: $13,750

About the Facility: Marblehead Little Theatre has offered performances, film screenings, and educational programming since 2005 in its Firehouse Theatre. Between 2000 and 2011 MLT completely gutted and renovated the 6,980 square foot facility - with a lot of volunteer sweat equity and $1.5 million raised from the community, through grants, as well as surpluses generated by the organization's productions and programs.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund has awarded the Marblehead Little Theatre $13,750 for construction of a second floor bathroom.

 

Marblehead Little Theatre, Marblehead
Expansion and Accessibility Improvements
Grant: $60,000

About the Facility: Marblehead Little Theatre has offered performances, film screenings, and educational programming since 2005 in its new Firehouse Theatre. The Firehouse includes a 100-seat theater and two floors of currently unfinished space. Marblehead Little Theatre has come across constraints in programming because of multiple demands on its performance space.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $60,000 to help Marblehead Little Theatre install an elevator for ADA compliance and to complete the renovation of the upper two floors. This expanded configuration will allow the Theatre to present several new shows per year.

 

Massachusetts Audubon Society, TopsfieldBradstreet House
Improve Accessibility of the Bradstreet House
Grant: $119,000

About the Facility: Ipswich River, one of the Massachusetts Audubon Society's largest wildlife sanctuaries, offers more than 12 miles of interconnecting trails for eco tourists to explore. The Bradstreet House, built in 1763, serves as the sanctuary's Visitor Center.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Massachusetts Audubon Society $119,000 to create a new four-season entry, reception area, and bathroom at the Bradstreet House. The project will make the Visitor Center universally accessible.

 

New England Quilt Museum, Lowell
Deferred Maintenance
Grant: $77,000

About the Facility: The New England Quilt Museum is housed in the 1845 former Lowell Saving Institution building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and part of the Lowell Historic District. The Museum requires a number of improvements to keep the building safe and up to code.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded New England Quilt Museum $77,000 to address multiple deferred maintenance issues, including HVAC upgrades, fire safety, elevator service systems, and roof and chimney repairs.

 

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.

 

Old Town Hall, SalemFront view of Old Town Hall
History Alive! at Gordon College
Grant: $174,000

About the Facility: Old Town Hall is the earliest surviving municipal structure in Salem, and its second floor Great Hall has been used as a public hall since 1816. Programmed by Gordon College's History Alive! program, a professional drama production, improvements are required to provide universal access, improve energy efficiency, and increase the structural capacity of the building.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $174,000 to Gordon College to improve access for the front entrance, restrooms, and second floor stage, and heating system and window replacement.

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.

 

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

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

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

 

RAW Art Works, Lynn
Energy Efficiency Improvements
Grant: $138,000

About the Facility: For over 20 years, RAW Art Works has offered over 40 free art programs to youth, and now also maintains a gallery with rotating exhibits, film screenings and events in Central Square, Lynn. Recently RAW began renovations on its 4-story brick building, which requires a number of improvements to make it more energy efficient.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded RAW Art Works $138,000 for the renovation of their four-story building, including new windows, energy-efficient lighting, HVAC system replacement, and sump pump for flood prevention.

 

Rockport Music, RockportRendering of Shalin Liu Center
Shalin Liu Performance Center
Grant: $400,000

About the Facility: Founded in 1982 with the name Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Rockport Music is committed to offering diverse musical programming in a seaside setting. After seven years of searching and planning for a venue to accommodate audience and program expansion, the organization began a capital campaign to create its new home.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Rockport Music $400,000 for the construction of the Shalin Liu Performance Center, a new year-round professional performance facility with a 325-seat concert hall, education/multipurpose space, green room, and other support spaces.

 

Rockport Music, RockportInterior of Shalin Liu Performance 
                Center
Shalin Liu Performance Center Reception Hall
Grant: $36,000

About the Facility: Opened in June 2010, the Shalin Liu Performance Center is the new home of Rockport Music. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this 330-seat venue presents exceptional musical performances and events year-round.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Rockport Music $36,000 to outfit the Shalin Liu Performance Center with upgraded audio visual equipment and window treatments.

 

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.

 

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

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

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

 

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.

 

Sargent-Murray-Gilman-Hough House Association, GloucesterExterior of Sargent House Museum
Structural Maintenance
Grant: $20,875

About the Facility: The Sargent House Museum is dedicated to the history of Judith Sargent Murray, the first advocate for equal education for women. The original portion of the building was constructed in 1782 and is a unique example of Georgian architecture.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund has awarded the Sargent-Murray-Gilman-Hough House $20,875 for masonry repairs and the replacement of a deteriorated fence facing Gloucester's Main Street.

 

Sargent-Murray-Gilman-Hough House Association, Gloucester
Exterior Renovations
Grant: $19,000

About the Facility: The Sargent House Museum is dedicated to the history of Judith Sargent Murray, the first advocate for equal education for women. The original portion of the building was constructed in 1782 and is a unique example of Georgian architecture.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Sargent House Museum $19,000 for repairs including repainting of the exterior, reglazing of windows, and gutter and downspout replacement.

 

The Trustees of Reservations, Beverly Naumkeag Residence
Naumkeag Preservation Project
Grant: $200,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Trustees of Reservations $200,000 for the preservation project at Naumkeag residence to replace the main house and barn roofs, restore parts of the gardens, and rehabilitate the ground-floor kitchen to create a visitor's center.

 

Wenham Museum, WenhamExterior of Wenham Museum
HVAC Replacement
Grant: $16,875

About the Facility: The Wenham Museum comprises the 17th-century Claflin-Richards House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, connected to a modern building (built in 1997) with approximately 7,400 square feet of exhibition space. The facility also includes collections storage, dedicated program space, visitor services space, as well as office and library space. The Wenham Museum serves approximately 35,000 adults and children annually.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund has awarded the Wenham Museum $16,875 for the replacement of two HVAC units and their corresponding humidifying units.

 

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

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

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

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

American Textile History Museum, Lowell
Grant: $37,500
Scope of Project: For marketing planning associated with a major renovation and expansion of the museum's core exhibition area.

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

Cultural Organization of Lowell, Lowell
Grant: $30,000
Scope of Project: To test the feasibility of adapting and renovating Lowell's Smith-Baker auditorium into a community arts center and performance space.

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

Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, 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

The House of the Seven Gables, Salem
Grant: $22,000
Scope of Project: For a complete analysis of the campus, including existing structures, open space, circulation, infrastructure, and maintenance and preservation.

Lynn Memorial Auditorium, Lynn
Grant: $26,250
Scope of Project: For developing a comprehensive management, programming and fundraising strategy.

Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild, Chelmsford
Grant: $25,300
Scope of Project: For site analysis and business and program planning for a proposed small theatre arts center in Metrowest.

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem
Grant: $38,000
Scope of Project: For a holistic master plan for the preservation and interpretation of the museum's historic properties.

The Revolving Museum, Inc., Lowell
Grant: $12,000
Scope of Project: Feasibility study for a new cultural center in Lowell.

Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Rockport
Grant: $22,500
Scope of Project: Marketing and development planning related to the new Shalin Liu Performance Center

Salisbury Historical Society, Salisbury
Grant: $37,500
Scope of Project: Comprehensive feasibility study to evaluate the future of the Salisbury Historical Musuem and its office space needs

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 GRANT

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

The Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport
Grant: $7,000

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

Marblehead Little Theatre, Inc., Marblehead
Grant: $7,000

New England Quilt Museum, Lowell
Grant: $4,000

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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CAPITAL GRANTS

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Attleboro Arts Museum, AttleboroExterior of the Attleboro Arts Museum
Emory Street Improvements
Grant: $39,000

About the Facility: The Attleboro Arts Museum features both amateur and professional artists in its 6,000-sq.-ft. space in downtown Attleboro. The museum relocated to the space in 1994 and is currently undergoing a three-phase series of improvements to enhance the visibility and functionality of the museum.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Attleboro Arts Museum $39,000 to assist with improvements to the Emory Street entrance and the reconstruction of the rear walkway to update the museum's exterior.

 

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

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

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

 

Thornton W. Burgess Society, East SandwichExterior of Green Briar Nature Center
Expansion of Gift Shop and Kitchen
Grant: $17,233

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 the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Thornton W. Burgess Society $17,233 to renovate and expand the nature center's gift shop. The work includes electrical, HVAC and improvement of handicapped access and parking.

 

Thornton W. Burgess Society, East SandwichExterior of the Thornton Burgess Museum
Green Briar Facilities Expansion; Grounds Improvements
Grant: $39,000

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. In recent years visitorship has increased substantially, creating traffic and safety concerns.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $39,000 to help with construction of a new building to house the Society's education programs, and to provide space for events and collections storage. The project also includes work on the grounds to improve traffic flow and accessibility.

 

Cahoon Museum of American Art, CotuitExterior of Cahoon Museum
Museum Expansion
Grant: $400,000

About the Facility: Originally a tavern along the stagecoach line between Hyannis and Sandwich, the historic structure that houses the Cahoon Museum of American Art was built in 1775 and includes seven galleries, a gift shop, and support spaces. Although the building was modernized in 1984, the space is too small to accommodate demand for classes as well as the need for more art storage; the building also suffers from wear and tear by the museum's 10,000 visitors each summer.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Cahoon Museum $400,000 for construction of a new addition to its historic building, to include two new gallery spaces, art classrooms, art storage space, lobby area with accessible elevator, admissions desk, and a new parking lot to accommodate bus tours for the first time.

 

Cape Cod Art Association, BarnstableExterior of Cape Cod Art Association facility
Exterior Renovations
Grant: $10,000

About the Facility: Cape Cod Art Association offers classes, exhibitions, and workshops in the visual arts to over 15,000 people annually. Built in 1973, the Association's distinctive building houses studios, a library, two galleries, a gift shop, and an outdoor sculpture garden.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $10,000 to the Cape Cod Art Association for exterior repairs to the center including replacement of exterior siding and trim, replacement of door and windows, and drainage improvements.

 

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 Cape Cod Museum of Art, DennisExterior of Cape Cod Museum of Art
Harry Holl Sculpture and Clay Studio
Grant: $38,220

About the Facility: The Cape Cod Museum of Art welcomes over 33,000 annually to its exhibitions and educational programs. The Museum campus includes 5,000 square feet of gallery space, a sculpture garden, an auditorium, a research library and the Weny Education Center.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Cape Museum of Fine Arts $38,220 to help with the construction of the Harry Holl sculpture and clay studio in the lower level of the Weny Education Center. This studio has utilized a previously unfinished space and allowed the Museum to offer new classes and expand its art therapy outreach program.

 

Cape Cod Repertory Theatre Co., Inc., BrewsterCrosby Cape House
Crosby Cape House Renovations
Grant: $150,000

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 the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Cape Rep Theatre $150,000 for the renovation of the historic Crosby Cape House to serve as a multi-use facility with much-needed rehearsal space, meeting and reception rooms, and visiting artist housing.

 

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

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

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

 

Centerville Public Library Association, Centerville
Renovation and Expansion of Library
Grant: $250,000

About the Facility: The Centerville Public Library is the busiest of the seven village libraries in the Town of Barnstable on Cape Cod. Library usage during the summer months increases by as much as 50%. The library building, with 5,000 square feet of public and staff space on the main level and 2,500 square feet of inaccessible space in the basement is drastically undersized according to current library building standards.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Centerville Public Library Association $250,000 for renovation and expansion to include a new reading room, elevator, bookstore, outdoor patio space, accessible restrooms and storage.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

The Company Theatre, Inc., Norwell
Theatre Seating and Lighting
Grant: $67,000

About the Facility: The Company Theatre's main theatre was built in 1981 and houses a 360 seat proscenium stage theatre, lobby and box office, scene shop, rehearsal and office space. The current lighting system dates back to the 1980s and the constant breakage of existing seating results in seats being unavailable for performance.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Company Theatre $67,000 for the replacement of 360 theater seats, lighting and sound system equipment.

 

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.

 

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

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

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

 

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Yarmouth
Educational Wing
Grant: $250,000

About the Facility: The Cultural Center of Cape Cod is a community-based organization that offers a wide range of events, exhibits, and educational programs in the visual, literary, and performing arts. After receiving a Feasibility and Technical Assistance Grant previously, the organization is moving forward with plans for expansion.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Cultural Center of Cape Cod $250,000 to support the expansion of the organization's existing facility. The project will focus on a new educational wing, featuring studios, a culinary arts center, multi-purpose rooms, classrooms, and galleries.

 

Easton Children's Museum, Easton
Project: System Upgrades
Grant: $7,000

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

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

 

Easton Children's Museum, Inc., EastonExterior of Easton Children's 
                Museum
Accessibility and Energy Efficiency
Grant: $34,000

About the Facility: Housed in an historic 108 year old fire station, the Easton Children's Museum is an educational, cultural, and social learning center for children and families, with a primary focus on children ages 1-8. The museum has 3 floors of interactive exhibits and over 100 programs that allow kids to explore the world around them.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Easton Children's Museum $34,000 to renovate and restore its fire station while maintaining the structure's historic integrity. The work will address accessibility issues, increase building safety, and increase energy efficiency.

 

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

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

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

 

Falmouth Artists Guild, Inc., FalmouthExterior of Art Center
Lower Level Expansion of Art Center
Grant: $63,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Falmouth Artists Guild $63,000 for expanding the lower level of the Art Center to include a kiln room plus two new studios for ceramics, jewelry, glass, printmaking and photography.

 

Falmouth Artists Guild, Inc., Falmouth
Community Art Center Construction
Grant: $240,000

About the Facility: The Falmouth Artists Guild plans to construct a 4,000 square foot community art center, providing exhibition, education and other programs and services for Falmouth and the Upper Cape region.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $240,000 to support construction of the community art center.

 

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 $240,000 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.

 

Falmouth Historical Society, Inc., FalmouthNew Education Center Construction
Construction of Education Center
Grant: $100,000

About the Facility: The Falmouth Historical Society owns and operates Museums on the Green, a two-acre complex facing challenges with regard to deferred maintenance and visibility.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Falmouth Historical Society $100,000 for a new Education Center for community programs, exhibits, events and lectures. It will have handicap access, storage and bathrooms which are currently not available.

 

Falmouth Historical Society, Inc., FalmouthExterior view of the Julia Wood House
Renewing the Welcome at Museums on the Green
Grant: $39,600

About the Facility: The Falmouth Historical Society owns and operates Museums on the Green, a two-acre complex facing challenges with regard to deferred maintenance and visibility.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $39,600 for repair and restoration of the Julia Wood House, a new ventilation system for its historic barn, and a more prominent entrance to the visitors' center.

 

Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, ProvincetownFine Arts Work Center Campus
Historic Building Renovation
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 the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown $125,000 to renovate four historic buildings that are used to house program participants. The project will address safety, ADA, energy efficiency, and habitability issues.

 

Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center
Reconstruction of the Days Lumber Yard Building
Grant: $205,000

About the Facility: Operating since 1968, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown provides housing and stipends to emerging artists, as well as summer workshops and a series of events which are open to the public. The Center comprises a complex of exhibition, living, studio, and gathering spaces, many of which have been added to the original Days Lumber Yard Building (built in 1914).

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Fine Arts Work Center $205,000 for the final phase of a comprehensive building renovation and expansion of the Center's historic site. This phase involves rebuilding the public art gallery, increasing handicap accessibility of the facility, and installing sprinkler systems.

 

Friends of the Paragon Carousel, Inc., HullParagon Carousel
Carousel Building Repairs
Grant: $19,000

About the Facility: The Friends of the Paragon Carousel is dedicated to preserving and restoring the Paragon Carousel, a hand-carved antique carousel. The carousel is housed in the 1928 Craftsmen-era building, one of only 17 original carousel buildings left in the United States.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Friends of the Paragon Carousel $19,000 to complete repairs of the carousel building. The work includes repairing the door frames, wall sills, stucco, and roofing.

 

Fuller Craft Museum, BrocktonExterior of Fuller Craft Museum
Museum Renovation
Grant: $391,000

About the Facility: The Fuller Craft Museum welcomes nearly 20,000 annual visitors to view its contemporary craft objects. Its home is a 1967 building that sits on a 26-acre site and includes galleries, a restaurant, classrooms, and a library. The museum recently completed a master plan, which addresses challenges including energy efficiency, deferred maintenance, and humidity/climate control.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Fuller Craft Museum $391,000 for maintenance, including major repairs to the HVAC system, which will better preserve the collection.

 

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

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

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

 

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.

 

Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich Heritage Museum & Gardens - Auto Museum
Automobile Museum Improvements
Grant: $288,000

About the Facility: Heritage Museums & Gardens is comprised of three museums and 100 acres of gardens and woodlands, which together see 80,000 visitors per year. Built in the late 1960s, the Museums house collections of classic American automobiles, American folk art, and military history relics.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Heritage Museums & Gardens $288,000 to help address fire, ADA and septic building code issues, as well as the expansion of its Auto Museum, which is part of a larger project to renovate all three museums and restore the gardens.

 

Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich
Energy Efficiency and Accessibility
Grant: $157,000

About the Facility: Heritage Museums & Gardens is comprised of three museums and 100 acres of gardens and woodlands, which together see 80,000 visitors per year. Built in the late 1960s, the museums house collections of classic American automobiles, American folk art, and military history relics.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Heritage Museums & Garden $157,000 to improve energy efficiency and accessibility. The work includes repairing the roof, installing energy efficient doors and windows, and remodeling restrooms to improve handicap accessibility.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Lafayette-Durfee House Foundation, Inc., Fall RiverLafayette Durfee House
Installing a Central Heating System
Grant: $7,500

About the Facility: Built by Judge and Legislator Thomas Durfee in 1747, the Lafayette-Durfee House has been preserved as a museum that reflects 18th century life. In addition to offering tours and educational programs, the museum runs a student docent program.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Lafayette-Durfee House Foundation $7,500 toward the installation of a central heating system, replacing fireplaces as the primary source of heat.

 

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

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

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

 

Little Theatre of Fall River, Inc., Fall River
Firebarn Repairs
Grant: $38,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Little Theatre of Fall River $38,000 to fix water infiltration issues and increase energy efficiency. The work includes replacing roof tiles, gutters, and damaged brick, applying water repellant sealant, and installing an insulated ceiling.

 

Lloyd Center for Environmental Studies, South DartmouthSlocum River
Grounds Improvements
Grant: $10,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $10,000 to help the Lloyd Center construct a safe stairway and path to its main building. This project is part of a multi-year effort to improve the flow of the site, making it more attractive for visitors.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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.

 

Nantucket Dreamland Foundation, NantucketPlans for Dreamland Theater
Theater Equipment
Grant: $194,000

About the Facility: The Nantucket Dreamland Foundation is renovating Dreamland Theater, one of America's oldest theaters. Upon completion, Dreamland will house a 330-seat movie theater, a second floor multi-function studio theater for smaller productions and events, and an outdoor community space.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Nantucket Dreamland Foundation $194,000 to outfit the Dreamland Theater with audio-visual, light, sound equipment.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Narrows Center for the Arts, Inc., Fall River
Making the Narrows Center Accessible
Grant: $60,000

About the Facility: Occupying a 15,000 square foot space in a former mill building, the Narrows Center for the Arts features a 280-seat performing arts venue focusing on live music, an art gallery and artist studio space. The center is implementing a plan to make its third-floor space handicap accessible.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Narrows Center for the Arts $60,000 for the installation of handicap restrooms and an elevator that will provide much-needed accessibility.

 

Narrows Center for the Arts, Inc., Fall River Narrows Center for the Arts
Sound System Upgrades
Grant: $32,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Narrows Center for the Arts $32,000 to upgrade its current sound system and stage back-lighting, as well as install new house lighting.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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.

 

New Bedford Whaling Museum, New BedfordExterior of New Bedford Whaling Museum
Construction of Education Center
Grant: $250,000

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 has awarded the $250,000 for construction of an Education Center to its existing complex, consolidating its Research Library and Archives and adding new space for education and public programming, exhibits, collections, research, and staff.

 

New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford New Bedford Whaling Museum Bourne Building
Bourne Building Restoration
Grant: $617,000

About the Facility: With its collection of art, artifacts and manuscripts, the New Bedford Whaling Musem 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 the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $617,000 to help the New Bedford Whaling Museum complete phase two of a plan to restore the historic Bourne Building, which houses the Museum's central artifact, the Lagoda ship model.

 

North River Arts Society, Inc., Marshfield HillsRendering of G.A.R. and New Firehouse
Structural Replacement and Repair
Grant: $18,481

About the Facility: Built in 1734, the existing G.A.R. Hall has been by many organizations for many uses, including a church, a wheelwright shop, and a movie hall. The G.A.R. Hall has been leased from the Town of Marshfield by the North River Arts Society since 1978.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund has awarded the North River Arts Society $18,481 for the installation of a new roof, hardwood floor repair and safety upgrades.

 

Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth Pilgrim Hall Museum Exterior
Accessibility Improvements
Grant: $339,000

About the Facility: Pilgrim Hall Museum is the oldest continuously operating public museum in the nation, offering access to a unique collection of 17th century Pilgrim artifacts. The Museum's Greek Revival building includes exhibit space, a library wing and support spaces. At 183 years old, the Museum building is in need of extensive renovations in order to be universally accessible.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $339,000 for improvements which will enable full accessibility to Pilgrim Hall Museum, including the construction of a new front entry, elevator, restrooms, ramping and grading, as well as renovation and expansion of the main lobby.

 

Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, ProvincetownPilgrim Monument
Stabilization of Pilgrim Monument
Grant: $250,000

About the Facility: The Pilgrim Monument was built between 1907 and 1910 to commemorate the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in Provincetown on November 21, 1620 and is the tallest all-granite structure in the United States. Since it opened in 1910 it has attracted approximately 10 million visitors, nearly 90,000 visiting in 2010.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund has awarded the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum $250,000 for renovation and repair to stabilize the structure and assure its continued use by residents and visitors for generations to come.

 

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

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

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

 

Plimoth Plantation, Inc., Plymouth
Infrastructure Improvements
Grant: $177,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $177,000 for Plimoth Plantation to convert from its current septic system to connect with the town's sewer system. Plimoth Plantation is limited by the current system--this project will enable the institution to accomodate more visitors.

 

Plimoth Plantation, Inc., Plymouth
Renovation and Expansion of the Craft Center
Grant: $235,000

About the Facility: Plimoth Plantation, located on Plymouth's historic waterfront, tells the complex and interwoven stories of English and Native cultures in an engaging and experiential outdoor and indoor learning environment. The Craft Center currently features historic technology demonstrations by master artisans.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Plimoth Plantation $235,000 to renovate and expand the Craft Center to serve as the new hub of the museum experience. The work will improve guest amenities and add a hands-on exhibit area and period baking facilities.

 

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

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

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

 

Plymouth Guild for the Arts, Inc., Plymouth
Acquiring and Renovating Russell Library
Grant: $370,000

About the Facility: Plymouth Guild for the Arts has provided gallery shows, classes and art events for 40 years, often limited by space for programming. This fall, the Guild plans to acquire two buildings: the Russell Library, which was built in 1901 and is on the National Registor of Historic Places, and the Lindens annex.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $370,000 to assist Plymouth Guild for the Arts in the acquisition and renovation of the Russell Library and The Lindens annex. The buildings will provide a combined 6,400 sq. ft. of gallery, performance and gathering space, open for use to local visual and performing arts groups.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Provincetown International Film Festival, ProvincetownPlans for Whaler's Wharf Cinema
Acquisition and Renovation of Whaler's Wharf Cinema
Grant: $200,000

About the Facility: Whaler's Wharf Cinema is the year-round home of the Provincetown International Film Festival and the Provincetown Film Society. The original, historic Whaler's Wharf was destroyed by a fire in 1998 and rebuilt in 2001 as a 20,845 square foot building.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund has awarded Provincetown International Film Festival $200,000 for the acquisition and renovation of Whaler's Wharf Cinema.

 

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.

 

Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, New Bedford Exterior of Rotch-Jones-Duff House
Garden Preservation and Restoration
Grant: $38,000

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 the Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum $38,000 to address the immediate and long-term preservation and restoration of the perimeter fence, terraces and decking, garden structures, heating and security systems, and archaeological excavation.

 

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.

 

Soule Homestead Education Center, Middleborough
Soule Homestead campus Barn Expansion and Green Improvements
Grant: $107,000

About the Facility: Based on a former dairy farm, Soule Homestead offers environmental education programs, traditional craft classes, and cultural events to more than 5,000 people annually. The 120-acre campus includes gardens, open fields, a barn, and a large farmhouse, but lacks modern bathroom facilities and a space that is suitable for running events in colder weather.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Soule Homestead $107,000 for the removal, replacement, and expansion of sections of a 150-year-old barn, using green technologies, to create a handicap accessible classroom and performance space with multiple bathrooms and a kitchen.

 

South Shore Art Center, Inc., CohassetExterior of the South Shore Art Center
HVAC Replacement and Other Improvements
Grant: $36,000

About the Facility: The South Shore Art Center (SSAC) is a 10,000 square foot structure housing teaching studios, exhibition galleries, a gift shop and administrative offices. The SSAC offers educational programs, exhibitions, annual arts festival and community outreach programs.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the South Shore Art Center $36,000 toward capital projects including replacement of HVAC systems; new roof and skylight; new main gallery wall fabric; electrical upgrades; and new windows.

 

South Shore Art Center, Inc., Cohasset
Capital Improvements
Grant: $14,000

About the Facility: The South Shore Art Center (SSAC) is a 10,000 square foot structure housing teaching studios, exhibition galleries, a gift shop and administrative offices. The SSAC offers educational programs, exhibitions, annual arts festival and community outreach programs.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the South Shore Art Center $14,000 toward capital projects, including the installation of fire sprinklers in the attic space and the replacement of windows to increase energy efficiency.

 

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

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

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

 

Spinner Publications, Inc., New Bedford
Office and Archive Upgrades
Grant: $24,000

About the Facility: Spinner Publications produces high-quality books and other publications to promote the history and culture of Southeastern New England. The Spinner Archives, one of the largest historical photo collections in New England, is housed in a two-story Greek revival house built in 1846. Spinner Archives contains more than half a million images, which require appropriate humidity, temperature, and air quality to store and preserve.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $24,000 to Spinner Publications to install new boiler and climate-control systems and to address capacity and security upgrades at Spinner Archives.

 

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.

 

Sturgis Library, BarnstableExterior of Sturgis Library
Renovation and Preservation
Grant: $246,700

About the Facility: Constructed in 1644, the original portion of Sturgis Library is the oldest public library in the United States. Renovations are required to address the safety, energy efficiency, and preservation of this 365-year-old structure.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $246,700 to the Sturgis Library for renovation and repairs including installation of a fire suppression system, renovation of the archival vault storage area, roof repair, and staircase and window replacement.

 

Tilden Arts Center, West BarnstableRendering of Tilden Arts Center
Renovation
Grant: $157,000

About the Facility: Built in the late 1960s, the Tilden Arts Center Building houses a 680-seat performance theater and a studio theater, available for student and community use, as well as an art gallery. Located on the Cape Cod Community College campus, the center holds dance, music, theater, and reading performances throughout the year.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $157,000 to Cape Cod Community College for accessibility improvements within the Tilden Arts Center, including accessible seating, establishment of access routes to main stage and backstage area, expansion of entry vestibules, regrading of walkways, and installation of captioning and assistive listening devices.

 

Town of Falmouth, Falmouth
Redesign of the Falmouth Bandshell
Grant: $173,000

About the Facility: The Oscar Wolf Bandshell at Marina Park in Falmouth is the home of the Falmouth Town Band's weekly outdoor summer concerts, which are attended both by local residents and tourists to the Falmouth area. Built in 1972, the structure has a number of limitations, including that it is not fully accessible and too small for many outside groups who would otherwise perform there.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $173,000 to help the Town of Falmouth with the design and reconstruction of the Falmouth Bandshell to bring it up to safety and accessibility codes, increase the stage size, and add improved lighting systems.

 

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

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

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

 

Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro
Acquisition of Arts Education Building
Grant: $219,000

About the Facility: Snow's Farm, the historic property currently owned by and housing Castle Hill, consists of a cluster of buildings including a former windmill built in 1901 and a barn built in 1882. 12 Meetinghouse Road is situated in the midst of the campus and is a mixed-use building to be used for classrooms, a library, and housing for faculty.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund has awarded the Truro Center for the Arts $219,000 for the acquisition of a building located on the campus. The addition of the building will increase the organization's capacity to provide its arts education programs.

 

Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro Castle Hill Tower Photo by Joel Meyerowitz
Renovation of Snow's Farm Buildings
Grant: $83,000

About the Facility: Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill offers a wide range of workshops in writing, visual art, and performing arts to Cape tourists and local residents at Snow's Farm, a cluster of historic buildings.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill $83,000 for the restoration and preservation of a former windmill, built in 1901, and a barn, built in 1882. These improvements will allow the Center to respond to audience demand for year-round services.

 

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

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

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

 

Walpole Footlighters, Inc., Walpole
Fire Safety and Security
Grant: $15,000

About the Facility: Walpole Footlighters is a community theatre group that provides quality productions to patrons of all ages. The organization's facility, originally built in the early 1900s, was converted into a 230-seat theatre in the 1950s.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Walpole Footlighters $15,000 to improve fire safety and security. The work will include the installation of a sprinkler system, alarm system upgrades, and the replacement of all stage curtains with flame retardant material.

 

Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Inc., Wellfleet Exterior view of the new Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater
Construction of a New Theater
Grant: $600,000

About the Facility: The Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, an artist-run professional theater company, has expanded from a seasonal-only leased space to a 200-seat, fully accessible facility that will provide a stage for music, dance, film and spoken word, along with the company's full theatrical season.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater $600,000 for the construction of a new, 200-seat performing arts and cultural center.

 

Wellfleet Preservation Hall, WellfleetExterior of Wellfleet Preservation 
                Hall
Theater Equipment
Grant: $245,000

About the Facility: Opened in May 2011 in a former Catholic Church, Wellfleet Preservation Hall is a year-round community art center located in Wellfleet's central district. The Hall features space for theater and dance performances, concerts, film screenings, educational programs, and wellness classes for children and adults.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Wellfleet Preservation Hall $245,000 to complete the restoration of the 1912 facility. The project includes outfitting the Hall with theater lighting and sound equipment, a film projector and screen, flexible theater seating, and security systems.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Yarmouth New Church Preservation Foundation, YarmouthExterior of Yarmouth New Church
Accessibility and Lighting and Sound System Upgrades
Grant: $26,000

About the Facility: Yarmouth's New Church is an historic Congregationalist church completed in 1870. The church, with its meticulous Gothic details and elaborately hand-painted and stenciled walls, is currently used as a community art center and performance space.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Yarmouth New Church Preservation Foundation $26,000 for various building upgrades. Work will include the installation of handicapped-accessible bathrooms, lighting and sound system upgrades, and the restoration of original frescoes.

 

Zeiterion Theatre, Inc., New BedfordExterior of Zeiterion Theatre
Systems Replacement and Expansion
Grant: $56,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Zeiterion Theatre $56,000 for restoration and expansion. The project will include the repair and restoration of badly damaged masonry walls, the replacement of the marquee, and the expansion of the lobby.

 

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

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

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

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

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

Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Yarmouth
Grant: $7,875
Scope of Project: Market demand research and current facilities assessment to inform a a proposed expansion

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

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

Espirito Santo Museum Foundation, Fall River
Grant: $38,000
Scope of Project: Feasibility study for the establishment of a museum in Fall River, focusing on the immigrant communities of the Lusophone world in New England

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton
Grant: $30,000
Scope of Project: Comprehensive facilities plan to address Museum accessibility and other structural issues

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

Little Theatre of Fall River, Inc., Fall River
Grant: $3,000
Scope of Project: For an on-site investigation and assessment of the Firebarn and its systems

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

Mansfield Music and Arts Society, Inc., Mansfield
Grant: $13,875
Scope of Project: Feasibility assessment of a new home for MMAS

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

Natural Resources Trust of Easton, Inc., North Easton
Grant: $2,000
Scope of Project: Feasibility study for upgrading the Parker Room, a year-round multi-functional space for youth education

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

Payomet Performing Arts Charitable Trust, Truro
Grant: $7,500
Scope of Project: Prepare cost estimates and an operations plan for renovation of a 3,625 square foot building as a complement to an existing seasonal tent performance space.

Provincetown International Film Festival, Provincetown
Grant: $13,125
Scope of Project: For a feasibility and business plan for the proposed acquisition of Whaler's Wharf Cinema

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

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

Town of Barnstable, Hyannis
Grant: $18,800
Scope of Project: Feasibility analysis for a new performing arts center

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

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

Wellfleet Preservation Hall, Wellfleet
Grant: $37,500
Scope of Project: For the feasibiltiy of sustainable and green building options

The Yard, Inc., Chilmark
Grant: $4,500
Scope of Project: Feasibility study for a major renovation of the Patricia N. Nanon Theater and other Yard Facilities

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

Zeiterion Theatre, New Bedford
Grant: $22,500
Scope of Project: Comprehensive facility needs assessment and systems replacement plan; and a feasibility assessment for expansion

 

SYSTEMS REPLACEMENT PLAN GRANTS

Academy of Performing Arts, Inc., Orleans
Grant: $5,000

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

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster
Grant: $4,000

Cotuit Center for the Arts, Inc., Cotuit
Grant: $7,000

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

Harwich Junior Theatre, Inc., West Harwich
Grant: $7,000

Mansfield Music and Arts Society, Inc., Mansfield
Grant: $7,000

Natural Resources Trust of Easton, Inc., North Easton
Grant: $4,000

Vineyard Playhouse Company, Inc., Vineyard Haven
Grant: $4,000

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CAPITAL GRANTS

Amherst Cinema Arts Center, Inc., AmherstExterior of Amherst Cinema
Digital Cinema Projection System
Grant: $75,000

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 the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund has awarded the Amherst Cinema Arts Center $75,000 for fixtures for the purchase of new digital cinema projection systems.

 

Amherst Cinema Arts Center, Inc., Amherst
Acquiring Amherst Cinema
Grant: $675,000

About the Facility: Amherst Cinema Arts Center is a three-theater facility that is dedicated to presenting independent and documentary cinema. The theaters seat 186, 46 and 46, and are each equipped for both 35mm and digital projection.

About the Project: The Amherst Cinema Arts Center was built in downtown Amherst in 2006 to the organization's specifications. The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $675,000 to assist Amherst Cinema in the acquisition of the complex of theaters.

 

Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum, Inc., AdamsExterior of Susan B. Anthony Birthplace
Historic Restoration
Grant: $24,000

About the Facility: The Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum is a Quaker federal home built in 1818 that was left vacant ten years ago. The Museum was founded in 2007 to restore the birth home and preserve the legacy of Susan B. Anthony, a well-known women's rights leader born in 1820.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum $24,000 for restoration of the birth home. Improvements include restoration of woodworking, replastering and painting of kitchen walls, renovation of the historic kitchen, and recreation of a fireplace/hearth.

 

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.

 

Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfieldexterior of Union Street Theatre
Union Street Theatre Redevelopment
Grant: $390,000

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 the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Barrington Stage Company $390,000 for the renovation of the once-empty Union Street Theatre into a state-of-the-art performance facility, which includes improvements to the mezannine, dressing rooms and lobby.

 

Berkshire Athenaeum, PittsfieldExterior view of the Berkshire Athenaeum
Library Renovations
Grant: $84,000

About the Facility: The Berkshire Athenaeum operates as Pittsfield's public library and has over 175,000 items in its collection, some of which date back to the 1790s. The building has not had any major renovations since its construction in 1975.

About the Project: The Berkshire Athenaeum facility has become outdated and faces security, space, and accessiblity challenges. The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $84,000 to help the Berkshire Athaneum enhance HVAC systems and security measures, and other renovations.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

The Berkshire Historical Society, PittsfieldExterior of Arrowhead
Structural Repair and HVAC Replacement
Grant: $37,951

About the Facility: Arrowhead, a 44-acre property that includes the home and farm of author Herman Melville, is operated as a museum by the Berkshire Historical Society. Built in 1790, it was a private home until 1975 and retains many features that don't translate well to a public building.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund has awarded the Berkshire Historical Society $37,951 to improve universal access to paths and restrooms and to repair driveway. The historic barn's siding will be repaired and re-stained. The house's 37-year old boiler will be replaced and system re-zoned.

 

Berkshire Historical Society, Pittsfield
Acquiring an Historic Barn
Grant: $25,800

About the Facility: Arrowhead, a 44-acre property that includes the home and farm of author Herman Melville, is operated as a museum by the Berkshire Historical Society. As the museum's collection has grown, the Society has faced challenges finding appropriate storage and archival space.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $25,800 for the Berkshire Historical Society to disassemble a mid-nineteenth century barn, move it to the Arrowhead property, and reassemble it. The new barn will dramatically increase the Society's collection storage space and free up more space for interpretation.

 

The Berkshire Museum, PittsfieldExterior of Berkshire Museum
Accessibility Improvements
Grant: $176,750

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. The museum was constructed over 100 years ago and does not currently provide unassisted access to all floor levels for the public.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Berkshire Museum $176,750 for the installation of a public elevator compliant with current accessibility codes and the installation of an interior accessibility ramp.

 

The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield Berkshire Museum
Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation; HVAC Improvements
Grant: $670,000

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 building currently lacks adequate air conditioning systems for storing collections.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $670,000 to assist in phase two of Berkshire Museum's capital project. A museum-wide climate control system will be installed, which will reclaim formerly unsuitable space for the construction of the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation exhibit.

 

Berkshire Music School, Inc., Pittsfield
Deferred Maintenance
Grant: $65,000

About the Facility: Founded 1940, the Berkshire Music School provides classes and welcomes nearly 4,000 visitors annually to performances by guest artists and students. The school includes two structures, both built in 1875 and in need of repair: a main building with instruction studios and a 90-seat recital hall that was converted from a carriage house.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $65,000 for fire safety improvements and other maintenance for the Berkshire Music School's aging buildings, including furnace and window replacement, fire escape and chimney repair, a new water main, and renovations to teaching spaces.

 

Berkshire Theatre Festival, StockbridgeBerkshire Theatre Festival
Grounds and Building Upgrades
Grant: $160,000

About the Facility: Founded in 1928, Berkshire Theatre Festival is one of the oldest regional theaters in the nation. The 12-acre BTF campus includes two theaters: the 122-seat Unicorn Theatre and the 414-seat Main Stage, which was built in 1888 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Berkshire Theatre Festival $160,000 for the renovation, maintenance, repairs, and upgrades to the Main Campus facilities and grounds. The project will address safety and maintenance issues and improve the flow of the campus.

 

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

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

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

 

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.

 

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

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

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

 

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, AmherstExterior of Carle Museum
Accessibility Improvements
Grant: $7,900

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 the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art $7,900 to improve accessibility in the gallery spaces by installing automatic door-openers in three doorways. While the museum is currently ADA compliant, this project addresses visitor feedback regarding the ease of navigation through the galleries.

 

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.

 

Chesterwood Museum and Estate, StockbridgeExterior of Chesterwood Museum
Restoration of Daniel Chester French's Studio
Grant: $250,000

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. The studio, built in 1898, is in dire need of repairs.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Chesterwood Museum and Estate $250,000 to undertake a comprehensive restoration of the interior, exterior, and structural supports of Daniel Chester French's Studio.

 

City of Springfield, SpringfieldExterior of Springfield Symphony Hall
Renovations to Springfield Symphony Hall
Grant: $478,000

About the Facility: Springfield Symphony Hall is home to the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and also hosts the Symphony Hall Broadway Series, the Springfield Public Forum, and the Berkshire Ballet. Built in 1913, the 2,600-seat hall is in need of extensive improvements to bring it up to contemporary standards for a performance venue.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $478,000 to the City of Springfield for renovations to Symphony Hall, including restoration of the 105 original exterior windows, installation of a new boiler system, and replacement of stage lighting.

 

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.

 

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

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

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

 

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown Rendering of the new Stone Hill Center
Stone Hill Center
Grant: $353,000

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. In the spring of 2006 the Clark began construction of Stone Hill Center, which will house the Williamstown Art Conservation Center.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $353,000 for the construction of the Stone Hill Center, which will provide new classroom and exhibition space and house an art conservation facility, allowing the Clark to expand the programming it offers to the public.

 

Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, WilliamstownPlans for visitor center, Clark 
                Art Institute
Visitor, Exhibition, and Conference Center
Grant: $250,000

About the Facility: The Sterling & 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.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute $250,000 to design, construct, and equip a new 47,500 square foot Visitor, Exhibition, and Conference Center. The center will include special exhibition galleries, upgraded visitor amenities, and much-needed space for conferences and symposia.

 

The Colonial Theatre, PittsfieldInterior of Colonial Theatre
Exterior Renovations
Grant: $234,000

About the Project: Built in 1903 and restored in 2006, the Colonial Theatre is a rare surviving example of a Gilded Age performance hall. The 800-seat theater presents a broad range of programs including theater, dance, comedy, and concerts in several musical forms. Despite extensive renovations in the past few years, the building has a number of challenges, including water infiltration.

About the Facility: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $234,000 for repairs to the Colonial Theatre to stabilize the building, including brick re-pointing and weather sealing.

 

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

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

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

 

Community Music School of Springfield, SpringfieldExterior of CMSS
A New Concert Hall
Grant: $391,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Community Music School of Springfield $391,000 for the renovation of the 5,000-sq-foot atrium into a concert hall, including construction of staging, platforms and lighting; as well as parking facility improvements.

 

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.

 

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

About the Facility: Double Edge Theatre offers performances, classes and workshops on a large campus in Ashfield: a 105-acre former dairy farm that includes a barn complex of performance spaces, rehearsal space, and artist residences. The Theatre is progressing through a greening initiative in order to reduce its energy consumption.

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

 

Double Edge Theatre, Ashfield
Farm Center Facilities Improvements
Grant: $43,000

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. The Theatre has recently begun a greening iniative in order to reduce its energy consumption.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Double Edge Theatre $43,000 to implement a four-part green energy renovation plan, which includes insulation improvements, installation of wood-burning stoves, a solar-powered hot water system and solar panels.

 

Double Edge Theatre, Ashfield
Farm Center Facilities Improvements
Grant: $67,000

About the Facility: Double Edge Theatre presents original theater performances and provides educational programs at its home, the International Farm Center for Performance and Collaboration. "The Farm" includes two performance spaces, artist housing, and guest and residency facilities.

About the Project: As Double Edge Theatre has grown in recent years, it has met a number of infrastructure challenges, including limited septic capacity. The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $67,000 to help Double Edge build a new septic system and upgrade its bathroom facilities.

 

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

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

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

 

Hancock Shaker Village, PittsfieldExterior of Trustee's Office
Historic Restoration
Grant: $400,000

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 the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $400,000 to Hancock Shaker Village for the implementation of the first phase of a comprehensive master plan, including construction of a new collections storage center, repairs to the Round Stone Barn, stabilization of Trustee's Office, and several historic landscape restoration projects.

 

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.

 

The Samuel Harrison Society, Inc., Pittsfield Exterior of Samuel Harrison Homestead
Restoration of the Samuel Harrison Homestead
Grant: $63,000

About the Facility: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Samuel Harrison Homestead is the birthplace of Reverend Samuel Harrison, an officer and chaplain for the Mass 54th Regiment, the all black volunteer unit that fought for the Union in the Civil War.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Samuel Harrison Society $63,000 to restore the Samuel Harrison Homestead and create an African-American house museum and archive upon completion.

 

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.

 

Historic Deerfield, Deerfield
Memorial Libraries Renovation
Grant: $63,000

About the Facility: The building that houses the Memorial Libraries was constructed in 1970 and holds collections of hundreds of historic documents and rare books. Renovations are needed to bring current security and climate control systems up to library standards for special/preservation collections.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $63,000 to Historic Deerfield for renovations to library facilities, including a new security system, partial roof replacement, HVAC upgrades, and reconfiguration of a 600-square-foot space as a special collections room.

 

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.

 

Holyoke Public Library, HolyokeExterior of Holyoke Public Library
Renovation and Expansion
Grant: $248,000

About the Facility: The Holyoke Public Library owns and operates the Holyoke History Room & Archives, focusing on Holyoke's unique history of industry and immigration. Since 2005, the History Room & Archives has been housed at Holyoke Community College due to detrimental environmental conditions in the library.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Holyoke Public Library $248,000 to renovate and expand the facility in order to return the Holyoke History Room & Archives to its original home in the library. The work includes the restoration and partial relocation of the Graziani murals depicting Holyoke history.

 

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.

 

 

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

About the Facility: The only dance institution to be named a National Historic Landmark, Jacob's Pillow welcomes thousands of visitors annually to its summer Festival.  The Jacob's Pillow campus encompasses 220 acres including 42 buildings (the oldest of which date from the 1780s), as well as gardens and woodlands.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival $122,563 to improve energy efficiency in four buildings, expand and renovate festival housing, and address compliance, efficiency and safety of equipment and systems.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Becket Inside-Out Stage
Campus Renovations
Grant: $400,000

About the Facility: The only dance institution to be named a National Historic Landmark, Jacob's Pillow welcomes over 80,000 visitors annually to its 10-week Festival. Jacob's Pillow recently completed a campus master plan for its 163-acre site, which includes three unique stages, three dance studios, exhibition spaces, restaurants, gardens, and woodlands.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival $400,000 for campus improvements including construction of a new 2,000-square-foot performance stage to replace the 28-year-old Inside/Out stage, as well as several parking and grounds improvements.

 

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Becket Ted Shawn Theatre at Jacob's Pillow
Repairs to Ted Shawn Theatre and Grounds
Grant: $104,000

About the Facility: The only dance institution to be named a National Historic Landmark, Jacob's Pillow welcomes over 80,000 visitors annually to its 10-week Festival. The site comprises 163 acres with 31 buildings, including three unique stages, three dance studios, exhibition spaces, restaurants, gardens, and woodlands.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Jacob's Pillow $104,000 to make structural repairs to the Ted Shawn Theatre, the centerpiece of the campus, and for expanding the parking areas.

 

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

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

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

 

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Interior
Updating the Mahaiwe Theatre
Grant: $147,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $147,000 to help Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center complete improvements to the understage and backstage areas of the theater, including ventilation of the understage areas and improving the infrastructure for sound and lighting equipment.

 

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great BarringtonMahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Capital Improvements
Grant: $100,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center $100,000 to support capital improvements. The project includes safety upgrades, facility repair and maintenance, and the purchase of sound and lighting equipment.

 

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

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

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

 

Massachusetts 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
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, entrance Project: Facility Renovation & System Upgrades
Grant: $170,000

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

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

 

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.

 

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams MASS MoCA Exterior
Gallery Renovation
Grant: $429,000

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 $429,000 to help MASS MoCA renovate a 27,000 square-foot mill building, creating a new gallery to house 50 wall drawings by artist Sol LeWitt. The central location of the new space will better connect the campus, improving visitor circulation.

 

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.

 

The National Yiddish Book Center, Amherst National Yiddish Book Center
Book Center Renovations and Expansion
Grant: $352,000

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 response to increasing demand for space and programming, the Center initiated plans last year to almost double its existing 27,000-sq.-ft. facility.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $352,000 for the renovation of the National Yiddish Book Center's existing space and the expansion of the current building to create a book repository, a 275-seat performance hall, galleries, a Yiddish Education Center, and offices.

 

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 BarringtonMeeting House
Meeting House Renovation
Grant: $45,000

About the Facility: New Marlborough Village Association's home, the Meeting House was built in 1839 in the Greek Revival style, and served as a Congregational church until it was sold to the association in 1976. The former sanctuary now serves as a multipurpose auditorium that requires renovation to support current programming and address safety and accessibility issues.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $45,000 to the New Marlborough Village Association for construction of a permanent performance platform in the main auditorium of the meeting house, lighting and sound system improvements, and safety and access upgrades.

 

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.

 

 

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

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

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

 

Northampton Academy of Music Theatre, Inc., Northampton Northampton Academy of Music Theatre
Marquee Renovation
Grant: $34,800

About the Facility: The Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, built in 1890, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The theater is one of the oldest of its kind in the nation, and today offers performing arts and film presentations. In 2002 the former marquee was removed to renovate the exterior of the theater, which has displayed temporary signage ever since.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Northampton Academy of Music Theatre $34,800 for the design, fabrication, and installation of historically inspired marquee signage and other sign elements which will maximize the theater's visibility.

 

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.

 

Nuestras Raices, Inc., HolyokeNuestras Raices Farm
Completing a Cultural Education Center
Grant: $256,500

About the Facility: Nuestras Raices Farms consists of four acres of land just outside the urban center of Holyoke and on the banks of the Connecticut River. Over the past two years, Nuestras Raices has been transforming the site into a vibrant cultural education center.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Nuestras Raices $256,500 for the rebuilding of an historic barn; construction of a retail plaza, petting zoo, and cultural event area; and grounds infrastructure improvements.

 

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.

 

Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, HadleyExterior of Porter-Phelps-Huntington House
Structural Repair
Grant: $15,875

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 has awarded the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum $15,875 to repair the facility's western roofs, veranda joists, flooring, five 18th century window sashes, and one portico column, and to paint and hang ten restored shutters.

 

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

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

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

 

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.

 

The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge
Campus Renovations
Grant: $190,000

About the Facility: The Norman Rockwell Museum cares for the world's most comprehensive collection of works by its namesake artist (600 paintings and drawings, 150,000 other objects). 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 $190,000 for priority infrastructure restoration and rehabilitation, including fire and safety, ADA compliance, and critical grounds work that will impact visitor safety and accessibility.

 

The Norman Rockwell Museum, StockbridgeThe Norman Rockwell Museum. Photo by Art Evans.
Renovation and Repair
Grant: $138,000

About the Facility: The Norman Rockwell Museum stewards and presents the world's largest, most significant holdings of Rockwell and a growing collection representing other notable American illustrators.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Norman Rockwell Museum $138,000 to address priority maintenance projects, including the overhaul of the museum's slate roof, HVAC upgrades and vapor mitigation, improving art/archival storage systems, and accessibility and entranceway upgrades

 

The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge
Rebuilding the Bluestone Terrace
Grant: $22,000

About the Facility: The Norman Rockwell Museum cares for the world's most comprehensive collection of works by its namesake artist (600 paintings and drawings, 150,000 other objects). The main Museum is a 1993 building modeled on a classic New England Town Hall concept; the campus also includes Norman Rockwell's last studio and two 1900s carriage houses.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $22,000 to assist Norman Rockwell Museum in rebuilding the blue stone terrace at the Museum's main entrance. The terrace has endured damage from winter freezes; this project will once again make it accessible and safe for visitors.

 

Northampton Community Music Center, Inc., NorthamptonNorthampton Community Music Center
Renovation and Expansion of Lower Level
Grant: $100,000

About the Facility: Northampton Community Music Center is a music school that fosters the love and pursuit of music through quality music education, performances, and activities accessible to all. The Center is housed in the historic South Street School Building, constructed in 1891.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Northampton Community Music Center $100,000 to renovate and expand the lower level of its facility to create 3,500 additional square feet for teaching, performing, and storage.

 

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

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

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

 

Sandisfield Arts & Restoration Committee, SandisfieldExterior of Sandisfield Arts Center
Accessibility Improvements
Grant: $12,237

About the Facility: The Sandisfield Arts Center is located in the southern portion of Berkshire County and provides an intimate audience experience with a wide diversity of programs. The Sandisfield Arts Center is a former 1839 Baptist meetinghouse and Orthodox synagogue constructed in a vernacular Greek Revival style.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund has awarded the SandisfieId Arts & Recreation Committee $12,237 for the installation of a handicap accessible lift up to the main performance area now only accessible by stairs, as well as for light and sound equipment.

 

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.

 

Shakespeare & Company, LenoxSchematic of the Center for Arts and Humanities
Center for Arts and Humanities
Grant: $395,000

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. $395,000 to support the renovation of a former sports center on campus, converting it into the Center for Arts and Humanities, which will include a multi-use 146-seat theater, rehearsal studios, classrooms and improved production space.

 

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

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

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

 

Springfield Museums, SpringfieldElephant sculpture in park, museums in background
New Museum of Springfield History
Grant: $307,000

About the Facility: Founded in 1857, Springfield Museums comprises four museums dedicated to fine art, science, and regional history. The Museum is ready for Phase II of a project to add a fifth museum to the complex that is dedicated to Springfield's heritage, which will increase the space available for exhibits and programs and enhance accessibility.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $307,000 to the Springfield Museums for the construction of a 12,000-square-foot addition to the Great Hall, including a handicapped accessible entrance, expanded visitor orientation area, new walkways, expanded collection storage, and landscaping improvements.

 

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.

 

Springfield Museums, Springfield
New Museum of Springfield History
Grant: $675,000

About the Facility: Founded in 1857, Springfield Museums comprises four museums dedicated to fine art, science, and regional history. One of these, the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, has a collection that has outgrown its current facility.

About the Project: In the spring of 2006, Springfield Museums purchased an adjacent building to house a new Museum of Springfield History. The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $675,000 for the renovation of the new building, which will present exhibits and educational programs that interpret Springfield history in the larger context of American history.

 

The Springfield Museums, Springfield Exterior of G.W.V.S. Art Museum
G.W.V.S. Art Museum
Grant: $250,000

About the Facility: The G.W.V.S. Art Museum, built in 1895, is one of five of the Springfield Museums. Fashioned after an elegant Italian villa, the museum houses a fine collection of 19th-century Chinese, Japanese, and Middle Eastern art, as well as a selection of 19th-century American paintings.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Springfield Museums $250,000 for improvements to the G.W.V.S. Art Museum. The project includes the installation of climate modification and the repair of the museum's roof and skylights.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Ventfort Hall Association, Inc., LenoxVentfort Hall
Restoration and Renovation
Grant: $120,000

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

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded $120,000 to help with the stabilization and restoration of the historic Ventfort Hall mansion's deteriorating exterior west brick wall and its second floor. This project will allow the Ventfort Hall Association to open up more of the mansion to visitors for public programming.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Edith Wharton Restoration, Inc., LenoxExterior of the Mount
Roof Replacement
Grant: $137,000

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 the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Edith Wharton Restoration $137,000 to replace and fully restore the roofs, cupolas, and chimneys of the Stables, the Mount's primary visitor center and programming space, and the Gatehouse, the year-round administrative office space.

 

Williamstown Theatre Festival, WilliamstownExterior of Williamstown Theatre 
                Festival
Scene Shop Facility
Grant: $53,000

About the Facility: Williamstown Theatre Festival is a summer-long festival held on the campus of Williams College in the Berkshires. The organization strives to attract top talent, cultivate young artists, and produce reinterpreted versions of classics and new plays from gifted playwrights.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Williamstown Theatre Festival $53,000 to renovate and outfit a new scene shop facility. The work will focus on general renovations and accessibility for the carpentry shop, metal shop, paint shop, office space, and prop storage.

 

Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke Wistariahurst Museum main house
Carriage House Project
Grant: $414,000

About the Facility: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Wistariahurst Museum tells the history of the City of Holyoke. The 3-acre site was established by the Skinner family in 1874 and includes a 26-room main house built in the Victorian Second Empire style, formal gardens, and an 1880 carriage house.

About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Wistariahurst Museum $414,000 for construction that will rehabilitate and make the Wistariahurst Carriage House accessible for increased use, including structural work on the interior to create an exhibit space, meeting space, and climate-controlled archives.

 

FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

Available Potential Enterprises, Ltd., Northampton
Grant: $15,000
Scope of Project: Capital fundraising feasibility study as the second phase of its project to develop an arts center in downtown Northampton

Available Potential Enterprises, Ltd., Northampton
Grant: $18,750
Scope of Project: Feasibility study around developing an existing building into an arts center

Becket Arts Center of the Hilltowns, Becket
Grant: $15,000
Scope of Project: A market analysis and operations plan to inform expanded programming and architectural design plans.

Berkshire Carousel, Inc., Pittsfield
Grant: $16,875
Scope of Project: Refining the strategic plan for building a classical hand-carved wooden carousel and facility in Pittsfield

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

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

The Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst
Grant: $28,500
Scope of Project: Historic structures report and cultural landscape report for the Museum's three-acre property

The Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst
Grant: $25,000
Scope of Project: Preliminary design work and option analysis for installing fire suppression and HVAC upgrades.

Greenfield Community College, Greenfield
Grant: $23,000
Scope of Project: For a business plan to determine the feasibility of opening a performing arts center

The Guthrie Center, Great Barrington
Grant: $27,750
Scope of Project: Facilities and marketing planning associated with the expansion of the Guthrie Center's usage into all four seasons

Hampshire, Franklin, Hampden Agricultural Society, Northampton
Grant: $38,000
Scope of Project: For a business plan to establish the Three County Fairground as a year-round destination for exhibitions and events

Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield
Grant: $37,500
Scope of Project: A 10-year master plan and a fundraising feasibility study

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

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

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Becket
Grant: $33,750
Scope of Project: Master plan for the campus to address capital needs

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

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

City of North Adams, North Adams
Grant: $30,000
Scope of Project: Operational and financial planning, plus early design development for the Mohawk Theater.

The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge
Grant: $38,000
Scope of Project: For a comprehensive Master Plan with prioritized timetable and infrastructure cost estimates for buildings

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

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

Topia Arts Center, Adams
Grant: $37,500
Scope of Project: Marketing and strategic planning, and a systems replacement plan to redevelop an historic cultural site into a new arts center

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

SYSTEMS REPLACEMENT PLAN GRANTS

American International College, Springfield
Grant: $5,000

The Berkshire Music School, Pittsfield
Grant: $5,000

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

Double Edge Theatre Productions, Inc., Ashfield
Grant: $4,000

Earthdance Creative Living Project, Plainfield
Grant: $4,000

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

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