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Funding List - Fiscal Year 2017

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AHA! Fall River, Fall River
Grant: $17,500
Project: AHA! Fall River: to boost economic activity by building a cultural marketplace in Fall River through themed events (mirroring the AHA! program in the neighboring city of New Bedford); strengthening collaboration among cultural venues, restaurants and retailers, and promoting the south coast region as a place for art, history, and architecture.


AHA! New Bedford, New Bedford
Grant: $21,000
Project: AHA! New Bedford: to use AHA! New Bedford's free 2nd Thursday Downtown Cultural Night, as a citywide programming platform for the creative economy; to build a cultural marketplace in New Bedford for a 24/7 audience; to strengthen collaboration among cultural venues, restaurants and retailers to boost economic activity; to leverage the economic impact of AHA! into the Seaport Cultural District; and to support the arts, culture, and tourism agenda sustained by the city in partnership with venues and non-profits.


Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Barnstable
Grant: $19,600
Project: ArtsCapeCod: to increase revenues for Cape Cod cultural organizations by boosting visibility and improving the sales and marketing.


ArtsBoston, Inc., Boston
Grant: $35,000
Project: Mayor’s Holiday 3.0: Growing and Quantifying Cultural Economic Impact : to develop a sustainable engine for Boston's cultural economy by maximizing the impact of the annual Mayor's Holiday Special as a short-term economic stimulus and long-range new customer acquisition strategy and to catalyze ticket sales to arts and culture performances as well as spending in restaurants and related sectors during the holiday sales period and then throughout the year.


Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, Pittsfield
Grant: $31,500
Project: Western Massachusetts Film and Media Initiative: to improve the infrastructure and viability of the film, television, and media industry in Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties through workforce trainings for local residents; networking events and trade conferences; marketing initiatives that attract filmmakers and other media producers to the region; and fostering initiatives that increase film-related tourism and local business revenue.


Boston Harbor Now, Inc., Boston
Grant: $5,000
Project: Illuminating Boston's Waterfront Renaissance: to increase tourism, economic development, and cultural engagement along the City of Boston's waterfront via programming and activities involving the collaborative efforts of more than 75 cultural non-profits and retail businesses.


Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge
Grant: $19,250
Project: Cambridge Arts: Creative Marketplace: to boost the visibility of the arts and drive economic activity via three programs: CSArt, a community shared art program that helps artists navigate the transition from studio production to the marketplace and helps consumers understand art as an affordable investment; the Corporate Art Program that partners artists and corporations for exhibition opportunities; and the Cambridge Arts Challenge, an audience development initiative that connects Cambridge's corporate community with the art sector.


Cape and Islands Comm. Dev., Inc., Barnstable
Grant: $20,300
Project: Promoting Cape & Islands Art via Web & Creative Placemaking: to increase revenues and employment within Cape Cod's artisan community by linking them to broader purchasing opportunities; to boost visitation and cultural participation in Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket via the ArtsCapeCod app to provide an easily accessible way for users to find information and expose artists to potential markets, and to implement two creative placemaking public art installations to strengthen community engagement and awareness of local artists.


The Center for Independent Documentary, Newton
Grant: $35,000
Project: Refocusing the Lens: The MA Film and Media Industry: to increase economic opportunities for individuals and businesses working in the film production industry in Massachusetts and attract new production business—particularly commercial and corporate work—to the state by deepening and broadening a workforce development agenda.


Citi Performing Arts Center, Inc., Boston
Grant: $20,000
Project: ArtWeek Boston: to develop and implement marketing and outreach efforts for Boston's semi-annual ArtWeek in an effort to attract international visitors; increase collaboration between cultural, business, and tourism sectors; and build greater audience participation and visitation.


Creative Haverhill, Inc., Haverhill
Grant: $28,000
Project: Creative Haverhill: to nurture and promote the local creative workforce and its industries in Haverhill; to increase economic development and visitation to the Riverfront Cultural District; to connect local artists to educational and economic opportunities; and to increase the visibility and visitation of Haverhill's Five Cultural Treasures.


Destination Worcester, Worcester
Grant: $35,000
Project: Worcester: Connecting to Creativity: to maximize the value of arts and culture as a highly visible and economically viable stimulant for Greater Worcester through the distribution and promotion of the WOO loyalty card and mobile app, that are designed to offer special deals and discounts to creative businesses; to increase visitation to Worcester's cultural organizations by college students and the general public by marketing Worcester as a creative destination; and to encourage collaboration for the mutual economic benefit of businesses and Worcester's creative economy sector.


Discover Quincy, Inc., Quincy
Grant: $21,000
Project: Discover Quincy: to highlight the educational, historic, recreational, artistic and cultural assets in the City of Quincy through the "50 Days of Freedom" program series in an effort to increase tourism and bolster the local business economy.


Double Edge Theatre Productions, Inc., Ashfield
Grant: $19,250
Project: The Hilltowns Outdoor Spectacle: to boost economic development, community partnerships and civic pride through a collaboration between artists, tradespeople and community members of the Hill Towns area.


Downtown Taunton Foundation, Inc., Taunton
Grant: $19,600
Project: Downtown Taunton Creates: to strengthen downtown Taunton's small businesses, increase the visibility of local artists and cultural organizations, and promote a positive image of downtown Taunton as a desirable place to live, work, and visit through engaging cultural events, innovative public art projects, thoughtful arts space development, and collaborative marketing efforts.


City of Easthampton, Easthampton
Grant: $28,000
Project: Easthampton City Arts+: to foster economic activity in Easthampton by promoting and cultivating artists and creative businesses; to enhance the City's reputation as a cultural destination through the development and implementation of city-wide cultural programs and events, sales opportunities, entrepreneurial training and professional resources to artists and cultural organizations.


Greenfield Recreation Department, Greenfield
Grant: $21,560
Project: Greenfield: A Place Where You Belong: to bolster the local economy by creating comprehensive marketing tools to promote local assets, connect artists and local employers, and increase audience participation in the arts; engage artists, businesses and youth to create public art; and expand existing First Fridays programming and Greenfield's free concert series.


Grove Hall Neighborhood Development Corp, Boston
Grant: $14,500
Project: Roxbury Memory History Trail: to develop and implement a marketing and branding campaign, including mobile and web platforms, to link cultural assets and businesses along the Together Trail Swell that links Dudley Square to Franklin Park Zoo.


Grub Street, Inc., Boston
Grant: $14,000
Project: Boston Literary Cultural District: to boost economic activity by increasing cultural tourism to, and public engagement in, the literary arts via Boston's Literary Cultural District; and leverage partnerships with restaurants, hotels and businesses.


Holyoke Creative Arts Center, Holyoke
Grant: $17,500
Project: The ARTery Project: to develop creative enterprise in Holyoke by providing business and professional resources; to establish an infrastructure that improves the ability for artists and innovators to make a living; and for more creative companies to efficiently and effectively manage their business and create jobs for a talented, vibrant and engaged workforce.


The Hyde Square Task Force, Inc., Boston
Grant: $22,772
Project: Viva el Latin Quarter: to engage residents and draw visitors to Boston's Latin Quarter in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood through interactive, inclusive, multi-generational outdoor cultural events that connect and foster relationships among residents, artists and businesses in the Jamaica Plain community.


Lynn Economic Dev. Industrial Corp., Lynn
Grant: $5,000
Project: Artful Transformation – Expanding the Reach: to implement a placemaking and branding initiative that expands the District's reach to visitors, encourages downtown development and investment, and strengthens opportunities and resources for the local arts community.


Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams
Grant: $28,000
Project: Berkshire Cultural Resource Center: to provide presenting and sales opportunities as well as professional development resources for artists, arts professionals, and creative economy workers with the goal of attracting and retaining a creative class of people to the Berkshires while fostering economic stability in downtown North Adams.


Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams
Grant: $35,000
Project: Assets for Artists: to provide an innovative set of tools to enable low-income artists of all disciplines to advance entrepreneurially and financially through financial education, microenterprise training, home ownership assistance, and access to capital; and help communities throughout Massachusetts attract and retain artists, contributing to the cultural and economic vitality of those communities.


MIT Museum, Cambridge
Grant: $35,000
Project: Cambridge Science Festival: to enhance science-based workforce development and business opportunities in the city of Cambridge; to showcase the city as a recognized leader in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) through the Cambridge Science Festival, an annual multifaceted celebration showcasing the leading edge of science, technology, engineering that takes place in university, corporate, and public settings throughout the city; and for Science on the Street, an initiative that takes the best of the festival on the road, making STEAM accessible, engaging, and fun throughout the year; to boost tourism and increase employment opportunities and educational collaborations.


Town of Montague, Montague
Grant: $19,765
Project: Turners Falls RiverCulture: to transform Turners Falls from a 19th century mill town to a vibrant destination for residents, business owners, and tourists through a series of cultural events that revolve around the elements that make Turners Falls unique, including the town's natural landscape, its cultural assets, and its creative individuals.


Town of Natick, Natick
Grant: $21,000
Project: Natick Alive: to increase audiences, attract artists and cultural enterprises, encourage business development and investment, and strategically position the Natick Center Cultural District as a destination by developing and implementing strategic marketing and branding initiatives.


Pittsfield Office of Cultural Dev., Pittsfield
Grant: $31,500
Project: Upstreet Creative: to increase the number of visitors, new businesses, and active artist spaces in the Upstreet Cultural District; to support writers through mobile pop-up studios and a new residency program; to generate increased revenue for arts-related businesses by enhancing the attractiveness and ease-of-use of the district with public art and creative signage, expanded arts visibility, artist installations, and special events; and to grow a robust economy in Pittsfield through cultural development.


Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield
Grant: $18,900
Project: Jurassic Roadshow: to promote the upper Pioneer Valley's creative and hospitality industries through a science-based, dinosaur themed tourism initiative aimed at families and general audiences; to increase local visitation and improve tourism sector infrastructure and capacity, and advance the visibility of dinosaur attractions throughout the region by working with museums, outdoor sites, amateur & professional paleontologists, historians, artists & musicians on creating events in casual settings (craft fair, farmers market, library, bank, etc.) where information is accessible to the public; to advance national media visibility by developing new web based tools.


Quaboag Valley CDC, Ware
Grant: $13,500
Project: TRACK - Three Rivers Artists Community Knowledge: to boost the economy in the central business district of Three Rivers by providing training and support to artists, business owners, and landlords through workshops, cross promotional strategies, creative use of vacant space, and technical business assistance designed to enhance the downtown area, attract business development, and increase opportunities for artists.


City of Revere, Revere
Grant: $10,000
Project: Promotion of the Revere Beach Creative District: to establish a cultural district along the shoreline of Revere Beach adjacent to the Revere Beach MBTA station.


Rocky Neck Art Colony, Inc., Gloucester
Grant: $24,500
Project: Establishment of Cultural Development Office: to establish a cultural development office in the community to champion innovation in arts and culture, and provide support for private and public cultural development; to develop an inclusive, collaborative cultural plan for Gloucester to strengthen historic links between the city's maritime culture, community and the arts.


Shelburne Falls Area Business Assn., Shelburne
Grant: $17,500
Project: Connecting Creativity & Community: to boost Shelburne Falls Cultural District as a destination by implementing marketing and branding activities, events, and programs that increase audiences, attract artists and cultural enterprises, and encourage business development and investment,


Somerville Arts Council, Somerville
Grant: $16,300
Project: ArtsUnion: to boost the cultural economic development of the Union Square area through ethnically diverse outdoor events, markets, and cultural tours; and to influence public policies that support arts related development and retain the district character of the Union Square area.


Total: $741,295

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