Funding List - Fiscal Year 2015
View a list of previously funded projects.
AHA!, New Bedford
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; and to leverage
the economic impact of AHA! into a downtown Cultural District and an arts, culture, and tourism agenda sustained by the city in partnership with venues and non-profits.
Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Hyannis
Project: ArtsCapeCod to increase revenues for cultural organizations on Cape Cod by boosting visibility and improving the sales and marketing infrastructure through the creation of a Cape-wide web site promoting all cultural activities; establishing a centralized online box office function so that ticket purchasing is available for all venues, including
smaller cultural organizations; and launching an informational syndicate to provide greatly improved access to on-line listings.
ArtsBoston, Inc., Boston
Project: Greater Boston Holiday Arts Revenue Project to create a new and 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.
Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, Pittsfield
Project: Western Massachusetts Film Initiative to improve the infrastructure and viability of the film, television and new media industry in Berkshire, Hampshire, Hampden, and Franklin Counties to encourage productions to use regional locations and crew; to provide training for local residents; and to market the region to filmmakers, advertising companies, and other media producers with the economic ambition of increasing film-related tourism and boosting the revenues of local businesses.
Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge
Project: Community Supported Art to help artists navigate the transition from studio production to the marketplace, and help consumers see art as an affordable investment through Community Supported Art.
Cape and Islands Comm. Dev., Inc., Hyannis
Project: Art Apps for Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket to increase revenues and employment within Cape Cod’s artisan community by linking them to broader purchasing opportunities; and to boost visitation and cultural participation in Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket by creating an app for mobile devices to provide an easily
accessible way for users to find information and expose artists to potential markets.
The Center for Independent Documentary, Newton
Project: MA Film & 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.
Discover Roxbury, Boston
Project: ArtROX! Hub to increase patronage and foot traffic into Dudley Square by providing artists and craftspeople with a venue to sell and exhibit their work at a highly-visible storefront in Roxbury.
Downtown Taunton Foundation, Inc., Taunton
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
Project: Easthampton City Arts+ to increase the long-term economic viability of individual artists and the city of Easthampton through the promotion of a buy local art initiative, public art projects and events to benefit artists and arts related businesses, and micro-grants for creative businesses.
Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, Haverhill
Project: Creative Haverhill to support the activities of Creative Haverhill.
Grub Street, Inc., Boston
Project: Literary Cultural District to make downtown Boston more vibrant, increase cultural tourism and economic impact, and attract more philanthropic funding, writers and publishing entrepreneurs through the creation of the nation’s first Literary District.
Handel and Haydn Society, Boston
Project: Beyond the Bicentennial to create experiential, technology-rich programs for visitors to discover the Boston’s musical life in new ways, focusing on Handel and Haydn Society’s 200th anniversary as a means to raise Boston’s creative profile and integrate the performing arts into the common visitor experience.
Holyoke Creative Arts Center, Holyoke
Project: Holyoke: Main ARTery to develop creative enterprise in Holyoke by providing business and professional resources; to establish an infrastructure that improves the economic wherewithal 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.
City of Leominster, Leominster
Project: Artist Gateway to connect artists and cultural organizations to economic development efforts; create new arts and cultural enterprise development; raise awareness of "shop local Leominster" campaign; increase the appeal of arts and culture to increase visitors; expand cultural and tourism events to promote economic stability in downtown; and
expand the arts and culture base to secure a stronger economic base of operations.
Martha's Vineyard Commission, Tisbury
Project: Martha's Vineyard Fall for the Arts to improve visitation and spending on Martha's
Vineyard for creative institutions, businesses, and individuals, and for the hospitality industry and retail; to extend the shoulder
season by attracting seasonal residents and visitors to the Island through “Fall for the Arts,” the Vineyard component of a Cape &
Islands series of cultural events; and leverage marketing efforts with a joint campaign with partners on Cape Cod and Nantucket,
encouraging visitors to plan regional trips to the Cape and Islands.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams
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
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
Project: Cambridge Science Festival & Science on the Street 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
Town of Montague, Montague
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
Town of Natick, Natick
Project: Natick Center Cultural District Planning to develop marketing and branding efforts in order
to grow audiences, attract artists and cultural enterprises, encourage business development and investment, and strategically
position the Natick Center Cultural District as a destination.
City of Pittsfield, Pittsfield
Project: Upstreet Creative to increase the number of visitors, new businesses, and active artist
spaces in the Upstreet Cultural District; 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
Project: Jurassic Roadshow to promote the upper Pioneer Valley's creative and hospitality
industries around 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
Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester
Project: Cape Ann Cultural Districts Mobile Device App to increase market awareness of Cape
Ann's chain of creative communities, individual artists, museums, and businesses through the creation of a mobile app that
provides a free, consolidated, flexible platform to access information and way-finding for each of the four state-designated Cape
Ann cultural districts – Rockport, Essex River, Gloucester’s Rocky Neck, and Gloucester’s Harbortown.
Sandwich Free Public Library, Sandwich
Project: Glass Town Cultural District Outreach Initiative to implement a performing and visual arts
outreach initiative across all seasons; increase visitor traffic through a comprehensive marketing campaign; increase local
business revenue by increasing exposure of Sandwich as a year-round destination; and utilize cultural assets in the Glass Town
Cultural District to showcase local art.
Shelburne Falls Area Business Assn., Shelburne
Project: Shelburne Falls Cultural District Planning to develop marketing and branding efforts in
order to grow audiences, attract artists and cultural enterprises, encourage business development and investment, and
strategically position the Shelburne Falls Cultural District as a destination.
Somerville Arts Council, Somerville
Project: ArtsUnion to cultivate, promote and expand the economic outputs of Union Square and
East Somerville’s artistic and business communities by presenting ethnically diverse outdoor events, markets, and cultural tours;
and to explore zoning policies that support arts related development and retain the distinct character of Somerville
Worcester Cultural Coalition, Worcester
Project: Do You WOO? 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, which is
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.