Funding List - Fiscal Year 2017
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AHA! Fall River, Fall River
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
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
Project: ArtsCapeCod: to increase revenues for Cape Cod cultural organizations by boosting
visibility and improving the sales and marketing.
ArtsBoston, Inc., Boston
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
Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, Pittsfield
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
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
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
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
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
Citi Performing Arts Center, Inc., Boston
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
The Hyde Square Task Force, Inc., Boston
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
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
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: 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.