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Funding List - Fiscal Years 2014

GREATER BOSTON
MERRIMACK VALLEY
NORTH OF BOSTON
PLYMOUTH, CAPE COD AND ISLANDS
BRISTOL COUNTY
METROWEST
WORCESTER COUNTY
FRANKLIN COUNTY
PIONEER VALLEY
BERKSHIRES
STATEWIDE

View a list of previously funded projects.

GREATER BOSTON

ArtROX! Hub, Roxbury
Lead Applicant: Discover Roxbury
Funded 2005-2010, 2014
The project seeks to increase patronage and foot traffic in Dudley Square by providing artists and craftspeople with a venue to sell and exhibit their work at a highly-visible storefront in Roxbury, and to boost opportunities for increased walk-in sales at surrounding eateries, shops, and other businesses. The project aims to engage residents, visitors, students, and office workers with interactive programming, exhibitions, workshops, and networking events.
Grant: $37,500

ArtsUnion, Somerville
Lead Applicant: Somerville Arts Council
Funded 2005-2014
The ArtsUnion project aims to cultivate, promote and expand the economy of Union Square and East Somerville’s artistic and business communities by presenting ethnically diverse outdoor events, markets, and cultural tours. The project will also identify zoning policies that support arts related development while retaining the distinct character of Somerville neighborhoods.
Grant: $19,175

Beyond the Bicentennial, Boston
Lead Applicant: Handel and Haydn Society
Funded 2014
Handel and Haydn Society, the Freedom Trail Foundation, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will create experiential, technology-rich programs that let visitors discover Boston’s musical life in new ways. Using the Handel and Haydn Society’s 200th anniversary (2015) as a catalyst, the project partner’s intent is to raise Boston’s creative profile in the performing arts to stimulate wide-spread public interest and economic gains.
Grant: $37,500     

Cambridge Science Festival & Science on the Street
Lead Applicant: MIT Museum
Funded 2007-2014
To enhance science-based workforce development and business opportunities in Cambridge by showcasing the city as a recognized leader in science, technology, engineering, art, and math through the Cambridge Science Festival, an annual multifaceted celebration involving more than 150 programs highlight that take place in university, corporate, and public settings; and for Science on the Street, an initiative that takes the best of the festival to communities throughout the state as a means of boosting tourism and increasing employment opportunities and educational collaborations.
Grant: $37,500

Community Supported Art Project
Lead Applicant: Cambridge Center for Adult Education
Funded 2011-2014
The project’s economic goal is to help artists navigate the transition from studio production to the marketplace and develop a viable revenue stream, and help consumers buy the art that is produced. Using community-supported agriculture as a model buyers invest in local artists and reap a harvest of original art. In the next two years, CSArt will expand the artists' product line to year-round availability; broaden and deepen ties to shareholders to build repeat customers; promote the brand; increase business training for participants and other interested artists.
Grant: $18,750

Greater Boston Holiday Arts Revenue Project
Lead Applicant: ArtsBoston, Inc.
Funded 2006, 2008-2014
The project intends to maximize the short-term economic stimulus impact of the annual Mayor's Holiday Special by developing a long-range new customer acquisition strategy. The project will stimulate ticket sales to arts and culture performances and related spending in the hospitality sector during the holiday sales period and then throughout the year. Consumer research into first-time ticket buyers will inform the design of special offers to induce second sales to generate economic activity throughout the year.
Grant: $37,500

Literary Cultural District, Boston
Lead Applicant: Grub Street, Inc.
Funded 2014
By creating of the nation’s first Literary District, the project partners aim to boost the visibility and economic impact of Boston’s writers and publishing entrepreneurs. Focusing on the heart of the city, the project will include book festivals, storytelling, literary history, author readings, and community events.
Grant: $20,000

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MERRIMACK VALLEY

Creative Haverhill
Lead Applicant: Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce
Funded 2009 (Planning) and 2011-2014
The project will develop a strategic approach to nurture and promote the local creative workforce and its industries within the City of Haverhill.
Grant: $10,000

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NORTH OF BOSTON

Cape Ann Cultural Districts Mobile Device App
Lead Applicant: Rocky Neck Art Colony
Funded 2014
The project seeks to increase market awareness of Cape Ann's creative communities, individual artists, museums, and businesses through the creation of a new mobile app that will provide 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.
Grant: $7,470

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PLYMOUTH, CAPE COD AND ISLANDS

Art Apps for Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket
Lead Applicant: Cape and Islands Community Development, Inc.
Funded 2005-2010, 2013-2014
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 by creating an app for mobile devices to provide an easily accessible way for users to find information and expose artists to potential markets.
Grant: $37,500

ArtsCapeCod
Lead Applicant: Arts Foundation of Cape Cod
Funded 2013 (Planning), 2014
The project will increase revenues for cultural organizations on Cape Cod by boosting visibility and improving sales 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 and cultural organizations regardless of size and capacity; and launching an informational consortium to improve access to on-line listings.
Grant: $26,250

Glass Town Cultural District Outreach Initiative, Sandwich
Lead Applicant: Sandwich Free Public Library
Funded 2014
The project aims 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 the town’s cultural assets in the Glass Town Cultural District to showcase local art.
Grant: $24,375

Martha's Vineyard Fall for the Arts
Lead Organization: Martha's Vineyard Commission
Funded 2011 (Planning Grant), 2014
The project seeks 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.
Grant: $15,000

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BRISTOL COUNTY

AHA!, New Bedford
Lead Organization: AHA!
Funded 2000-2003, 2005-2014
AHA! is New Bedford's free 2nd Thursday Downtown Cultural Night, a collaborative effort involving more than 60 partners. The project’s economic mission is to use AHA! 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.
Grant: $26,250

Downtown Taunton Creates, Taunton
Lead Applicant: Downtown Taunton Foundation, Inc.
Funded 2014
The project partner’s objective is 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.
Grant: $23,250

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METROWEST

Natick Center Cultural District Planning, Natick
Lead Applicant: Town of Natick
Funded 2014
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.
Grant: $10,000

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WORCESTER COUNTY

Artist Gateway
Lead Applicant: City of Leominster
Funded 2010 (Planning), 2013-2014
The economic development goals of the project include connecting artists and cultural organizations to the city’s broader economic development efforts, creating new arts and cultural enterprise development, raising awareness of a "shop local Leominster" campaign, increasing the appeal of arts and culture to increase visitorship, and expand cultural and tourism events to promote economic stability in downtown.
Grant: $14,000

Do You WOO?, Worcester
Lead Applicant: Worcester Cultural Coalition
Funded 2000-2003, 2005-2014
The project’s intent is 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 through the distribution and promotion of the WOO loyalty card, which is designed to offer special deals and discounts to creative businesses.
Grant: $37,500

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FRANKLIN COUNTY

RiverCulture, Turners Falls
Lead Applicant: Town of Montague
Funded 2006-2014
The project aims 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.
Grant: $24,400

Shelburne Falls Cultural District Planning, Buckland and Shelburne
Lead Applicant: Shelburne Falls Area Business Association
Funded 2014
The project will develop and launch marketing and branding strategies to increase visitation, attract artists and cultural enterprises, encourage business development and investment, and strategically position the Shelburne Falls Cultural District as a destination.
Grant: $10,000

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PIONEER VALLEY

Easthampton City Arts+, Easthampton
Lead Applicant: City of Easthampton
Funded 2005-2006, 2008-2014
Easthampton City Arts works 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.
Grant: $30,000

Holyoke: Main ARTery, Holyoke
Lead Applicant: Holyoke Creative Arts Center
Funded 2014
The project will foster creative enterprise in Holyoke by establishing an infrastructure that improves the economic wherewithal for artists and innovators to make a living by providing business and professional resources.
Grant: $37,500

Jurassic Roadshow (formerly Fossil Fuel for the Valley)
Lead Applicant: Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
Funded 2009 (Planning) and 2011-2014
The project promotes the upper Pioneer Valley's creative and hospitality industries through a science-based, dinosaur themed tourism series of programs aimed at families and general audiences. Museums, outdoor sites, amateur & professional paleontologists, historians, artists & musicians create events in casual settings (craft fair, farmers market, library, bank, etc.) where information is easily accessible to the public.
Grant: $21,000

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BERKSHIRES

Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, North Adams
Lead Applicant: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Funded 2006-2014
The Berkshire Cultural Resource Center provides 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.
Grant: $37,500

Upstreet Creative, Pittsfield
Lead Applicant: City of Pittsfield
Funded 2014
The project seeks 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.
Grant: $33,750

Western Massachusetts Film Initiative
Lead Applicant: Berkshire Film and Media Commission
Funded 2013 (Planning), 2014
The project aims to improve the infrastructure and viability of the film, television and new media industry in Berkshire, Hampshire, Hampden, and Franklin Counties by encouraging film production companies to use regional locations and crew; training local residents; and marketing 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.
Grant: $37,500

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STATEWIDE

Assets for Artists
Lead Applicant: Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
Funded 2007(Planning), 2009-2014
The project provides 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.
Grant: $37,500

The Massachusetts Film & Media Industry
Lead Applicant: The Center for Independent Documentary
Funded 2005, 2008-2009, 2011-2014
The project seeks 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 - by deepening and broadening a workforce development agenda.
Grant: $37,500

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Total: $746,170

 
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