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Funding List - Fiscal Year 2016

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AHA! New Bedford, New Bedford
Grant: $24,500
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, Centerville
Grant: $12,600
Project: ArtsCapeCod to increase revenues for Cape Cod cultural organizations by boosting visibility and improving the sales and marketing infrastructure via ArtsCapeCod.org, a website promoting all Cape-based cultural activities; to expand website functionality to establish a centralized online box office; and to launch an informational syndicate to provide improved access to on-line listings.


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: $35,000
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.


The Boston Harbor Association, 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: $26,250
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 Community Development, Inc., Centerville
Grant: $21,000
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, Sharon
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, Boston
Grant: $14,000
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.


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.


City of Holyoke, 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.


City of Revere, Revere
Grant: $22,400
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.


Design Museum Boston, Inc., Boston
Grant: $5,000
Project: Transforming an Overpass into an Urban Innovation Gallery to repurpose an interstate overpass between Boston's South End and Fort Point neighborhoods by installing an outdoor Urban Innovation Gallery that connects residents, artists, designers, engineers and policymakers to innovative solutions to urban issues.


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, 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.


Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Arts and Education Foundation, 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.


Greenfield Recreation Department, Greenfield
Grant: $18,062
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 Corporation, Boston
Grant: $16,100
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.


The Hyde Square Task Force, Inc., Jamaica Plain
Grant: $21,089
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 Development Industrial Corporation, 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.


Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development, Pittsfield
Grant: $35,000
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 Community Development Corporation, 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.


Rocky Neck Art Colony, Inc., Gloucester
Grant: $21,000
Project: Establishment of City of Gloucester Cultural Development Office to establish an Office of Cultural Development in the City of Gloucester to champion innovation in arts and culture, provide support for private and public cultural development, and invigorate the City's cultural tourism agenda; 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 Association, Shelburne Falls
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: $13,050
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 distinct character of the Union Square area.


Town of Montague, Turners Falls
Grant: $16,250
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: $17,500
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.


Total: $734,552

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