Funding List - Fiscal Year 2019
Funding information for previous fiscal years is available from
Mass Cultural Council's Communications Department.
Actors' Shakespeare Project, Inc., Somerville
Project: Shakespeare Inside & Out: for ensemble and performance-based Shakespeare and
theater projects for vulnerable youth in the custody of DYS, on probation, or in transition back into society to develop social, preprofessional,
artistic, and literacy skills.
Angkor Dance Troupe, Inc., Lowell
Project: Youth Creative Programming: to support vulnerable youth in their developmental process
of self-identity through connecting them to their culture of origin, and to instill in them a strong goal-setting/work ethic through the
demanding medium of Cambodian classical and folk dance.
The Art Garden, Inc., Shelburne
Project: ARTeens: to support teens in developing skills for a lifelong journey as artists, so they can
become contributing members of their communities.
Artistic Noise, Inc., Newton
Project: Artistic Noise: to provide studio art workshops in detention and a community-based, reentry
work programs for youth.
Artists for Humanity, Inc., Boston
Project: Arts Micro-enterprise: for a paid apprenticeship/leadership program to provide teens with
hands-on job training in the arts and enterprise under the mentorship of professional artists, and to include a public exhibition and
sale of the young people's artwork.
BalletRox, Inc., Boston
Project: BalletRox Dance! Community Dance Program: for a conceptual dance project
demonstrating and addressing social issues present among young teens such as bullying, body image, and cultural
Barrington Stage Company, Inc., Pittsfield
Project: Playwright Mentoring Project: for an intensive out-of-school activity to use theatre as a
catalyst to help at-risk youth, ages 13 to 19, learn valuable life skills that can aid them in developing positive self-images.
Berklee College of Music, Inc., Boston
Project: Berklee City Music-High School Academy (HSA): for an intensive program for youth
(grades 9-12) to develop musicianship by learning advanced skills, technique, and composition.
Berkshire Pulse, Inc., Great Barrington
Project: Performing Arts Program: to provide dance, world music and performing arts instruction
after school and during summer breaks for at-risk youth in southern Berkshire County.
Bird Street Community Center, Inc., Boston
Project: Arts Entrepreneurship for At-Risk Youth: for youth to experience a career exploration of the
fashion field, learning how to create and put on their own photoshoots, design and construct custom made clothing using fabric
materials and equipment, and publish a magazine highlighting their efforts.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell, Lowell
Project: Music Clubhouse: to support free youth-driven music instruction in a safe and vibrant
space to at-risk and low-income young people.
Brick House Community Resource Center, Montague
Project: Momentum Arts: to support youth ages 11-18 in developing leadership and entrepreneurial
skills, connecting to their local community through the practice, display, and sale of multi-disciplinary arts, team service projects,
and youth recognition events.
Cambridge Community Center, Inc., Cambridge
Project: The Hip Hop Transformation: to teach teens the authentic history of hip-hop culture and
equip them with the skills to write, record, and perform original music.
Cambridge Community Television, Cambridge
Project: Youth Media Program: to support teens in creating honest stories about themselves and
their communities in paid positions as media artists.
The Care Center, Holyoke
Project: Paper City Poetry Project: to increase students’ awareness and love of language and
poetry; to inspire students to express themselves through poetry; and to present contemporary poetry to the public through
instruction, student poetry anthology, and public readings.
Central Square Theater, Inc., Cambridge
Project: Youth Underground: for an theater ensemble for youth ages 13 to 25.
The Clubhouse Network, Inc., Boston
Project: to support The Clubhouse, a creative after-school learning environment where teens from "at-risk" Boston neighborhoods develop projects based on their own interests, build skills, and gain confidence through technology.
Community Art Center, Inc., Cambridge
Project: Teen Media Program: for teens to explore the issues in their lives and seek to create
positive change through media production as well as through the management of a national festival for youth-produced films and
e inc., Boston
Project: ChangeMakers: to support a twice-weekly science & action after school program for
Elevated Thought Foundation, Inc., Methuen
Project: Creative. Community. Change. (C3): for a documentary project capturing immigration
stories of members of the Lawrence community.
Enchanted Circle Theater, Holyoke
Project: YOUTH TRUTH: Arts and Advocacy for Child Welfare: to perform "Sharing our Truth," an
abbreviated performance of the Youth Truth script to spread awareness of teens experiencing out of home care and teach peers
how to support these students.
Express Yourself, Inc., Beverly
Project: Express Yourself!: to support community youth and young people from the Department of
Mental Health to collaborate in a multi-disciplinary, culturally diverse arts program that brings 17 isolated communities together to
perform at the Citi Wang Theater.
Girls Incorporated of Lynn, Lynn
Project: Beach Sisters, an environmental and marine science program for girls: to provide teen
leaders with the opportunity to work with scientists to help influence peers and younger girls to see science as exciting, to engage
with their community, and to see careers in STEM as a viable option.
GreenRoots, Inc., Chelsea
Project: Empowering and Engaging Youth Voices for Environmental Justice: to support the ECO
Youth Crew to engage and educate other youth on environmental justice issues in Chelsea.
Groundwork Lawrence, Inc., Lawrence
Project: Green Team: Engaging the Next Generation of Environmental and Social L: for students to
use the Storytelling Project Curriculum (created by Columbia University) to discuss and learn about race and racism and consider
how diverse stories can make a difference.
The Hyde Square Task Force, Inc., Boston
Project: Ritmo en Acción: for an afterschool Afro-Latin dance program to promote the artistic
growth and personal resilience of low-income, minority Boston teens and help them become successful and civically engaged
artists and individuals.
Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Boston
Project: IBA' s Youth Development Program: to support an employment-based, out-of-school
opportunity that places high school aged participants (called Peer Leaders) in rigorous courses centered on the Creative Youth
Development model and civic engagement.
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Project: Fast Forward: for high-need youth to develop audio and film work for critique and
Mass L.E.A.P. Collective, Boston
Project: Massachusetts Youth Spoken Word Leaders Program: to support Youth poets in gaining
skills in the creation and management of arts spaces, while serving their peers with quality opportunities.
Massachusetts Audubon Society, Inc., Lincoln
Project: Lowell Leaders in Stewardship: to provide out-of-school opportunities for youth in Lowell to
work alongside mentors to conduct scientific investigations, participate in habitat stewardship projects, and develop leadership
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston
Project: Artward Bound: to address issues of equity and social justice through its free, 4-year
college preparatory program.
Medicine Wheel Productions, Inc., Boston
Project: Youth Public Art Internship: to provide employment opportunities, mentorship, case
management, and therapeutic creative work for underserved or marginalized youth from across the city of Boston.
Mystic Learning Center, Inc., Somerville
Project: Books Of Hope: for teen facilitator Andrine to plan the curriculum and execute monthly
lessons and a series of creative writing workshops for teens and pre-teens in coordination with BOH and MLC staff and
New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford
Project: High School Apprenticeship Program: for apprentices to create an exhibition at the
Museum focusing on New Bedford’s first black photographer, James E. Reed.
New England Aquarium, Boston
Project: Teen Interns at NEAq: to offer paid career exploration in science and museum
administration, as well as life skills development for youth ages 14 to 18.
New England Public Radio Foundation, Springfield
Project: NEPR Media Lab: for youth to learn skills, gain confidence and activate the art of
storytelling to connect with others about issues impacting their lives.
Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, North Adams
Project: Teen Writing Workshop: to assist young writers to develop their creative work with the
guidance of expert staff through participation in weekly writing sessions, and to provide the opportunity to publish their work and
share it in public readings.
OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center, Boston
Project: Professional Dance Division: to provide youth with intensive dance training and
performance opportunities (in multiple genres), leadership development, and professional development training to promote their
selfesteem, physical fitness, and longterm self-sufficiency.
Partners for Youth With Disabilities, Boston
Project: Access to Theatre: for accessible afterschool and summer performing arts programs,
workshops, special events, classes, and leadership opportunities for approximately 50-60 youth with and without disabilities.
The Performance Project, Inc., Northampton
Project: First Generation: to provide youth with intensive arts and leadership training.
Project STEP, Inc., Boston
Project: Project STEPâ s String Training for Minority Youth: Access, Intensity: for Matthew
Smith to participate in the META Fellowship Program.
Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown
Project: Art Reach: for five public workshops taught by current Art Reach student-artists focusing
on dry point etching, painting, color theory, writing and character development, and life drawing.
RAW Art Works, Inc., Lynn
Project: RAW Chiefs and Project Launch: to help teens at the critical juncture between youth and
adulthood to envision and create positive futures; for RAW Chiefs to mentor younger artists at RAW; and for Project Launch to
provide teens with one-to-one mentoring for college access.
Rehearsal for Life, Inc., Boston
Project: Youth Unscripted: to develop peer leaders focused on social issues and community
outreach using scene work that encourages dialogue and reflection.
Shakespeare & Company, Inc., Lenox
Project: Shakespeare in the Courts: for adjudicated youth in the Berkshire County Juvenile Courts
system to rehearse and perform a Shakespeare play instead of incarceration or community service, helping the young people
develop more consistent positive behaviors.
Sociedad Latina, Inc., Boston
Project: Sociedad Latinaâ s Youth Artist Mastery Program: for Josh Synder to participate in the
META Fellowship Program.
South End Technology Center @ Tent City, Boston
Project: Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn: to engage Boston youth from elementary school through
college in the creative possibilities of STEAM.
The Theater Offensive, Boston
Project: True Colors Out Youth Theater: for an educational theater program that provides arts
instruction and leadership training to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth and their straight allies, ages 14-
Transformative Culture Project, Inc., Boston
Project: Beyond Creative: to work with youth who are most likely to be negatively impacted by
media messages and put them in control of crafting alternatives.
Worcester Youth Center, Inc., Worcester
Project: Proclaiming a Visual Voice (PAVV): for students to work with an artist to explore social
justice issues and design a mural for the WYC building in a creative expression program.
Zoo New England, Boston
Project: ZooTeens: to support the ZooTeen, ZooTeen, Jr., Teen Ambassador, and Youth Advisory
Council programs in order to provide students with access to hands-on learning opportunities, exposure to jobs in zoos and
conservation organizations, and workplace skills.
Zumix, Inc., Boston
Project: HANDS-ON Youth Development Program: to support personal guidance, self-assessment,
and leadership development in urban youth through focus on four distinct areas: songwriting and performance, instrumental
music, creative technology, and radio.
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