Gloucester Mayor Romeo Theken shares the Massachusetts Cultural Council July 2019 newsletter. Enjoy!
Through our Community Initiative, Mass Cultural Council works to support all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. Over the last two years, our Cultural Compact pilot program supported a new and innovative approach to elevating arts and culture in communities.
Mass Cultural Council’s Cultural Compact pilot provided funding to create formal partnerships, via signed agreement, in six communities – Worcester, Springfield, Pittsfield, Lynn, New Bedford, and Harwich. We brought together municipal leaders, Local Cultural Councils, and Cultural Districts to work together to deepen the commitment of arts and culture in communities and strengthen relationships with those who support and create art in communities. READ MORE
Celebrate the vibrancy of our communities at these festivals – and more – throughout the season:
- July 11, 2019: KIDS RULE, New Bedford, MA
- July 12, 2019: Arts Night Out En Plein Air, Northampton, MA
- July 13, 2019: My Caribbean One World Expo, Boston, MA
- July 20, 2019: CultureFest, Ashland, MA
- July 20, 2019: Native American Artisan’s Festival, Aquinnah, MA
- July 24, 2019: Duxbury Hydrangea Festival, Duxbury, MA
On the Podcast Engaging Diverse Artists
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Opportunities & Resources
Guidelines are available for National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town grants. Grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Apply by Aug. 8, 2019.
Mass Cultural Council’s Festivals grants of $500 for festivals taking place from Sept. 1, 2018 – Feb 29, 2020 are now available. Applications will be reviewed on a “first-received, first-reviewed” basis. Regional diversity will be taken into consideration as part of the application review process. Apply by Sept. 16, 2019.
The next Letter of Inquiry deadline for Mass Humanities’ Project Grants is Sept. 9, 2019. Nonprofit and government organizations that serve Mass. residents are eligible to apply. Project Grants support public humanities programming in almost all formats, including lectures, reading-and-discussion series, exhibits, walking tours, film pre-production and distribution projects, teacher education projects, and out-of-school humanities enrichment programs. To commemorate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, they are prioritizing funding public programs that use the humanities to explore voting rights in America.
PolicyLink has released Working with Artists to Deepen Impact, the first in a series of briefs documenting lessons/stories from ArtPlace’s Community Development Investments.
National Endowment for the Arts’ Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ offers funding and technical assistance to communities with populations of 50,000 or less to address local economic and quality of life challenges through design solutions. Apply by July 22, 2019. Office hours available through Facebook on July 10, 1-2pm.
New England Foundation for the Art’s National Dance Project Travel Fund provides monetary assistance for U.S. based presenters, curatorial staff, and residency directors or for current NDP artist grantees to connect in person to explore feasibility of presenting NDP-funded works Rolling deadline.
Who’s Coming? Respectful Audience Surveying Toolkit, a new resource from OF/BY/FOR ALL, provides step-by-step tools to help you write a survey, share it with a truly random slice of your audience, and analyze the results.
In the News
- Stitchers turn Natick pedestrian bridge into ‘Tunnel of Love’ (Boston Globe, June 25, 2019)
- Worcester Cultural Plan Calls For More Public Art, Neighborhood Beautification, ‘Creative Villages’ (WBUR, June 14, 2019)
- Several Boston Mural Projects Honored Nationally (Patch, June 14, 2019)
- Patience and a steady hand: Increasing diversity in art conversation (Yale News, June 11, 2019)
- Boston needs to invest in a new generation of artists (Boston Globe, June 6, 2019)
- How an “Arts and Culture Economy” Rebuilt a Former Coal Town (Yes! Magazine, May 15, 2019)
- “Changing Attitudes.” A New Tool Links the Arts to Measurable Social Impacts (Inside Philanthropy, May 15, 2019)
- MassArt Is Transforming A Gallery Space Into A New Contemporary Art Museum For Boston (WBUR, May 8, 2019)