February 20, 2020
Jacob’s Pillow Dance and Girls Inc. of Worcester Receive Grants

August 21, 2015 — Jacob’s Pillow Dance in Becket and Girls Inc. of Worcester each recently received grants from national organizations outside the state, aimed at enhancing capacity building and program support, respectively.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance, which seeks to engage and deepen public appreciation and support for dance, received a $500,000 grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, based in New York, one of 18 “outstanding dance companies” nationally to receive inaugural funding from the Leadership Grants Program for Dance.

The grant will support long-term organizational goals, including increasing organizational capacity, executing new artistic initiatives, strengthening data and evaluation systems, and other strategies.

According to the foundation, Jacob’s Pillow distinguished itself by the quality of its choreography, the impact of touring on communities, and successful expansion of its initiatives and educational programming.

Ben Cameron, program director for the arts at DDCF, said, “These grants support dance companies and dance presenters that have been leaders, both artistically and organizationally, thinking creatively about reaching audiences in exciting new ways. We are honored to support their work with these flexible grants, designed to help them achieve their self-defined, long-term goals.” The 18 organizations are:

Jacob’s Pillow, which runs America's longest-running dance festival, each year offers 200 free performances, talks, and events and performances by more than 50 dance companies, attracting attendees from across the U.S. and around the world. The nonprofit also enables dancers to train at The School at Jacob's Pillow, reputed to be one of the country’s most prestigious professional dance training centers.

Girls Inc. of Worcester Receives AAUW Community Action Grant

Girls Inc. of Worcester, which helps girls navigate the challenges of growing up female to gain the skills and confidence to achieve their goals, was awarded a $4,000 grant from the American Association of University Women in Washington D.C., to support a violence prevention program.

“We are grateful to AAUW for supporting “Girls Promoting Safety”, a violence prevention program that has successfully been delivered to middle school girls for over 10 years,” said Victoria Waterman, CEO of Girls Inc. of Worcester.

The safety program will serve a diverse group of 50 girls and will be offered on-site as part of the school day at Burncoat Middle School in 55-minute weekly class periods for 32 weeks. Topics include communication, assertiveness skills, understanding healthy relationships, recognizing and dealing with stress, handling angry feelings, resolving conflict, peer/media pressure, bullying and sexual harassment, and understanding relationship violence.

“We’re so proud that these AAUW grants have such a positive impact on local communities across the country,” said Gloria Blackwell, AAUW vice president of fellowships, grants, and global programs. “Former grantees have even seen their projects scaled to the national level, such as AAUW’s National Tech Trek camps. We’re excited to see what new programs will be started to advance equality for women and girls.”

Founded in 1916, Girls Inc. serves 1,800 girls annually ranging in ages 5-18 through 14 direct services sites in schools, housing developments, and program partnerships in greater Worcester.

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