July 21, 2017
 
Adams, Boston Nonprofits Get $775K to Bolster Communities

December 9, 2016 — Two Massachusetts nonprofits, one in Adams and the other in Boston, have been awarded $775,000 from a competitive national program that encourages arts organizations to help drive community development change.

The funding, announced earlier this week, came from ArtPlace America, a collaboration of 16 foundations, eight federal agencies, and six financial institutions that works to position arts and culture to strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.

Receiving the funds were: The two nonprofits were among 29 to receive ArtPlace America grants, selected from nearly 1,400 applications.

The Old Stone Mill will use the funds to restore and reuse an historic mill as a zero waste maker space that will process community waste, serve as a center for economic innovation, and function as part of the region’s brand of cultural creation as part of a play to attract new residents.

The project will use applied arts, science, and technology to address environmental challenges and economic disinvestment.

"There is a strong creative culture and strong embrace of environmental and energy concerns in the Berkshire County region, but it is often out of reach for the less affluent," according to the Old Stone Mill.

BCNC will apply the funds to “One Chinatown,” a community-based center for arts developed in partnership with Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), slated to open next month.

One Chinatown aims to engage residents of Chinatown in a public conversation about challenges and pathways to good community health and emotional well-being in an age of rapid gentrification.

“I am humbled to be a part of this project, because I believe it is important for this moment in history,” said Giles Li, executive director of BCNC. “One Chinatown represents coming together during hard times. Two disparate communities who both live in Chinatown belong here. Two different types of institutions can show the world a new kind of relationship is possible between a neighborhood and a college.

"We are building a space for all people—poor and rich, young and old, immigrant and native-Bostonian—that supports a vision for a united Chinatown, city, and world.”

BHCC President Pam Eddinger, said, “This initiative perfectly aligns with our goal of providing culturally-inclusive education to all students.

Located on Parcel 24, a piece of land that was returned to the Chinatown community 50 years, the 5,000 square-foot One Chinatown will feature a studio theater, gallery, classrooms, and community space.

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