February 18, 2020
Mass. Arts & Culture Nonprofits Awarded $1M to Aid Missions

February 9, 2018 — The National Endowment for the Arts earlier this week announced it is granting $1,097,500 to 40 nonprofits across Massachusetts that provide performances and exhibitions, arts education programs, festivals, and artist residencies.

Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), said, "These NEA-supported projects are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives."

The following organizations will receive the grants:
  • Amherst College, Amherst: $10,000 to support the publication and promotion of the magazine "The Common" and $10,000 to support Folger Theatre's production of "Devanant's Macbeth."

  • BalletRox, Jamaica Plain: $20,000 to support a community dance program for youth.

  • Berklee College of Music, Inc., Boston: $25,000 to support musical performances and related educational and outreach activities at the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival.

  • Boston Ballet, Boston: $50,000 to support Parts In Suite, a performance program featuring repertory dance works.

  • Boston Children's Chorus, Boston: $25,000 to support the Premier Choir and Young Men's Ensemble, vocal music training programs for high school youth in the Greater Boston area.

  • Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston: $75,000 to support concerts and events in celebration the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein's birth.

  • Boston University, Boston: $25,000 to support the Tanglewood Institute's Young Artists Orchestra and Young Artists Wind Ensemble.

  • Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, Boston: $35,000 to support the Intensive Community Program, a string instrument training program serving students in Boston communities.

  • Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Babson Park: $10,000 to support a production of "Richard III" in the 2018 Free Shakespeare on the Common.

  • Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cotuit: $10,000 to support a program of art instruction intended to serve people with disabilities, culminating in the installation of a public art project.

  • Design that Matters, Salem: $35,000 to support a design internship program which will offer hands-on experience to students and recent graduates.

  • Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Provincetown: $25,000 to support a fellowship program for emerging visual artists and writers.

  • Five Colleges, Incorporated, Amherst: $10,000 to support a dance residency for students.

  • Friends of Madame White Snake, Brookline: $12,500 to support the commission, development, and production of "PermaDeath" by composer Dan Visconti and librettist Cerise Lim Jacobs.

  • Handel & Haydn Society, Boston: $45,000 to support performances of Handel's oratorio "Hercules" on period instruments with related educational activities.

  • Huntington Theatre Company, Boston: $30,000 to support the production of "Top Girls" by Caryl Churchill.

  • Hyde Square Task Force, Jamaica Plain: $10,000 support a performance and youth workshops by Afro-Latin musician Zayra Pola.

  • Indian Hill Music, Littleton: $10,000 to support orchestral performances by musician and composer David Amram featuring local students and the Orchestra of Indian Hill.

  • Inquilinos Boricuas En Acción, Boston: $10,000 to support a multidisciplinary series of arts events.

  • Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Boston: $15,000 to support a free visual arts learning program for teens.

  • Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Becket: $90,000 to support the presentation of dance artists as well as a variety of education and outreach activities.

  • Juventas Music, Boston: $10,000 to support the premiere of "Freedom Ride," an opera by composer and librettist Dan Shore at Juventas New Music Ensemble, in a semi-staged concert presentation.

  • Lowell Folk Festival, Lowell: $35,000 to support the Lowell Folk Festival.

  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams: $75,000 to support an emerging collective impact initiative that will integrate the arts into the work of the Berkshire Compact for Education.

  • Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams: $20,000 to support commissioning projects by artists Taryn Simon and Anya Gallaccio at MASS MoCA.

  • Massachusetts Review, Amherst: $10,000 to publications in print

  • musiConnects, Roslindale: $10,000 to support a concert series featuring the Boston Public Quartet and Boston's refurbished street pianos.

  • Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Boston: $25,000 to support after-school and summer performing arts workshops and classes for youth.

  • Peabody Essex Museum, Salem: $45,000 to support the traveling exhibition "T.C. Cannon: Remember Me Blues," and accompanying catalogue.

  • Project STEP, Boston: $50,000 to support an intensive string music training program for youth.

  • Raw Art Works, Lynn: $40,000 to support a media arts education program for youth.

  • Si, Se Puede, Lawrence: $10,000 support the presentation of multidisciplinary works by several guest artists, performed in collaboration with local artists in Lawrence, Massachusetts, as well as community arts workshops.

  • Somerville Arts Council, Somerville: $10,000 to support a new workshop series for PuppetPalooza, an annual puppetry festival.

  • Tupelo Press, North Adams: $20,000 to support the publication and promotion of books of poetry and essays, including work in translation.

  • Vigorous Interventions in Ongoing Natural Settings, Dorchester: $10,000 support a series of free jazz concerts featuring the Makanda Project, with community art activities.

  • Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown: $15,000 to support training programs for theater students and early career theater professionals.

  • World Music, Cambridge: $50,000 to support a series of artistic collaborations featuring Indian tabla musician Zakir Hussain.

  • Yard, Inc., Chilmark: $30,000 to support contemporary dance performances and artist residencies.

  • Young at Heart Chorus, Florence: $10,000 to support a touring production of "Young@Heart Under the Big Tent," a new musical theater work created with a chorus of elders.

  • Zeiterion Theatre, New Bedford: $35,000 to support a series of multidisciplinary performances.

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