March 25, 2019
Nine Greater Boston Grassroots Arts Nonprofits Get $95K

April 8, 2018 — Nine Greater Boston nonprofit grassroots arts programs recently were granted $95,500 in connection with an effort that aims to provide local artists an opportunity to experiment, delve more deeply into their artistic process, and create, develop and showcase innovative new works that represent diverse voices and perspectives.

The grants were included among 65 grants totaling $785,000 awarded to individual artists and organizations in connection with the second year of the Live Arts Boston partnership between The Boston Foundation and the Barr Foundation (TBF). Grantees were chosen through an open application and community review process that included local artists, presenters, and producers.

“The number and breadth of applications for Live Arts Boston this year demonstrates both the remarkable vibrancy of the Greater Boston arts community and the need for increasing local support for artists and producers,” said Paul S. Grogan, TBF president and CEO, last week in announcing the grants. “We are proud to work with the Barr Foundation to make these funds available to grassroots arts programs that shape so much of the culture of our city and region.”

Last year's grantees reported that the funding allowed them to take new risks, present material to new and different audiences, and pay Greater Boston artists who were part of their productions, according to TBF.

Nonprofits receiving this year's grants were the following: “Live Arts Boston is living proof that organizations such as the Boston Foundation believe in the healing power, community impact, and shared experiences that music and live performances have on people,” said BAMS founder Catherine Morris.

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