April 22, 2019
Mass. Arts Nonprofits Get $9M to Strengthen Their Capacity

October 4, 2018 — The Barr Foundation in Boston yesterday announced it has awarded $9,693,000 to 29 Massachusetts arts nonprofits in connection with a new initiative aimed at strengthening the financial health and capacity of those organizations.

The grants are part of a larger $25 million investment in the 29 nonprofits by the Barr Foundation and The Klarman Family Foundation, called the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative.

San San Wong, Director of Arts & Creativity for the Barr Foundation, said, “Arts and cultural organizations have enormous potential to add value to the vibrancy, social wellbeing, and creative economies of their communities. Yet, amidst rapid change in our communities and broader society, these organizations must also grow and change.

"To remain relevant and to thrive, compelling artistic programming that engages diverse artists and audiences is necessary but not sufficient. Organizations also need a sound operating model with adequate and appropriate capital, and staff and board members who embrace change and cultural differences."

Receiving the three-year grants from the Barr Foundation were the following:
  • A Far Cry, Boston: $300,000
  • Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton: $162,000
  • Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield: $537,000
  • Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Boston: $225,000
  • Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Malden: $300,000
  • Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester: $375,000
  • Community Access to the Arts, Great Barrington: $312,000
  • The Community Art Center, Cambridge: $300,000
  • Community Music School of Springfield, Springfield: $387,000
  • Company One Theatre, Boston: $225,000
  • The Dance Complex, Cambridge: $225,000
  • Design Museum Boston, Boston: $225,000
  • Double Edge Theatre, Ashfield: $ 312,000
  • Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, Boston: $300,000
  • Featherstone Center for the Arts, Martha's Vineyard: $237,000
  • Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg: $312,000
  • Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington: $462,000
  • Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lowell: $450,000
  • New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!, New Bedford: $162,000
  • New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, New Bedford: $312,000
  • Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge: $612,000
  • Now + There, Boston: $225,000
  • Payomet Performing Arts Center, North Truro: $312,000
  • Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown: $387,000
  • Raw Art Works, Lynn: $450,000
  • The Record Co., Boston: $150,000
  • SpeakEasy Stage, Boston: $375,000
  • Worcester Art Museum, Worcester: $600,000
  • Zeiterion Theatre, New Bedford: $462,000
Bonnie J. Butkas, executive director of Merrimack Repertory Theatre, which received the largest foundation grant in its 40 years, said, “The Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative is an incredible opportunity to become financially stable, build capacity, and grow our focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion..”

Ronda Faloon, Executive Director of the Cape Ann Museum, noted that the grant will "strengthen our ability to contribute to the cultural vibrancy of our communities."

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