February 20, 2020
MassDevelopment Grants $235K to 8 Nonprofits to Advance Arts

January 23, 2020 — MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development authority, recently announced it awarded $235,000 to eight Massachusetts nonprofits to complete art and other creative-industry projects in Gateway Cities as part of the first round of Transformative Development Initiative Creative Catalyst Grant awards.

MassDevelopment President and CEO Lauren Liss said the funding "will empower Gateway City stakeholders to revitalize underused spaces, build community, and advance their neighborhoods as regional centers of arts and culture."

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • Art for the Soul Gallery, Springfield, which promotes understanding and inspire an appreciation of diverse artists: $25,000 for the Creative Quarantine Springfield Pilot, a proposed artist think-tank project that will allow local artists to immerse themselves in a creative environment and produce work over a three-week period, followed by a public exhibition.

  • Brockton Arts, an arts and culture advocacy and support organization, formerly known as the Greater Brockton Society for Poetry and the Arts: $25,000 for MAMUSE ”“ Art to the City, which will bring the Milton Art Museum, its collections, and its arts programming to a highly visible and underutilized space in downtown Brockton.

  • NewVue Communities, Fitchburg, which works to create healthy neighborhoods where residents choose to live, work, and invest: $25,000 for the Fitchburg Arts Collective Studio Space, to increase foot traffic on Main Street.

  • Regional Environmental Council, Worcester, a grassroots food justice organization: $40,000 for Main South Grown: Celebrating Food & Gardens in Main South, a proposed garden, food, and art project that will bring together Worcester growers, restaurants, urban farms, and artists.

  • Springfield Cultural Partnership Incorporated, Springfield, which oversees the management of Springfield cultural districts and promotes their growth: $25,000 for the Springfield Creative Leaders Mentorship Program, to strengthen Springfield’s arts and culture network and empower local creatives, event planners, and residents.

  • The Switchboard, Haverhill, which works to engage communities and connect people: $25,000 for the Switchboard Artist Residency Program, to provide local artists with an opportunity to showcase their work in a dynamic and affordable workspace.

  • TheatreZone, Chelsea, , which provides training opportunities for youth and adults: $30,000 for the Chelsea Community Theatre at the Chelsea Theatre Works, a proposed community theatre that will host shows in Spanish and English with bilingual interpretations.

  • Youth Experiencing Art and Hope, Fall River, known as YEAH!, which aims to inspire youth through creative arts: $40,000 for Connectivity as a Catalyst for Community Change, a proposed project in Fall River that will transform public spaces in the South Main corridor with art and design interventions aimed at highlighting and engaging local businesses.
The Creative Catalyst Grant program is a competitive grant program through which individuals and organizations in current and graduated Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) districts can apply for grants ranging from $20,000 to $40,000 to support projects that enhance local arts and culture infrastructure.

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