Check out this exciting opportunity to hear local artisans speak about their crafts at the Fuller Craft Museum on April 19th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m! Space is limited, so be sure to register soon!
Since its beginning in 2011, the Black & White Party has served as Discover Roxbury’s annual fundraiser specifically formed to support local artists and advance arts education and programming in Roxbury. Net proceeds from the event directly fund the operations of Roxbury Open Studios, the ArtROX! Hub, and other events in the ArtROX! series.
Discover Roxbury Black & White PartyPatrons consist of artists, art lovers, emerging fashion designers, and social leaders from across Greater Boston. You never know who you’ll meet, especially with masking and masquerade being one of the features of the event. You are encouraged to bring your business cards and creative energy for a night of mixing, mingling, and creative exploration with a diverse crowd where art, dance, and community collide.
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BOSTON – March 2, 2015 – Today Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that 137 organizations and institutions supporting arts and culture in the City of Boston were awarded $303,476 by the Boston Cultural Council (BCC). The grant winners represent the diversity of Boston’s arts community from the visual arts to theater, film and video, music, dance, and the humanities. The BCC received 151 applications for the 2015 grant round.
“We’re working towards making Boston the country’s municipal arts leader, and we can’t do it without supportive and committed partners,” said Mayor Walsh. “Funding is often a hurdle for cultural organizations, and I’m proud that we doubled our Boston Cultural Council funds this year. Congratulations to all of the grant recipients, and thank you for your contributions to a thriving, healthy, innovative Boston.”
“Support from the Boston Cultural Council is crucial to organizations like ours, and helps us develop and implement the artistic and educational work that serves our community of artists, students, and audience,” said Jennifer Johnson, co-director of the Charlestown Working Theater.
The BCC falls under the umbrella of the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, and annually distributes funds allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, to support innovative arts, humanities and interpretive sciences programming that enhances the quality of life in our city. In 2015 the MCC awarded the City of Boston $163,080, and Mayor Walsh nearly matched those funds. In 2014 the MCC awarded the City of Boston $144,419, with the City adding additional funding to distribute a total of $152,020 via the BCC to 55 of the 75 applicants.
The BCC is comprised of 13 Boston residents appointed by Mayor Walsh to serve for up to six years each. The BCC reviews grant applications annually in the fall to evaluate the overall quality of proposed programming and its potential benefit to diverse audiences in neighborhoods throughout Boston.
Mayor Walsh believes the arts are crucial to both expressing and achieving the vision of a thriving, healthy, innovative Boston. Since taking office, Mayor Walsh has taken steps to improve the artist permitting process; revived the poet laureate program, naming Danielle Legros Georges Boston’s Poet Laureate; and appointed Julie Burros the City’s first Chief of Arts and Culture in more than two decades, elevating the conversation about the arts to the highest level of City government. Over the next year and a half the Chief of Arts and Culture will guide a cultural planning process for the city, which will build a long-term strategy for enriching and strengthening civic life through the arts.
The 2015 grant recipients include:
- Stage Management
- Arts Administration
- House Management
- Arts Education
- and many more
- Bad Habit Productions
- Berkshire Theatre Festival
- Boston Children’s Theatre
- Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
- Fort Point Theatre Channel
- Fresh Ink Theatre
- Hangar Theatre
- High Output, Inc
- Hub Theatre Company of Boston
- Huntington Theatre Company
- New Bedford Festival Theatre
- New Repertory Theatre
- Ogunquit Playhouse
- Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival
- Science Fiction Theatre Company
- Stoneham Theatre
- The Barnstormers Theatre
- The Theater Barn
- The Theater Offensive
- Weston Playhouse
- Trinity Repertory Company
- AND MORE ARE SIGNING UP EVERY DAY!
The Council will spend the year using its talent and innovation to identify ways in which Boston can grow as an inviting, connected, culturally rich and sustainable place for young adults. Projects may include work on housing policy, economic development, public art and neighborhood engagement. Throughout the ONEin3 Council Term, members also hear from key members of the Mayor’s staff as well as leaders from within City Hall.
Last year’s ONEin3 Council was comprised of 31 Boston residents, including 16 women and 15 men, who live in 17 different neighborhoods across Boston and worked in 22 unique industries. Last year, the ONEin3 program received more than 300 applications for the Council, showing a robust interest for involvement and engagement.
ONEin3 is supported by staff and resources from the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
Do you have an idea that allows you to creatively engage with your local community?
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) invites artists from all disciplines to apply for Fair Verona, three open-air festivals that will transform some of Boston’s most cherished parks and local communities into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core.
Fair Verona, part of Shakespeare OFF the Common, will encourage participation through interactive outdoor arts activities,build community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize the local economy. CSC has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs in Boston to curate Fair Verona Festivals, which will focus on different themes from Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet and will be hosted by the following Boys & Girls Clubs:
• Friday, July 10, 2015, 4:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
West End House Boys & Girls Club (105 Allston Street, Allston, MA 02134)
At Ringer Park exploring “Recklessness vs. Responsibility”
• Saturday, July 11, 2015, 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Blue Hill Club (15 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02124)
At Harambee Park exploring “Family Dynamics”
• Friday, July 17, 2015, 3:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Yawkey Club of Roxbury (115 Warren St., Roxbury, MA 02119)
At the baseball field exploring “Fate and Free Will”
Based on these themes, Fair Verona Festival will have a rotating mainstage, featuring a one-hour version of Romeo & Juliet performed by CSC2, CSC’s early career
acting company. Alongside the mainstage, each festival will have tents and
booths showcasing your work.
Submit your proposals for an opportunity to participate in this innovative event. We
will highlight performances and displays, workshops in the visual and performing
arts, and interactive outdoor activities, including, but not limited to: mask making,
painting, drawing, drum circle, dancing, fight choreography, improvisation, theater
games, and more. Artists should indicate whether or not they are applying for a slot
on the mainstage or at an adjoining booth. Help fill the neighborhood with your
Fair Verona Festivals are free and open to the public. All artist proposals should
relate to the theme of the day and be geared towards an audience of all ages.
The application deadline is March 1, 2015. Artists will be notified via email by March
15, 2015. Applicants selected for Fair Verona Festivals will be given an artist fee.
Please visit http://commshakes.org/learn/Shakespeare-OFF-the-Common to submit
Questions? Contact Marissa Friedman, CSC’s Community Engagement Coordinator,
Funding for Shakespeare OFF the Common has been provided in part by the
National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” grant program.
The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) in conjunction with the Fort Point Channel Operations Board (FPCOB) is accepting submissions for the Fort Point Channel Watersheet Activation Grant Program. This marks the fourth consecutive year of the program, created to increase community engagement along Fort Point Channel.
The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. February 20, 2015. The FPCOB expects to award up to $50,000 in total funding for the 2015 Grant Program. Applicants can request up to $50,000 in funding, but the board may allocate smaller amounts to multiple organizations.
“The Waterfront Activation Plan, and programs that support the plan, are central to meeting our goals for Fort Point,” said Brian Golden, Director of the BRA. “The grant program, in particular, is helping to sustain and spur the energy and excitement we’re committed to supporting in the area.”
To be eligible, an organization must be tax-exempt or operate under the fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt nonprofit. For profit organizations may be eligible, at the discretion of the Fort Point Channel Operations Board, if the project constitutes a not-for-profit, public, eligible project. The Fort Point Channel Watersheet Activation Grant Program is funded by the Chapter 91 Waterways Regulations License for Atlantic Wharf, and developed by Boston Properties.
Contracts are expected to be awarded by March 20, 2015, and projects must be completed by June 1, 2016.
Applicant: “e” inc.
“e” inc. offered a six-week, hands-on Urban Waters educational program from July through August, 2014, and was open to children from different summer camps, community centers, and Boys and Girls Clubs.
Brown Box Theater Project 2014-2015 Theatrical Season
Applicant: Brown Box Theatre Project
Brown Box Theatre Project offers classic and contemporary free productions on Atlantic Wharf through spring 2015. Their productions include Macbeth, Constellations, Spike Heels, and Rosencrantz & Gildenstern Are Dead.
Fort Point Channel Lunchtime Livery and Home Waters Programs
Applicant: Hull Lifesaving Museum
The Hull Life Saving Museum operated two programs on the Fort Point Channel. The first, Lunchtime Livery, offered rowboat rentals from July to August of last year. The second, Home Waters, offered an experimental rowing education program for adults and youth.
House of Blues Music Forward Foundation (formerly International House of Blues Foundation) introduces the 2015 Bringin’ Down the House program! This program is offered free of charge to all eligible participants.
Young musicians, ages 13-19, are invited to apply now through February 15th for their chance to connect with music industry insiders through interactive workshops and showcase their talent on the legendary House of Blues stage.
For full details and to register, please visit: bit.ly/RockatHOB
2014 was a pretty great year for the BCC. We funded more than sixty organizations that offered incredible opportunities for Bostonians to engage with art and culture. From after school dance programs to lecture series, art internships to free theatre tickets and beyond, we are truly impressed with everything our 2014 grantees achieved.
But now it’s time to look forward to what the New Year will bring. The Massachusetts Cultural Council increased our funding by more than 11% for the 2015 funding cycle. Mayor Walsh strengthened his commitment to the city’s arts and culture community by pledging to match the MCC funds. We’ve added several new council members. And now, with Julie Burros at the helm as our new Chief of Arts & Culture, it’s the perfect time for us to work together and harder than ever to increase the visibility and viability of Boston’s art and culture.
2015, here we come!