MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES 2015 BOSTON CULTURAL COUNCIL GRANT WINNERS


For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 2, 2015
Contact: Press Office (617) 635-4461

Supporting a diverse group of arts programming across the City of Boston

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.

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The 2015 grant recipients include:

826 Boston, Inc.
Allston Village Main Streets Inc.
ARCK-Art Resource Collaborative for Kids
Artists for Humanity, Inc.
Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston, Inc.
ArtsBoston, Inc
Asian American Resource Workshop
Bad Habit Productions, Inc.
BAGLY, Inc.
Ballet Theatre of Boston
BalletRox, Inc.
Bay State Performing Arts, Inc.
Berklee College of Music
Boston Art Commission
Boston Ballet, Inc.
Boston Book Festival, Inc
Boston By Foot, Inc.
Boston Children’s Chorus, Inc.
Boston Children’s Theatre, Inc.
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
Boston City Lights Foundation, Inc.
Boston City Singers, Inc.
Boston City-Wide String Orchestra
Boston Cyberarts Inc
Boston Dance Alliance, Inc.
Boston Harbor Island Alliance
Boston Landmarks Orchestra
Boston Literary Cultural District
Boston Lyric Opera Company
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
Boston Youth Moves
Boston Youth Sanctuary, Inc.
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, Inc.
Cantata Singers, Inc.
Castle of our Skins
Castle Square Tenants Organizations
Celebrity Series of Boston
Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, Inc.
Charlestown Working Theater
Chinatown Peoples Progressive Association, Inc
City Stage Co., Inc.
Colonial Society of Massachusetts
Community Music Center of Boston
Company One Theatre
Conservatory Lab Charter School
Convergence Chamber Players
Coro Allegro
Discovery Roxbury
Dorchester Arts Collaborative
Dorchester Youth Collaborative
Emmanuel Music, Inc.
Fiddlehead Theatre Company
Fort Point Arts Community
Fort Point Theatre Channel, Inc.
Fourth Presbyterian Church
Franklin Park Coalition
Freedom Trail Foundation
Freelance Players, Inc.
Grub Street, Inc.
Haley House, Inc.
Handel and Haydn Society
Huntington Theatre Company
Hyde Park Art Association INC
Hyde Square Task Force, Inc.
Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion
Inspire Arts and Music, Inc.
Jamaica Plain Multicultural Afterschool Arts Program
Jamaica Plain Music Festival
Jazz Composers Alliance Inc.
Jean Appolon Expressions Inc.
JP Porchfest
JP Reads
Kādence Arts
Lesley University
Luminarium Dance Company
Make Music Boston 
Mass LEAP Collective
Massachusetts College of Art and Design Foundation
Massachusetts High School Drama Guild
Medicine Wheel Productions
MetaMovements Latin Dance Company
Museum of African American History
New England Conservatory of Music
New Gallery Concert Series
Ningun Chamber Ensemble
Non-Event, Inc.
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Inc.
North End Music & Performing Arts Center
Old South Association
On With Living and Learning, Inc.
Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Inc.
Paul Revere Memorial Association
Press Pass TV, Inc.
Project STEP, Inc.
Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
Shelter Music Boston, Inc.
Sociedad Latina, Inc.
South Street Initiative
SpeakEasy Stage Company
StageSource
The Art Connection
The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Inc.
The Fenway Alliance, Inc.
The First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain
The Footlight Club
The Friends of Madame White Snake
The Fund For Boston Neighborhoods
The Fund for Parks and Recreation in Boston
The Institute of Contemporary Art
The Lyric Stage Company of Boston
The Makanda Project
The Theater Offensive
The Wang Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
The Writer’s Room of Boston
Theatre Espresso, Inc.
Theatre on Fire
Tony Williams Dance Center
TransCultural Exchange
Trotter Institute, UMass Boston
Trustees of Eliot School
Tunefoolery Music, Inc.
Unbound Visual Arts, Inc.
United South End Artists, Inc.
United South End Settlements
Urbanity Dance
Urbano Project
USS Constitution Museum, Inc.
Veronica Robles Cultural Center
Vietnamese American Thang Long Limited
VSA Massachusetts
West African Research Association
West End House Boys & Girls Club, Inc.
Wheelock Family Theatre 
Young Audiences of Massachusetts
Youth and Family Enrichment Services
Zeitgeist Stage Company
ZUMIX, Inc.

 

Looking for a job? Well you should check out StageSource’s Job Fair this Saturday!

The StageSource Job Fair is a great way for organizations to reach out to the creative workforce.
It is also a great way for people interested in working in the arts to network. Specific jobs and internships in the following areas will be discussed by organizations at the Job Fair:
  • Tech
  • Stage Management
  • Lighting
  • Sound
  • Costumes
  • Arts Administration
  • House Management
  • Arts Education
  • and many more
Organizations scheduled to attend this year include:
  • 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 job fair is free to job seekers and is great for all levels of job seekers!  RSVP’s are encouraged, but not required.  Click here to RSVP!
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Interested in serving on the Mayor’s Onein3 council?

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Mayor Walsh’s ONEin3 Council Now Accepting Applications
The ONEin3 Council is an action-oriented group charged with brainstorming, creating, and carrying out projects that directly impact the lives of Boston’s 20-34 year olds. 
“We’re proud to have the highest percent of young adults out of any major city in the country,” said Mayor Walsh. “The ONEin3 Council gives us an opportunity to challenge young adults to think big and become neighborhood leaders. This population is diverse, well-educated, and full of ideas that will help us grow the city in a sustainable and positive way.”

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.

Applications for the Council can be found here. For more information on the ONEin3 Program, please visit www.ONEin3Boston.com.

ONEin3 is supported by staff and resources from the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

Fair Verona Festivals – Call to Artists

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
artistic vision!

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
your proposal.
Questions? Contact Marissa Friedman, CSC’s Community Engagement Coordinator,
at mfriedman@commshakes.org.
Funding for Shakespeare OFF the Common has been provided in part by the
National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” grant program.

The Fort Point Channel Activation Grant Program opens applications for 2015

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.

 Winning submissions will play a key role in advancing the Watersheet Activation Plan, established in 2002 by the Mayor’s Office and the BRA to promote a vision for a “Boston Common on the water.”The plan, which lays out a set of cultural activities and year-round programming, demonstrates that collaboration between the City, landowners, nonprofit and cultural leaders, and residents can successfully invigorate the public realm.

“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.

Follow this link for the application form and guidelines.
Last year’s awardees include:
Urban Waters
Applicant: “e” inc.
Award: $7,160
“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
Award: $10,000
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
Award: $10,000
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.

Apply Now! Bringin’ Down the House 2015!

 

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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

Goodbye, 2014. Hello, 2015!

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!

 

BCC welcomes 3 new council members!

With the 2015 grant funding cycle well underway, we have added three new members to our esteemed council.

Welcome Sarah Edrie, Ann Mortiz, and Shawn Radley.

Returning council members include:

Sue Dahling Sullivan, Yvonne Ng, Derek Lumpkins, Nia Grace, Priscilla Rojas, Stephanie JanesAubre Carreón Aguilar, Chika Offorum, Tory Bullock, Abigail Norman, and Lisa Bello.

These men and women represent Boston’s various arts and culture communities.  We are very fortunate to have so much knowledge and experience on this year’s council.

One meeting down, several more to go…

The Boston Cultural Council met on a dreary Thursday to begin evaluating the more than 150 field trip and program grant applications received for the 2015 funding cycle.

Hard decisions have to be made, but all of the 2015 applicants prove that the cultural ecosystem of our great city is vibrant and thriving.