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.




Calling All Creative Entrepreneurs!

The Creative Entrepreneur Fellowship (CEF) – a partnership between Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston and Discover Roxbury is currently looking to accept a small, diverse group of solopreneurs for this program.

What is a SOLOPRENEURS?  Individual entrepreneurs working to build a professional practice.

The fellowship is open to artists and owners of creative businesses and startups who primarily live or work in Roxbury. A priority will be given to artists of color. Candidates for this program may include visual artists (e.g. public artists, photographers, painters, etc), graphic designers, writers, musicians, craftspersons and artisans, and other creative solopreneurs.


BCC Grantee–826 Boston–Makes Headlines!

In case you haven’t heard, 826 Boston has made the news, in a pretty big way.

Writer/actor/director/producer Lena Dunham paid them a visit on Friday.

And, the Globe obviously scooped the story for its “Names” section.

Dunham’s visit is pretty cool, but 826 Boston is amazing in its own right.  In addition to offering after-school programs, tutoring, and field trips for local school children, they publish student-authored books, encourage creative thinking and storytelling, and provide a safe space for the city’s kids.

“I’m a Flame You Can’t Put Out: Voices from the Rafael Hernández School”

Way to go, 826 Boston!  We can’t wait to see what else you’ve got in store.

Cities and Cultural Innovation: A Creative Conversation




Creative placemaking, cultural districts, and the creative age of cities – this is an exciting time in Boston as artists and cultural organizations are playing a central role in strategies shaping our communities’ social, physical, and economic futures.  Hear about transformational change through the Dudley Square Neighborhood Initiative, the development of the nation’s first Literary Cultural District, the vision of Kate Balug from The Department of Play (DoP)  and emerging trends from Susan Silberberg, Founder and Managing Director of CivicMoxie, LLC and Lecturer in Urban Design and Planning at MIT. Celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month with an inspiring conversation about how Boston is a creative and culturally innovative city that is leading the way!  Seating is limited and will be available on a first come basis.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 9:30-10:30

Boston Public Library, Commonwealth Salon

(use Dartmouth Street entrance)



We’ve made a few changes to our funding priorities.

In an effort to provide funding to greater number of organizations, the following changes have been made to the BCC funding priorities in 2015.

  •  Organizations not based in the City of Boston but whose primary programming take place in Boston will be eligible for funding.
  • Project specific grants are now eligible for funding. Projects must exhibit a tangible benefit to the City of Boston. Example- performance, workshop, festival, exhibitions, demonstration.
  • Organizations that received a FY14 BCC grant ARE eligible to apply to the BCC in FY15.
  • Disciplines will not be rotated in FY15.

Big Yellow School Bus…

…is almost here!  Beginning on Wednesday, September 24, the MCC will begin accepting applications from schools looking to offset the cost of field trip transportation.  The grant amount is $200.

Remember, Big Yellow School Bus is first-received, first-funded, so be sure to send in your applications as soon as possible.!