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.


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.
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
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


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