Mayor Walsh Announces 2016 Boston Cultural Council Grant Winners

For Immediate Release
March 04, 2016

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BOSTON – Friday, March 4, 2016 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that 177 organizations supporting arts and culture across the City of Boston were awarded a total of $428,650 by the Boston Cultural Council (BCC). The grant winners were selected through a competitive process and 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 193 applications for the 2016 round.

“Our local arts and culture organizations do an incredible job in promoting creative talent and strengthening the way arts influence our civic fabric,” said Mayor Walsh. “I congratulate all those who received a grant, and I look forward to seeing the great work to come from these organizations.”

“We are thrilled to receive funding from the Boston Cultural Council,” said Carol Knox, Executive Director of BalletRox. “Support from the BCC is crucial to the work that we do to expose Boston youth to the world of dance, which would otherwise be too costly for their families to afford.”

The Boston Cultural Council falls under the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and receives annual funding from the state-run Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) to support the arts, humanities and innovative science programs that enhance the quality of life in the City of Boston. This year, the MCC allocated $179,000 to the Boston Cultural Council. Mayor Walsh this year added an additional $300,000 to the fund.

Fourteen Boston residents are appointed to the BCC by the Mayor for six year terms. The BCC accepts applications each fall, which are then evaluated based on their proposals and their benefits to the city and its residents. Mayor Walsh has shown a strong commitment to the arts since being elected. This is the second year in a row that he has increased City funding to the BCC. Most recently, the Mayor announced in his State of the City address an additional $1 million in support of the arts.

Recently, Mayor Walsh announced the selection of three artists-in-residence for the City’s first ever artists in residence program, who will work city departments to integrate the arts into city services. Additionally, Mayor Walsh committed funding to create an artist resource desk in the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture to provide information about programs and services available to the city’s creative talent.


2016 Grant Recipients Include:
3050 Music Group
826 Boston
Actors Shakespeare Project
African Festival of Boston
African Repertory Troupe
Art Resource Collaborative for Kids
Artists For Humanity
Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston, Inc.
Arts Boston, Inc
Ashmont Hill Chamber Music, Inc.
Asian American Resource Workshop
Authentic Caribbean Foundation
Back Bay Ringers
Bad Habit Productions, Inc.
Ballet Rox
Ballet Theatre of Boston, Inc.
Bay State Performing Arts
BCYF Paris Street Community Center
BIG RED & Shiny
Boston Architectural College
Boston Art Song Society
Boston Arts Academy
Boston Asian: Youth Essential Services
Boston Ballet, Inc.
Boston Baroque, Inc.
Boston Book Festival, Inc
Boston By Foot, Inc.
Boston Center for the Arts
Boston Children’s Chorus, Inc.
Boston Children’s Theatre, Inc.
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Inc.
Boston City Singers
Boston City-Wide String Orchestra
Boston Day and Evening Academy
Boston Harbor Island Alliance
Boston Jewish Music Festival, Inc
Boston Landmarks Orchestra
Boston Literary Cultural District
Boston Lyric Opera Company, Inc.
Boston Musica Viva, Inc.
Boston String Academy
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras
Bostonian Society
Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester
BPS Early Learning Center
BSA Foundation
Calliope, Inc
Cantata Singers, Inc.
Castle Square Tenants Organizations
Castles of Our Skin
Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc.
Center for Teen Empowerment
Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, Inc.
Charlestown Working Theater, Inc.
Chinese Historical Society of New England
Commonwealth Shakespear Company
Company One Theatre
ConvergenceĀ Ensemble
Critical Breakdown
Dorchester Heights Association
Dorchester Youth Collaborative
Double Edge Theatre
Edward Everett Elementary School
Emerald Necklace Conservancy
Emmanuel Music, Inc.
First Night, Inc
Fort Point Arts Community, Inc.
Fort Point Theatre Channel, Inc.
Franklin Park Coalition
Freelance Players, Inc.
From the Top
Gender Reel Film Festival
Girls Rock Campaign Boston
Grub Street, Inc.
Handel and Haydn Society
Harvard Kent School
Henderson Inclusion School
Huntington Theatre Company, Inc.
Hyde Park Art Association
Hyde Square Task Force, Inc.
Immigrant Family Services Institute
Independent Film Society of Boston
Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion
Inspire Arts and Music, Inc.
Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
International House of Blues Foundation
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Jackson/Mann Community School and Council, Inc.
Jamaica Plain Historical Society
Jamaica Plain Multicultural After School Program
James Michael Curley Elementary School
Jean Appolon Expressions Inc.
Joseph J. Hurley Elementary School
Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program
JP Porchfest
Julies Family Learning
Juventas New Music Ensemble
Kadence Arts under Music Performance & Education, Inc
Lena Park CDC
Les Bostonades Inc
Liars and Believers
Longwood Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
Luminarium Dance Company
Mass LEAP Collective
Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Boston nature center
Massachusetts High School Drama Guild
Medicine Wheel Productions
MetaMovements Latin Dance Company
Museum of African American History
New England Conservatory
New England Philharmonic, Inc.
Nigun Chamber Ensemble
Non-Event, Inc.
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Inc.
North Bennet Street School
North End Music & Performing Arts Center
Nubian United Benevolent International Assocition
Old South Association
On with living and learning
Palaver Strings Inc
Paraclete, Inc.
Pine Street Inn
Presentation School Foundation
Press Pass TV
Project Step Inc.
Prometheus Dance, Inc.
Puppet Showplace, Inc.
Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
Roxbury Community College Foundation
Shelter Music Boston, Inc.
Sociedad Latina, Inc.
SpeakEasy Stage Company
Spirit Series
Spontaneous Celebrations
St. Mark Community Education Program
St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children
St. Peter Academy, Inc.
St. Pope John Paul Academy
StageSource, Inc.
The Art Connection, Inc.
The Boston Conservatory
The Children’s Museum, Boston
The Fenway Alliance, Inc.
The Footlight Club
The Friends of Madame White Snake
The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Inc.
The Makanda Project
The Poets’ Theatre Inc
The Record Company
The Theatre Espresso
The Urbano Project
The Wang Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
The Writer’s Room of Boston
Theater Offensive
Transcultural Exchange, Inc.
Transient Canvas
True Story Theater
Trustees of Eliot School
Tunefoolery Music, Inc.
UForge Gallery
Unbound Visual Arts, Inc.
United South End Artists, Inc.
United South End Settlements (USES)
University of MA Joiner Center
USS Constitution Museum
Vine Street Community Center
VSA Massachusetts
West African Research Association
West End House Boys and Girls Club
Wheelock Family Theatre
World Music Inc
Young Audiences of Massachusetts, Inc.
Zeitgeist Stage Company