JP Residents Awarded Boston Arts and Culture Grants

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The Boston Cultural Council announced the second round of Opportunity Funds, and two Jamaica Plain residents are receiving grants up to $1,000.

In total, the city awarded $33,500 to 34 grantees across Boston's neighborhoods.

“This second round of the Opportunity Fund truly exemplifies the diverse and talented array of artists whose work touches every neighborhood of our city,” said Mayor Marty Walsh via press release. “I look forward to seeing these individuals excel in their art and enhance their communities with these grants.”

Nancy Marks will use the grant to bring The Opioid Project to several Boston neighborhoods. The Opioid Project is a series of community-based workshops and art exhibitions highlighting "the complex social narrative of addiction while giving space and ‘voice’ to all those connected to the opioid epidemic."

Violinist Eve Boltax will use the grant to support a one-time professional development opportunity to study more with master Suzuki violin teacher Edmund Sprunger at the Oregon Suzuki Institute, according to a press release.

Also, Roxbury's Piper Ainsley is using grant money to build an art and music performance with the experimental music ensemble Patchtax called “The Allegory of Breaking Light.” It will serve as the foundation for a one-day youth workshop in collaboration with Project Urbano in Roxbury and Jamaica Plain.

Boston launched the Opportunity Fund in 2016 to "support individual artists in activities that help them share their work with the public, teach others, continue their professional development and hone their skills." Recipients including artists and educators are given grants up to $1,000 for meaningful, one-time opportunities.

Click here to read about Paul "MAR" Chapman, who received a $1,000 grant in the first round of Opportunity Funds provided in 2018.