Applications for the 2019 Boston Cultural Council Organizational Grants are now open. Building on Mayor Walsh’s commitment to expanding and supporting arts in Boston, this year’s round of funding marks the largest ever and totals nearly $500,000 available to arts organizations. The grants are a partnership by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, the Boston Cultural Council (BCC) and the Mass Cultural Council (MCC). “Boston is home to so many great arts organizations who are making significant impacts on our communities with their programming,” said Mayor Walsh via press release. “I am so proud that we are able to support their efforts through these grants, and I can’t wait to see the variety of arts opportunities that each neighborhood takes advantage of in 2019.”
The BCC works under the umbrella of the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and distributes funds annually from the city of Boston and Mass Cultural Council that support innovative arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences programming with the goal of enhancing the quality of life in Boston.
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."
Recently, Jamaica Plain's Kathyrn Niforos was one of seven Bostonians appointed to the Boston Cultural Council. "Joining the BCC is a huge honor. I'm excited to connect more of Boston's exceptional artists with the support they deserve," said Niforos to Jamaica Plain News. Niforos has had a lifelong relationship that began with training in classical ballet, as well as an oboist. She participated in many performance opportunities with community dance companies and orchestras.
On June 2nd, Boston announced the city's first-ever Artist Fellowship Award pilot program designed to invest in the advancement of artists living in Boston. The city will offer five fellowship awards in 2017, each worth $10,000, to recognize exceptional original artistic work through the city, helping recipients advance their careers and continue their work in Boston. "When we launched the Boston Creates Cultural Plan, we talked about what it will take to keep artists in Boston, and we committed to investing in individual artists," said Mayor Martin Walsh via press release. "The Artist Fellowship Award recognizes that artists offer an essential contribution to our city and will provide them with the resources necessary to dedicate their time to continuing to create high quality work." Awards will be distributed across artistic disciplines to artists from a diverse range of backgrounds who live and work in different neighborhoods throughout the city.