50 Cape Cod, Islands Cultural Programs, Events Win Local and State Grants


Dozens of Cape Cod cultural organizations are starting the year a little better funded thanks to recent award announcements by the Cape Cod Foundation for the Arts and the Mass Cultural Council.

The Cape Foundation has selected 42 nonprofit cultural organizations and artists to receive a total of $ 77,800 in grants for a wide variety of programs, Monday’s announcement noting that this is the sixth consecutive year that the grant amount increases. Last year’s total was $ 51,500 in grants to 16 organizations.

Executive Director Julie Wake said the aid was “critical” not only for the cultural enrichment of the region, but for “healing, connection and access to people of all backgrounds and abilities” during this time. difficult.

“This is funding that is needed by an industry which is vital to our economy and which still faces the negative impacts of the pandemic,” she said in a written statement. “We look forward to standing alongside our fellow arts organizations and artists as we take meaningful steps to address these impacts and move towards a long-term, sustainable recovery for our industry. “

Michael Bobbitt, executive director of the Mass Cultural Council, placed a similar focus on how art can help during the pandemic by announcing a total of $ 148,000 in festival-focused grants for 99 events statewide. Eight organizations in the Cape and Islands received $ 12,000 of this money, with individual festival grants increasing from $ 500 to $ 1,500 each this year.

“As we continue to address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the opportunities to safely come together in our communities to learn and foster joy and connection are more important than ever,” Bobbitt said in the ‘announcement. “This extraordinary group of festivals will create these opportunities.”

The funded projects include new projects created in response to the pandemic, including the Provincetown Film Society’s decision last summer to add free outdoor screenings to its programming. The Cape Arts Foundation has awarded $ 2,500 to continue screenings at MacMillan Pier in 2022.

The foundation said it will also provide details in the coming weeks on new grant applications for artists and projects that support the Cape Town community and the creative economy, as well as how to apply for a party. the National Endowment for the Arts grant of $ 150,000 to be used specifically. to help the region’s arts and culture sector recover from the pandemic.

First Night Chatham is one of eight organizations on Cape Cod and the Islands to receive funding for festivals from the Mass Cultural Council.  On New Years Eve, Eleanor Poinsatte, 5, from Milton, left, and Isabella Sarro, 9, from Stow pieced together giant Legos that were set up for an outdoor event at First United Methodist Church.  MERRILY CASSIDY / CAPE COD TIMES

The local festivals that each receive $ 1,500 in public funding for the arts are: the Northeastern Aboriginal Artists’ Holiday Market at the Aquinnah Cultural Center; the Hyannis Film Festival; First night’s activities in Chatham on New Years Eve; the Martha’s Vineyard Wind Festival in Oak Bluffs; the Provincetown International Film Society for its Women’s Week Festival; Friends of the Provincetown Library for the Provincetown Book Festival; the awareness project for the Mindfulness Arts Festival in Sandwich; and Martha’s Vineyard Film Society for its third annual Women in Film Festival.

Money for the arts

Other programs funded by the latest Cape Arts Foundation grants include:

â–º $ 5,000 to writer Judith Partelow for a play on the impact of racism in our community and society.

â–º $ 3,500 at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich for Treasured Trash, a 2022 outdoor exhibit featuring sculptures made from waste and recycled materials.

► $ 3,000 each at: Cape Cod Collaborative Arts Network for “Color the World Beautiful… with Teens”, an adult visual and literary arts initiative focused on “creating beauty, hope, unity and promoting diversity for 13-19 year olds ; Cape Symphony for Link Up, a one-year program for grades 3 to 5 students to learn and perform orchestral music and compose their own; and Truro Center for the Arts in Castle Hill for its 15th annual International Encaustic Conference, as well as pre and post conference workshops

â–º $ 2,800 at the music department at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School for private and semi-private group lessons

The Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, led by artistic directors Jon Manasse, left, and Jon Nakamatsu, received a grant of $ 2,500 for nine summer concerts from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.

â–º $ 2,500 each at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival for nine summer concerts; Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis for the Cape Cod Open Sculpture Invitational which will be on display outdoors from May to October; College Light Opera Company in Falmouth for five performances, including a free open-air orchestral concert to celebrate Juneteenth; Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown to revive a series of winter events of public readings, artist talks and gallery openings along the Outer Cape; Ken Field for a 75-minute musical and oral performance based on the poetry of award-winning African-American writer and musician Charles Coe; Mashpee Public Schools for an arts and education residency with Bronx-born bassist Alex Torres and his Latin orchestra; MassHire Cape & Islands Workforce Board for its ArtWorks program to provide mentorship and internship opportunities to local high school students; Provincetown Art Association and Museum to convert its life drawing studio into a hybrid classroom for in-person and virtual classes; Twenty Summers in Provincetown for a summer outdoor concert series at Truro Vineyards to feature BIPOC and LGBTQ musicians and performers from across the country; Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater for a workshop for young playwrights; and Woods Hole Film Festival for its Filmmaker in Residence program, Woods Hole Film and Science Initiative and virtual festival.

â–º $ 2,400 at Cape Cod Art Association as part of Barnstable’s arts program for Hispanic and Portuguese youth.

â–º $ 2,000 each at the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center in Cape Cod for “Musical Souvenirs for Memory Loss”, a monthly program in partnership with the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra and the Dennis Council on Aging to provide a musical outlet for adults living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia related diseases; and Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra for a collaborative concert with Wild Care Cape Cod that is inspired by avian life and will include a live bird experience before the show.

â–º $ 1,500 each at The Awareness Project, performances and workshops related to the benefits of mindfulness; Beyond the Bounds, a 2022 outdoor concert series focusing on current issues including climate change, coastal erosion and environmental sustainability; and the Falmouth Art Center for free clay classes for people living with Alzheimer’s disease.

Pianist Ana Glig won a $ 300 grant from the Cape Cod Foundation for the Arts for MusArt Interconnections for multimedia concerts at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis.

â–º $ 1,400 to Kim Rumberger for continuing a project to install plant markers by his metallic clay students on the grounds of the Cape Cod Museum of Art.

â–º $ 1,250 at the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit for a mobile art cart offering immersive hands-on experiences; and Highfield Hall & Gardens in Falmouth for a collector’s exhibit related to everything from plants and memorabilia to sports memorabilia.

â–º $ 1,200 to Out Late with Diana Di Gioia for a series of concerts created in collaboration with local community groups.

► $ 1,000 each at Capoeira Besouro Cape Cod for capoeira (Afro-Brazilian martial art involving music, movement and song) classes offered year round at Nauset Fit Co. in Orléans; Cape Cod Cultural Center in South Yarmouth for the Launchpad Project to work with 18 local performing artists who will open for established artists and to work with students from Riverview School on an exhibit; John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum to begin creating augmented online experiences; Hyannis Public Library for a series of free multicultural spring stories, including StoryWalks; Lower Cape Television for a short documentary on artist Edward Hopper and his influence on Cape Town; Sturgis Library at Barnstable for a four-week digital poetry course; Sturgis Public Charter School in Hyannis for a music production laboratory; and Wellfleet Preservation Hall for Community Consenses, a collaborative art project with local students and artists

► $ 800 to Shelby Allen for an original play “Not Done Yet” on aging, to be performed at the Falmouth Public Library and for Falmouth Community Television.

â–º $ 500 to Movimento Project for a contemporary dance performance for all ages at Barnstable; Musical Discoveries for a curriculum for staff, children and families served by the US Coast Guard Child Development Center on Common Base Cape Cod; and Veterans For Peace for its 27th annual Voices of Peace poetry competition.

â–º $ 300 at MusArt Interconnections for multimedia concerts at the CCMOA created and organized by pianist Ana Glig.

â–º $ 250 at Cape Cod Surftones for a Youth-In-Harmony a cappella song program with high school students.


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