Mayor Janey announces $ 487,000 awarded to 152 organizations in Boston Cultural Council grants
April 20, 2021
Grants support local organizations offering arts and culture programs in Boston.
BOSTON – Tuesday, April 20, 2021 – Mayor Kim Janey, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and the Boston Cultural Council (BCC), today announced that 152 arts and culture organizations have received grants totaling $ 487,000 through the Boston Cultural Council. These grants support the general operating expenses of organizations, with the goal of improving the quality of life in Boston through the arts.
“The arts are essential in making our city a culturally vibrant place where everyone can thrive,” said Mayor Janey. “These organizations have done an incredible job over the past year to engage our communities during such a difficult time, and we are proud to support them as they continue to carry out this vital work.
The Boston Cultural Council works with the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture to annually distribute funds allocated by the City of Boston and the Mass Cultural Council for local arts and culture programming. Members of the BCC are residents of Boston appointed by the mayor and serve for up to two consecutive three-year terms. Council members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to Boston’s cultural community and their knowledge of various artistic disciplines.
This year, the Mass Cultural Council contributed $ 245,900 and the City of Boston, $ 250,000. The Boston Cultural Council received applications from organizations across the city, representing a wide variety of artistic disciplines. Here’s a full list of 2021 grantees.
For the second year in a row, grant amounts have been determined based on the size of the budget. Organizations with budgets of less than $ 2 million received grants of between $ 2,000 and $ 5,000. This funding strategy aims to better support small and medium-sized organizations. Organizations were assessed on a range of criteria, including organizational diversity, service to historically underrepresented populations, benefit to the public, and reflection of the goals and ideas of the Boston Creates Cultural Plan.
The Boston Cultural Council also awarded the Modeling Equity Organization grant for the third consecutive year. OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center, Little Uprisings and DEAFinately, Inc. each received an additional $ 5,000 for significantly addressing diversity, equity and inclusion in leadership, board, staff and programming, as well as their continued work to serve historically under-represented groups.
“This BCC award will reinvigorate DEAFinately’s performing arts and mentoring programs as we begin a new chapter of empowerment and resolution after a year of isolation and grave injustices,” said Jamie Robinson, Founder / Creative Director of DEAFinately, Inc. Boston Cultural Council Fellow and Modeling Equity Organization Award Recipient. “We thank BCC for bringing to light communication and access to deaf culture as an integral part of diversity, equity and inclusion for all cultural organizations in Boston.”
In addition to supporting arts organizations through grants from the Boston Cultural Council, the City of Boston has also allocated $ 200,000 to support individual artists through the Opportunity Fund. Artists can apply for grants of $ 1,000 for professional development experiences or community arts events. The deadline to apply for funding for FY2021 is June 4, 2021. Interested artists can find more at boston.gov/opportunity-fund.
“We aim to make opportunities to engage in the arts and creative expression accessible to all, and we do this in particular by celebrating organizations that represent the city’s racial and ethnic diversity and by uplifting those who go to- beyond and beyond in their own work to advance equity, access and social justice in Boston, ”said Kara Elliott-Ortega, Chief Arts and Culture Officer for the City of Boston. “We look forward to supporting all of our beneficiaries as we work together to make Boston a city that uplifts our communities.”
This press release was produced by the City of Boston. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.