Lenox Cultural District Resources

  • NEA Translation Grant: Through fellowships to published translators, the National Endowment for the Arts supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English. Grants are up to $25,000. DEADLINE JAN. 12, 2022.
  • Frankenthaler Climate Awards Deadline: January 20
    Starting January 10, 2022, visual artists and collectives are invited to submit video artworks (e.g. digital video art, animation, film) or videos about visual artworks that tackle the climate change emergency. Each winner will receive $15,000.
  • DEADLINE MONDAY, JAN. 24, 2022 for Mass Cultural Council’s Artist Fellowships in Drawing & Printmaking, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, Painting!
  • StudioWorks Artist Residency  Deadline: February 1 Professionally established or emerging visual artists and craftspeople from anywhere in the world are welcome to apply to this artist residency, which comes with a $2,000 stipend for a four-week term.
  • MacDowell Fellowship  Deadline: February 10 MacDowell encourages artists from all backgrounds and all countries in the following disciplines to apply: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. The sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence. Application fee: $30.
  • MASS CULTURAL COUNCIL FESTIVALS GRANT / Deadline: March 1, 2022
    For festivals happening March 1, 2022-August 31, 2022. This $1.5K award helps programmers bring their vision to life and develop sustainable audiences. So far, the program has funded over 988 festivals across the state.
  • SUBSCRIBE TO MASS CULTURAL COUNCIL NEWSLETTER HERE.
    Receive a monthly newsletter that includes grant opportunities, action alerts, community highlights, other opportunities and resources, and “In the News” items of interest to the creative community.
  • AN ARTS FIELD GUIDE TO FEDERAL DISASTER RELIEF
    Published July 2021, this guide by the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response is meant to demystify federal disaster relief for the arts and culture sector by helping artists and arts organizations see what’s available, understand what isn’t available, and decide if pursuing federal aid is a good use of time. The Field Guide gives a snapshot of federal disaster assistance programs that can go into effect after a presidentially declared disaster and focuses on longstanding programs that are likely to continue. It includes information about financial assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) along with introductory information about other Federal resources that provide financial and other assistance. La traducción en español de Una Guía en el Campo de las Artes está disponible en el sitio web de NCAPER. Traducida por Sandra Marulanda.
  • The EXPLORE LENOX APP has tours for local galleries, gilded age cottages, arts & culture events and more. Download it through your app store.
  • BERKSHIRE REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION
    In collaboration with 1Berkshire, BRPC has received CARES Act money to develop a program to provide technical assistance to area businesses, non-profits, and municipalities post-COVID.  As an initial step, 1Berkshire has released a survey to assess immediate needs to compile data for a consultation referral program.  Click here to access the survey.  For more information, read here and for The Berkshire Eagle article, click here.
  • MASS CULTURAL COUNCIL CAPACITY-BUILDING TOOLKIT
    This toolkit is a product of hundreds of hours of conversations Mass Cultural Council staff had with nonprofit cultural leaders in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Leaders identified focus areas critical to planning a post-COVID operating environment for cultural nonprofits and creative workers. Based on candid conversations, a nationwide RFP process was completed to provide the highest-quality, most critical intellectual capital necessary to recover, rebuild, and renew the cultural sector post-pandemic.
  • ONE YEAR LATER: MASS CULTURAL SECTOR IN ECONOMIC CRISIS 
    One year after the coronavirus arrived in Massachusetts, the Mass Cultural Council has released updated economic data measuring the COVID-19 pandemic’s staggering impact on the Commonwealth’s cultural sector for the fifth time. “Our once-booming, innovative, and vibrant cultural sector is in economic crisis,” said Michael J. Bobbitt, Executive Director, Mass Cultural Council. “One year of closure and cancellations adds up to millions of dollars in lost revenue and income, and thousands of displaced and impacted workers statewide.” Read the latest updates here.
  • Community One Stop for Growth, a Massachusetts state program, is a single application portal and collaborative review process for grants.  This joint application process will allow applicants to use a single portal to access ten different grant programs, including: MassWorks, Urban Agenda, 43D Expedited Permitting, Community Planning Grants (new), Rural Development Fund (new), Housing Choice Capital Grants, MA Downtown Initiative, Brownfields, Site Readiness, Underutilized Properties (new).

Legislative

  • Learn about the Federal Arts Education for All Act and how you can support it.
  • Lenox Public Schools received $893,432 through the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III) for 2022. Learn more about ESSER funding at Massachusetts Art Education Association.
  • Massachusetts State Lawmakers distributed $5.3 Billion in American Rescue Plan Act Funding in Fall. Groups can work together to advocate that the needs of the arts and cultural sector – and its people – are including in recovery spending. Learn more at MASSCreative.