- ARTWEEK BERKSHIRES 2022 – Sept. 15-25
A 10 Day, County-Wide Celebration of the Arts
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- MASSCREATIVE COVID-19 ARTIST AND ORGANIZATION RESOURCES
Join every other Friday morning 9:45-10 AM to learn about COVID-19 Virtual Policy & Action Updates. These 15-minute updates provide creative economy and artist supporters with what they need to know about COVID-19 policy, advocacy, and actions they can take. Also see their regularly updated list that includes COVID-19 Updates, MA ReOpening, CARES Act: Unemployment & Small Business Assistance, Emergency Relief Resources for the Creative Community, Immediate Assistance (Food, Employment, Housing & Utilities, Immigration, Small Business Support), Take Action Webinars, and Emergency Planning.
- ArtsHub Western Mass: Something special is growing in Western Mass. Together, artists and arts sector workers are building something new from the ground up: a central online resource to help the region’s creatives in business thrive and connect with each other— and with patrons, audiences, and cultural leaders across all fields. This is ArtsHub. Among the opportunities you can find on ArtsHub currently are Bringing aWAREness to Recovery: Celebrating Recovery Month and Overcoming Stigma, a yearly partnership between the Recovery Center of HOPE (Healing Ourselves with Peers Everywhere) and Workshop 13. This exhibition celebrates a positive view of recovery to reduce stigma, a serious obstacle preventing people from seeking treatment or other help for substance use disorders. Artists who submit entries are people whose lives have been impacted by addiction/recovery. Up to three pieces may be submitted; each must include an artist’s statement about how the artwork relates to recovery. Thank you to the Western Massachusetts Training Consortium and the Quaboag Hills Substance Use Alliance for supporting this exhibition. Exhibition Location: ArtWorks Gallery, 69 Main St., Ware, MA 01082. For questions email WareRRC@gmail.com.
- NEW ENGLAND FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS
Find grant resources updated regularly. Sample grants now open: Collective Imagination for Spatial Justice grants support teams of artists, creatives, culture bearers, cultural organizers, and/or community-based collaborators to do the important work of imagining public art that fosters and contributes to more just futures for our public spaces and public culture. If you are looking for funding for a specific project you may be interested in the Public Art for Spatial Justice Grant. Collective Imagination for Spatial Justice grants range from $2,000-5,000. Deadline: Fall/Winter 2022. The National Dance Project Travel Fund provides monetary assistance for U.S.-based presenters, curatorial staff, and residency directors or for current NDP artist grantees to connect in person to explore the feasibility of presenting NDP-funded works. Deadline: Rolling.
- 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).
- 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.
- MASSCREATIVE POLICY & ACTION UPDATE
Join MaxxCreative every other Friday morning 9:45-10 AM to learn about COVID-19 Virtual Policy & Action Updates. These 15-minute updates provide creative economy and artist supporters with what they need to know about COVID-19 policy, advocacy, and actions they can take.