Things are shaping up in the Cape Cod arts community, as The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod awarded Cape Cod artists and organizations $53,000 in grants for the year. They believe that the arts are not nice that they are necessary. 33 local artists and organizations in the Cape Cod area will benefit from the grant money, which would offer cultural opportunities for a variety of ages and capabilities.
This is the fourth year that the program has been able to increase the amount of funding that was funded and the number of projects that would soon benefit from the grants. There were more than 91 applications submitted seeking a total amount of $190,000 for funding. The officials who had to determine who would receive the grants said that the applications proved that the project could have a significant impact on the region and the economy.
They see requests for funding projects that will help use art as a way for healing and that can be used as inspiration for the next generation. The initiatives proposed are a reminder of the power that art can have on those in the community. Four of the grants, totaling $10,000 would go to projects that align with the goals of the AFCC Access Program. Their goal is to create opportunities for youths who are socio-economically disadvantaged and might otherwise face challenges benefiting from art programs.
In 2020, the funding would double the amount and double the number of participants from four years ago. In 2016 grants $25,000 went to 18 recipients. Over the past 30 years, the foundation has granted $1.6 million to the arts.
Here are this year's recipients:
Cape Cod Collaborative Arts Network – awarded $2,600 – this would be for an eight-week photography workshop for persons with developmental and physical challenges.
The Boys and Girls Club of Cape Code – awarded $2,500 – the fund's award to this organization would be used for before and after school art programs.
Fine Arts Work Center – awarded $2,000 – will provide free, creative and visual art workshops to Provincetown Public School students and seniors.
Cape Symphony and Conservatory - $1,500 – these funds would go toward Suzuki-method violin instructions for preschool children. Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra for a commissioned piece in celebration of the 400h anniversary of the history-changing Mayflower voyage that will be presented at a future concert.
Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill – awarded $1,250 – to be used for the 15th annual Provincetown Dance Festival
Sturgis Library in Barnstable – awarded $1,200 – these funds would support a six-week flash-fiction writing workshop for ages 16 and older.
TEDx Provincetown – awarded $1,000 – this would be for a third annual art vent for October; Harbor Stage Company for a summer series of readings; Nauset Regional Middle School for an Arts Day in participating schools; Provincetown Film Society for second annual Jamaica on Film Festival held in September; Provincetown Theater Foundation will use funds for off-season programming.