City of Boston Awards Almost $500,000 to Local Arts Organizations
Boston, MA– The Mayor's office has awarded $487,000 in organizational grants to 221 local arts organizations.
This investment is an historic one: it marks the city's largest ever investment in local arts organizations.
“The organizations that received Boston Cultural Council grants this year demonstrate the enormous power of creative expression, and reflect the cultural vitality of our city,” said Mayor Walsh. “I’m eager to see how each organization strengthens Boston’s neighborhoods through arts programming in 2019.”
The maximum amount each organization could receive was $5,000. In order to be eligible, organizations had to be based in Boston, or at least offer programming within the city.
So, how important was it to these organizations to receive these grants and be part of this historic investment? Harold Steward, Interim Executive Director of The Theater Offensive, had this to say: “The support of the Boston Cultural Council is very significant to us, as it represents public investment in the diversity of LGBTQ art... It lends credence to our aesthetic of theater that is by, for, and about Boston residents with a goal of building community and understanding among neighbors by amplifying often untold perspectives and unheard voices. We so appreciate the support of the City of Boston investing public funds in programs like ours that directly support community members.”
The grants went to various cultural and art-focused groups including theater organizations, museums, dance companies, universities, music/arts festivals, and several arts-related nonprofits. If you'd like to see the full list of 2019 recipients click here.
The Chief of Arts and Culture, Kara Elliot-Ortega, believes that the diversity of the organizations that received the grant will help strengthen the community of Boston in the future. “Boston is home to so many incredible arts organizations and cultural institutions that work tirelessly to bring opportunities to engage in creative expression to every individual, in every neighborhood,” she said. “It’s great to see Boston provide increased support and resources to these organizations year after year, and witness the impact it has on our local communities.”