Arts Foundation of Cape Cod awards $25,000 in grants to area cultural organizations and artists

Funding distributed to local cultural organizations and artists
The grants were awarded at Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich. Above, recipients gathered at a reception in the round barn at the museum. Photo by Studio at the Sea.

The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod awarded grants totaling $25,015 to nineteen local cultural organizations last Wednesday at the new Gordon T. Heald Center at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich. Over 130 members of the arts community were in attendance.

"The Arts Foundation is pleased to provide, twice a year, helpful grants to stimulate and sustain the creative economy here on Cape Cod. The Fall Grants Committee, chosen expressly for the difficult task of determining the best grant applications, reflected a diverse range of community members - some artists, some business people, some teachers - who are passionate about the extraordinary range and scope of arts and culture in our region," said Rob Sennott, Interim Executive Director of the Arts Foundation.

Arts Foundation of Cape Cod grants are awarded to support projects that are collaborative and educational; that help create a strong, stable, and diverse cultural community on Cape Cod; and that contribute to the quality of life and economic vitality of the region.

The Fall 2010 Arts Foundation of Cape Cod grant recipients are:

  • Academy of Performing Arts, $500 to fund the Academy Playhouse 2011 theater internship program.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod, $2,000 to fund an art program that encourages children to express their creativity.  
  • Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation, Inc., $2,500 to support renovations to the Tilden Arts Center that will improve accessibility to the facility for all users.  
  • Cape Cod Museum of Art, $2,500 to fund Artworks, a school-to-careers program that places 40 high school art students as interns with professional artists.  
  • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, $500 to fund 2011 School Vacation Programs, which will provide week-long thematic celebrations of environment and art during  February, April, and December school vacations.  
  • Cape Cod Opera, $1,000 to fund High School and Middle School Operatic Outreach programs, including an apprentice program.  
  • Cape Cod Writers Center, $750 to fund Tomorrow's Writers Today, a two-day workshop in nonfiction and fiction writing for interested Barnstable County school students.  
  • Cultural Center of Cape Cod, $2,000 to fund the Support for Emerging Artists Series (SEAS), giving 12 individual or groups of artists an opportunity to perform.  
  • Eddy Elementary School, $2,000 to implement Music Memory, a curriculum designed to inspire students to appreciate and actively engage in music listening.  
  • Ezra H. Baker School, $800 to fund twelve kindergarten through grade 3 classrooms to participate in Beth Olshansky's Picture Writing: Fostering Literacy through Art.  
  • Fine Arts Work Center, $1,500 to fund Kids Art Partners in Education (KAPE) 2011 program.
  • Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District, $500 to fund extending the summer entertainment season two weeks into August.  
  • Mashpee Community Concert Committee, $750 to fund a theatrical residency by the Missoula Children's Theatre that will involve more than 200 students in one week.   
  • Nauset Regional Middle School, $1,500 to fund Arts Day at NRMS, an all-day, all-school event to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts.  
  • Traci M. Noone, $1,000 to fund Kids Creating: Clay Bowls for Hunger, which will be donated to benefit the Family Pantry.  
  • Provincetown International Film Festival, $1,500 to fund Our Place in the World, a program designed to make arts and independent cinema more accessible to the Outer Cape.
  • Town of Barnstable, $1,000 to support Harbor Your Arts by expanding the arts-focused revitalization of downtown Hyannis with artist live/work space & year round art center.  
  • Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, $2,000 to fund the International Encaustics Conference.  
  • Veterans for Peace, $715 to fund the 16th annual Peace Poetry Contest, Reading and Awards Ceremony held by Cape Cod Chapter #041.  

The following distinguished community members served on the Fall 2010 grants committee:

  • Amanda Converse, Shift Boutique
  • Susan Dewey, Cape Cod Life
  • Sharon Hawkins, Dowling & O'Neil Insurance
  • Kevin Howard, Cape Cod Conservatory
  • Meaghann Kenney, Artist
  • Barbara Kessler, TD Bank Hyannis
  • Steve Mainero, The Franklin Career Group
  • Don Megathlin, Barnstable Municipal Airport Commissioner
  • Richard Neal, Artist
  • Dick Rand, AFCC Board Member
  • Warren Rutherford, Executive Suite
  • Dan Springer, Dennis-Yarmouth High School
  • Beth Talerman, Murphy Real Estate
  • Sarah Turano-Flores, Nutter, McLennen & Fish
  • David Willard, Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank

Arts Foundation of Cape Cod grants are awarded twice a year. The next deadline for applications will be announced on the AFCC website. Guidelines for grant applications are available at or by calling the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod at 508-362-0066.

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