Payomet Receives Prestigious Barr-Klarman Grant

A $25 million investment in 29 arts organizations across Massachusetts...

From the Payomet Performing Arts Center...

We are pleased to announce that Payomet Performing Arts Center was selected to participate in the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative – as announced yesterday on the Barr Foundation’s blog. A partnership between two Boston-based foundations - Barr and The Klarman Family Foundation – the initiative is a $25 million, six-year investment in 29 arts and cultural organizations from across Massachusetts. Participating organizations receive flexible, multi-year operating support grants, in addition to training and technical assistance from TDC, a nonprofit consulting and research firm. Payomet’s engagement in the initiative begins with two grants totaling $312,000 from Barr and the Klarman Family Foundation over three years.

Kevin Rice, Payomet's Producing Artistic Director said "Payomet is thrilled to announce its selection as a grantee of the Barr Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative.  We are excited to join hands and share resources with this cohort of 29 arts and culture organizations across the state."

“Organizations like Payomet are the cultural hearts of their communities,” said San San Wong, Director of Arts & Creativity for the Barr Foundation. “They are sites of public assembly and dialogue, often working to foster understanding and connection across cultural differences. It is our privilege to support Payomet in this journey to further strengthen its financial health and capacity to adapt to change – that it might deepen and continue this work for years to come.”

“Arts organizations, including Payomet, play a critical role in the health of our communities,” said Laura Sherman, Director, Greater Boston Grantmaking for The Klarman Family Foundation. “We are committed to strengthening this cohort of 29 arts organizations across the Commonwealth that have the ability to connect and enliven communities through culture, tradition and creative expression, and we are proud to be a part of this initiative.”

Representing diversity across artistic disciplines, geographic reach, stages of organizational development, and budget sizes, the 29 organizations participating in the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative are:

·       Academy of Music Theatre (Northampton)

·       A Far Cry (Boston)

·       Barrington Stage Company (Pittsfield)

·       Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (Boston)

·       Boston Modern Orchestra Project (Malden)

·       Cape Ann Museum (Gloucester)

·       Community Access to the Arts (Great Barrington)

·       Community Art Center (Cambridge)

·       Community Music School of Springfield (Springfield)

·       Company One Theatre (Boston)

·       The Dance Complex (Cambridge)

·       Design Museum Boston (Boston)

·       Double Edge Theatre (Ashfield)

·       Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts (Boston)

·       Featherstone Center for the Arts (Martha's Vineyard)

·       Fitchburg Art Museum (Fitchburg)

·       Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (Great Barrington)

·       Merrimack Repertory Theatre (Lowell)

·       New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! (New Bedford)

·       New Bedford Symphony Orchestra (New Bedford)

·       Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge)

·       Now + There (Boston)

·       Payomet Performing Arts Center (North Truro)

·       Provincetown Art Association and Museum (Provincetown)

·       Raw Art Works (Lynn)

·       The Record Co. (Boston)

·       SpeakEasy Stage (Boston)

·       Worcester Art Museum (Worcester)

·       Zeiterion Theatre (New Bedford)

Payomet and each participant in this initiative will receive multi-year, unrestricted operating grants. Additionally, through a grant to TDC, a nationally recognized nonprofit consulting and research group, organizations will also receive customized training and technical assistance, and be eligible for supplemental funds for targeted research, capacity building, and/or pilot projects. Last week, the foundations made the first set of three-year grants under the new initiative, marking the beginning of what is expected to be a six-year journey of learning, collaboration, and growth.

For more information about the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative page, including the ideas underlying the effort, key elements of the experience for participating organizations, selection criteria, and evaluation findings, visit welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on