|North Adams Gets Mass Cultural Council Grant |
|12:17PM / Sunday, May 28, 2023|
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City of North Adams has received a grant of $15,000 from the Mass Cultural Council.
This grant is made possible through our state appropriation secured by our partners in the Legislature and the approval of the Agency's FY23 spending plan by our governing Council.
This grant signifies that the City of North Adams provides significant public value through its programs and services. The North Adams Cultural District is already established as a tourist destination with the art museum, MASS MoCA.
The city hosts close to a dozen annual downtown events including WinterFest, Downtown Celebration, Motorama, Eagle Street Beach Party, and the Fall Foliage Festival and Parade which draws tens of thousands of visitors and residents to Main Street each October. Denoting the district's eastern border is Colegrove Park, a restored outdoor gathering space and venue for free concerts, movie screenings, yoga, and other community events. MCLA's Design Lab is a multi-use educational, exhibition, and performance space that is used year-round by many community arts groups including Sounds and Tones Records and Common Folk, a local artist collective.
"These funds will play an important role in improving the quality of life in the community while at the same time increasing activity in the downtown area," State Representative John Barrett III said.
Mass Cultural Council has a budget of $15.7 million, including an appropriation of nearly $14 million from the state of Massachusetts and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. The agency also runs the Mass Cultural Facilities Fund in partnership with MassDevelopment.
Mass Cultural Council funds reach every community in the Commonwealth. Its mission is to promote excellence, education, access and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences, to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the vitality of our communities and economy