The City of Beverly was recently awarded a $5,000 Cultural District Initiative Program Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) to provide support to the Beverly Arts District (BAD). Grant funding will be used to fund temporary support staff to coordinate district activities, provide administrative support to the BAD Implementation Advisory Committee, and to promote the district goals and specific arts based programming locally and to the broader region.
The Beverly Arts District is a partnership between the City of Beverly, Montserrat College of Art and Beverly Main Streets. The three partner organizations engaged in a comprehensive planning process to develop an arts district and have an approved five-year plan to promote creative initiatives. The Metropolitan Regional Planning Agency (MAPC) recently led the partners through a planning process to figure out the next steps for BAD. The Beverly Arts District serves as a portal for development of arts and cultural throughout the city.
Beverly Mayor Michael Cahill commented “Many thanks to the Massachusetts Cultural Council for this important grant funding that will help us implement the goals of the Beverly Arts District. The impact of arts and culture on our local economy, health and well being, society, and education greatly enriches our community. Beverly is excited to support the arts and for the various creative initiatives that will be developed.”
The Massachusetts Cultural Council is a state agency that promotes excellence, inclusion, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences to foster a rich cultural life for all Massachusetts residents and contributes to the vitality of our communities and economy. The MCC pursues this mission through a wide range of grants, initiatives, and advocacy for artists, communities, organizations, and schools.
The MCC’s Cultural District Initiative Grant Program provides assistance in planning and implementation of a cultural district. The program offers a combination of financial and/or technical resources to support the development of a cultural district’s goals and implementation plan.
“This funding will help the Beverly Arts District thrive, and create a framework to support all cultural enterprises and artists throughout Beverly.” stated Beverly Planning Director Aaron Clausen.