Gloucester’s Harbortown Cultural District has received funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to generate our First Annual “Harbortown Arts Festival” over Memorial Day Weekend 2016.
On Saturday, May 28, we are going to work with local artists, downtown businesses, galleries, and coffee shops located within the Cultural District to open new art shows, host gallery talks or open studio time. We want to generate an “art walk” atmosphere up and down Main Street, Pleasant Street, Middle Street and Rogers Street. We will encourage shops to stay open later than usual to take advantage of the increased foot traffic downtown these evening events will bring.
On Sunday May 29 and Monday 30, Harbortown Cultural District will commission artists to produce creative place-making projects or programs in collaboration with a downtown Harbortown Partner. Harbortown Cultural District will be investing $4,000 directly to our creative community through micro-grants up to $500. We will be promoting the Harbortown Arts Festival widely through print, online and social media.
This packet includes information about the Harbortown Creative Place-Making Grant Program. The link to the online application is on the last page.
Harbortown Cultural District created the Harbortown Arts Festival to:
- Promote Gloucester’s Harbortown Cultural District identity and location downtown
- Reinforce partnerships with the local businesses, artist, cultural non-profits and allies of Harbortown Cultural District (see map above).
- Invest and mobilize the creative community to animate spaces and places within Harbortown Cultural District.
Harbortown Creative Place-Making Grants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for funding. The proposed project or program must:
- Occur on private, not public, property.
- Be a non-permanent project or installation
- Be completed by 9 p.m. on Monday, May 30.
- Engage the community in the development or implementation – or both – of the proposed project or program.
- Have a Creative Partner and a Harbortown Partner co-leading the implementation of the proposal.
- Lead Creative Partner(s) of any artistic discipline(s) are welcomed to apply (Examples include but are not limited to dance, music, visual art, literary art, new media, folk art, puppetry, or circus arts).
- Lead Creative Partner(s) must live within Essex County Massachusetts. Preference is given to Creative Partner(s) residing in the City of Gloucester, followed by residing in a Cape Ann community.
- Lead Harbortown Partner must be located within the boundary of the Cultural District. While many allies and organizations support the work of Harbortown Cultural District, this grant program is specifically designed for institutions located within the boundaries of the Cultural District, which is referred to as a Harbortown Partner.
Harbortown Creative Place-Making Grants prioritizes projects that:
- Increase access to the arts and cultural equity by valuing the diversity of the City of Gloucester.
- Support art in parts of downtown Gloucester that are historically under-served and under-resourced.
- Support art in sites, spaces and contexts that may not typically be viewed as places for artistic activity.
- Demonstrate diverse and strong artistic expression.
- Seize an opportunity to creatively engage important conversations about Gloucester’s rich cultural legacy – past, present or future.
- Artistic Strength.
- Creative Partner is the lead artist implementing the project or program.
- Creative Partner leads a clear vision for the proposed project or program.
- Creative Partner resides in Gloucester, Cape Ann or in Essex County.
- Harbortown Partner is located within the Cultural District.
2. Community Engagement.
- Community is involved in the planning or implementation – or both – of the project or program.
- The project or program will increase the sense of community within and among participants or audience.
- The project or program will celebrate Gloucester’s unique and diverse cultural heritage.
- Efforts will be made to engage populations within the City that are not typically present at Gloucester’s artistic or cultural events.
- Stated proposal’s scope and schedule will be on time and on budget.
- Creative Partner and Harbortown Partner are able to administer the implementation of the proposed project or program.
- Proposed project or program will help Harbortown Cultural District achieve our stated goals for the Harbortown Arts Festival.
- Funds requested are appropriate and reasonable.
- Proposal confirms that the project or program occurs on private, not public, property.
Grant applications will close 5:00 pm on Monday, April 18.
Applicants will be notified Monday, May 2 on whether the proposal was accepted or not.
If you have any questions about the Harbortown Arts Festival or the Creative Place-Making Grant Program, please contact:
Chair, Harbortown Cultural District
Gloucester’s Harbortown Cultural District
Rebecca Borden, Chair
Tom Daniel, Past-Chair
Deborah Kelsey, Vice Chair
Rich Weissman, Treasurer
Patty Gates, Secretary
Gloucester, MA 01930