Read dishy brief updates from downtown, marketing opportunities from MOTT, and trending topics from across the state. The arts scene in Gloucester and Cape Ann has so much going on and sets such a high, high bar for the state. We needed a calendar and GMG did it! Reminder: If organizations want to be featured on the essential GMG calendar and weekly arts round-up, they should email their listings to James Eves! Triple check the calendar before planning any major scheduling dates.
Read on to see the state’s Cultural Facilities Funding (CFF) totaling $221,000 plus Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) totaling $88,200 in Gloucester for 2016. It’s a safe bet that each resident in the City benefits from at least one of these 2016 projects. Along with the categories below and others, make sure and think about next year’s application categories including the new festival grant category that will be due September 2016 for 2017 programming. Congratulations to all the recipients!
MCC ARTIST FELLOWSHIP -$12,000
Artist Erica Daborn, for artistic professional development. $12,000
MCC BIG YELLOW SCHOOL BUS – $600
Beeman School, O’Maley and Veterans$200 each for an educational field trip
CULTURAL FACILITIES FUND (CFF) – $221,000
Driven by the Boston Foundation, MA Advocates for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities (MAASH), the MCC and others after many years, this big pot that funds so many projects was part of legislation passed back in July of 2006. Maybe it will be increased by it’s 10th year anniversary summer 2017? Across the state over the past 9 years, “CFF has awarded grants of $91.9 million to nearly 700 projects across the Commonwealth. Demand for CFF grants continues to outpace supply…The new round includes 68 capital grants totaling $8.9 million and another 23 planning grants totaling just over $400,000. Grants range from $7,000 to $300,000, and must be matched one-to-one from private and/or other public sources.”
Maritime Gloucester To construct a Student/Visitor educational Center on Harbor Loop. $116,000
Gloucester Stage CompanyTo replace aging and limited lighting system with a state-of-the-art lighting grid, equipment and controls, and supporting electrical rewiring. $50,000
Manship Artist Residence and Studios (MARS) To conduct a feasibility study for the renovation of the Manship property as an arts and culture center with an artist residency program. $30,000
Rocky Neck Art ColonyTo install an acoustic ceiling treatment, a second AC unit, lighting upgrades, and integrated A/V projection and sound equipment to its Main Hall. $25,000
MCC CULTURAL INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO- $23,000
Cape Ann Museum to celebrate the art, history and culture of the region and to keep it relevant by offering quality exhibitions and programs for our communities, and beyond. $11,500
Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, Inc.to establish, maintain, and operate a non-profit civic symphony orchestra in the Cape Ann area to foster, promote, and increase the musical knowledge and appreciation of the public through the performance of music at concerts and other functions; to provide an opportunity for Cape Ann area musicians to play as an orchestra; and to assist and encourage the musical development of Cape Ann students. $3,800
Maritime Gloucester to promote Gloucester’s maritime heritage as a platform for teaching maritime skills and marine sciences, and for encouraging environmental stewardship. $8,700
MCC JOHN AND ABIGAIL ADAMS ART PROGRAM – $21,000
Rocky Neck Art Colony establish an Office of Cultural Development in the City of Gloucester to champion innovation in arts and culture, provide support for private and public cultural development, and invigorate the City’s cultural tourism agenda; to develop an inclusive, collaborative cultural plan for Gloucester to strengthen historic links between the city’s maritime culture, community and the arts. $21,000
MCC LOCAL CULTURAL COUNCIL (LCC)- $7600
Allocation Gloucester $7,600 Thanks Rose Sheehan and the LCC volunteers on the committee for processing all the applications every year! This year’s 21 winners
Annisquam Historical Society
Preserving Gloucester History
Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe
Henry David Thoreau Lecture
East Gloucester Elementary School
Rob Surette and His Amazing Hero Art
Songs of World War II
Stories, Songs & More
The Art & Craft of Folly Cove Designers Film
Singing and Signing
Maritime Gloucester Association
Off to the Races! Exhibit
Music at Eden’s Edge
Connecting Kids to Classical Music
Northeast Mass. Youth Orchestras
Youth Orchestra Honors Concert
Phyllis A Marine Association
History Sharing Program
Sawyer Free Library
Sawyer Free Library
Cape Ann Reads
Welcome Yule – Midwinter Celebration
Cape Ann Contra Dance
Swift, Sarah Slifer
Trident Live Art Series
Van Dyke, Juni
The Note Card Project
The Fiesta People’s Mural
Quarry Dance 5
MCC CULTURAL DISTRICTS City of Gloucester – $9000
Gloucester’s downtown Cultural District. $4,000
Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District. $5,000
MCC YOUTHREACH- $15,000
Maritime Gloucester and Action to provide hands-on marine and physical science instruction to at-risk 16-20 year-olds in collaboration with Action, Inc. $15,000
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On the wall is an Alice Curtis Fred Bodin print of Dogtown Babson boulders. This one is hanging in a salon. There are others around town. He was on my mind and I’ve seen it there before. This time it was just after what would have been his 9AM GMG posting.
Fred Bodin had time to be companionable, none of this I’m so busy and rush about manner. If you didn’t meet Fred or have the chance to visit his gallery, you could sense it in his GMG posts and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BodinHistoricPhoto where he’d take time to research any newcomer to best introduce and welcome them into the fold. A dash of humor didn’t hurt nor asking questions. He wrote generous and respectful introductions on GMG, too.
Fred was thrilled to join the Good Morning Gloucester ranks as official GMG contributor in September 2013 and grateful that Joey pushed him into social media.
“Who knew what influence GMG would have on us all? I had no idea. Love you all, eager to post interesting and sometimes provocative content.” – Fred Bodin
“From the little that I know, Joey does his WP Good Morning Gloucester work around lobster boat deliveries and bait pickup slack times. I’ve never had a job as physically demanding as Joey’s. He works his ass off.” – Fred Bodin
Post production (pun intended) was an art for him. He liked his GMG and Facebook posts short and crafted them deliberately. He was proud of meeting his morning deadline. He experimented with ideas and topics.It’s tempting to describe his process akin to dark room developing. Magic in the end.
Fred Bodin belonged ‘here’–Gloucester, Rockport, Cape Ann, Main Street, harbor, GMG, on line- and it was contagious. He knew the festival, restaurant, artist, merchant, and neighbor. He blended art, business, history, sense of place. And he helped.
“My criteria for selection is this: You have only to ask me.” – Fred Bodin
“Thanks Jenn. The marker was cured and done when I got to work this morning. The signage looks great, and will even be helpful to those without smartphones (like me), and much more so to those who can scan the QR. I believe the new technology makes the old much more available to us.” – Fred Bodin
and the block parties.
He was the early and key partner for the downtown cultural district.
Happy New Year! The Massachusetts Cultural Council has reviewed the Downtown Gloucester cultural district application and let us know January 7, 2013 that we have “been moved to the next stage of the application process which is an MCC site visit”. We are sharing this good news and readying for the site visit at the end of February! The MCC will spend a day downtown in roundtable discussions, big walk around touring all-over, lunch, fun stops. Let’s do this Downtown!
Please Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (or email@example.com subject line DGCD) for info or to participate.
About the Downtown Gloucester Cultural District committee:
A volunteer- based steering committee made up of neighbors, stakeholders, property owners, business representatives, arts and culture representatives –committed to the establishment of a downtown cultural district designation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council by 2013. The DGCD will foster links between economic development and the arts, and will support the downtown Gloucester community. The Co-chairs: Judith Hoglander (Chair CFTA) and Robert Whitmarsh (Downtown Development and Historical Commissions)
Visit Website: Downtown Gloucester Cultural District website:
Bob hand delivered the Downtown Gloucester Cultural District required support material (two complete sets) to the Boston offices for the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), the last step in the application process. We hope Gloucester will be the first town in MA with 2 cultural districts and that the DGCD will soon join the other excellent cultural districts on the North Shore !
Please check out the photos of the binders being presented by Bob to Meri Jenkins and Kylie Sullivan of the MCC.
Next steps: The MCC will arrange a site visit and will go over our application in detail before a recommendation can be made to go forward with establishing the DGCD.