Boston Foundation announces nearly $800,000 in grants for Year 2 of Live Arts Boston

Boston Foundation announces nearly $800,000 in grants for Year 2 of Live Arts Boston

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65 grantees from across Greater Boston receive funds to create, produce or present their work in second year of Boston Foundation/Barr Foundation partnership

 

The Boston Foundation, with support and partnership from the Barr Foundation, has awarded 65 project grants to performing artists, groups and small producers and presenters across Greater Boston as part of the 2018 grant cycle for Live Arts Boston. In all, the 65 grantees, who were selected from over 350 applications, will share more than $785,000 to create, produce, or present their work to audiences. Grantees were chosen through an open application and community review process that included local artists, presenters, and producers.

“The number and breadth of applications for Live Arts Boston this year demonstrates both the remarkable vibrancy of the Greater Boston arts community and the need for increasing local support for artists and producers,” said Paul S. Grogan, President and CEO of the Boston Foundation announcing the 2018 grantees. “We are proud to work with the Barr Foundation to make these funds available to grassroots arts programs that shape so much of the culture of our city and region.”

The 65 grantees hail from 14 cities and towns, and from neighborhoods across Boston. They represent a full range of ethnicities, gender, and sexual orientation, and work across the spectrum of performing disciplines - from theater and music to spoken word and circus arts. Nearly three-quarters of the grantees identified as minority or racially integrated, and more than a third said it is the first time they have applied for a grant of any kind. 

“It’s an honor to be able to offer what essentially serves as risk capital directly to Boston’s talented artists.” said Allyson Esposito, the Boston Foundation’s Senior Director, Arts and Culture. “Our intention is to provide local artists with an opportunity to experiment, to go more deeply into their artistic process, and to create, develop and showcase new, innovative new work that represents the diverse voices and perspectives of our residents and communities.”

"As an emerging artist the Live Arts Boston grant has made it possible for to reinvestigate my artistic process, take supported risks, and work thoroughly and thoughtfully through my ideas and visions on my own terms – a rare gift,” said LAB grant recipient Alexander Davis. “This funding has not only reinvigorated me (and my collaborators) as an individual, but it has begun to shift the artistic landscape of the City of Boston. I feel that my community has invested in me and therefore I feel a new connection to this city; I want to return the investment. I feel a clear incentive to stay and continue to create work in Boston."

The 2018 grants are the second series of awards in the Live Arts Boston program –60 artists were awarded a total of about $750,000 in 2017, leading to more than 350 performances or presentations of new and emerging work to audiences. Grantees reported that the funds allowed them to take new risks, present material to new and different audiences, and also to pay Greater Boston artists who were part of their productions. Nearly 900 artists received direct compensation for their work from grant recipients.

“Live Arts Boston is living proof that organizations such as the Boston Foundation believe in the healing power, community impact and shared experiences that music and live performances have on people,” says Boston Art Music and Souls’ (BAMS) founder Catherine Morris. BAMS is receiving its second grant this year in support of its BAMS Festival, a one-day, outdoor, multistage festival that aims to promote, connect and celebrate Afro-centric culture, heritage, and contributions to the American fabric as expressed through art, music, food and entertainment.

The full list of grantees is appended to this release.

The 2017 and 2018 Live Arts Boston grantees have been invited to gather for a special reception and discussion at the Boston Foundation on Monday, April 2nd at 6:00pm. Media are invited to attend and meet the grantees, learn more about their work and the program, and should RSVP to Ted McEnroe, Director of External Communications, the Boston Foundation.

LIVE ARTS BOSTON 2018 GRANTEE LIST: Grantees are listed by city of applicant. In Boston, neighborhood information is included if specified on the grant application. 

Maximum grant, $15,000. Specific grant amounts available upon request.

Artist or group, performance

Artistic Discipline

Artist City/Neighborhood
(if specified)

Regie Gibson and Benjamin Evett, The Juke: A Blues Bacchae

Theater

Arlington

Ceren Turkmenoglu

Traditional, Culturally Specific, and Folk Performing Arts

Belmont

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol 

Original Music

Belmont

Catherine Morris, Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Fest

Music, Cultural Specific Performing Arts, Spoken Word

Boston/Dorchester

Ngoc-Tran Vu

Traditional, Culturally Specific, and Folk Performing Arts

Boston/Dorchester

The Fred Woodard Collective

Performance Art

Boston/Dorchester

Veronica Robles

Traditional, Culturally Specific, and Folk Performing Arts

Boston/East Boston

Elizabeth Addison

Original Music

Boston/Hyde Park

Anthony Romero with Josh Rios and Matt Joynt

Performance Art

Boston/Jamaica Plain

Franklin Park Coalition, Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park

Performance Art

Boston/Jamaica Plain

Karen Young, The Genki Spark

Japanese taiko drumming, spoken word, original music, performance art

Boston/Jamaica Plain

Non-Event, Experimental Music in Unconventional Spaces: Waterworks, City Hall, and Beyond

Original Music

Boston/Jamaica Plain

Ruby Rose Fox, Salt: Offline

Original Music

Boston/Jamaica Plain

Transient Canvas

Fully Staged Opera

Boston/Jamaica Plain

Voci Angelica Trio

Theater/Folk music

Boston/Jamaica Plain

Cornell Koley, Kenny Kozol, and Sandra “Sasi” Marcelino, Kecosa Collective

Original music, dance, poetry, spoken word, theatre

Boston/Mattapan

Moe Pope

Original Music

Boston/Mattapan

Guy Mendilow Ensemble

Music, Animation

Boston/Roxbury

Jacqui Parker

Original music/drama

Boston/Roxbury

Olawumi Akinwumi, Soleful Bliss: Arts and Music Series

Dance, Spoken word, Visual arts, Live music, Performance arts.

Boston/Roxbury

Roxbury Cultural District 

Dance, theater, original music, spoken word, performance art, culturally specific, film, and visual art.

Boston/Roxbury

617Sessions

Original Music

Boston

Alexander Davis, Jeremy Stewart and J Jumbelic

Dance, Performance Art, Visual Arts, Sound Art, Fiber Art, Electronic Art

Boston

Billy Dean Thomas

Original Music

Boston

Boston Rise: Jared Price aka JPRiZM/Koma Toast LLC and Juma Inniss/The Message Inc.

Original Music

Boston

Chorus pro Musica, Inc. 

Original Music

Boston

Evan Northrup

Performance Art

Boston

HipStory

Music, Culinary Arts

Boston

Jesse Erin Posner and Maia Dolphin-Krute

Theater

Boston

Jose Bernardo Hernández

Original Music

Boston

Maggie Cee and J Michael Winward, co-producers, Dancing Queerly

Dance

Boston

Marsha Parrilla, danza/organicà, 5th Annual We Create! Celebrating Women in the Arts 

Dance, dance theater, spoken word/poetry, visual arts, traditional/folk Puerto Rican music

Boston

MIXCLA

Original Music

Boston

Mobius Artists Group

performance art, sound/music, movement/dance, installation, video

Boston

People of Rhythm Productions, Boston Percussive Arts Festival

Music, dance

Boston

QUISOL

Original Music 

Boston

The House Slam

Spoken Word, Literary Work, Performance

Boston

Thread Ensemble

Original Music

Boston

Abilities Dance

Dance

Brookline

Chavi Bansal, Finding Common Ground

Martial arts, Dance and Folk music

Brookline

Deborah Lake Fortson, Rolling Perspectives

Multi-/interdisciplinary

Brookline

Jabari Asim, Liana Asim, and Allyssa Jones

Theater

Brookline

Madhvi Venkatesh

Dance, traditional/culturally specific performing arts, original music

Brookline

Christina R Chan

Theater

Cambridge

Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble

Original Music

Cambridge

Keith Mascoll, Triggered

Theater

Cambridge

Michael Figueroa/Ruckus Dance

Dance

Cambridge

Nell Breyer, The Disappearing Woman 2018

Dance & Mixed Media (Digital Video & Live Processing)

Cambridge

Under a Yellow Umbrella

Original music, poetry, spoken word, performance

Cambridge

Anna Myer and Dancers/Beheard.world

Dance and music

Chelsea

Sandeep Das

Original Music

Chestnut Hill

Dutch ReBelle 

Original Music 

Lynn

Disciple (D.I.)

Original Music

Malden

Jean Appolon Expressions, Vwayaj! 

Dance

Malden

Lakaï Dance Theatre, Build from Scratch to Last

Dance/Theater

Malden

Ashton Lites | StiggityStackz Worldwide Inc

Dance

Natick

Reciprocity Collaborative

Dance, Performance Art, Music, Visual Art, Cinematography, Didactic and Collaborative Art

Needham

Dan VanHassel

Original Music 

Newton

Around Hear 

Original music/spoken word/theater

Somerville

Faye Dupras, ‘The Case of Max' Not-So-Ordinary Case.’ 

Theater

Somerville

Heather Stewart

Dance

Somerville

Oliver Burns IV

Dance, Spoken Word, Film, Acting

Somerville

Tamisha Francois, "Mindgest!"

Spoken Word

Somerville

Sandrine Schaefer

Performance Art

Waltham

Fukudance

Dance

Winchester

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The Boston FoundationGreater Boston’s community foundation, is one of the largest community foundations in the nation, with net assets of more than $1 billion. In 2017, the Foundation and its donors paid $130 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and received gifts of more than $194 million. The Foundation is a close partner in philanthropy with its donors, with more than 1,000 separate charitable funds established either for the general benefit of the community or for special purposes. It also serves as a major civic leader, think tank and advocacy organization, commissioning research into the most critical issues of our time and helping to shape public policy designed to advance opportunity for everyone in Greater Boston. The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), a distinct operating unit of the Foundation, designs and implements customized philanthropic strategies for families, foundations and corporations around the globe. For more information about the Boston Foundation and TPI, visit tbf.orgor call 617-338-1700.

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