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Garlic and Arts Festival awards $10,000 in grants

ORANGE — The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival has given out about $10,000 in grants to support local food and arts projects in 2013 and 2014. Part of the festival’s mission is to enhance the artistic and agricultural vibrancy of the region. Through its grants, the festival’s spirit of creativity and community building is spread year-round through support for innovative projects and partnerships with groups across the North Quabbin.

Earlier this year, creative proposals were encouraged from North Quabbin cultural organizations and schools seeking to provide new, free or low-cost opportunities for enjoyment or participation in the arts — through increasing access to local or regional cultural events, engaging the community in creating public art or performance, or by enhancing opportunities for local artists to collaborate with others to creativity in the region. A committee of festival members and local residents selected seven projects to receive financial support.

More than $5,000 in grants ranging from $300 to $2,000 has been committed to the following projects:

∎  Framing of students’ work to be featured in “As the World Turns,” an exhibition of the works by Mahar students at the Hampden Gallery of UMass-Amherst and outreach to local artists and the community.

∎ Hiring musical performers for a two-day Northern Routes Music Festival to be held at the 1794 Meeting House.

∎ Purchasing outdoor screening equipment for Movies in the Park, part of Third Thursdays in Downtown Orange.

∎ To feature performers and entertainers from the North Quabbin region at the Petersham Farmers’ Market.

∎ Piano tuning and staging improvements to support the Petersham Lyceum’s classical music concert series.

∎ To support a local artist-performer in providing nutrition education puppetry performances at farmer’s markets in Athol and Orange.

∎ To launch “Colors of the Quabbin,” a local artist studio tour organized by Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust.

In addition to the community grants program, the festival committee also makes an annual contribution to the North Quabbin Food-a-thon.

The community grants program is supported by proceeds from exhibitor booth fees and admission.

This year’s 16th annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival will be Sept. 27 and 28. For more information visit www.garlicandarts.org.

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