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Grant applications available for North Quabbin arts projects

ORANGE — The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is looking for arts ideas that could benefit from grants from last year’s fall fair.

Creative proposals are being solicited from local organizations, schools or community groups that promote visual, creative, public or performing arts across the North Quabbin communities. A mission of the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is to enhance the artistic and agricultural vibrancy of our region to unite and celebrate community. Proceeds from the annual festival, which is organized by a volunteer committee of local residents, make possible a small grants program that offers local organizations and groups the opportunity to submit proposals for projects that promote community education and vitality.

Proposals must originate from a nonprofit organization, school, or group located in one of the nine North Quabbin towns. North Quabbin artists, educators or performers may collaborate with an organization to initiate and propose a project that meets grant program goals, but grants will not be made to individuals. Projects described must encourage participation by residents across the North Quabbin region, not simply one town, plus describe a new and innovative project rather than seek support for an existing program.

Applications must address at least one of the following goals: Provide free or low-cost opportunities for participation and/or enjoyment of the arts; increase access to local or regional cultural events; engage the community in creating public art or performance; enhance opportunities for local artists and performers to collaborate with local groups to promote art and creativity in the region.

To receive full grant information and an application form and submission instructions visit www.garlicandarts.org. Those without computer or Internet access who have a project that meets the criteria and are interested in applying may call 978-544-9023.

Grant applications are due Feb. 16.

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