Eggtooth receives Mass Humanities Grant for Radical Interconnectedness Festival

  • McInerny  FILE PHOTO

  • Lindel Hart, left, works with Linda McInerney during a previous Eggtooth rehearsal. FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 1/8/2019 8:49:15 PM

MONTAGUE – Eggtooth Productions is one recipient of a $7,500 Mass Humanities Grant, which will fund a panel discussion following the third annual Radical Interconnectedness Festival at the Shea Theater in April.

The Radical Interconnectedness Festival is a two-day event in Turners Falls featuring art that engages issues of race, age, gender, religion, class and those aspects of cultural identity that have been suppressed, according to Eggtooth Productions Artistic Director, Linda McInerney.

McInerney said Eggtooth Productions is giving 13 different groups the opportunity to have art installations throughout downtown Turners Falls during the festival, all within walking distance of the Shea Theater.

For two days, after purchasing a ticket, people can have access to art like photography, installations, music and theater as part of the festival.

“We’re hoping this festival will show people a glimpse into what it’s like to be a person who is othered,” McInerney said. “We have artists who are queer, African American, Native American, elders and many others.”

The day after the festival there will be a panel discussion at the Shea Theater between scholars, artists and the audience.

She said the grant will support a discussion the day after the festival.

“We’ll be having a conversation with most of the artists in the festival about why they made their art and other topics,” McInerney said. “We’ll also have smaller, more intimate groups discussing these diverse experiences with the artists themselves.”

Eggtooth productions was one of three organizations in Western Mass. to receive the Mass Humanities grant.

Mass Humanities, a non-profit based in Northampton, conducts and supports programs that use history, literature, philosophy and the other humanities disciplines to enhance and improve civic life throughout Massachusetts. Since its founding in 1974, the organization has provided nearly $13 million in support for more than 2,500 humanities projects across the Commonwealth, according to its website.

“We were impressed by the range of relevant, dynamic projects in this round of applications,” said Brian Boyles, Mass Humanities Executive Director, in a press release. “Organizations around Massachusetts are responding to their communities through new approaches to the humanities. They’re asking big questions, reaching new audiences, and shedding new light on our shared history and culture.”


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