Greenfield Local Cultural Council awards $17K in grants

  • One of the six bee sculptures that will be unveiled as part of this year’s Bee Fest in Greenfield on May 22. The festival is one of 33 recipients of a Greenfield Local Cultural Council grant. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Racial Justice Rising received a grant from the Greenfield Local Cultural Council this year to help support its community outreach for racial justice. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 4/21/2021 2:56:16 PM

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Local Cultural Council has awarded 33 grants totaling $17,000 to a diverse array of artists, scientists and humanists in the area.

The grants range from $50 to $1,500, and support everything from dance, literature and media arts to multidisciplinary art, music, theater and visual arts.

“It’s been truly energizing to see how many innovative and inspiring projects were devised by our community of creators this year,” Local Cultural Council Chair Linda McInerney said. “It was very difficult to make our decisions and we are thrilled at the way these chosen projects will uplift, inform and engage our citizens. The myriad applications addressed important issues of our time such as systemic racism, plant diversity, senior and student enrichment, enhancing the beauty of our streets and much more. We are deeply fortunate to live in a resilient and creative community here in Greenfield.”

Among the 33 projects are: community outreach for racial justice through Racial Justice Rising, an all-volunteer group that works to expose and change systemic racism while following the leadership of Black, Brown and Indigenous people; and the annual Bee Fest, a celebration of Lorenzo Langstroth (1810-1895), known as the “father of modern beekeeping” and a former Greenfield resident.

As part of Bee Fest, artists from across the Pioneer Valley have created six 4-foot fiberglass bee sculptures that will be installed throughout downtown and unveiled at the festival’s start on May 22. According to the Cultural Council, the bees will be a reminder of positive efforts everyone can make to protect the health of pollinators as they add beauty and art to the downtown landscape.

Antenna Cloud Farm in Gill received funding to present a concert series featuring a wide array of musical styles and genres, McInerney said, with artists chosen from around the country that have significant national and international careers.

In addition to the concert series, the farm brings artists to local schools, housing developments, prisons, hospitals and nursing homes to perform and interact with underserved communities.

Other projects funded include the Authors and Artists Festival; hip-hop dance chair exercise for seniors; Find Your Happy Place, an online workshop combining neurobiology and art; Majesty and Mystery of Crop Circles; the Theater Thursday series; Greenfield Military Band’s summer concert series; and more.

The Cultural Council will offer a Zoom session, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the GLCC,” on Thursday, April 29, at 5 p.m. The session will cover how to apply for funding, explain what the funding supports and discuss how people can get involved.

Reach Anita Fritz at 413-772-9591 or afritz@recorder.com.




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