Clark, other culturals awarded more than $1 million total in grants


WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute of Williamstown has received a $600,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, the largest allocation in the program’s current round of funding.

In all, 11 Berkshire County entities received a total of more than $1 million through the facilities funds grant program, which awarded nearly $14 million to programs across the state.

The new funding will support building projects for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, schools and communities across Massachusetts. The grants were capitalized with $15 million from Gov. Deval Patrick’s fiscal 2014 capital budget. The CFF is jointly administered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and MassDevelopment.

The Clark will use the funding for renovation and system upgrades for the final phase of its campus expansion plan, which includes a complete renovation of the 1973 Manton Research Center. The grand opening of the Clark’s new campus is scheduled to take place July 4.

A Clark representative could not be reached for comment.

Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, the Chesterwood Museum and Estate in Stockbridge, the Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket also received capital grants of more than $100,000.

Shakespeare & Company, which received $290,000, plans to use the funding for the initial phase of its campuswide facilities initiative. Board Chairwoman Sarah Hancock said the nonprofit will perform structural improvements on St. Martin’s Hall, and install energy-efficient windows in Lawrence Hall, which serves as the company’s dormitory.

"St. Martin’s Hall is going to be the centerpiece of our campus," Hancock said. "It seemed obvious that we should replace part of the roof and do some nuts and bolts things to stabilize the foundation."

Shakespeare & Company also received $395,000 from the same program in 2007 when it built the Elayne P. Burnstein Theatre. Hancock said the organization also applied for funding last year, but didn’t get it. This year, Shakespeare & Company received almost half of the $695,000 that it requested.

"The program was much bigger this year," Hancock said. "We wanted to be sure we put in a grant application. We’re very pleased that we received it."

Under the terms of the program, Hancock said Shakespeare & Company is required to match the amount that it receives from the state.

"We’re very confident we’ll match it," she said.

In addition to capital grants, four Berkshire organizations also received feasibility and technical assistance grants from the same program.

To reach Tony Dobrowolski:
(413) 496-6224.

At a glance ...

Berkshire County recipients of Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Funds grants:

Clark Art Institute: $600,000

Shakespeare & Company: $290,000

Chesterwood Museum and Estate: $190,000

Barrington Stage Company: $180,000

Norman Rockwell Museum: $150,000

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival: $130,000

Mass MoCA: $90,000

Hancock Shaker Village: $80,000

New Marlborough Village Association: $60,000

Friends of Wilson McLaughlin House: $40,000

The Bidwell House: $30,000


Technical Assistance grant recipients:

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival: $30,000

The Berkshire Theatre Group: $30,000

The Berkshire Historical Society: $24,000

Images Cinema: $6,000


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