The Northampton Arts Council is a city board and a non-profit organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Springfield offering grants for downtown public art displays



SPRINGFIELD -- The city is offering grants for the installation of public art displays in the Cultural District downtown, seeking art that is "inspirational and positive in nature" and that reflects a city-inspired theme.

The city anticipates awarding multiple grants, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 each and totaling $25,000, under the city's federally funded Community Development Block Grant program.

All bids are due by July 31 at 2 p.m. at the Office of Procurement at City Hall. Complete bid packages are available by calling 413-787-6290.



"As the home of Dr. Seuss, Springfield has been built on art and creativity," Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said in announcing the grant program. "We had great success with our first round of this program and are happy we can offer an even larger program this year."

The 2017 awards resulted in a mural by Kim Carlino on the Gifford Lock building themed on the history of board games in Springfield, and a sculpture by James Kitchen in front of the MassMutual Center highlighting the history of the wrench in the city.

The program will consider proposals of all types including paint, structure, visual, projection and audio. The program awards will be announced later this summer for installation to begin this fall, Sarno said.

"We want to continue to grow the creative economy in the city," said Kevin Kennedy, the city's chief development officer. "Arts and culture equates to jobs and economic activity, and this program both highlights Springfield and brings vibrancy to our cultural district."

The Springfield Central Cultural District was approved in 2014, and aims to "bring more vitality to the city by highlighting its outstanding cultural offerings and adding new creative opportunities for artists and the greater community. "

A Selection Committee consisting of Cultural District stakeholders and arts professionals will review all public art proposals. The committee will forward its recommendation to Sarno, who will have final approval.

"The goal of the project is to make a memorable positive statement about Springfield," the invitation for bids reads. "Bids should consider maximum visibility, beautification of its immediate surroundings; excite public interest in Springfield, and to inspire City pride."

The funding is being provided through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's annual CDBG allocation to Springfield.

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