Berkshire Pulse, Inc., Housatonic
Project: Elevator Repair for Increased Accessibility
About the Facility: Berkshire Pulse’s home in downtown Housatonic is part of the historic Monument Mills property, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The third floor of the 1866 mill building has become the ideal space for dance studios due to its lack of interior partitions or posts and abundance of natural light.
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Berkshire Pulse $84,000 for accessibility improvements including converting the existing freight elevator into an ADA compliant lift.
The Bidwell House, Monterey
Project: Structural Preservation & Accessibility Upgrades
About the Facility: The Bidwell House museum consists of four structures and 192 acres of grounds. The original portion of the house dates to 1750 by Reverend Adonijah Bidwell, and today its rooms serve as exhibit space for the museum, which houses a permanent collection of 18th and 19th century antiques and furnishings.
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Bidwell House $125,000 for accessibility enhancements and the structural preservation of the historic home.
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst
Project: Energy Management & Lighting Upgrades
About the Facility: Founded in 2001, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art works to inspire an appreciation for the art of the picture book. The facility welcomes nearly 45,000 visitors annually, and includes three rotating galleries, a hands-on art studio, an auditorium, a library, and a cafe.
About this Project: Founded in 2001, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art works to inspire an appreciation for the art of the picture book. The facility welcomes nearly 45,000 visitors annually, and includes three rotating galleries, a hands-on art studio, an auditorium, a library, and a cafe.
CitySpace, Inc., Easthampton
Project: Old Town Hall Renovations
About the Facility: Built in 1869, Easthampton’s old Town Hall is listed on the National and State Historic Registers. This significant historical landmark within the community serves as an iconic architectural structure with two prominent towers on either side of the building. The second floor theatre will be transformed into a performing arts space for the community that honors the building’s history.
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded CitySpace $135,000 for the renovation of Old Town Hall’s second floor theatre.
Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
Project: Terrace Design, HVAC & Roof Replacement
About the Facility: The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, located on a 140-acre campus in the Berkshires, is both an art museum and a center for research and higher education. The new Clark campus will assert the primacy of the Museum as the central experience of visiting the Institute, complemented by the new Visitor, Exhibition, and Conference Center, the renovated Manton Research Center and West Terrace.
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute $225,000 for the redesign of Manton West Terrace, roof repairs and a new HVAC installation.
Double Edge Theatre Productions, Ashfield
Project: Studio and Workshop Space Expansions
About the Facility: Double Edge Theatre offers performances, classes and workshops on a large campus in Ashfield: a 105-acre former dairy farm that includes a barn complex of performance spaces, rehearsal space, and artist residences.
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Double Edge Theatre Productions $140,000 for the expansion and renovation of farm buildings to create an artist studio, theatrical lighting and electrical workshop, and a functioning kitchen.
Easthampton Media, Easthampton
Project: Cultural Media Center Expansion
About the Facility: Easthampton Media is housed in White Brook Middle School in the preexisting student TV studio. The expanded studio, theater and office space into a new Cultural Media Center in Eastworks will maximize programming and is aligned with the City’s economic goals.
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Easthampton Media $172,000 to construct a Cultural Media Center that will house digital storytelling, events, performance and arts programming.
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket
Project: New Studio Construction
About the Facility: Jacob’s Pillow campus encompasses 220 acres including 42 buildings (the oldest of which date from the 1780s), as well as gardens and woodlands.
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival $225,000 to construct a new year-round dance studio.
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington
Project: Lobby Renovations
About the Facility: The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents music, dance, theater, and film in a 101-year-old, 700-seat theater. Most of the theater has been newly restored with the expertise of architect Hugh Hardy, but additional improvements need to be made to bring the facility up to 21st-century standards for a theatrical venue.
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center $65,000 to renovate the center’s lower lobby, install LED lighting and upgrade audio systems.
New Marlborough Village Association, Great Barrington
Project: Meeting House Exterior Restoration
About the Facility: The Meeting House is New Marlborough’s only state historic landmark. The building, designed by Henry Sykes and built in 1839, is a Greek Revival wooden frame structure with a permanent stage in the sanctuary, and a gallery in the basement.
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the New Marlborough Village Association $27,000 for the completion of the Meeting House exterior restoration by installing wrought iron bannisters, a copper dome and repairs to the steeple.
Nuestras Raices, Holyoke
Project: Lechonera Renovations
About the Facility: La Finca (the farm) at Nuestras Raices is an agriculture and cultural center in Holyoke’s Latino community. The Lechonera renovation project will expand the farm’s capacity to host Latino cultural events and advance agritourism, introducing the community to agriculture.
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Nuestras Raices $194,000 for the renovation and repairs to the Lechonera facility, fencing, and an event stage.
The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge
Project: Interior Repairs & HVAC Replacement
About the Facility: The Norman Rockwell Museum cares for the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by its namesake artist, and a growing collection representing other notable illustration artists. The 36-acre campus includes the main museum built in 1993; Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge Studio, an adapted 19th century barn; the Linwood House, a Berkshire Cottage built in 1859; a carriage house and an outdoor sculpture area.
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded The Norman Rockwell Museum $125,000 for repairs to the museum’s wiring and monitoring system, lighting, windows, parking and walkways, and the replacement of an HVAC system.
Ventfort Hall Association, Lenox
Project: Stabilization Repairs & Elevator Installation
About the Facility: Ventfort Hall Mansion is a 28,000 square-foot brick house that sits on 11.7 acres, and one of the few remaining Gilded Age “cottages” in the Berkshires of more than 75 built in the late 1800s. The mansion was slated for demolition in 1997, when Ventfort Hall Association purchased it and began work to repair the extensive damage brought on by years of neglect.
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Ventfort Hall Association $125,000 for the installation of an elevator and to support exterior stabilization repairs.
West Stockbridge Historical Society, West Stockbridge
Project: Expansion & Accessibility Renovations
About the Facility: The West Stockbridge Historical Society acquired the mid-19th century Town Hall in 2009, and has been renovating the space with the intent to create a cultural center that features a local history research center and museum, performance space, and community meeting space.
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the West Stockbridge Historical Society $90,000 for the renovation and expansion of the 1854 town hall to install an ADA compliant elevator and bathrooms, as well as electrical and plumbing upgrades.
Edith Wharton Restoration, Lenox
Project: Terrace Restoration
About the Facility: Designed and built in 1902, the Mount is the estate and gardens of Edith Wharton. The Gilded Age mansion is a historic site and center for culture and a National Trust for Historic Preservation landmark. A major architectural feature of the Main House, the Terrace also serves as a prime venue for programming, and generates earned revenue through a cafe and facility rentals.
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Edith Wharton Restoration $124,000 to support the restoration and reconstruction of the outdoor terrace of the Main House.
FEASIBILITY & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS
Drama Studio, Inc., Springfield
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Drama Studio, Inc. $30,000 to assess building conditions and determine plans for renovation on the 100+ year old facility the studio has leased for 29 years prior to purchasing the property.