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The Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association (GSFABA) and The Art Garden announce the launch of H.A.T.C.H. (Hilltown Art & Thriving Community Happenings), a pilot program designed to inspire, support, and help fund creative projects that engage the hilltown communities of western Franklin County. H.A.T.C.H. will support the development, refinement, and launching of projects brought forward by artists and other community members and is funded, in part, by a Massachusetts Cultural Council Adams Grant awarded to the GSFABA last year.
Three free work sessions -- facilitated by working artists Jane Beatrice Wegscheider, Artist Director of The Art Garden, and Phyllis Labanowski, a regional artist and co-director of Art For A Change and ARTeens -- will be offered to help artists develop and receive feedback on their idea. At the end of each session, those interested in moving their projects forward may apply for the opportunity to present their vision at a community hatching event on Saturday, June 25 at the Buckland Town Hall. Up to $500 seed money will be awarded to each project along with mentoring support and marketing assistance to help launch the projects. Download an application.
Work sessions will be held at The Art Garden on Monday, April 25; Thursday, May 5; and Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Applications for the hatching event are due Friday, May 27, 2016. Up to five projects will be selected through a juried process; projects moving forward will be notified in early June. All applicants will receive mentoring and support through the GSFABA.
The selection criteria include:
Creative projects, performances, or events including murals, sculpture, performance, spoken word, or street art as well as almost anything else you can imagine will be considered as long as the project meets the above criteria. Artists that create a performance or a community conversation with an artistic twist, an event, or a spectacle that is permanent or temporary, that engages residents and visitors are all encouraged to apply.
For more information, contact: