The email notification popped up at 4:56pm – we were in!
It was one of those super-hot days at the end of August, and I was waiting in the open air “wings” of the Liz Glynn: Open House installation on the Comm Ave Mall as the Berklee duo finished soundcheck for that night’s concert.
Sheila de la Bosque and Nacho Gonzalez Nappa were truly fantastic, as was the news that day that we’d received a 2-year grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council as part of its Cultural Investment Portfolio (CIP) Gateway program. MCC’s CIP provides general operating support and project grants to nonprofit organizations with public programs in the arts, sciences, and humanities across Massachusetts.
Selection for the Gateway program is highly competitive – applicants are scored on criteria of public value and organizational capacity and sustainability, and applications are accepted only every other year. Demand to participate is high because, in addition to the financial support ($6,000 over two years), the Gateway is the on-ramp (after four years), to CIP and its larger, formula-based unrestricted operating support grants.
N+T is thrilled to be one of 29 organizations selected for this round of Gateway investment, and honored to have the support of the Commonwealth and the MCC. This important recognition along with unrestricted funding will help us continue to activate public spaces with art that sparks joy, wonder, conversation, and is free and accessible to all.
Laura Paul is Now + There’s Director of Strategic Partnerships & Development