The Community Foundation is excited to announce the launch of an Arts, Culture & Creativity Initiative in Fall River and New Bedford. This initiative, made possible through the support of the Barr Foundation, will explore opportunities to realize an even more vibrant and diverse arts and culture community for both cities. The Community Foundation will host a series of community discussions seeking public insights, thoughts, and vision to help us develop a plan that will take arts and creative expression to the next level. Click here for more details and discussion dates. For questions or to RSVP for a session, click here. The next Community Conversation is at 5 pm on Tuesday, June 27, at The Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan St. in Fall River.
The Community Foundation hosted its 22nd Annual Meeting on June 13, with Guest Speaker Mass. Cultural Council Executive Director Anita Walker discussing the role arts & culture can play in cities working to re-invigorate themselves. She called New Bedford a "poster child" for cities on how to use arts & culture to make themselves better places to live and work. Read the article in The Standard-Times
Sponsorship Opportunities are available for Summer's Last Blast, the Community Foundation's annual gala fundraiser which returns to Nonquitt, South Dartmouth, this year on September 8. This end-of-summer celebration features fine food and beverages in a spectacular waterfront setting, all to benefit the Community Foundation. Read about sponsorship opportunities
The Summer's Last Blast sponsorship levels and individual tickets are listed in the Donation Fund drop-down menu on the Donate page; Sign up and pay online
The SouthCoast Urban Indicators Project is a website launched by the UMass Dartmouth Urban Initiative to gather and analyze data related to quality of life issues in New Bedford and Fall River in order to promote informed conversation and decision making. Visit the website for more information.
- The Boston-based Social Innovation Forum is seeking programs and organizations that provide opportunities for people in New Bedford to obtain skills and resources that allow them to further their education and widen employment options, leading to improved economic outcomes. They are particularly interested in organizations providing education, training, mentoring, and general support to K-12 students (in school or out of school) to help advance educational achievement. Nonprofit organizations providing adult education services are also welcome to apply. Partnering with the SIF offers a robust array of resources including funding, consulting and other assistance that can elevate the important work your organization or an organization you know does. Read the Social Innovator Accelerator Applicant Guide
- Megan Doyle, a general assignment reporter at The Press Herald of Portland, ME, has been awarded the fifth annual MacGregor Fiske Novice Journalist Award. The MacGregor Fiske Fund of the Community Foundation was established to recognize a print journalist who is relatively new to the field, encourage him or her to persevere in the profession and honor the contributions of journalists to sustaining an informed society. Pictured are Megan Doyle with Mary McCann, who established the fund in memory of her late husband, MacGregor Fiske. Read the press release.
The Huidekoper Fund of the Community Foundation has awarded grants to three youth athletic programs in the region. The Boys and Girls Club of Fall River received a $2,000 grant to support staff time for its “Triple Play Challenge”, while the Buzzards Bay Coalition and Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) each received $1,000 to support summer kayaking trips for New Bedford youth. Read the press release