The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts’ (CFWM) ValleyCreates Initiative seeks to strengthen and connect the diverse community of arts and creativity nonprofits in the Pioneer Valley. Through a variety of strategies, CFWM seeks to promote greater vitality and sustainability in the sector by addressing the needs that have been identified by the region’s arts and creativity community. ValleyCreates current and upcoming strategies include:


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In January 2018, CFWM received funding from the Barr Foundation for a two-year pilot program to support arts and creativity sector in the Pioneer Valley as part of Barr’s statewide Creative Commonwealth initiative. The Creative Commonwealth is rooted in the belief that investments in arts and creativity build thriving communities, and it aims to promote the vital leadership role community foundations can play to advance the arts. As part of this statewide initiative, CFWM is seeking to build authentic bridges to communities in the Pioneer Valley, especially those communities and residents that may not have traditionally been served by our funding or programming.

For more information, about the Barr Foundation’s statewide Creative Commonwealth Program.



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As CFWM continues on this exciting journey over the next two years, we will seek guidance from contracted Community Advisors who will serve a core role providing valuable input on our strategies and helping CFWM connect to arts and culture organizations that have been underserved by CFWM – specifically organizations that are led by and/or serve communities of color, as well as rural organizations.


Recent press releases:

ValleyCreates Awards $80,250 to 9 Local Organizations May 24, 2019

CFWM Convenes Arts and Culture Advisory Group, September 7, 2017

The Launch of Creative Commonwealth, January 30, 2018

ValleyCreates appoints five local Community Advisors, April 10, 2018