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

  • Community-Engaged Arts Workshop for Artistsapplications will be available in Oct. 2019
  • Organizational Effectiveness Training Series for small arts and creativity organizations. Learn more – 2019 training completed
  • ValleyCreates Grantspromoting collaboration in the arts – 2019 grants closed
  • Planning of an Online Regional Arts Hub – application closed


In January 2018, CFWM received funding from the Barr Foundation for a two-year pilot program to support the arts and creativity sector in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties, 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 Valley, especially those communities and residents that may not have traditionally been served by the foundation’s funding or programming.

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

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For more information about the ValleyCreates program, email Nicole Bourdon at


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