Connecting the diverse arts and creative communities across Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties
Arts and cultural expressions not only beautify communities, but help cities and towns attract tourism and creative talents and bring about innovation and economic growth. Art and cultural institutions also bring people together, create community dialogue, preserve our region’s cultural heritage, and inspire creative approaches to community challenges.
Our Valley boasts extraordinary artists, cultural institutions, and creative energies which enhance the quality of life in our region in countless ways.
Yet, gaps and inequalities exist across our arts and creativity sector. Below are the needs identified by people in our region’s arts community. Our ValleyCreates grantmaking seeks to promote greater vitality and sustainability in our region’s artistic communities by addressing these needs.
Current ValleyCreates Grant Opportunities
Working Capital Grants for Artists
In partnership with MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program, our ValleyCreates Artist Working Capital Grant program is a fast-tracked financial wellness and sustainability initiative for artists who currently live or have studio space in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampton Counties, Massachusetts.
This program pairs a $1,000 artist mini-grant with one-on-one coaching and online financial and business resiliency webinars focused on navigating a post-COVID cultural sector.