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Officials to Mark Release of $1.45M in Cultural Grants
07:17PM / Tuesday, January 17, 2012
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — State officials and cultural leaders will celebrate the release of more than $1.45 million in new Cultural Facilities Fund grants on Friday.

The official release will be held at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center at 11 a.m and will include Massachusetts Cultural Council Chairman Ira Lapidus of Williamstown, Sen. Benjamin B. Downing, D-Pittsfield, vice chairman of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development and Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli of Lenox, chairman of the Cultural Caucus.

This recent round of CFF grants for Western Massachusets come from a $7 million capital appropriation approved by Gov. Deval Patrick. The entire list can be found here.

The Patrick administration has announced an additional $5 million appropriation for CFF, increasing to $50.5 million the total invested in this national model program over the past five years. statewide, grants range from $14,000 to $250,000 and recipients from the Museum of Science in Boston to city of Worcester.

Receiving grants at the top of the scale is the Clark Art Institute toward its current renovations and the Chesterwood Museum. The Williamstown Theatre Festival is receiving $53,000 toward its scene shop, and the Mahaiwe is getting $100,000 for capital improvements and The Mount is getting $137,000 to replace the roof on The Stables and the Caretaker's House.

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