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MassDevelopment Awards Commonwealth Places Grant to Attleboro Arts Museum

August 28, 2020


Louisa Stone, MassDevelopment, 857-283-3340 (cell)

MassDevelopment has awarded a $9,700 Commonwealth Places COVID-19 Response Round: Resurgent Places grant to Attleboro Arts Museum for Signs of the Times, a project in which the museum will display indoor art through museum windows, allowing visitors to view art from outside the museum, and create a self-guided walking tour around downtown Attleboro. The museum will also use funding to create signage for museum windows and banners for outdoor lamp posts that will visually communicate safety requirements for indoor access and direct visitors along the walking tour. The museum plans to partner with downtown Attleboro restaurants to create the self-guided walking tour, which will cross-promote art exhibits and dining establishments. The grant was awarded through MassDevelopment’s special Commonwealth Places COVID-19 Response Round: Resurgent Places, which was made available specifically to assist local economic recovery efforts as community partners prepare public spaces and commercial districts to serve residents and visitors. 

“MassDevelopment’s Commonwealth Places program is a resource to help communities implement placemaking projects that improve public spaces, create foot traffic, and stimulate economic activity,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Lauren Liss. “During this challenging economic climate, we’re pleased to support the Attleboro Arts Museum as the organization aims to make its art more accessible and creatively partner with local restaurants to draw residents and visitors to downtown Attleboro.”

Created in 2016, Commonwealth Places aims to engage and mobilize community members to make individual contributions for placemaking projects, with the incentive of a funding match from MassDevelopment if the crowdfunding goal is reached. In June 2020, MassDevelopment announced the availability of $225,000 in funding for the Commonwealth Places COVID-19 Response Round: Resurgent Places. For this round, nonprofits and other community groups could apply to MassDevelopment for grants of up to $25,000. Up to $10,000 per project could be awarded as an unmatched grant; awards greater than $10,000 must be matched with crowdfunding donations. All grantees and projects will be required to follow the mandatory safety standards and protocols of the Commonwealth’s Reopening Massachusetts plan.

MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, banks, and communities to stimulate economic growth. During FY2019, MassDevelopment financed or managed 316 projects generating investment of more than $2 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are estimated to create or support 9,743 jobs and build or preserve 1,992 housing units.