2015 WINTER GRANTS AWARDED BY BERKSHIRE TACONIC  

Artist’s Resource Trust Fund ($117,417)
Artist’s Resource Trust provides grants to talented mid-career visual artists in New England or Columbia or Northeast Dutchess Counties, NY who have demonstrated substantial commitment and who have a financial need. It also awards grants to nonprofit organizations to purchase, exhibit or commission work by such artists.

Individuals
John C. Anderson, Roslindale, Mass.
Bebe Beard, Boston, Mass.
Marion Belanger, Guilford, Conn.
Linda Bond, Weston, Mass.
W. Benjamin Bray, Somerville, Mass.
Linda Leslie Brown, Boston, Mass.
Laura Chasman, Roslindale, Mass.
Laura Christensen, Williamstown, Mass.
Catarina Coelho, Newton, Mass.
Erica Daborn, Gloucester, Mass.
Kim Faler, Williamstown, Mass.
Shawn Fields, Mill River, Mass.
Barbara Hadden, Greenfield, Mass.
Sarah Haskell, York, Maine
Anna Hepler, Eastport, Maine
Tanja Hollander, Auburn, Maine
Sue Huang, Northampton, Mass.
Marsha Kartzman, Providence, Rhode Island
Linda King, Lynn, Mass.
Tom Leytham, Montpelier, Vermont
Cathy McLaurin, Danville, New Hampshire
Leah Piepgras, Swampscott, Mass.
Mary Sherman, Boston, Mass.
Karl Stevens, Boston, Mass.

Organizations
Artspace, New Haven, Conn.
Community Access to the Arts (CATA), Great Barrington, Mass.
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, Mass.
Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, New York
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont
The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, New York

William J. & Margery S. Barrett Fund for Adams, Cheshire & Savoy
The William J. and Margery S. Barrett Fund for Adams, Cheshire and Savoy supports elder services, arts programs, after-school activities, environmental protection and a wide variety of community education programs.
 

Adams Ambulance Service, $4,500, extrication equipment update
BART Charter Public School, $5,000, purchase stage curtains
Berkshire Music School, $1,000, Cheshire School programs
Berkshire Nursing Families, $15,000, lactation program support
Berkshire Theatre Group, $5,000, BTG PLAYS! Cheshire School Residency
Cheshire Elementary School, $1,500, Nature's Classroom
C.T. Plunkett Elementary School, $800, "Appreciating Wildlife" program 
Elder Services of Berkshire County, $10,693, Meals on Wheels and Prescription Lockbox programs
Elizabeth Freeman Center, $7,000, violence prevention program
Family Life Support Center, $5,000, FLSC affiliation exploration through Berkshire Nonprofit Solutions
MASS MoCA, $3,000, art education programs
Nutshell Playhouse, $1,800, performances at BART
Rainbow Seniors, $2,000, outreach project to strengthen support for LGBT senior citizens
Tamarack Hollow, $2,000, environmental and cultural education
Town of Cheshire, $10,000, school playground upgrade
Youth Center, Inc., $26,500, enrichment programs

Berkshire Hills Fund for Excellence
The Berkshire Hills Fund for Excellence is an endowed fund that seeks to enhance and enrich the educational experience of students and teachers in the Berkshire Hills Regional School District.

Barrington Stage Company, $1,000, "Veils" student matinees
Berkshire Hills Regional School District, $2,835, Jim Arnosky author/illustrator visit and Mass Hysteria Spoken Word poetry group support
Flying Cloud Institute, $2,500, expanding field studies at Monument Valley
Greenagers, $1,660.10, community work initiative
Corey Sprague, $1,000, self defense education

Central Berkshire Fund
The Central Berkshire Fund support programs in the arts, education, environment, health and social services in Dalton and the surrounding hilltowns.

Becket Arts Center of the Hilltowns, $4858, reaching out to local residents
The Becket Athenaeum, $3,000, support for the Village Fair (promoting awareness of local businesses, raising funds for PTO, fostering community spirit)
Berkshire Environmental Action Team, $2844, volunteer engagement and wildlife tracking
Berkshire Nursing Families, $3,000, professional lactation and parenting support
Berkshire Music School, $1,000, performance during school assembly and after school music program
Berkshire Theatre Group, $4,000, BTG PLAYS! at Kittredge and Becket schools
Central Berkshire Regional School District, $3,825, early education programs
Dalton Community Recreation Association, $3,000, "Talk, Read, Play & Sing" program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers
Dalton Cooperative Nursery School, $5,000, early childhood program support
Dalton Free Public Library, $2,500, collection of graphic novels for children 12 and under
Elder Services of Berkshire County, $6,400, Meals on Wheels, SHINE and Prescription Lockbox programs
Friends of Windsor, $5,000, community celebration of town's history
Hillcrest Dental Care, $2,150, oral health education
Hilltown Village, $3,000, to donate clothing, diapers and other baby equipment
Housatonic Valley Association (Berkshire Office), $3,500, river vegetative buffer planting
IS183, $4,460, scholarships for arts programs at Craneville Elementary School
Jacob's Pillow, $3,000, "Curriculum in Motion"
Mullen House Education Center, $900, support for a museum intern
National Alliance of Mental Illness: $3,000, crisis intervention training
Peru Library, $4,058, expanding the children's area of the library
Porchlight Home Care, $6,000, "Move in Time" program for senior citizens
Tamarack Hollow, $4,000, nature and conservation programs

Chatham Education Foundation
The Chatham Education Foundation supports extracurricular projects that inspire and engage students in the Chatham Central School District.

Abby Brownell, $1,815, Homespun community dance residency
Michele Debye-Saxinger, $2,800, seeing the musical The Wizard of Oz/support for the 3rd annual Chatham Film Club
Devin Franklin (Flying Deer Nature Center), $2,500, longhouse project
Jacqueline Hoffman (Chatham Middle School), $1,500, "character education" assemblies at Chatham Middle School
Brooke Kneller, $160, vermicomposting project
Kathryn Kosto, $330, Art in the Library: A Pop-Up Program
James Kraft, $1,250, reading work by Edith Wharton and Henry James
Kristine Mackowski, $200, field trip to a Mac-Haydn Theater performance
Judith Matthews, $3,250, Festival of Shakespeare/Calculus the Musical
William Richard, $1,577, American Revolution History Day
Barbara Roosevelt, $850, author in the classroom: writing creative non-fiction
Christine Singer, $1,610, empathy awareness mentoring workshops
Paulsak Vachiraprapu, $2,500, tropical community vivarium in biology classroom

Amy Clampitt Fund
The Amy Clampitt Fund seeks to benefit poetry and the literary arts by transforming Amy Clampitt’s former home into a place to foster the study, promotion and writing of poetry through six- to 12-month residencies for scholars and poets at the Amy Clampitt house near Lenox, Massachusetts.

Valzhyna Mort and Safiya Sinclair have been named the 2016 poet-residents. They have each been awarded a six-month residency at the Amy Clampitt house and will receive a stipend of $15,000.

Hudson Arts & Humanities Fund
The Hudson Arts & Humanities Fund supports extracurricular projects that inspire and engage students in the Hudson City School District.

Bard College, $1,000, Dream to Achieve program
Classics on Hudson, $2,500, Promoting Music Appreciation through Music Mentors program
Edgar Acevedo, $4,500, MCSIS Drama Club
Hudson City School District, $4,500, field trips
Hudson High School, $950, Multi-cultural festival
Jamie Rodriguez, $1,200, Spanish Culture Day
Lucy Rees, $350, Sewing and Costuming club

New Lebanon Education Foundation
The New Lebanon Education Foundation supports extracurricular projects that inspire and engage students in the New Lebanon School District.

Andrew Kourt, $1,459.80, Visualizing through Storytelling program
Kara O'Hare, $1,125, Emir Sensini concert

Region One Athletic Fund
The Region One Athletic Fund for Individuals and Projects gives students the opportunity to compete in a sport or other physical activity. 

Individuals 
Kaylie Anderson, $100, Stepping Stone Performers LLC (acrobatics)
Jacob Anderson, $200, ice hockey
Tyler Anderson, $200, ice hockey
Finnian Bambery, $150, ice hockey
Slade Begley, $400, PeeWee hockey
Aiden Cherniske, $100, ski lessons
Autumn Freudenberg, $252.50, Northwest Juniors club volleyball
Emily Geyselaers, $200, Northwest Rovers soccer
Sadie Grusauski, $200, Northwest Rovers soccer
Emily Lang, New Milford Barracudas swim team
Madison Lang, New Milford Barracudas swim team
Aliza Luminati, Stepping Stone Performers LLC (acrobatics)
Noah Lynehan, Kent youth hockey
Garett MacLaren, HVRHS hockey
Jackson McAvoy, Salisbury youth hockey
Riley Mollica, ice hockey
Austen Reid, Salisbury youth hockey
Tanner Reid, Salisbury youth hockey
William Starr, Kent youth hockey

Programs
Cornwall Softball, softball coaching for pitchers
Housatonic JV & Varsity baseball, indoor practice time
Northwest Rovers FC, soccer league for young women
Steamrollers Football, uniforms and equipment

Salisbury Central School Educational Enrichment Endowment Fund (SCSEEF)
SCSEEF supports education enrichment activities at Salisbury Central School. 

SOAR, Inc., $18,846 to support after-school programs at Salisbury Central School

Tupelo Award
The Tupelo Award supports individuals pursuing research on a topic of demonstrated interest.

Lily Rand Barnett, $675, metalsmithing 
Kristin Hewitt, $675, poetry reading