2016 Winter GRANTS AWARDED BY BERKSHIRE TACONIC 

This winter, Berkshire Taconic distributed a total of $708,234 in competitive grants to individuals, schools and nonprofits in the four-county region it serves. View the list of grant recipients below.

 

ADAMS CHESHIRE EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIP (ace) ($13,600)

Grants for extracurricular projects that inspire and engage students in the Adams Cheshire Regional School District.

Barrington Stage Company (Pittsfield, Mass.), to present "Camping with Henry and Tom" to students at Hoosac Valley High School at a discounted price
Cheshire Elementary School (Cheshire, Mass.), to partner with Nature's Classroom to provide outdoor learning opportunities to students
C.T. Plunkett Elementary School (Adams, Mass.), for Track My Progress, an online assessment that measures students' learning against the new Common Core State Standards Initiative; to offer homework help to students in a safe and supportive environment; to purchase books for students to take home and read with their families; to open a computer lab during the summer so that students can continue to learn; to partner with Nature's Classroom to provide outdoor learning opportunities to students
Hoosac Valley High School (Cheshire, Mass.), to offer an Introduction to Timber Framing class; to purchase a telescope and other supplies for a new astronomy course; to expand STEM offerings by reintroducing a robotics elective course; to offer an automated accounting course to high school seniors
Hoosac Valley Middle School (Cheshire, Mass.), to offer homework help to students in a safe and supportive environment; to add rocketry and race care design courses to the technology education curriculum

AMY CLAMPITT FUND ($86,864)

Benefits 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.

Dora Malech (Baltimore, MD) and Malachi Black (San Diego, CA) have been named the 2017 poet-residents. They have each been awarded a six-month residency at the Amy Clampitt house and will receive a stipend of $15,000. Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, will read selections of his work at the 2017 poetry reading at The Mount in Lenox, Mass. 

BERKSHIRE ENVIRONMENTAL ENDOWMENT FUND ($22,000)

Grants to nonprofits, public agencies, schools or civic community entities for projects focused on water quality or land issues. 

Great Barrington Land Conservancy (Great Barrington, Mass.), to improve the trails at Pfeiffer Arboretum
Greenagers (Great Barrington, Mass.), to provide programs that engage youth with the Housatonic watershed in diverse and active ways
Hoosic River Revival (North Adams, Mass.), to create an installation along the river to raise awareness about the restoration efforts
Housatonic Valley Association (Lee, Mass.), to collect available Housatonic water quality and quantity data
Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center (Windsor, Mass.), to host several events to honor the unique tree, plant and animal species at Tamarack Hollow

BERKSHIRE HILLS FUND FOR EXCELLENCE ($9,730)

Grants to enhance and enrich the educational experience of students and teachers in the Berkshire Hills Regional School District.

Berkshire Hills Regional School District (Great Barrington, Mass.), to add standing desks to all third and fourth-grade classrooms
Greenagers (Great Barrington, Mass.), to provide environmental stewardship employment and training to young people in Berkshire County
IS183 Art School of the Berkshires (Stockbridge, Mass.), for its Learning Through Arts residency at Muddy Brook Elementary School
Mass Audubon (Lenox, Mass.), to explore the concepts of biodiversity and classification with sixth-grade students at Monument Valley Regional Middle School
Monument Mountain Regional High School (Great Barrington, Mass.), to offer independent projects or studies to students who are passionate about what they are learning; to offer spoken word poetry workshops to ninth-grade students
Muddy Brook Elementary School (Great Barrington, Mass.), to bring visiting author Patricia MacLachlan to fourth-grade classes; to bring professional musician and educator Erika Ludwig to work with first-grade students, teachers and Muddy Brook's music teacher

CENTRAL BERKSHIRE FUND ($13,477)

Grants for programs in the arts, education, environment, health and social services in Dalton and the surrounding hilltowns. 

Becket Arts Center of the Hilltowns, Inc. (Becket, Mass.), to offer scholarships for children to attend summer camps
Becket Athenaeum (Becket, Mass.), to provide educational programs and entertainment to adults during the winter months; to host a weekly story time program for children and their caregivers
Becket Washington Community Partnership (Becket, Mass.), to promote Hilltown Brouhaha (Becket Washington Community Fair), which benefits local businesses and nonprofits and fosters community spirit
Becket Volunteer Firefighters' Association (Becket, Mass.), to purchase a portable stage for Hilltown Brouhaha
Berkshire Theatre Group (Stockbridge, Mass.), for its BTG PLAYS! residency program at Kittredge Elementary School
Berkshire Music School (Pittsfield, Mass.), to present all-school assemblies and after school music enrichment programs to students at Craneville Elementary School, Kittredge Elementary School and Becket Washington School
Berkshire Pulse Inc. (Housatonic, Mass.), to offer an introductory dance program to students at Nessacus Regional Middle School
Central Berkshire Regional School District (Dalton, Mass.), for an outdoor program that enhances students' leadership and team-building skills; for Operation Snowshoe, a program that promotes healthy habits among students by staying active during the winter; to host a celebration of student diversity for Nessacus Regional Middle School and Wahconah Regional High School
Dalton Community Recreation Association (Dalton, Mass.), to provide programs for young children and their families that promote literacy, music and art, and exercise
Dalton Cooperative Nursery School (Dalton, Mass.), for early childhood program support
Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc. (Pittsfield, Mass.), to continue its Meals on Wheels program
Friends of Windsor (Windsor, Mass.), to engage a younger demographic in the Windsor community through various programs and initiatives 
Hillcrest Dental Care, Inc. (Pittsfield, Mass.), to provide free, in-school oral health education to elementary school and day care children throughout Berkshire County
Hilltown Village Inc. (Williamsburg, Mass.), to expand the free Village Closet program in Cummington, which provides home visits to families with infants as well as gently-used baby items
Housatonic Valley Association (Lee, Mass.), to increase public awareness and understanding of the historical importance of the mills along the Housatonic River
IS183 Art School of the Berkshires (Stockbridge, Mass.), to offer its Learning Through Arts program at Craneville Elementary School
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Inc. (Becket, Mass.), for its Curriculum in Motion program at Becket Washington School
Nessacus Regional Middle School (Dalton, Mass.), to purchase standing desks for students and staff; for seventh-grade students to attend "A Christmas Carol" at the Colonial Theatre
The Nutrition Center (Great Barrington, Mass.), to bring cooking and nutrition education to elementary and middle schools throughout Berkshire County
Porchlight Home Care (Lee, Mass.), for its Move In Time program for senior citizens, which focuses on preventing emergency room visits and hospitalizations
Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center (Windsor, Mass.),  to host several events to honor the unique tree, plant and animal species at Tamarack Hollow

CHATHAM EDUCATION FOUNDATION ($19,977)

Grants for extracurricular projects that inspire and engage students in the Chatham Central School District.

Art School of Columbia County (Ghent, NY), to offer after school art programs to students at Mary E. Dardess Elementary School
Chatham High School (Chatham, NY), for a week-long session reading the works of Edith Wharton and Henry James; to teach students about the Hudson River using a replica ship modeled after 18th and 19th-century sailing vessels; to introduce a robotics program; to host an in-school assembly led by professional athlete Chris Heren, who battled with addiction and now speaks to communities across the country; to participate in a national science initiative that monitors bird populations and migration patterns
Chatham Middle School (Chatham, NY), to immerse students in a hands-on learning experience about the American Revolution; to teach empathy to students through various meetings, service projects and education programs; to support the Chatham Film Club
Flying Deer Nature Center (New Lebanon, NY), to teach students at Mary E. Dardess Elementary School about Iroquois culture
Mary E. Dardess Elementary School (Chatham, NY), to offer Introduction to Ukelele to fifth-grade students
PS/21, Inc. (Chatham, NY), to partner with Jamal Jackson Dance Company to offer a two-day dance and drumming workshop to students at Mary E. Dardess Elementary School

HUDSON ARTS & HUMANITIES FUND ($15,000)

Grants for extracurricular projects that inspire and engage students in the Hudson City School District. 

Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY), for Bard in Hudson Civic Academy, which allows high school students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to take Bard College courses for free
Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc. (Hudson, NY), to expand its circus program to include acrobatics and aerial arts
Hudson Area Association Library (Hudson, NY), to provide an after school tutoring program for eighth-grade students
Hudson High School (Hudson, NY), for students to attend El Museo Del Barrio in New York City to learn about Hispanic culture in the United States; for art students to attend field trips to the Museum of Natural History in New York City, the Clark and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art; to compete in a robotics competition
Hudson Junior High School (Hudson, NY), to purchase instruments for sixth-grade students in the school band
John L. Edwards Primary School (Hudson, NY), for second-grade students to explore their community by visiting local venues, landmarks, artists and more
Kids Need Music (Claverack, NY), to provide instruments to students in the Hudson City School District who can not afford to buy their own
Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School (Chatham, NY), to partner with Columbia County Youth Theater Inc. to create a children's drama program
School Life Media (Hudson, NY), to teach elementary school and secondary school students how to research, report and write about newsworthy events, places and people

MARTHA BOSCHEN PORTER FUND ($45,500)

Grants to emerging artists and artists experiencing a significant change of direction in their work. Grants are meant to help them advance to the next level of their development, and may be awarded to individual artists or collaborative efforts. 

Tracy Baker-White (Williamstown, Mass.), to purchase new painting materials
Emma Dweck (Great Barrington, Mass.), to develop a multi-disciplinary theater piece, Reflowered: A Dance Play
Huckleberry Elling (Great Barrington, Mass.), for her installation of crocheted, wearable masks
Elizabeth Fox (Williamstown, Mass.), for her translation and production of Roman play Octavia
Jeffrey Mousseau (Ancram, NY), for the creation of a bilingual solo performance piece
Cynthia Saunders Quinones (North Adams, Mass.), to complete her first full-length poetry manuscript, Capturing Light
Michael Rousseau (Pittsfield, Mass.), to further his study of old master oil painting techniques
Sheila Silver (Spencertown, NY), for a two-week opera workshop and residency
Dylan Vadakin (Canaan, Conn.), to arrange a jazz ensemble performance of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at the North Canaan Movie Theatre
Virginia Watkins (Sheffield, Mass.), to work on her novel, A Steady Downpour

NEW LEBANON ARTS & HUMANITIES FUND ($2,317)

Grants for extracurricular projects that inspire and engage students in the New Lebanon School District.

New Lebanon Jr./Sr. High School (New Lebanon, NY), to publish a student-led literary magazine
Walter B. Howard Elementary School (New Lebanon, NY), to purchase reader kits for students who are struggling with reading and continue its Be the Book program, which allows students to perform scenes from their favorite stories

NORTHWEST CENTER FOR FAMILY SERVICE FUND ($4,972)

Grants to the Northwest Center for Family Service and Mental Health in Lakeville, Conn.

Housatonic Youth Service Bureau (Falls Village, Conn.), for counseling services

NORTHWEST CORNER FUND ($18,000)

Grants to nonprofits that improve the quality of life for residents of northwest Litchfield County. 

Nonprofit Learning Program, for two Conn., organizations to participate in the 2017 Nonprofit Learning Program, an intensive training in governance and fund development best practices

SALISBURY CENTRAL EDUCATIONAL ENRICHMENT ENDOWMENT FUND ($18,097)

Grants to support the organization and operation of extracurricular programs, education enrichment activities and experimental programs at Salisbury Central School. 

SOAR, Inc. 
(Sharon, Conn.), providing extracurricular programs, educational enrichment activities and experimental programs at Salisbury Central School

TACONIC HILLS ARTS & hUMANITIES/EDUCATION ENRICHMENT FUND ($11,161)

Grants for programs that emphasize excellence, innovation and creativity for students and teachers in the Taconic Hills Central School District. 

Millay Colony for the Arts, Inc.
 (Austerlitz, NY), to expand its program of sending resident-artists into high school art classes to work with students
Pascal RIOULT Dance Theatre Inc. (New York, NY), to offer a dance residency to sixth-grade students at Taconic Hills Jr./Sr. High School 
Roving Actors' Repertory Ensemble (Copake, NY), for a week-long summer musical theater workshop for students in the Taconic Hills Central School District
Taconic Hills Elementary School (Craryville, NY), for sixth-grade students to attend a performance of "The Lightning Thief" musical at the Palace Theatre in Albany; for fifth-grade students to visit Howe Caverns
Taconic Hills Jr./Sr. High School (Craryville, NY), for drama students to participate in Fall Festival of Shakespeare; for a mentor program for secondary students; for high school students to attend a two-week research trip to Dominica; to participate in the annual Model UN conference; for eighth-grade students to visit the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City

WILLIAM J. & MARGERY S. BARRETT FUND FOR ADAMS, CHESHIRE & SAVOY ($218,354)

Grants to elder services, arts programs, after-school activities, environmental protection and a wide variety of community education programs. 

Adams Agricultural Fair, Inc. (Adams, Mass.), to build a stage area and platform for entertainment during the fair
Adams Cheshire Regional School District (Cheshire, Mass.), to offer homework support at Cheshire Elementary School
BART Charter Public School (Adams, Mass.), to have Bread and Puppet Theater work with students during a four-day residency
Berkshire Music School (Pittsfield, Mass.), to present "Willie was Different" at an all-school assembly
Berkshire Theatre Group (Stockbridge, Mass.), for its BTG PLAYS! residency program at Cheshire Elementary School and C.T. Plunkett Elementary School
Cheshire Elementary School (Cheshire, Mass.), for a week-long field trip to Ivoryton, Conn., to participate in environmental classes
Child Care of the Berkshires (North Adams, Mass.), to improve the lavatory, which includes adding handicap accessibility
C.T. Plunkett Elementary School (Adams, Mass.), to partner with Mass Audubon to teach children about native wildlife
Elizabeth Freeman Center (Pittsfield, Mass.), for its violence prevention program
Louison House, Inc. (Adams, Mass.), for its program to prevent homelessness
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (North Adams, Mass.), to provide arts programs to students at C.T. Plunkett Elementary School and Emma L. Miller Elementary School
Savoy Parent Teacher Group (Savoy, Mass.), to construct a new playground at Savoy Elementary School
Savoy Town Park (Savoy, Mass.), to build an open picnic shelter
Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center (Windsor, Mass.), to host several events to honor the unique tree, plant and animal species at Tamarack Hollow
Youth Center, Inc. (Adams, Mass.), for its drop-in program and after school programs for students ages nine to 18

WILLIAMSTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ENDOWMENT FUND (WESE) ($10,912)

WESE supports initiatives and activities that inspire and engage the students and teachers of Williamstown Elementary School.

Berkshire Pulse Inc. (Housatonic, Mass.), to offer a math and drumming residency to third-grade students at Williamstown Elementary School
Flying Deer Nature Center (New Lebanon, NY), for an experiential nature education program for fifth-grade students at Williamstown Elementary School
IS183 Art School of the Berkshires (Stockbridge, Mass.), to expand the Learning Through Arts residency program at Williamstown Elementary School
Williamstown Elementary School (Williamstown, Mass.), for students to work with professional photographer Richard Elliott and art teacher Emily Beaulieu to photograph nature; to purchase books about characters who are minorities so that students are exposed to America's diversity; to provide a workshop about empathy for students to learn how to interact with individuals with disabilities and aging-related challenges; to expand the robotics programming and coding curriculum; to support Lil' Dribblers, a project that helps students learn the basics of basketball; to purchase one year of licensing for the new Minecraft: Education Edition for problem-solving activities; to purchase new recess equipment 

W.O. WEBB FUND ($19,009)

Grants to support health care in Litchfield County, Conn.

Blue Horizon Health Fund, to cover medical and dental expenses of residents of Canaan, Cornwall, North Canaan, Sharon and Salisbury, Conn.
Northwest Corner Fund, for nonprofits that improve the quality of life for residents of northwest Litchfield County