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Fruitlands Museum awarded Massachusetts cultural facilities grant

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HARVARD — Fruitlands Museum has announced it is receiving a $73,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF) for roof repairs to its recently renovated art gallery as well as accessibility improvements.

Statewide, the CFF grants totaled $7.4 million this year and will go towards repairs, improvements, and expansions for 54 organizations that plan to invest nearly $275 million in their projects. Grants awarded ranged between $14,000 and $250,000.

“We are extremely grateful to Governor Patrick and the state of Massachusetts for recognizing the value of investing in nonprofits such as Fruitlands,” said Kerry Castorano, Fruitlands’ Director of Development. “The repairs have enabled us to provide a much-needed update to our art gallery here for both the benefit of our visitors, as well as the protection of our valuable standing collections and exhibits."

The Cultural Facilities Fund is one of several grant programs at the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency supporting the arts, humanities, and sciences to improve the quality of life in the state and its communities. The MCC pursues this mission through grants, services, and advocacy for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists.

According to recent study by the New England Foundation for the Arts, the nonprofit sector in Massachusetts employs over 27,000 people, spends $2.1 billion annually, and generates another $2.5 billion of economic activity across the state.

In a November 17th release from the MCC, Governor Patrick said, “These [CFF] grants will create new jobs in arts, culture, and tourism – three pillars of our state’s creative economy.” He continues, “These investments will support our cultural organizations and allow them to serve the public with quality programs that will enrich our communities for generations to come."

Fruitlands is open during the winter on a limited schedule before the start of the 2012 season on April 15, 2012. For more information on the Museum’s Winterfest and winter programming schedule, go to www.fruitlands.org/calendar <http://www.fruitlands.org/calendar&gt; or call Mary Delaney at (978) 456-3924 ext. 292.

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