Haverhill Rep. Brian S. Dempsey, chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means.
Arts and culture organization Creative Haverhill will receive a $28,000 state Adams Grant, while other city non-profits will share $25,300 in other Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) grants this fiscal year.
The Adams Arts Program grant was again awarded Wednesday to Creative Haverhill, according to Haverhill Rep. Brian S. Dempsey, chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means. The grant is aimed to “encourage economic development and tourism to the Riverfront Cultural District, connect local artists to educational and economic opportunities and to promote visibility and visitation to Haverhill’s cultural treasures.”
“These grant will assist Creative Haverhill and the Haverhill Cultural Council in continuing the great work they do providing opportunity for our local artists and outstanding cultural programming for Haverhill residents,” Dempsey said in a statement. “It’s important that we support and our local creative economies and continue to bring cultural investments to Haverhill.”
In addition, MCC has allocated a $25,300 grant amount to Haverhill Cultural Council. The local council is expected today to launch an online application process for individuals, schools or cultural organizations to tap into this money “to directly support local arts and history, fund school field trips and sponsor local concerts and exhibitions.”
Dempsey was joined by Reps. Diana Dizoglio and Linda Dean Campbell, both of Methuen, as well as Sen. Kathleen A. O’Connor Ives of Newburyport, in Wednesday’s announcement.
“These critical grants will contribute to the ongoing cultural revitalization of Haverhill,” Campbell said. “They will also ensure that Haverhill continues to attract families and young people from throughout the Merrimack Valley.”
“The Haverhill Cultural Council and Creative Haverhill are tireless champions of artistic and cultural initiatives in the city, and will use these state grants to support enrichment programming and events that boost the local creative economy and other businesses by attracting visitors to Haverhill,” O’Connor Ives said.
Creative Haverhill, a former arm of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, moved in August, 2015, to its current offices within the Downtown Cultural District at 22 Wingate St.
Last May, as WHAV reported, it had lobbied for support to a funding plan, proposed by City Councilors Andy Vargas and Thomas J. Sullivan, in which the city would contribute five percent of meals tax and parking fine revenues through an “ACT! Haverhill” fund. The proposed city contribution to Creative Haverhill, estimated at $45,000 per year, was to be matched by corporate sponsors “to promote arts, culture and tourism, as a tool for Haverhill economic development,”
The City of Haverhill once supported Creative Haverhill through its Community Development Block Grant program. In 2013, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce turned away $15,000 in continuing city grant money.