We were delighted to hear recently from Tom Flint MA'18 who is Executive Director of YEAH! (Youth Experiencing Art and Hope) a non-profit organization based in Fall River, Massachusetts that his organization has been awarded a $40,000 grant from MassDevelopment's Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) Creative Catalyst Grant Program to to support its Connectivity as a Catalyst for Community Change project. YEAH!' proposes to transform public spaces in the South Main corridor of Fall River with art and design interventions aimed at highlighting and engaging local businesses. YEAH! will use this grant to cover costs for staffing, project materials, and youth artist salaries.
"MassDevelopment’s TDI Creative Catalyst Grant program is a competitive grant program through which individuals and organizations in current and graduated TDI districts can apply for grants ranging from $20,000 to $40,000 to support projects that enhance local arts and culture infrastructure. The program was developed following feedback from stakeholders in Gateway Cities and staff from MassDevelopment and the Barr Foundation about the need for new, flexible implementation funding to support projects that: (1) test a concept new to the TDI district, and (2) catalyze activities that will strengthen the capacity of the arts and culture ecosystem within the community."