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H.A.T.C.H.: Hilltown Art & Thriving Community Happenings
Monday, April 25, 2016, 06:30pm - 09:30pm
 Contact p. 413-625-2782 e. CSArtgarden@gmail.com

HATCH PosterThe GSFABA and The Art Garden announce a pilot project funded by the MCC through the Adams Grant that was awarded to the GSFABA in 2015. H.A.T.C.H. (Hilltown Art & Thriving Community Happenings) is designed to inspire, support, and help fund creative projects that engage the hilltowns of western Franklin County. A three-part process will support the development, refinement, and launching of projects brought forward by artists and other community members.

Three free work sessions, facilitated by working artists Jane Beatrice Wegscheider, Artist Director of The Art Garden and Phyllis Labanowski of Conway will be offered to develop and receive feedback on project ideas. At the end of each session, those interested in moving their projects forward can apply for the opportunity to present their project at a community hatching event on June 25 where seed money will be awarded for their project and if needed, additional support form the community. More information about this event will be released this spring.

Working sessions will be held at The Art Garden on Mon. April 25, Thurs. May 5, Wed. May 18. Applications are due Friday, May 27. Those selected will be notified in early June. Up to five projects will be selected through a juried process. All applicants will receive mentoring and support through the GSFABA.

Criteria for selection:

  • relevant to and is based in GSFABA’s 10-town region
  • lead artist(s) lives, works or is connected to the community
  • the project/event integrates the arts into the fabric of our civic life AND represents the distinct character and quality of our communities OR represents what’s special or unique about a corner of the 10 town region OR address the challenges and priorities of our communities
  • comes from ideas within and/or engages the community (in its making or interaction after its made)
  • the project is hatchable within the next year
  • has a realistic timeline and budget

All proposals that address the challenges and priorities of our communities though creative projects, performances, and events will be considered: murals, sculpture, or street art (of course) as well as almost anything you can imagine. Artists that create a performance, a community conversation with an artistic twist, an event, or a spectacle that is permanent or temporary that engages residents and visitors are encouraged to apply.

Location The Art Garden, 14 Depot St, Shelburne Falls