PITTSFIELD -- Berkshire Taconic Community Founda tion announced that the Martha Bochen Porter Fund awarded $30,000 to 10 local artists, selected from 47 applications.
The Boschen Fund for Artists supports emerging artists or artists experiencing a significant change of direction in their work.
Local artists who received grants are:
Melanie Mowinski of Che shire -- to purchase materials and tools for PRESS: Letter press as a Public Art Project, which is a hybrid art and printmaking center designed for learning, exhibition, inspiration and practice of letterpress printing.
Kathleen Oliver of Williams town -- to work with teen-age dancers in the community and in Dakar, Senegal, on the development of three dance compositions that fuse traditional West African, Afro-Caribbean and modern dance styles.
Colleen Williams of North Adams -- to make large, life-sized forms with colored clay bodies that work as a grouping, interacting with one another, especially to be exhibited as public art work.
Boschen Porter lived a long and creative life as an artist, fashion designer and photographer/journalist. Her creativity was accompanied by a deep interest in helping other artistic people. She believed the world is made a better place if artists are given the resources they need to create work, have it made available to the public, and are given the chance to imagine their future.
In 2006, she
Berkshire Taconic Commun ity Foundation celebrates 25 years of building stronger communities and helping donors make a difference through charitable giving in northwest Litch field County, Conn.; Berk shire County, and Columbia County and northeast Dutchess County, N.Y. Each year, the foundation distributes over $7 million through grants and scholarships to nonprofits and individuals in the arts and education, health and human services and environmental protection. Berk shire Taconic is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity.