HINGHAM PATCH.com – Grant funds amphitheater lighting and sound upgrades, parking and facility improvements
South Shore Conservatory (SSC) recently completed several major improvements to their Hingham campus, thanks to a generous $140K matching grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF) administered through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and MassDevelopment. Three anonymous donors contributed an additional $140K to meet the challenge allowing SSC to make much needed long-term improvements to the 45 year old campus and facilities.
Long-awaited improvements funded by the grant included replacing exterior windows and restoring the front porch in the older Victorian portion of the historic building; exterior painting in the main building, resurfacing the driveway and parking lots surrounding the building; and installing state of the art theatrical lighting and a sound system in the busy Jane Carr Amphitheater.
SSC President Kathy Czerny is thankful for funds to make these necessary improvements. “We’re grateful to CFF and the three generous matching donors for providing a total of $340K to help us ensure that our physical space reflects the quality of our programs and continues to be a glorious place to participate in the performing arts” she said. “Not only do our buildings provide professional studios, classrooms and performance venues, but they also serve as gathering places where people come together to experience and celebrate the arts.”
CFF is a Commonwealth of Massachusetts initiative devoted to increasing public and private sector investments to support the sound planning and development of cultural facilities across the state. The Fund provides capital grants to promote the acquisition, design, repair, rehabilitation renovation, expansion, or construction of nonprofit cultural facilities in Massachusetts. All grants from the Fund must be matched with cash contributions from the private or public sector. To date, the Fund has awarded $82.7 million in grants to 350 cultural organizations across Massachusetts.
South Shore Conservatory’s Hingham campus is located at One Conservatory Drive. For more information about SSC’s programs, performances or to make a donation, visit www.sscmusic.org, call 781-749-7565.
South Shore Conservatory, (SSC) has been providing access to and enriching the lives of South Shore residents through music and the arts for 45 years. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, not-for-profit, community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving over 3500 students of all ages and abilities at its two beautiful campuses and in partnership with schools, social service and community agencies throughout the South Shore. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama, with performance playing an important role in overall education. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers 30 professionally produced concerts annually. Through innovative partnerships, SSC’s Creative Arts Therapies department supports the mental, emotional, and physical health of some of our community’s underserved members, and the ImagineARTS program strengthens pre-reading skills for young learners in Brockton Schools through integrated music and dramatic play. SSC’s campuses are located at One Conservatory Drive, Hingham, (781-749-7565) and 64 St. George Street, Duxbury (781-934-2731). SSC programs are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information call us, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram or visit www.sscmusic.org.
In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means. Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.