Karin Stack (American, b. 1966); Forsythia, 2007; archival inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist. x1200

The Williams College Museum of Art Receives a $10,000 Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council

For immediate release: October 11, 2011

The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) has been awarded a generous grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) in the Colleague category of the Cultural Investment Portfolio for fiscal year 2012. It will support WCMA’s efforts to provide students, faculty, regional audiences and cultural tourists with opportunities to learn about art across time and cultures by providing a range of challenging educational opportunities for visitors of all ages and encouraging access to exhibitions, collections, and programs through free admission.

State grants are awarded through a competitive process. This grant signifies that WCMA provides a high level of public value through its programs and community service. “Through the MCC grant, WCMA is able to bring artists and speakers from around the world to share their perspectives with our audience, from Williams faculty, students, and staff to the broader community.”  WCMA Director of Education and Visitor Experience, Cynthia Way said. “We’ve been able to bring artists such as photographer Zwelethu Mthwethwa from South Africa to Williamstown. Each speaker broadens our view of the world.”

Massachusetts Cultural Council

MCC has a budget of $10 million, including an appropriation of $8.4 million from the state of Massachusetts and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. Its funds reach every community in Massachusetts. The mission of the MCC is to promote excellence, education, access and diversity in the arts, humanities and sciences in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our communities. The not-for-profit cultural industry has a $4.2 billion economic impact in the state.
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Williams College Museum of Art

The Williams College Museum of Art is located on Main Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The museum is wheelchair accessible and open to the public. Admission is FREE. For more information, contact the museum at (413) 597-2429 or visit wcma.williams.edu.