We’re Giving Away $7,340!

We’re giving away $7,430 again this year and you have till October 15 to get your grant application in!

This year we’re looking for people to THINK BIG! You can read more about our local parameters and download application forms here. You can also pick up application forms at the Office of the Mayor, Greenfield Town Hall, 14 Court Square or at the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, 395 Main Street.

Apply now and tell your friends!

Free Soup & Games Night at H&O Oct 7

Great news! Hope & Olive has generously invited us to share a Free Soup & Games Night fundraising event with the new downtown beautification group, the Greenfield Rejuvenators. Come on down to Hope & Olive on Monday, October 7 from 5 – 7:30 p.m. for free soup, bread, and fun! There’ll also be tasty treats for sale, cash bar, and raffles galore. Plus, since it’s the October Soup & Games, we have a great excuse to get dressed up, Halloween-style. Come join us!

We’ll have grant applications there and GLCC members will be available to talk about the grant process. Don’t forget, the deadline for grant applications is October 15!

Free Soup & Games Night poster

One Minute Fest Greenfield Looking for Entries

One Minute Fest Greenfield logoThe One Minute Festival Greenfield, a GLCC grant recipient, will take place on Friday, October 18, 8 p.m., at the Greenfield Garden Cinemas in downtown Greenfield, MA as part of a larger weekend of fun including the Double Take Fringe Festival and the Greenfield Annual Word Festival.

The OMFG is a festival of one-minute short films created by you! All are welcome to participate – all ages and skill levels. Please contact your local public access station for information on how to create your own short. Cameras are nearly ubiquitous; you are invited to film an action, idea, or abstract imagery lasting close to one minute long.  The organizers will do their best to include all of the videos submitted.

Everyone can bask in the glory of watching their short videos on the big screen, projected in HD. Come one, come all to this amazing event!

To submit your One Minute Video Join the OMFG Vimeo Group.

For more information contact omfgreenfield@gmail.com

You can follow the OMFG on facebook.


Greenfield Master Plan Workshop Possible Postponement

You may have heard that we’re expecting some snow this weekend. The Master Planning Advisory Committee is watching the forecast carefully and will be making a decision by Friday afternoon about whether the Community Workshop this Saturday has to be postponed. You can check http://greenfieldmasterplan.com/ or http://townofgreenfield.org/ for any changes in the schedule.

If you’ve told anyone about the Workshop, please help spread the word. Thanks! And here’s hoping to see you this Saturday!

Fostering Arts & Culture January 2013 Buzz

Check out Fostering Art & Culture’s January Buzz event, this Wednesday evening, January 30, 6 p.m. at the Arts Block! One item on the agenda is discussing how to convince town governments to match local cultural council grants.

From FAC: Learn about the how we, in Franklin County, can increase resources for arts and culture in our communities and country. MASSCreative aims to highlight ways in which communities, organizations and individuals are having an impact and inspiring positive change in Massachusetts. What actions can we take as artists and citizens to make this change? Join us in finding out more and taking action with MASSCreative and other artists in our region.

See the facebook event page here.

Weigh In on the Greenfield Sustainable Master Plan on February 9

Greenfield Sustainable Master Plan forum 1 flyer

Artists (and everyone else)! You are invited to a community workshop on Saturday, February 9th at 9am to kick off the development of the Greenfield Comprehensive Sustainable Master Plan! Come and share your ideas about how to create a better, more sustainable Greenfield:
· What do you appreciate about Greenfield?
· What areas need improvement?
· What do you want Greenfield to look like in 10 years? 20 years?

Topics will include:
· Transportation options,
· Economic development,
· Protecting natural and historic resources, and
· Housing needs

Envisioning a Better Greenfield: A Community Workshop to Kick Off the Greenfield Sustainable Master Plan will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013, 9:00am – 1:00pm at Four Rivers Charter Public School, 248 Colrain Road, Greenfield, MA.

An innovative workshop format has been designed to provide all community members the opportunity to meaningfully participate in creating a Better Greenfield. Refreshments will be provided!

For more info, please visit the project website:www.vhb.com/greenfieldmasterplan. Also, please “Like” us on Facebook to follow the progress of the plan: https://www.facebook.com/GreenfieldSustainableMasterPlan

We hope to see you at the workshop!

Greenfield Gateway Sculpture Competition Seeks Proposals

The Greenfield Gateway Sculpture Project announces its first competition for sculptures designed to welcome visitors and residents to Greenfield. Over the next four years, the Project plans to site four sculptures in key areas around town. The first sculpture will be placed on Deerfield Street on the open area near the corner of Meridian Street in fall 2013.

“We are really excited about getting this project started,” said Caitlin von Schmidt, Chair of the Greenfield Cultural Council. “There are so many accomplished artists in Western Mass. This is an opportunity to create a permanent piece of art that will kick off this ambitious project and be part of the town’s identity for many years to come.”

The Project is open to all Western Mass artists. Applications, including 2 or 3 dimensional models of the planned sculpture, are due on February 4, 2013. The call to artists is here or by contacting Susan Worgaftik at suworg@comcast.net.

“This is a community effort which we hope will involve everyone,” said Worgaftik. “A review committee will go through all the applications and chose the two or three that they believe represent Greenfield best. Then, in March, the community as a whole will be able to vote for their choices. The result of the vote will be announced in April.”

Becky George, another member of the Project Committee, noted, “All sculptures will be permanent celebrations of Greenfield’s history, future, commitment to the environment, local agriculture, place in the county as a crossroads or some aspect of town life. It is a very open canvas and we are looking for ideas that help us see our town from fresh perspectives.”

The community vote will take place during March, 2013. The winning sculpture will be announced on April 20, 2013 at the little e (formerly the Green Fair and Home Show) at the Franklin County Fairgrounds.

For more information, contact Susan Worgaftik at suworg@comcast.net.