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2018 Fort Point Channel Watersheet Activation Grant Recipients Announced

Mar 30, 2018

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), as a member of the Fort Point Channel Operations Board (FPCOB), has awarded five grants totaling $49,832 to art, education, and community groups with plans for activating the Fort Point Channel watersheet for the 2018 season.

Grant applicants were asked to submit creative proposals for water-based programming in and around Fort Point that will benefit the general public, including such things as public events, art installations, and educational opportunities.

2018 Winning Projects

2018 Floating Public Art Series
Applicant: Fort Point Arts Community
Award: $16,000
With the support of the FPCOB, floating art will return to the Fort Point Channel with two projects to coincide with FPAC’s Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 events. Past installations have included Fall 2017’s iceberg (Gianna Stewart) and Fall 2016’s Safety Orange Swimmers (Ann Hirsh and Jeremy Angier.

The Fort Point Open and Boston Rowing Center’s Adult Rowing Program
Applicant: Hull Lifesaving Museum
Award: $12,000
On June 9, the Fort Point Channel will host open-water rowers from across the region in as they race in the Fort Point Channel. In addition, the Boston Rowing Center’s Adult Rowing Program will provide subsidized rentals, including the popular Lunchtime Livery Program.

Brown Box Theatre Project Season of Free Theater in Fort Point
Applicant: Brown Box Theatre Project
Award: $10,000
This will mark the sixth season of free theater on the Fort Point Channel produced by the Brown Box Theatre Project. Three plays, including Mox Nox, will be presented from August 2018 through May 2019 at Atlantic Wharf’s Waterfront Plaza and Waterfront Square.

“Discovering Fort Point Channel”
Applicant: “e”, Inc.
Award: $9,832
“e” inc.’s six-week marine science education program at Atlantic Wharf will bring youth from various urban summer camps and social service centers to enjoy hands-on science lessons on the Fort Point Channel in July and August.

“Her Story Is”
Applicant: Fort Point Theatre Channel
Award: $2,000
Fort Point Theatre Channel, Inc. will host Her Story Is, a two-week art exhibit and an evening of artistic performances and presentations at Waterfront Square at Atlantic Wharf. This is a culmination of a year of collaboration of female artists from Iraq and the Boston area in theatre, poetry, music, and movement.

About the Fort Point Watersheet Activation Plan

The grant program is part of the Fort Point Watersheet Activation Plan, established in 2002 by the Mayor's Office and the Boston Redevelopment Authority to spearhead a vision for a “Boston Common on the water.” The Plan, which proposed new cultural activities and year round programming, resulted from a successful collaborative effort between the City, the State’s Office of Coastal Zone Management, landowners, nonprofit and cultural leaders, and residents. The Fort Point Channel Watersheet Activation Grant Program is funded by the Chapter 91 Waterways Regulations License for Atlantic Wharf, developed by Boston Properties.

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