$190k given to 198 artists from ’18 city grant purse

The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture awarded 69 grants totaling $66,683 in the last two rounds of outlays from its Opportunity Fund. The total for 2018 was put at more than $190,000 to support 198 artists. Through the Opportunity Fund, artists and educators are provided grants of up to $1,000 for meaningful, one-time opportunities.

Following are the grantees with Dorchester connections who received funding from the most recent outlays:

• Jada Willard will use the grant to host “In Knots: Cultivating Peace with Macramé and Yoga Healing Arts,” a collaborative event that will explore intersectional awareness, identity, and healing through the art of macramé knotting and embodied yoga practice in Dorchester.

• Couples Therapy Boutique will use the grant to produce a silent play inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula that incorporates a fashion extravaganza at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester to raise LGBTQI diversity awareness.

• Katie Manning used the grant to support a field trip for K-5 students with disabilities and general education students from the Edward Everett School in Dorchester to see Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” at the Strand Theatre.