The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is providing $5,000 in grants in 2015 to support projects that propagate the values of the festival. This brings the total of grants awarded to support community building and projects in the arts, agriculture/food, energy conservation, and wellness to $30,000 since 2009.
In 2015, The Festival will provide a total of $5,000 in grants to the following North Quabbin organizations and projects:
- The Orange Athol Food A thon;
- The Orange Solstice Riverfest for solar lights to be used and shared with other area events;
- North Quabbin Energy for a Winsert workshop in a public building;
- Potters All Clay Guild towards the creation of a community wood fired kiln, and engagement of local high school students in an empty bowls fundraiser;
- Quabbin Harvest Coop for beautification of grounds for a future picnic/multiple use area;
- Purchase of compost/recycle bins to be used by other North Quabbin groups at their events.
Festival history and philosophy of grant making: The festival has been a model for igniting local culture and economy since its inception. It is a celebration for all ages where attendees purchase directly from local artists, farmers, and food producers, thus keeping money in our region.
The Garlic and Arts Festival success and sustainability is made possible through a fully volunteer organizing committee who collectively contribute thousands of hours year round to bring the festival to fruition, plus 200 additional volunteers the weekend of the event. Each exhibitor also contributes 3-4 hours of time to help with an aspect of the festival, from press to set up, to feeding work crews, to sorting compost after the event.
A non-profit event under the fiscal umbrella of Seeds of Solidarity Education Center Inc, proceeds from the festival ensure that it continues from year to year. Thanks to the commitment of those who attend, vend, perform, and volunteer year after year, the festival can now also spread values of community building year round, and support other projects in the North Quabbin region.