Representative Antonio F. D. Cabral (D-New Bedford) announced that MassDevelopment’s Board of Directors approved $9.3 million in grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF) yesterday, funding three New Bedford cultural building projects planned for the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Zeiterion Theatre, and the Cape Verdean Association of New Bedford.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is set to receive a $170,000 capital grant to construct an urban green space on the museum’s campus which will facilitate an outdoor gallery and public programming.

The Zeiterion Theatre will receive a $100,000 capital grant to restore its marquee.

The Cape Verdean Association of New Bedford was awarded a $30,000 feasibility and technical assistance grant, to plan for the restoration of the Strand Theater in the gateway to the "International Marketplace" in New Bedford to house the Cape Verdean Cultural Center.

“New Bedford’s creative economy is attracting visitors and talent from across the country— these capital investments will further bolster our reputation as a hub of cultural activity,” said Rep. Cabral. “The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the anchor of our City’s downtown, while the Zeiterion has transformed itself into an entertainment destination. Thanks to the feasibility grant, the Strand Theater’s planned restoration will allow our Cape Verdean community to truly flourish.”

“We’re delighted to support these exciting New Bedford projects as part of our ongoing investment in the city’s burgeoning cultural economy,” said Anita Walker, Mass Cultural Council Executive Director. “Thanks to Representative Cabral, who as House Bonding Committee Chair has been a steadfast supporter of the CFF alongside Senator Montigny and their colleagues in the New Bedford legislative delegation.”

The CFF supports cultural infrastructure projects throughout the Commonwealth in the areas of non-profit arts, humanities and sciences, with the purpose of fostering economic growth and development.

--Rep. Cabral's Office