Providing a Foundation for Arts & Culture

The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (AFCC) is the regional arts agency for Barnstable County and Cape Cod’s only nonprofit arts and culture organization that serves all artists, all art forms, and all cultural and historical centers.  We are the link between the Cape’s cultural community and its residents and visitors.   We know that the arts are a life-enhancing force and are essential to the economy, health, and vitality of Cape Cod.  We believe our work is making a significant and measurable impact on the creative economy, while enhancing Cape Cod’s reputation as a cultural destination.  

 

Mixed media artist Richard Neal is awarded an AFCC Fellowship by Director of the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Edith Tonelli.
Mixed media artist Richard Neal is awarded the 2015 AFCC Artist Fellowship by Director of the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Edith Tonelli.

AFCC’s VISION

A Cape Cod where arts & culture fuels innovation, economic growth and community.

MISSION

The AFCC’s mission is to support, promote, and celebrate the arts and culture of Cape Cod in order to sustain a vibrant, diverse and strong arts community.

Who the AFCC SERVES

The AFCC serves individual artists, cultural centers, fine and performing arts groups and businesses, art educators, and cultural and historical establishments, such as museums and historical societies.

 

 

 

AFCC GOALS

  • To fund artistic and cultural initiatives that reflect the vitality, diversity and history of the arts on Cape Cod
  • To improve and increase the Cape’s reputation for arts & culture by building a strong arts community network that will benefit from sharing information and resources, creating a unified presence in the marketplace
  • To advocate at the local, state and national level for more awareness on the impact the Cape’s creative economy has on our region and beyond

 

FUNDING ARTISTIC & CULTURAL INITIATIVES

Over the past 20 years, the AFCC has granted over $1.5 million to individual artists, arts organizations, educational institutions, and arts and cultural projects.

Future initiatives: We are stepping up our fundraising activities to enable us to increase our financial contributions to the local arts community by implementing an aggressive development plan that includes increased yearly giving, major gifts, and grants.  Part of our mission has been to help fund artistic and cultural initiatives that reflect the vitality, diversity, and history of the arts on Cape Cod.  Going forward, we want to be able to distribute larger grants that make a bigger impact. 

 

MEMBERSHIP AND COMMUNITY

Artist membership is specifically designed to support individual artists, cultural centers, fine and performing arts groups and businesses, and cultural and historical establishments such, as museums and historical societies.

Affordable membership fees allow the Arts Foundation to fund artistic and cultural initiatives, advocate at the local, state and national level for more awareness on the impact the Cape’s creative economy has on our region and beyond, and increase the Cape’s reputation for arts & culture.

Our members benefit from ArtsCapeCod.org a comprehensive regional industry website built to support and promote the artistic and cultural activities generated by our Members.

ARTS ADVOCACY

As the designated arts organization for Barnstable County, the AFCC is uniquely qualified to convey the importance of the arts and arts education in our community to members of Congress. We know it is important that legislators understand the impact the arts have in supporting  jobs, engaging kids in school, and changing lives.  We want to make it easy to take action, build relationships with our representatives’ offices, and highlight the advocacy work local legislators are doing in our community.

  • Bipartisan workshops
  • Create the vote!
  • Engaging legislators
Crowds enjoy the TD Bank Summer Concert Series on a beach in the town of Yarmouth
Crowds enjoy the TD Bank Summer Concert Series on a beach in the town of Yarmouth

The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod is proud to serve such a unique, diverse cultural community. Cape Cod is a special place and we must continue to nurture creativity and preserve our culture that expresses who we are as a community.