State House News Service
The type of sand sculptures showcased on Revere Beach in July will populate other beaches this year and an artist from San Francisco will turn one seaside expanse into a temporary work of art.
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay on Saturday plans to announce a total of about $204,000 that will help fund 35 different programs on the sandy shores that ring Boston Harbor.
One grant will help fund free swimming and kayak lessons at Carson Beach in South Boston available to youth groups around the region, along with a beach soccer clinic, said Bruce Berman, of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay.
The non-profit received $190,000 from the state and raised additional funds on its own for the programs in nine communities, supporting 70 different free public events.
“The Better Beaches Program grants offer a tremendous amount of value by financially assisting free public events that are both enriching and engaging,” said Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Carol Sanchez in a statement provided through the non-profit.
Andres Amadore, of San Francisco, creates giant designs in the sand with rakes during low tide. The artist will teach people in Massachusetts how to do that one day, work with others to create a piece of art the next day and will finally create his own work, said Berman, who would not disclose what beach would serve as the canvas.
“These pieces only last the length of a tide,” Berman said.
The Revere Beach Partnership is receiving $20,000 from the group for its International Sand Sculpting Festival, and for the first time the group will fund the creation of sand sculptures on other beaches, Berman said. He said one such sculpture will be built on the North Shore and another on the South Shore.
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