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PEPPERELL — The Cultural Council announces 11 grants awarded totaling $2,750 for cultural programs to benefit the citizens of Pepperell. The grants were awarded from a pool of funds distributed to Pepperell by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency that supports public programs and educational activities in the arts, sciences and humanities.

Grant recipients include the Pepperell Woman’s Club, Charlie Zahm concert; John Root, music performance; Council on Aging, programs for seniors; Michael Myers, Little Hands: A Musical Adventure; Gregory Maichack, pastel workshop; Fruitlands Museum, celebrating community treasures; Jim Douglas, NESPAD update and promotion; Guy Morin, A Colonial Soldier in King Philip’s War Program; DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Art in the Park 2006; Fitchburg Art Museum, 71st Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft; and Hands-On Art Museum, art supplies for exhibits.

The Pepperell Cultural Council is part of a grass-roots network of 335 local councils that serve every city and town in the state. The program is the largest, most decentralized one in the United States. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which then allocates funds to each local council to foster the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences in each local area. Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers.

The members of the Pepperell Cultural Council are Sharon Dunn, Donna Falabella, Ann Komer, Brandon Liberis, Margaret Scarsdale, Norma Wilton and Alexandra Bodnar.

Statewide, cultural councils will distribute more than $1.9 million in 2006. Grants will support an enormous range of grass-roots activities such as concerts, exhibitions, radio and video productions, field trips for schoolchildren, afterschool youth programs, writing workshops, historical preservation efforts, lectures, first-night celebrations, nature and science education programs for families, and town festivals.

From the total distribution, more than 40 percent will support educational activities for schoolchildren. Of this, over $200,000 will go out through the PASS Program, which provides subsidies for young people to attend cultural field trips.

The Pepperell Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall. Information and forms are available at the Lawrence Library or at They are due by Oct. 16.

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