Ashby Cultural Council , has announced the award of 15 grants totaling $5,225 for cultural programs in Ashby.

Grant recipients include

Art Forum: Joanne Boudreau

Boston’s Julie Andrews: Ruth Harcowitz

Myth Masters: Hawthorne Brook Middle School (PTO)

Animal Adventures: Hawthorne Brook Middle School (PTO)

A Knight’s Tale: Hawthorne Brook Middle School (PTO)

Contempaissance – Flute and guitar through the Ages: Gary Jackson

The Laurel Ridge Farm Store: Bill Duffy

Beat Stress: Together in Rhythm: Ellen Clegg

Pied Potter Hamelin’s Magical Potter’s Wheel: Richard Hamelin

Contact: the Magic of Communication Assembly: Scott Jameson

The Lean Green Cleanup Machine: Jay Mankita

Harmony Hill Farm: Kim Newcombe

Destination Ashby: Local Food, Farms and Artisans: Frances Steffian

Music is Love: Dawn Kelley

BuckExpeditions Explorers Program: Phil Buck

The [Town] Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

Statewide, more than $2.65 million will be distributed by local cultural councils in 2010. Grants will support an enormous range of grass-roots activities: concerts, exhibitions, radio and video productions, field trips for schoolchildren, after-school youth programs, writing workshops, historical preservation efforts, lectures, First Night celebrations, nature and science education programs for families and town festivals. Nearly half of LCC funds support educational activities for young people. This includes the PASS Program, which provides subsidies for school-age children to attend cultural field trips.

The Ashby Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall. Information and forms are available online at www.masscultural and at the town office. Applications are due Oct. 15.