GROTON — Cathy Dulaney, 2018 Chair of the Groton Cultural Council, has announced the award of 14 grants totaling $5,448 for cultural programs in Groton. A complete list of recipients and can be found below.
The Groton 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 Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.
Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. The members of the Groton Cultural Council are: Cathy Dulaney, Karen Riggert, Dina Mordeno, Mary Athey Jennings, Dave Zeiler, John Wiesner, Susan Randazzo Schulman, Ray Ciemney, Jenny Cooper, and Christine Brooks.
“We had great diversity across the arts and sciences to consider from the pool of grant applicants this year,” said Dulaney. “Our board’s volunteers helped to make limited resources go as far as possible, making difficult decisions about which projects should be supported. As a result, Groton will benefit from an abundance of wonderful programs in the coming year.”
Statewide, more than $3.3 million will be distributed by local cultural councils in 2018. 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.
The Groton Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall. For guidelines and complete information on the Groton Cultural Council, contact the 2019 chair, Cathy Dulaney at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org.
Those interested in helping to develop and expand similar programing in Groton in the future should contact the GCC!
This year’s grants include: Linda Hoffman, Plein Air Poetry Chapbook 2019; Nashoba Valley Chorale, Emerging Artists Initiative; Janet Applefield, Combatting Hate and Prejudice; Jon Swift/Dunstable Theater, Don’t Dress for Dinner; Discovery Museum Acton, Open Door Connections: Groton; The Sizer Foundation Inc, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Nashoba Valley Concert Band NVCB Concert in Groton; Fitchburg Art Museum, 84th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft; Indian Hill Music Inc., Bach’s Lunch Concert Series; Groton Greenway Committee, River Festival; Women of Note-Rita McKinley, Women of Note Concert Series; Gregory Maichack (GPL), Sail Away on the Craft of Pastel Paint; NE Brass Band, Joint Concert with Lawrence Academy; Natya Nostalgia, Indian Dance for All.