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Local Grants Awarded in 2017 for Waltham Cultural Programs

Local Grants Awarded in 2017 for Waltham Cultural Programs

Local Grants Awarded in 2017 for Waltham Cultural Programs

Mayor McCarthy and Consuelo Valdes, chair of the Waltham Cultural Council, have announced the award of 40 grants totaling $27,825.00, for cultural programs in Waltham.

Previous grant recipients include African Cultural Services Inc., Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, and Meadowscaping for Biodiversity. A complete list of recipients and grant amounts can be
found below.

The Waltham 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.

Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. The members of the Waltham Cultural Council are: Consuelo Valdes, Brad Pielech, Scott Shurr, Melinda Hallisey, Jim Ohm, and Yiru Cociani.

“I want to thank the volunteer members for their dedication to culture and the arts," said Mayor McCarthy.

Statewide, more than $3.3 million will be distributed by local cultural councils in 2017. 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 Waltham Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall. For local guidelines and complete information on the Waltham Cultural Council, email Consuelo Valdes or call (781) 530-4897. Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org.  Applications are due October 16, 2017. Applications will be available September 1.

This year's grants include:
Adam Sickler $1,500
African Cultural Services Inc.$1,175
Boston Jazz Voices $250
Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation $350
Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation $800
Chesterbrook Community Foundation Inc $1,500
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum $400
Downtown Waltham Partnership $1,500
Downtown Waltham Partnership $500
Downtown Waltham Partnership, Inc. $1,825
English At Large $250
FitzGerald PTO $400
Gore Place $225
Ingrid Schorr $400
Isaac Fuhrman$300
John F. Kennedy Middle School Parent-Teacher Organization $800
Lappen, Henry$200
Lucy Clerkin $500
Mark Chester Diversity Project and MIRA Coalition, a 501(c)3 $200
Marla Rhodes $850
Meadowscaping for Biodiversity $200
Metalwerx $200
More Than Words $1,175
New Repertory Theatre, Inc. $250
Northeast Elementary PTO $500
Northeast Elementary PTO $750
Plympton School Multicultural Committee $500
Powers Music School $300
Robert Treat Paine Historical Trust $325
Roslynn Rubin, Ed.D $950
Senecal, Doug "Danger" $200
The Discovery Museums $175
Waltham American Legion Band $425
Waltham Arts Council $1,500
Waltham Farmers' Market $650
Waltham Land Trust $600
Waltham Mills Artists Assoc./Artists West Assoc., Inc. $1,600
Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra $1,200
Waltham Public Library $1,200
Waltham Symphony Orchestra $1,200

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