January 21, 2019

Local Grants Awarded For Seekonk


Representative Steven Howitt and the Seekonk Cultural Council has announced the award of fourteen grants totaling $5470, for cultural programs in Seekonk.

Previous grant recipients include visiting authors at Aitken and Martin Elementary Schools, Ed the Wizard at the Seekonk Public Library, and storyteller John Porcino at the Seekonk Meadows. A complete list of 2018 recipients and grant amounts can be found below.

The Seekonk 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 Seekonk Cultural Council are: Deborah Baldizar, Alex Dunwoodie, William Clark, Christine DeCesare, Tim Tolman, Stuart Montgomery, and Wendy Wagner.

“I applaud the Seekonk Cultural Council for its work and commitment to the arts in our community. I am happy to offer congratulations to this year’s Massachusetts Cultural Council grantees,” announced Representative Steven Howitt. “I engage with and visit many of the Commonwealth’s arts and cultural organizations. I am always amazed by and appreciative of the creativity we have in our midst. The arts enriches our lives. We appreciate grants such as these, which serve those valued recipients and their audiences. We thank all of them for the important work they do and the value they add to our communities.”

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 Seekonk Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall. For guidelines and complete information contact Alex Dunwoodie at 508-558-3358, email: alexdunwoodie@comcast.net. Applications and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org. Applications are due October 15. We invite you to follow Seekonk Cultural Council on Facebook for event announcements.

This year's grants include:

The Majesty and Mystery of Crop Circles, presented by John Root at Seekonk Human Services and Council on Aging. $500

Richard Sobol: The Traveling Photographer visit to Mildred Aitken Elementary School. $800

Easy Walks in the Ten Mile River Watershed, book by Marjorie Turner Hollman. $200

Monet’s Magic: Pastel Paint Monet’s Wondrous Water Lillies, Seekonk Public Library. $495

Mindcraft Madness! Reading program at the Seekonk Public Library. $655

Steve Caddick, Banjo performance at the Seekonk Meadows. $300

Gareth Hinds, Author/Illustrator visit to Seekonk High School. $350

Dyeing to Wear It, at the Seekonk Library. $525

Mindfulness Through Yoga, Martin Elementary School. $490

High Art 2018: SHAPE, Seekonk High School participating at Attleboro Art Museum. $200

Jumpin’ Juba concert at Human Services and Council on Aging. $300

Learn Ukulele with Julie, at the Seekonk Public Library. $400

Celebrating Women in Song, presented by Joseph Scott at the Seekonk Public Library. $100

Nudging the Imagination, author visit at Martin Elementary School. $350


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