June 26, 2019

Local Grants Awarded For Seekonk


Representative Steven Howitt and the Seekonk Cultural Council have announced the award of fifteen grants totaling $5800 for cultural programs in Seekonk. A complete list of 2019 recipients and grant amounts can be found below.

Previous grant recipients include “Richard Sobol - The Traveling Photographer,” “Majesty and Mystery of Crop Circles,” “Jumping Juba Concert,” and a visit to Seekonk High School by award-winning author Gareth Hinds.

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, Patti Dalton, Christine DeCesare, Tim Tolman, Stuart Montgomery, and Wendy Wagner.

"Whether indoors or outdoors, into the sky or on the ground, in action or standing still, the arts provides inspiration and motivation to us all,” said Representative Howitt. "As I read through the listing of projects, I am always amazed and impressed by the imagination and creativity of our community’s members. I’m happy to once again offer sincere congratulations to all the recipients of 2019 grants from the Seekonk Cultural Council. Congratulations!"

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:

Ashley Armoush, Field Trips

Attleboro Arts Museum, High Art 2019: METAMORPHOSIS

Davis Bates, Halloween Harvest: A Performance for Seniors

Dr. Kevin M. Hurley Middle School, STEAM Challenge Bins

Dr. Kevin M. Hurley Middle School Library, Stop Motion Club

George R. Martin Elementary School, Community Book Share

George R. Martin Elementary School, Mad Science Rocket Demo

Beth Goulet, Creating a Mosaic Mandala

Steven Henderson, Mabel and Jerry - Obstacles to the Altar

Sarah Jane Lapp, Peace by Piece

Jim Manning, A Ballooniverse of Stories

Massachusetts Walking Tour, 2019 Massachusetts Walking Tour Concert

Mildred H. Aitken Elementary School, Big Nazo Performance and Sculpture Workshop

Seekonk High School, Embracing Thoreau at Walden Pond

Brenda Sullivan, Walking the Graveyard! Touring Seekonk's Cemeteries


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