April 3, 2020

Local Grants Awarded For Seekonk

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Representative Steven Howitt and the Seekonk Cultural Council have announced the award of fifteen grants totaling $7409 for cultural programs in Seekonk. A complete list of 2020 recipients and grant amounts can be found below.

Previous grant recipients include “Creating a Mosaic Mandala,” “Big Nazo Performance and Sculpture Workshop,” and “Walking the Graveyard! Touring Seekonk's Cemeteries.”

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, William Clark, Patti Dalton, Christine DeCesare, Alex Dunwoodie, Stuart Montgomery, Tim Tolman, and Wendy Wagner.

“In August 2019,” said Representative Steven Howitt (R - Seekonk) “I encouraged applications for this important cultural council resource - its grants. There were applications for exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, performances in schools, workshops, lectures, and more. I am happy today to join with the Seekonk Cultural Council in congratulating the 2020 grant recipients. Their contributions enrich our community and we thank them for their creativity, talents, and efforts.”

Statewide, more than $3.3 million will be distributed by local cultural councils in 2019. 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 Bill Clark at 508-761-6482, email: brotherb2@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:

  • MUSIC Dance.edu, From JAZZ to Hip Hop
  • Philip Campbell, Music Series
  • John Root, A Celebration of Song
  • Attleboro Community Theatre, Lighting/Audio Equipment Performance Enhancement
  • Seekonk High School Drama Club, Seekonk High School Drama Club Microphone Purchase
  • Andrew Giles Buckley, Stephano: The True Story of Shakespeare's Shipwreck
  • Angela Cunard, Butterfly Initiative
  • Attleboro Arts Museum, High Art 2020: DREAMSCAPES
  • David Maloof, Music + Education event
  • Dyer Maker Studio, "Dyeing to Wear it Again": Creating Community
  • Ed the Wizard (Ed Cope), Alchemy Laboratory
  • Francis Hart, A Cultural and Historical Reflection of the 1960s
  • Gregory Maichack, Pastel Paint Your Georgia O’Keeffe Miracle Flowers
  • Jacqueline Glum, Tape Art
  • Joanna Rioux, Storycrafters
  • Keri Thivierge, Building Empathy through "Refugee"
  • Kira Seamon, Art in Bloom at the Seekonk Public Library
  • Mass Audubon's Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary, Fascinating Frogs, Terrific Toads
  • Seekonk Cultural Council, SCC Celebrating the Arts in Seekonk

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