Westborough awarded local Cultural Council grant

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Westborough – State reps. George N. Peterson Jr., R-Grafton, Matthew A. Beaton, R-Shrewsbury, and Carolyn C. Dykema, D-Holliston, along with state Sen. James B. Eldridge, D-Acton, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) have announced that the Westborough Cultural Council has been awarded a Local Cultural Council Program grant from the MCC totaling $3,870.

Announced by the MCC as part of a statewide funding initiative, the grant will help to support a variety of cultural activities to benefit local residents.

“I am pleased the MCC has afforded the Westborough Cultural Council the opportunity to continue the amazing work they do to bring the arts to the residents of Westborough,” Peterson said. “This funding will help continue the ongoing outreach initiative and success of the Cultural Council here in Westborough.”

“This is great news for the Westborough Cultural Council and the town of Westborough as a whole. During these tough economic times, culture and the arts are often overlooked when it comes to funding,” Beaton said. “This grant is a testament to the work of the Westborough Cultural Council in enhancing cultural opportunities in our community.”

The Local Cultural Councils comprise the most extensive public cultural funding network in the nation. They continue to provide funding to every Massachusetts city and town through 329 local councils and more than 2,300 volunteers.

“Our arts and cultural programs are central to our quality of life here in Massachusetts,” Dykema said. “I am so pleased to see this funding go towards our local cultural councils in particular – these local artists are supporting creative work while bringing our communities together. I look forward to attending the events made possible with this funding.”

“The Westborough Cultural Council provides a valuable service to our area, helping make all of our lives a little richer,” Eldridge said. “The dedicated volunteers running this group help make limited grant resources go as far as possible, so that residents of Westborough have the chance to experience the great cultural opportunities our area has to offer.”

The MCC is a state agency supporting the arts, sciences, and humanities to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts and its communities. It pursues its mission through a combination of grants, services and advocacy for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities and artists.