Local cultural grants awarded for Marlborough

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Marlborough – State legislators Danielle W. Gregoire (D-Marlborough) and James B. Eldridge (D-Acton), along with J. David Elmore, chair of the Marlborough Cultural Council, announced the award of 16 grants totaling $10,937 for cultural programs in Marlborough.

This year’s grants include Assabet Valley Mastersingers ($700); Chamber Music Metrowest ($350); Friends of Marlborough Public Library (three grants of $350 each); Ghost Light Players of Metrowest ($1,500); Handel and Haydn Society ($350); Ruth Harcovitz ($250); Hudson Area Arts Alliance ($1,587); Jaworek Elementary School ($1,750); Marlborough High School Tri-M Music Honor Society ($500); New Repertory Theater ($350); Northborough Area Community Chorus ($300); Richer Elementary School ($1,750); Symphony Pro Musica ($250); and The Discovery Museums ($250).

The Marlborough 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 Marlborough Cultural Council are J. David Elmore, Mark Bartlett, Melissa Vera, Renee Perdicaro, Sandra Pirie-St. Amour and Kim Beauchemin.

The Marlborough Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall. Information and forms are available online at (www.massculturalcouncil.org). Applications are due Oct. 15.