Shrewsbury Cultural Council awards 30 grants

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Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Cultural Council (SCC) has announced the award of 30 grants, totaling $9,600, to help support a variety of cultural programs to be offered in the area during 2016-2017. All applicants received partial funding due to the limited funds available to the SCC.

Grant recipients are Robert Wilson, Visiting Artists at Southgate; Mark Adler, Oak Middle School Band Composition; Gregory Maichack, Pastel Paint at Shrewsbury Public Library (SPL); Jim Manning, Minecraft Madness at SPL; Shrewsbury Montessori School, African Arts; Roger Tincknell, Music From Ireland to America; Worcester Chamber Music Society, free concerts; Northborough Area Community Chorus, Holiday Concerts; Ellen S. Church, Mass in Time of War & Light Eternal; Centre Stage Productions, Oak Middle School Theater; Fitchburg Art Museum, 82nd regional arts exhibitions; Roger Bruno, Too Human – jazz- Great American Songs; N.E. Symphony Orchestra, Celtic Fantasy Concert, Clinton; Tracy Calabresi, Shrewsbury High School (SHS) Hackathon; Carol Tasker, Heifer Farm International, Rutland; Lynne McKenney Lydick, Gen. Ward – Civil War Letters; Shrewsbury Council on Aging, Trivia Music Event; Woman of Note, a cappella Barbershop Chorus; Missy Hollenback, Clean and Green in Shrewsbury Reuse; Bonnie Narcisi, Regatta Players, “First Date,” “Children of Eden”; Chamber Music MetroWest, musical activities, storytelling; Spring Street PTO, children’s author, Gordon Korman at four schools; Arts on the Green, three concerts at First Congregational Church; New Repertory Theatre, adaptation of “Romeo & Juliet” at SHS; John Root, sing, play flute, clarinet, sax at Shrewsbury Nursing Home; Shrewsbury Council on Aging (COA), “Harps and Hearts” at Senior Center; Shrewsbury COA, “Up Close Magic” at Senior Center; Shrewsbury COA, “Cowboy Songs and Yodels”; Shrewsbury COA, “Songs of Stage and Screen”; Shrewsbury COA, “Comedian David Shikes.”

The Shrewsbury Cultural Council is one of 329 cultural councils in Massachusetts. It functions under the authority of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Each year, local councils award more than $3 million in grants to more than 5,000 cultural programs statewide. These programs include school field trips, afterschool programs, concerts, festivals, lectures, theater, dance, music and film. Council projects take place in schools, community centers, libraries, elder care facilities, town halls, parks and wherever communities come together.

Shrewsbury Cultural Council members for 2016 are Neena Mohanka, chair, Sandra McManus, secretary, Myran Parker Brass, Martha Deering, Karen Dumas, Helen Porter and William Sigalis.

Thanks! Bill Sigalis, 508.523.1874