Marlborough – Our state legislators, Danielle W. Gregoire and James B. Eldridge, along with J. David Elmore, chair of the Marlborough Cultural Council, have announced the award of 15 grants totaling $10,825 for cultural programs in Marlborough.
Grant recipients include Friends of the Marlborough Public Library, Francis J. Kane Elementary School, Richer Elementary School, Hudson Area Arts Alliance, and Ghost Light Players of MetroWest.
The Marlborough Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCC) 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
Statewide, more than $3.3 million will be distributed by local cultural councils in 2017. 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 Marlborough Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall. Information and forms are available online at www.massculturalcouncil.org. Applications are due Monday, Oct. 16.