By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor
Westborough – The Westborough Cultural Council (WCC) held a reception May 16 at the Westborough Senior Center to honor its 2018 grant recipients. The awardees were lauded by WCC’s Secretary Betheda Shuman and Treasurer Maureen Johnson for their commitment to supporting arts and culture in Westborough.
The Mass. Cultural Council (MCC) oversees 339 Local Cultural Councils (LCC), including Westborough. The MCC receives its funding from an annual state appropriation and then distributes those funds to LCCs, who then re-grant these funds to schools, organizations and individuals in their communities.
In addition, proceeds from the annual Arts in Common Festival, sponsored by the Westborough Cultural Council, and the town of Westborough raise funds to supplement the MCC funds.
State representatives Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury) and Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) also were in attendance and presented to grant recipients certificates of appreciation from the state legislature.
Also present at the reception was Miranda Cook, a program officer with the MCC. She praised the members of the WCC and the recipients for their support of arts in the community.
The WCC is comprised of volunteers appointed by the Westborough Board of Selectmen. The members are volunteers from the community with an interest in or support of arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences.