Mansfield Local Cultural Council awards grants | #vacation | #seniors | #elderly
Mansfield Local Cultural Council chair Eileen Cusack announced the award of 30 grants totaling $17,130, for cultural programs that benefit Mansfield residents.
The MLCC is part of a network of 329 local cultural councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the commonwealth. The LCC Program is a grassroots cultural funding network, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. The Mansfield Council receives an allocation from the town of Mansfield as well.
Statewide, nearly $16.3 million will be distributed by local cultural councils in 2021 for activities including concerts and exhibitions for schoolchildren and seniors, after-school youth programs, writing workshops, diversity and inclusion efforts, historical preservation efforts, lectures, nature and science education programs for families and town festivals.
Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. The current members of the Mansfield Local Cultural Council are Eileen Cusack, Jean Mallon, Marc Clamage, Melanie O’Malley, Gail Gilman, Sharon Friedman, Kelly Ann Kelly, Semirah Dolan, Vivian Webster, Linda Ramirez and Diana Bren.
The following events and applicants are the MLCC 2021 awardees:
MHS Winter Percussion and MHS Drama Programs; SIMDACA MOOV African Dance Experience with Chefiatou Tokou; Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra relaunch; Fuller Craft Museum vacation Craft at Home Program and annual Craft Inspires Series; Hip Hop Dance Exercise for Seniors; Pastel Painting for Mansfield by Gregory Maichack; Combating Hate and Prejudice by Holocaust survivor Janet Applefield;Children’s Juggling performance partnership with Parks and Rec; Duo Pianists Composers and Educators Whipple and Morales; LiveARTS Concert Series; Mansfield Local Cultural Council; Mass Music and Arts Society (MMAS) Online project; The Road to Diversity Community Forums and Discussions; A Celtic Journey with The Jubilate Choral; SMARTS Collaborative; The Un-Common Theatre Company production of Elf the Musical; a virtual music series with the Brockton Symphony; LRC Theater Production Talent Show; Interactive 3D Map of Mansfield’s Old Town Cemetery; Easton Chamber Music Festival; Triboro Youth Theatre’s 25th Celebration performance of Les Miserables; Stories that Make the World a Better Place Series; the Neponset Choral Societies’ 2020-2021 Season as well as a Halloween Harvest Series; Stephano: The Story of Shakespeare’s Shipwreck by Hit and Run History; and We Did It For You! A Women’s Journey Through History lecture for school students.
All award recipients will be invited to the 2021 Mansfield Local Cultural Council Grantees’ Reception in their honor in late spring. The event will include live musical entertainment, refreshments and the opportunity to meet and socialize with other recipients. The event is free and open to the public.
The MLCC will seek applications again in the fall. For guidelines and complete information on the Mansfield Local Cultural Council, contact the council at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications and more information about the Local Cultural Council program are available at http://mass-culture.org.
2022 applications are due Oct. 15, 2021, for events to be held from Jan.1 to Dec. 31, 2022.