Board of Selectmen Chairman Larry O’Brien and Sudbury Cultural Council Chairman Ellen Gitelman‘ have announced the award of seven grants totaling $3676 for cultural programs in Sudbury, Framingham, and state-wide. The Sudbury Historical Commission received one of the most important and interesting grants in order to restore several of Florence Hosmer’s paintings. Once Aragon Art of Sudbury returns them to their original vibrancy, they will be hung at the Hosmer House in Sudbury’s town center for all to enjoy.
Additional grant recipients include: the New England Wildflower Society’s “The Nature Zone Family Activity Project;” Richard Clark, who will present his one-man show “Atticus” from To Kill a Mockingbird at the Senior Center; The Marble Collection, a bi-annual print and digital publication featuring art and literature created by students throughout the state; the Sudbury Art Association’s third annual Open Studios; a performance of a Chinese lion dance at the Sudbury Cooperative Preschool that is free and open to the public; and the Sudbury Historical Society’s “Fabric of Our Lives” program, which features four lectures about Sudbury using quilts as a backdrop.
“Once again the Sudbury Cultural Council has thoughtfully selected a diverse array of projects for all ages that will educate and entertain the Sudbury community and beyond,” said Board of Selectmen Chairman Larry O’Brien. “We are especially pleased, of course, that the Cultural Council is able to help preserve one of Sudbury’s most important treasures—the paintings of Miss Florence Hosmer.”
The Sudbury Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCCs) serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 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, who include: Ellen Gitelman (chairman), Michele Latimer, Jeanne Maloney (treasurer), Anne Riesenfeld, Susan Rushfirth, and Helen Velie.
Statewide, more than $2.34 million will be distributed by LCCs in 2012. Grants will support an enormous range of grassroots 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.
Applications for projects taking place in 2013 must be submitted by October 15 of next year. Information and forms are available online at www.massculturalcouncil.org. For more information about the Sudbury Cultural Council contact [email protected].