By Joel Winett
FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham Cultural Council (FCC) held its eighth awards reception on May 1, at the Amazing Things Arts Center.
The Framingham Cultural Council awarded 26 grants totaling $30,257, with 26 grants for artistic, humanities or science related projects and 3 grants to provide subsidies for school children to attend cultural events.
Charlotte Cutter, Mass Cultural Council Program Officer, spoke at the event and described the role that the state plays in supporting local Cultural Councils. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the MCC then allocates funds for each community to distribute. In addition, the Framingham Cultural Council receives funds from local corporations.
Scott Greenberg, Framingham State University Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Continuing Education, received the 2017 Contributor of the Year Award for bringing Lifelong Learning Lectures and Adventures Classes to the Framingham Community.
Dr. Greenberg noted that more than 800 people have attended classes in the programs this year. He added that the programs are the result of a great partnership between two institutional gems: Framingham State University and the Framingham Public Library. He expressed his gratitude to the many Framingham State faculty, as well as faculty from other colleges in the region, who have shared their expertise.
Maria Soma, Parks and Recreation Administrator, received the 2017 Special Recognition Award for her outstanding support of the Framingham Cultural Council. She efficiently processes local Cultural Council grants.
At the beginning of the program, Nandi Varris, former FCC chair, led the singing of Funga Alafia, a welcoming song from the Yoruba Nation of Nigeria.
A representative of the Framingham Percussion Ensemble, Kyle Fields and Max Connor, played selections from “Into the Storm,” which was arranged by Kyle. Michelle Moran played a selection on the on violin. The student co-directors of the group are Ryan Gallagher and Jordan Ramsay.
In addition, seven Potter Road School 5th grade students read poems that they wrote after visiting the Museum of Fine Arts. These students were encouraged by the Potter Road School art teacher, Donna Maxwell, and their 5th grade teacher, Ginny Hoehlein.
The members of the Framingham Cultural Council are Joel Winett, chair, Esther Powell, vice-chair, Kathryn Sucich, clerk, Katie O’Callaghan, treasurer, Philip Kaplan, Norma Kent, Judy Levine, and Lev Rozman. If you would like to be a member of the Cultural Council, submit an application to the Board of Selectmen at the Town Manager’s office.