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NATICK – The Natick Cultural Council announced today, May 15, it has awarded 29 grants totaling $14,613, for cultural programs in Natick.

The Natick Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCCs) 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 Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. Statewide, more than $3.3 million will be distributed by local cultural councils in 2021.

Decisions about selecting activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers.

The members of the Natick Cultural Council are: Kevin Baldwin, Prerna Dublish, Robert Hirsch, Shriya Joag, Grace Keeney, David Krentzman and Livia Mosanu.

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Grants from Natick Cultural Council will support an enormous range of grass-roots activities (in-person and virtual): concerts, exhibitions, radio and video productions, field trips for school children, after-school youth programs, writing and business workshops, historical preservation efforts, lectures, nature and science education programs for families and town festivals.

A prominent chunk of funds has been granted to support educational activities for young people.

The Natick Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall.

For guidelines and complete information on the Natick Cultural Council, contact Shriya Joag(chair) at 347-708-3725 or Applications and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at

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Awarded grants were:

Lilja Elementary School for Leigh Valley Storytelling Guild

Diane Edgecomb for Animal Tales for Summer Reading

Natick Historical Society for Natick for Newcomers

Voices of MetroWest for Singing Together – Virtually

Sean L Fullerton for Acoustic Memories for Seniors

Kirk Whipple for Duo Pianists, Composers & Educators Whipple & Mora

Rob Zammarchi for Elijah T. Grasshopper & Friends

MUSIC for Hip Hop Dance Chair Exercise for Seniors!

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Framingham State University for Adventures in Lifelong Learning

Denise Girardin for peacelovenatick – 01760

Abby Walsh for Business Workshops for Artists

Natick Community Senior Center for Art Matters

Brown School PTO for Kemp Harris

Jo LaFalce for The “Beading” Hearts of Adams Street

Seema Kenney for Starting Your Genealogy

Discovery Museum for Open Door Connections

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Carol Krentzman for History of Natick

David Polatin for Women in Country Music -1920 -1960

Mass Audubon Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary for Sensory Friendly Days

Musicians of the Old Post Road, Inc. for Delving Deeper: educational online musical events

Lilja PTO for More to Explore

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Gregory Maichack for Jean-Francois Millet’s Dandelions: How to Pastel

Elizabeth Gregg for Author Visit (Virtual)

Julia Georgules for Motoko Japanese Folktalkes

Ashley Gallagher for Poetry in 4th Grade

Diane Wong for Each One Teach One Saturday Series

Lilja School for Story Telling Guild

Suzanne Hemmat for Collective Fabric

Eileen Herman-Haase for Dance Caliente Brings the World to Your Feet

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.