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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org.
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 Dance.edu for Hip Hop Dance Chair Exercise for Seniors!
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
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
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