Framingham Cultural Council Approves 26 Grants For $46,706

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FRAMINGHAM – Members of the Framingham Cultural Council approved 26 project, totalling $46,706.

The grants will enhance the cultural life of the city in the year ahead. The grants will fund, fully or in part, a wide-ranging series of programs, events, and enterprises from the fields of music, theater, children’s literature, history, education, and more.

Award recipients include individuals, groups, and institutions.

Funds are provided annually to the cities and towns of the Commonwealth by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) to support the arts, sciences, and humanities.

For the current year, the FCC received an allocation of $38,100 from the MCC and 40 applications for consideration.

Priority was given to those requests that would clearly benefit residents of the City of Framingham and were
aligned with the mission of the FCC to support projects in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences.

Special consideration was given to proposals that would support underrepresented or underserved segments of the population, positively impact various neighborhoods, and contribute to an understanding and appreciation
of the cultural diversity of Framingham.

At the regular Framingham Cultural Council meeting on January 5, the following awards were voted on and approved unanimously by Mauricio Perea, Anita Danker, Rick Gelfand, Nathaniel Joslin, Debbie Kardon, Charlie Kiefer, Lois
Levick, and Cindy Walsh. Present but not voting was ex-officio member Joel Winett. Absent from the meeting was Everton Vargas da Costa.

The awards were given to:

Amazing Things Arts Center, Inc. Firehouse Dinner and a Movie! $3,000

Christa McAuliffe Branch Library McAuliffe Children’s Camp iRead $1,150

Christa McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning at FSU Perspectives of Earth – Team Mentorship $2,340

City of Framingham Parks & Recreation Department Friday Night Concert Series $1,900

Ethnic Arts Center of Somerville, Inc. Immigrant Puppetry Arts for Hoops & Homework $2,000

Ethnic Arts Center of Somerville, Inc. Intergenerational Puppetry Arts for Hoops & Homework $2,000

Eve Costarelli 365 Days of Mindfulness for Families and Schools $1,922

Everton Vargas da CostaWriting Children’s Books in Portuguese $650

Framingham Centre Common Cultural District “Many Cultures, One Heart” (working title) Public Art Project $2,900

Framingham High SchoolMassachusetts Educational Theatre Festival Host $1,800

Framingham History Center, Inc.Telling Immigration Stories though Student Curated Exhibits $2,500

Framingham Public Library FPL Concerts 2022 $2,900

Framingham Public Library Summer Camp at the Library $1,180

Framingham Public Library Read Beyond the Beaten Path $1,900

Framingham State University Adventures in Lifelong Learning $2,400

Hoops and Homework, Inc. Music at Hoops $2,994

Kevin H. Driscoll Callahan Senior Center Ventriloquist Comedy $300

Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild, Inc. The Massachusetts High School and Middle School Drama Festivals $750

MUSIC Dance.eduHip Hop Dance Chair Exercise for Seniors! $600

Performing Arts Center of Metrowest, Inc. Choral Intensive $2,500

Pinefield Garden Club Working with Incarcerated People to Teach Horticlture/Gardening $350

South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc. Walnut Hill School For The Arts Partnership $2,400

The Heritage Chorale, Inc. Heritage Chorale 85th Anniversary Choral Music Commission $1,450

The Raymond J. Callahan Center 2022 Cultural Arts Series $1,400

The Raymond J. Callahan Center Our History, Our World 2022 $1,870

Voices of MetroWest, Inc. Back to the Stage! $1,550


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