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FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham Cultural Council held its annual awards reception at the main Framingham Library last week on June 8.

It was the first in-person event for the Cultural Council in a couple of yers due to the panemic,

Three students were awarded the Rita & Bill Collins Memorial Arts scholarships. The scholarship is given to one or more seniors, who will be studying the arts as they continue on to higher education.

Recipients in 2022 were Jake Coutu (photography), Kathleen Najarian (drama) and Chelsea Perreault (ceramics). Najarian, a member of the Framingham High Drama Company, performed during the ceremony a couple of monologues. She will attend MCLA in the fall.

The master of ceremonies for the reception was Framingham Cultural Council Chair Mauricio Perea.

In attendance for the ceremony was Mayor Charlie Sisitsky, Framingham Superintendent of Schools Robert Tremblay, and Ricardo Guillaume of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

David Smailes of Framingham State University and Frederic Wallace, City Historian, were honored with the Council’s Special Recognition awards.

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Smailes was commended for his outstanding lectures for the Framingham Adventures in Lifelong Learning programs.

“The number of political science majors doubled since he joined the department,” wrote the Cultural Council.

“Registration for his courses filled within 24 hours of open enrollment,” said the Cultural Council of his Adventures in Lifelong programs.

Wallace was lauded for his commitment to preserving and passing on the history of the community.

Wallace also serves on the Framingham Historical Commission and the City’s Community Preservation Committee. “He served on the committee that designed the new seal for The City of Framingham,” said the Council.

“He has contributed numerous articles to the History Center’s newsletter, led tours, delivered lectures, and assumed the roles of historical figures in reenactments,” said the Framingham Cultural Council.

Wallace recently retired as a volunteer at the Framingham History Center, where he helped others research history and answered numerous questions.

He is the author of a couple of historical books about Framingham.

During the ceremony, recipients of the 2022 Framingham Cultural Council grants were invited to say a few words.

Several individuals spoke, and Abby Rogers from the Performing Arts Center of MetroWest sang two songs.

The Framingham Cultural Council has nine members currently.

There are openings on the Council. Individuals interested in serving can reach out to the Mayor’s office.

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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.