The Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council and our towns’ legislators State Senator Jamie B. Eldridge and State Representatives Cory Atkins and Jennifer Benson, have announced the award of 37 grants totaling $8,500 for cultural programs to benefit the communities of Acton and Boxborough.
Musical groups that received grants include the Concord Orchestra, Nashoba Valley Chorale, Indian Hill Arts and the Acton Community Chorus. Among funded projects in the visual arts is a stone carving sculpture symposium at the Contemporary Arts International Inc. of Acton. Theatre groups Open Door Theater and Theatre with a Twist also received grants, as did Iron Work Farm, The Robert Creeley Foundation, The Discovery Museums, the Boxborough Harvest Fair and the Essence of India day at NARA Park. Douglas and Conant Schools in Acton and Blanchard Memorial School in Boxborough all received grants. Programs also were funded for the Acton Memorial and Sargent Memorial Libraries. A complete list of our 2014 grants will are available on our website: www.actonboxboroughculturalcouncil.org.
The Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council is one of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 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 Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. Almost $10 million will be distributed by local cultural councils in 2014.
Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. The members of the Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council are: Kristie Rampton and Sunanda Sahay (Co-Chairs), Barbara Estabrook, Suman Adiseshu, Nancy Evans, Greg Hutchins, Nancy Kumaraswami, Linda Mayer, Marion Powers, Alexis Presti-Simpson and Tse-Ming Wang.
The Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall. Information and forms will be available online at (www.massculturalcouncil.org) by September 1. Applications are due Oct. 15th 2014.