Westport Cultural Council grants give artists, others a boost


Artists, historians and others with local cultural interests can get a helping hand for their work from the Westport Cultural Council.

The council has set an Oct. 15 postmark deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants to support cultural activities in the community.

And in the meantime, the council will host a Sept. 28 open house to talk about grant projects and describe some from previous years.

Council chair Suzanne Thomlinson said that these grants support a variety of artistic and historical projects in Westport including field trips, lectures and exhibitions, concerts, films or school performances.

“Westport has a tradition of  prominent residents from the poet Elizabeth Bishop to  the artist Helen Ellis, to various editors and experts.  But we also have many less known who contribute greatly to our cultural richness.  Yearly the Cultural Council supports them, if they apply.”

Last year’s recipients included a live reptile show, a butterfly pamphlet , a community chorus performance, a trip for Fourth Graders to RISD, interactive storytelling and even plotting town cemeteries, as well as other events and exhibitions.

Grant guidelines and applications are available at westportculturalcouncil.org.

Applications may be mailed to Westport Cultural Council, P.O. Box 4089, Westport, MA 02790, or delivered in person to Westport Town Hall or the Westport Free Public Library no later than Thursday, Oct. 15.  For further information, contact Suzanne Thomlinson, Chair, srthomlinson@charter.net.


Learn how to do it at open house

If you've an idea for such a project and would like to learn more, the Westport Cultural Council invites all community members and potential grantees to attend an open house at the Westport Public Library on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 28, from 1-2:30 p.m.

Organizations and individuals that have received a grant will talk about projects and share both success and challenges.

The Cultural Council wants to meet with Westport’s creative individuals, schools and cultural organizations as preparations for 2014 Local Cultural Council grants gets underway.  Members of the council will be on hand to answer questions about grant applications and offer assistance to any individual or organization that is considering applying for a grant prior to October 15.

Refreshments will be available along with time to talk individually with Cultural Council members and learn about how to apply, collaborate with other groups and learn about the resources available to artists here.

Since its founding in 1982, the Westport Cultural Council, has worked to bring the liveliest and most worthy cultural programs, events and activities to the Westport community. This has led, among other directions, to new programs such as the Westport Summer Film Series “Transforming Lives”, three highly acclaimed documentary films, offered free to the public at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery in August.

For information, contact info@westportculturalcouncil.org


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