And the winners are … Cultural Council selects 27 grant recipients

Posted 1/11/20

The Westport Cultural Council has announced the award of 27 grants totaling $8,710 for cultural programs in Westport.  Winners include a student production of ‘Frozen,’ a Traveling …

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And the winners are … Cultural Council selects 27 grant recipients

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The Westport Cultural Council has announced the award of 27 grants totaling $8,710 for cultural programs in Westport.  Winners include a student production of ‘Frozen,’ a Traveling Tide Pool Program, a student boatbuilding program, talks on hurricanes and Paul Cuffe, and many more.

Winners were announced last week by Sen. Michael Rodrigues, Rep. Paul Schmid and Gay Gillespie, chairwoman of the Westport Cultural Council. 

“The awarded grants will give Westport residents, young and old, access to great cultural experiences, and I am always thrilled to help secure the necessary funding,” said Senator Rodrigues. “These programs are vital to our communities, and I thank the Westport Cultural Council for their important work.”

“Looking at the list of awardees, it is easy to understand how culturally diverse our community is, and I thank the Westport Cultural Council for fostering such a great array of programs,” Rep. Schmid said. “The cultural council and the organizations which it supports is one of the many reasons I love this community.”

The Westport Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils 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. Westport also has the resources of the Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust, administered by the Bank of America.

Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. The members of the Westport Cultural Council are: Gay Gillespie, Laurie Bullard, Ned Daniels, Sr., Ruth Bourns, Lisa Arnold, Alexandra Whitney, Rud Lawrence, Rosemary Melli, and Laura Bennett.

The Westport Cultural Council will seek applications again in the spring thanks to a $35,000 grant from the Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust. Applications and more information about the Westport Cultural Council Program are available online at https://www.westport-ma.com/westport-cultural-council-wcc.

This year's grants include: 

Coastal Lecture at Stone Barn (Allen Pond Wildlife Sanctuary)

Winter Art Show at Shattuck Gallery (Westport River Watershed Alliance)

Whaling Wives (New Bedford Port Society & Sea Glass Theater Co.)

Butterfly Effigy Mounds @Macomber School

Exploration Programs in Westport (Save Buzzards Bay)

Boat Building/Youth Coastal Rowing (Dharma Voyage)

Complimentary Senior Tickets to Tri-County Band Concerts

South Coast Artists Open Studio Tour

New Bedford Folk Festival

Learning in Concert: Westport Schools & NBSO

Annie and the 2020 Summer Academy

New Bedford JazzFest

Paul Cuffe Discussion Program 

Access to the Arts for Seniors (Friends of the COA)

WES Drama Club: “Frozen”

Zeiterion Theatre & Westport Special Education program

Traveling Tide Pool Program (Friends of Westport Library)

Building With a Lego Master Builder (Friends of Westport Library)

Museum Access for South Coast Youth (New Bedford Whaling Museum)

Lecture on Hurricanes (Westport Historical Society).

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