Friday, May 21, 1999
Cultural Council awards ten grants
State Senator Susan C. Fargo and State Representative Carol Cleven have announced the award of ten grants totaling $3,135 for cultural programs in Carlisle. The grants were awarded from a pool of funds distributed to Carlisle by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency that supports public programs and educational activities in the arts, sciences and humanities.
Those who were awarded grants include:
(concert of brass music) $400
Carlisle Conservation Foundation
(performance of hammered dulcimer and guitar) $200
(artist directory on Internet) $20
(storytelling for children) $250
(New England stories and songs) $300
(hip-hop dance performance) $400
(soprano and mezzo-soprano with accompaniment) $375
(chamber concert) $510
(holiday concert for seniors) $350
Gleason Public Library
(songs/stories by John Porcino) $330
Local council membership
The Carlisle Cultural Council is part of a grassroots network of 335 local councils that serve every city and town in the state. The program is the largest, most decentralized one of its kind in the United States. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which then allocates funds to each local council. The decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of town-appointed volunteers. The members of the Carlisle Cultural Council are Maria Conley, Nancy Stadtlander, Joan Goodman, Malcolm Walsh, Maria Lewis, Suzanne Winsby and Bonnie Miskolczy.
"It's the local volunteers who really make this system work," said Senator Fargo. "They make limited resources go as far as possible, and they make the tough decisions about which projects should be supported. Thanks to them, the arts, sciences and humanities are part of everyday lives in every community across the state."
Statewide, more than $4.2 million will be distributed by local cultural councils in 1999more than 7,000 grants in all. Grants will support an enormous range of activities: field trips for schoolchildren, after-school programs, First Night celebrations, concerts, exhibitions, broadcasts. From the total distribution, more than $2 million will support educational activities for schoolchildren. Of this, more than $600,000 will go out through the PASS Program, which provides subsidies for young people to attend cultural events.
Joan Goodman is chair of the Carlisle Cultural Council.
© 1999 The Carlisle Mosquito