The Carlisle Mosquito Online

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.

Grant recipients

Those who were awarded grants include:

John Smialek

(concert of brass music) $400

Carlisle Conservation Foundation

(performance of hammered dulcimer and guitar) $200

Jim Douglas

(artist directory on Internet) $20

Alicia Quintano

(storytelling for children) $250

Davis Bates

(New England stories and songs) $300

Project Concern

(hip-hop dance performance) $400

Jeanne Masterman

(soprano and mezzo-soprano with accompaniment) $375

Wendy Putnam

(chamber concert) $510

John Root

(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