Friday, April 9, 2010
Cultural Council plans community gathering, film festival
The Carlisle Cultural Council plans to increase its profile in the community, according to council member Kathleen Coughlin. At its meeting on March 30, Coughlin said that the council brainstormed the first of those plans: a “get-together, a sort of wine and cheese gathering for all of this year’s grantees and the community,” said Coughlin. To be held at Union Hall at the First Religious Society on May 13, the event is designed to bring the community together socially, to meet the grantees (see table) and the council, and spread the word about the council’s activities. “We hope to provide entertainment as well,” said Coughlin, “and to encourage people to think about joining the council. There is so much talent in town.” More details will be available as plans for the event progress.
The council will also sponsor a community film festival for mid-winter next year. It will include a tribute to the late Elissa Abruzzo, who served on the council for many years, and will feature a number of different film genres, “something for every age group,” Coughlin said. The council is already hard at work on plans for that event and hopes to offer it sometime between January and March of next year, “that time when people tend to hunker in their bunkers.” The council hopes to incorporate speakers and special programs to enhance the audience experience of the featured films and attract a wide range of interests in the community.
The council awards grants once a year to artists and organizations, funding a variety of cultural enrichment activities. Applications are accepted in the fall and awards are announced in December. The grant program is funded through the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Carlisle Cultural Council member Seema Peterson said that last year Carlisle received $4,000 from the state which they added to funds left over from the previous grant cycle, unspent when some artists did not perform. ∆
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