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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. ∆

Carlisle Cultural Council Grant Winners




Wendy Frank

Music Enrichment for Special Needs Children


Concord Women’s Chorus

American Women of Note

May 8

Contemporary Arts International, Acton

Grand Opening Event


John Root

Edible Wild Plants Walk


Ed Cope

Reading is Magic


The Discovery Museum, Acton

SMART (Science-Math-Art) Gals Family Night

June 18

Gleason Public Library

Aesop’s Fables Puppet Show


Gregory Maichack

How to Pastel Paint Expressively: Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”


Savoyard Light Opera Company

Community Musical Theater Youth Outreach


Carlisle Center Park

Third Annual Birthday Party

June 26

Indian Hill Music

Dance and Concert for Carlisle FCOA

March 27

Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra

Youth Concerto Competition and Pops

May 7

Steve Henderson

Jerry Atric - “The Older I Get”

April 15

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