On Friday, January 15th the Hopkinton Cultural Council (HCC) hosted their virtual meeting led by Chair Ilana Casady to choose and award grants to approved applicants. “As in previous years, requests for grants exceeds funds available and choosing among many wonderful initiatives can be a challenge.” – Ilana Casady, Chair of HCC. The HCC receives grant funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to promote excellence, access, education & diversity in the arts, sciences and humanities to improve the community's economics & quality of life. The HCC prioritizes funding local artists as well as artists which reflect the diverse cultures within the town of Hopkinton. The HCC actively seeks opportunities to increase visibility to groups of different cultures to promote diverse grant opportunities within Hopkinton and our local region.
2021 Grant Recipients include: Amazing Things Art Center (atac), Discovery Museum, Sean Fullerton, Acoustic Concert for Seniors, Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA), Hopkinton Freedom Team, Hopkinton Garden Club, John Root, a nature class on Birds, Butterflies and Bees, Janet Schwartz, pastel class and the South Asian Circle of Hopkinton (SACH).
In addition, the HCC will continue the Diversity Mural project initially unveiled in fall of 2020 and revive Art on the Trail as their hosted initiatives. The mural project will be led by Ilana Casady and Art on the Trail by Darlene Hayes and Meena Kaushik. Per Casady, “In a year like no other, the mural project was a bright light in our community, when so much was canceled HCC decided to create this project with support from the Hopkinton Parks and Recreation Department. It was inspiring and already receiving interest from artists for 2021.”
"I am thrilled to see the continued expansion of diversity and inclusion programs in the arts to be among the grant recipients from the Hopkinton Cultural Council (HCC). The HCC's commitment to continue the 2020 Diversity Mural, supporting the efforts of the Hopkinton Freedom Team's theatrical bystander training program, HCA's Artists series on diversity and the HCC reviving Art on the Trail as a passive safe recreation with visual arts displays reflects this community's hope, positivity and appreciation of local arts as we go into 2021." - State Representative Carolyn Dykema
The Hopkinton Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 local Cultural Councils (LCC) 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 and annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.