Geri Eddins and Bryan Cole, Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the Milford Cultural Council, have announced the award of 19 grants totaling $12,000, for cultural programs in the town of Milford, MA.
A complete list of recipients and grant amounts can be found below.
The Milford Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils 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 an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.
Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. The members of the Milford Cultural Council are: Geri Eddins. Bryan Cole, Vinnie Keizjo, Patty Salomon, Nicole Romiglio, Michael Visconti, Marcia Macre, Jenny Lyons, Molly Auger, Jim Buckley, Christine Daddario Meghan Oliveira and Christopher Vendetti.
Statewide, more than $3.3 million will be distributed by local cultural councils in 2019. Grants will support an enormous range of grass-roots activities: concerts, exhibitions, radio and video productions, field trips for schoolchildren, after-school youth programs, writing workshops, historical preservation efforts, lectures, First Night celebrations, nature and science education programs for families and town festivals. Nearly half of LCC funds support educational activities for young people.
The Milford Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall. For guidelines and complete information on the Milford Cultural Council, contact Geri Eddins at 508-478-918/CulturalCouncil@TownofMilford.com Applications and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org. Applications are due in early October 2020.
This year's grants include:
Greater Milford Community Chorus - $1,000
Stacy Middle School PTO/Drug Story Theatre - $895
John Root/A Celebration of Song at Milford Center - $350
Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra - $1,500
Scott Jameson/Imagine Your Story Library Performance - $550
Roger Tincknell/From Ireland to America Music Performance - $400
Audio Journal, Inc./Radio-Active Theatre for Blind and Visually Impaired - $300
Ed the Wizard (Ed Cope)/Dragon & Fairy Wing Balloon Twisting Workshop - $650
Elizabeth Vittum/Therapeutic Arts for People for Disabilities - $250
Irene Porro/See Yourself in STEM – Mentorship program for MHS - $750
Janet Applefield/Combating Hate & Prejudice at MHS - $350
Milford Community Family Network/Pumpernickel Puppets - $805
Memorial Elementary School/African Drummers Event - $800
Milford Permanent Firefighters Assoc./Milford Santa Parade - $950
Shining Star Early Childhood PTO/New England Aquarium Tide Pools Alive - $850
Stephen Lewis/International Women’s Day Poster Exhibit - $100
Susan Edmonds/Chess Village at Milford Library - $500
Holly McNeil/Blackstone Valley Education Foundation - $500
Milford Senior Center/Thanksgiving Luncheon Musical Entertainment - $500