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Holyoke Local Cultural Council

The Holyoke Local Cultural Council (HLCC) consists of community members appointed by the Mayor based on their credentials, interest in the arts, and commitment to arts programming in the city of Holyoke. The HLCC encourages individuals and organizations to apply for financial support through its annual grant program which is part of a statewide grant program administered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC).

HLCC Members 2023-24
Tim Damon
Christopher Dunay
Mark Dunlap
Navae Fenwick Rodriguez
Chris Fournier, Ex Officio
Kocayne Givner, Treasurer
Gloria Caballero-Roca
Nadia Schuessler, Co-Chair
Anne Thalheimer, Co-Chair


City Hall, Office of the Mayor
536 Dwight Street
Holyoke, MA 01040-5086

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Application Information

FY25 Allocation


FY25 Local Priorities

HLCC Funding Priorities

The HLCC typically receives requests totaling more than twice the amount of money available for us to grant. The goal of the HLCC is to provide some funding to as many qualified projects as we can. Local council support is not intended to be used as the sole source of funding for projects of a continuing nature. Most projects receive only partial funding and for no more than three consecutive years. The HLCC supports projects that demonstrate a clear public benefit. Emphasis is placed on supporting local artists presenting work in Holyoke. Funding is made available to the widest range of community cultural needs possible.
As determined by the most recent community surveys, the following are funding priorities:

Public events like concerts or festivals
Field trips for students to museums or performances
Arts education in the schools
Support for community arts and cultural organizations

FY25 Local Guidelines

HLCC Local Guidelines

Funded projects must be completed during the calendar year (January – December) following the October application deadline.
Field trips must be to destinations within the state.
The HLCC will consider projects designed for virtual, hybrid, or in-person presentation. If you are hoping to work with a particular venue, indoor or outdoor, for a live presentation, a letter of support from the venue will strengthen your application. We are suggesting that applicants prepare and provide details for a virtual alternative in the event that in-person presentation is not possible.

If you need assistance with your application, please contact the Mayor’s Office at 413 -322-5510.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
BioArt at the YMCA $1,200
Arts Integration Studio LLC Truth Tellers Theater Ensemble $500
Battat, Daniel A. Glassblowing Classes for Holyoke Highschoolers $1,500
Battat, Daniel A. Beads of Courage Studio Partner Event $500
Caballero, Gloria Afro-Caribbean History through the Arts $5,000
Cepeda, Brendaliz Puerto Rican Cultural Heritage in the Schools $2,500
Colon Ortiz, Natasha School Community Mural Program $1,500
Comeau, Robert Historical Presentations and Tours of Holyoke $500
Creative Resilience Project Creative Resilience: Liberatory Grant Writing for Artists $1,350
Dear Ella Dear Ella Concert $550
Dworkin, Motoko A Journey to Japan: a Performance/Workshop Series $700
Enchanted Circle, Inc. Creative Youth Arts Lab $3,500
Enlace de Familias Holyoke / Holyoke Family Network Inc. Holyoke Youth Queer Prom $2,500
Escamilla, Marshall Discovering Dinosaurs in the Pioneer Valley: A Place-Based Science Podcast for Kids $500
Falcón Fontánez, Michelle Ashes in my Neighborhood $3,500
Flywheel Community Arts, inc. Flywheel Zine Workshops $3,300
Friends of the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round, Inc. Party in the Park 2024 $1,000
Gordon, Damany Love, Peace and House Music (A tribute to Larry Levan and Frankie Knuckles) $1,500
Holyoke Art Paper Fest 2024 $1,500
Holyoke Art The Great Holyoke Brick Race $1,000
Holyoke Art Art at Home: Snow Day 2024 $1,000
Holyoke Art Artery Exchange Pilot Project $1,500
Holyoke Art School Vacation at the ARTery 2024 $1,000
Holyoke Art Art at Home with the Holyoke Senior Center $1,450
Holyoke Art Holyoke Pride – Entertainment $3,000
Holyoke Art Holyoke Pride – Marketing/Promotion $2,500
Holyoke Art Holyoke Pride Theatre $5,000
Holyoke Public Library Corporation Pop up Art School $350
Holyoke Public Schools Youth Archivist for Social Change Summer Program $1,250
Holyoke Public Schools Holyoke Ethnic Studies Block Party $2,000
Holyoke Rows Inc Bi-lingual boathouse introduction & instruction $1,455
LOCULUS Collective LOCULUS Presents The Third Annual SIDEWAYS DOOR: A Festival of Ecstasies & Escape Routes $3,000
Le Note Diverse Stories of Fortitude: Women Composers of the Baroque II $1,400
Lisi, Rebecca Practices in Healing and Mindfulness (Workshop Series) $2,000
Long Match Arts LLC Art in the Park $1,500
Lovett, Andrea Carving Out Your Story $300
Maichack, Gregory Pastel Paint Georgia O’Keeffe’s Famous Lily, $500
Maichack, Mary Jo D. Fairy House Craft for Adults $400
Maurice A. Donahue Elementary School Old Sturbridge Village Trip $1,200
Montgomery, Jason Open Mic’d: A poetry open mic and feature reading series at Holyoke Media $1,400
Montgomery, Jason 7th Annual Holyoke Community Ofrenda $1,000
Montgomery, Jason calaveras painting 2024 $750
Ms. Massachusetts Senior America Pageant Club Ms. Senior Massachusetts Musical Review $200
Munoz, Natalia Boricuas eh-Strong $1,000
Music and Poetry Synchronized, Inc. MAPS at the Care Center $1,500
Parias, Camila La Borrachita de Amor: Passion and Devotion in Baroque Spain $1,000
Pioneer Valley Transit Authority PVTA Shelter Mural Project $1,500
Print Shop, Inc. Community Designers $1,000
Print Shop, Inc. ourly Comics Day & 24 Hour Comics Day Events At The Print Shop $1,150
Print Shop, Inc. Art @ Home: Travel Kits $1,000
Resilient Community Arts 2024 Bilingual Plein Air Tour: Holyoke $1,000
Resilient Community Arts Family Art Night at Girls Inc. - with Bilingual Instruction $2,400
Rivera, Priscilla Fiestas Patronales $3,500
Russell, Ebbie Co-Creating Kin $2,500
Ryan, Patrick Kickin Back With A Former Rockette: The History of the Radio City Rockettes $800
Silverthorne Theater Company, Inc. Tight Pants: A Theater Thursday Reading $900
Sobel, Anna R. Literacy Puppet Show at the Holyoke Children's Museum $400
Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center, Inc. Connecting culture and music w/ Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center, Gaia Roots and Trio Candela $1,350
The Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, Inc. Puerto Abierto (Open Port) $1,750
The Performance Project, Inc. "Mother Tongue" by First Generation ensemble $1,500
The Wistariahurst Foundation, Inc. Cultural History at Wistariahurst $3,000
Valley Art Salon The ArtSalon $200
Valley Arts Mentors Valley Arts Mentors: Mentorship Program and Webinar Series $450
Vega Yoga & Movement Arts, Inc. Winter Cabaret, Trimester Showings and Camp Showing $2,000
Woolner, Alexandra Poetry Vending Machine Project $1,250

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