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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
Gabriela Alcántara Pöhls
Tim Damon
Mark Dunlap
Navae Fenwick Rodriguez
Chris Fournier, Ex Officio
Kocayne Givner, Treasurer
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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FY23 Allocation


FY23 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 and festivals
  • support for community arts and cultural organizations
  • arts education in the schools
  • projects celebrating diversity

FY23 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.

We accept paper applications in addition to online applications. If you are applying on paper, please request a copy of the application via the contact info listed on the Council Information tab. Paper applications can be mailed or delivered to:

Holyoke Local Cultural Council
City Hall
Office of the Mayor
536 Dwight Street
Holyoke, MA 01040

This year’s deadline is Monday, October 17. All applications must be submitted or postmarked by this date.

If you need assistance with your application, please contact Navae Fenwick Rodriguez at 413-320-2550, or Koco Givner at 413-552-9092.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Alvarez, Diana R. Quiero Volver: A Xingonx Ritual Opera $2,000
Arts Extension Service Sector Recovery Gathering $500
Blessed Sacrament School Museum of Science Field Trip $1,200
Blessed Sacrament School Plimoth Patuxet 8th Grade Class Field Trip $700
Cepeda, Brendaliz Puerto Rican Cultural Heritage in the Schools $4,000
City of Holyoke Holyoke 150th Committee - Sesquicentennial Time Capsule $1,100
City of Holyoke Holyoke 150th Committee - Sesquicentennial Celebrations $750
Comeau, Robert Holyoke Historical Tours $1,000
Dalton, John Spheres of Influence Masterclass/ Performance $400
Enchanted Circle, Inc. Creative Youth Labs $5,000
Flywheel Community Arts, inc. Flywheel Zine Workshops $3,750
Gordon, Damany From Jazz to Hip-Hop: A Tribute to Ramsey Lewis $1,750
Hicks, Laura Musicall Married Spring Concert $175
Holyoke Farmers Market Holyoke Farmers Market $400
Holyoke Public Library Corporation Educational Story Walks $275
Holyoke Public Library Corporation Edward M. Brooke- MassachussettsTrailblazer $200
Holyoke Public Library Corporation A conversation with Daniel Okrent $1,000
Holyoke Public Library Corporation Oral History Support $299
Holyoke Public Library Corporation School visits to the History Room $400
LaBrocca, Liz 3ManHam $2,000
Lighthouse Personalized Education for Teens, Inc. Teen Art Show $2,000
Maurice A. Donahue Elementary School Old Sturbridge Village Trip $900
Mausel, Olivia 1. Historic Holyoke Downtown brochure 2. Holyoke's Open Spaces and Waterways $2,000
Means, Pamela Pamela Means presents The Power of The Protest Song: Our Shared History and Present Day $900
Montgomery, Jason 5th Annual Holyoke Community Ofrenda $2,000
Ms. Massachusetts Senior America Pageant Club Ms. Senior Massachusetts Musical Review $250
Neill, David Music concert by the Fanfare Brass Ensemble $700
OneHolyoke Community Development Corporation Tribute to Justin “Extraordinaiire” Chavez $4,922
Pioneer Valley Concert Band Sounds of Summer $1,510
Pohls, Gabriela Bilingual Free Arts and Crafts Classes $2,800
Print Shop, Inc. The Great Holyoke Brick Race 2023 $1,000
Print Shop, Inc. Art at Home: Snow Day Edition 2023 $1,400
Print Shop, Inc. Postcards For My Future Self $1,300
Print Shop, Inc. Art @ the ARTery: School Vacation $1,100
Print Shop, Inc. Art at Home with the Holyoke Senior Center $2,200
Print Shop, Inc. Art @ Home: Travel Kits $800
Print Shop, Inc. ARTery Materials Library $500
Print Shop, Inc. Holyoke Pride – Marketing/Promotion $1,500
Print Shop, Inc. Holyoke Pride – Entertainment $2,022
Print Shop, Inc. Holyoke Pride – Infrastructure $2,000
Print Shop, Inc. Holyoke Pride Fest - Presenting Julia Scotti $1,750
Resilient Community Arts Family Art Night at Girls Inc. - with Bilingual Instruction $4,250
Savage, Jay How the Aztecs observed the days of the dead / Cómo los aztecas observaron los días de muertos $400
Silverthorne Theater Company, Inc. The Building: A Theater Thursdays Reading $1,500
Stepanek, Julie Find Your Voice Through Music and Song $600
The Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, Inc. Latinx Theatre $3,500
The Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, Inc. Si Se Puede (Yes We Can) $5,000
The Performance Project, Inc. "Mother Tongue" by First Generation $2,800
The Wistariahurst Foundation, Inc. Reliquary of Blackness: A Dive into Black Families in Holyoke $3,000
The Wistariahurst Foundation, Inc. Anniversary $3,000
Transhealth, Inc. Transhealth & The Bloomery Present: QT Valley Meetup $500
Valley Arts Mentors Valley Arts Mentors: Mentorship Program and Webinar Series $375
Woolner, Alexandra Bilingual Poetry Vending Machines $2,200

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Mass Cultural Council publishes any updates as they become available. Last update was made on June 6, 2023 at 12:51 AM UTC
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