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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 2021
Tim Damon
Mark Dunlap
Navae Fenwick Rodriguez, Chair
Chris Fournier
Kocayne Givner
Anne Thalheimer, Treasurer


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

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FY22 Allocation


FY22 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

FY22 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 Friday, October 15. 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

FY22 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
The Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, Inc. Si se Puede $5,000
Robert Comeau Holyoke Historical Tours $1,500
Holyoke Civic Symphony Orchestra, Inc. Skol! A Scandinavian Celebration & Silver Jubilee: Celebrating Maestro Kidwell $1,350
Wistariahurst Museum Association, Inc. Thank you for your Service: Battle and Dress Military Uniforms $2,250
Authors and Artists Festival Authors and Aritsts $200
Print Shop, Inc. The Great Holyoke Brick Race $1,000
Holyoke Public Library Corporation Diversity Poster Contest $350
City of Holyoke Artistic Bike Racks $4,000
Pioneer Valley Concert Band Sounds of Summer 2022 $1,250
Henry Lappen Henry the Juggler Performance $300
Hitchcock Center, Inc. Holyoke Gets Outside $500
Print Shop, Inc. Art at Home: Snow Day Edition $1,250
Valley Arts Mentors Virtual Mentorship Program and Webinar Series $300
David Neill Music concert by the Jazz Bones $400
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary Nature of Fall $300
Alex Leff Cycle of Memory $500
Maurice A. Donahue Elementary School ABL students (Students with Autism) to Old Sturbridge Village $440
Holyoke Public Library Corporation Ciudad de Historias/City of Stories $360
The Performance Project, Inc. First Generation Holyoke Performances $3,000
Wistariahurst Museum Association, Inc. Stories of Our LGBTQ Ancestors $1,750
Holyoke Parks & Recreation Mural Contest for Skateboard Park $700
Holyoke Public Schools Ethnic Studies Block Party $5,800
Stephen Lewis Ban the Bomb - An International Poster Exhibit $170
Imo Imeh in his name $2,200
Andrae Green Divers $1,500
Gregory Maichack The Jellyfish: How to Pastel Paint $400
Michelle Marroquin Live Music & Dance in the Gardens $800
John P. Porcino To Life!: Celebrations in Story, Song, and Music $300
Pamela Means Pamela Means Presents The Power of the Protest Song: Our Shared History & Present Day Struggles $925
Small Planet Dancers The Victorian Ballroom $250
Holyoke Public Library Corporation Lecture by MA Historian, Christopher Daley $200
Eagle Eye Institute, Inc. Building better parks together $850
Yvonne Mendez Riffing The Reality Music Series $1,600
CitySpace, Inc. Wild & Precious Arts Festival $200
Nueva Esperanza, Inc. El Corazon/Heart of Holyoke $4,000
OneHolyoke Community Development Corporation MathTrail Art Installation for Holyoke $3,250
The Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, Inc. Latinx Theatre $3,500
Jason Montgomery 4th Annual Holyoke Community Ofrenda $3,000
Diana R. Alvarez Quiero Volver: A Xicanx Ritual Opera $3,500

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