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Norton Cultural Council

Our mission: To help Norton residents and communities build meaningful connections through culture, the arts, and interpretive sciences.

The Norton Cultural Council (NCC) is a volunteer organization supporting the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences in the community. We achieve this in many ways, including the annual funding of programs and initiatives that nurture positive opportunities for expression and participation. The NCC also provides general support to local projects and cultural programming. All of these efforts maximize benefits for Norton citizens by giving access to a diverse range of cultural programs that serve our variety of populations.

As a member of the Local Cultural Council network, we at the NCC are excited to have access to a pool of funds that support community efforts that align with our vision and values. The annual grant cycle gives the public an opportunity to apply for those funds and we look forward to your application. Each year we are consistently amazed and inspired by the talented people and organizations applying for funding.

We are looking for volunteers!

The Norton Cultural Council has openings. Being a member is deeply rewarding and can provide opportunities to grow and develop, both personally and professionally. If you are interested in serving the community and learning more about the vibrant town we live in, a place on the Council could be an excellent possibility for you.

Interested in joining the Council? Please email us here

We encourage community input!

Have ideas for future programming? Complete our survey


Catherine Headen, Chair

70 East Main Street
Norton, MA 02766-2320

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FY22 Allocation


FY22 Local Priorities

We believe arts and culture significantly contribute to the economic and social wellness of our town. We value community connections and aim to make sure residents build relationships with one another and find resources to live fulfilled lives. We will continue to build upon the network that provides residents and organizations with access to information from the municipal, state, and federal levels.

The Council prioritizes programming that intersects with broader community themes, initiatives, or events as they arise in a given year. The Council does consider partial funding in order to support as many worthwhile projects/programs as possible. Our typical project awards are from $100-$700.

For FY22, we are particularly interested in projects that address any of the following:

  • Help to define what makes Norton special.
  • Celebrate green spaces or take place in community accessible outdoor areas.
  • Build connections between people.
  • Are adaptable to virtual platforms.
  • Reflect a spirit of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

General Application Requirements

Applications must:

  • Be complete and written clearly.
  • Have access to an active email address.
  • Provide clear benefit for Norton residents.
  • Offer an activity, event, or piece concerning culture, the arts, or interpretive sciences.
  • Be able to fulfill the reimbursement guidelines successfully.

Application requirements for events and performances:

  • Whether in person or virtual, all events must take place in a manner fully accessible to Norton residents.
  • For in-person events, a letter of support from the venue is encouraged but not required at this time.

Additional application requirements for public art installations:

  • Sculptor, artist, or group must have a proven track record (including past completed or installed works) and portfolio.
  • Sculptor, artist, or group needs to be local (based in New England with a preference for residents and college students of Norton and adjoining towns).
  • Piece must be publically accessible to persons of all abilities onsite and/or virtually.
  • Must include clearly detailed plans for how to engage the local community (Norton and adjoining towns) in the artwork selection process.
  • Location of artwork must be included in the application.
  • Documentation of approval from the site administrator or owner.
  • Artist and/or site will be responsible for artwork installation and/or removal.
  • Preference will be given to artworks designed with sufficient durability. Outdoor works should be able to withstand New England weather conditions for the length of the display with the exception of works that are intentionally ephemeral.
  • Artwork should be low- or no-maintenance.
  • Artworks should be engineered with safety in mind and with reasonable anticipation of moderate interaction with passersby including students, local residents, and children.
  • Artwork must not violate copyright or trademark law.
  • Funds are contingent on final approval of artwork by the Council.
  • Final execution must be materially similar to the proposed concept.
  • FY22 Local Guidelines

    All venues must be fully handicapped-accessible.
    Please submit only one copy of application and supporting materials.

    How Grant Recipients Are Paid

    Reimbursement Grants

    FY22 Funding List

    Name Project Title Amount
    Hayley C. Perry Recycled Winter Sock Gnome and Autumn Sweater Pumpkins $250
    Kelley Brophy Drums Alive! $300
    David Maloof Music & Education Event $125
    Sandy Churchill Adult Seasonal Paint Nights and Mixed Media $825
    J.C. Solmonese Elementary School Bringing the SEEDS of Engineering to Second Grade $525
    Sandy Churchill Adult Take Home Craft Kit: Painted Metal Signs $175
    Sandy Churchill Children's Seasonal Paint Days $800
    Sandy Churchill Charcoal Drawing Series for Teens $1,200
    Southeastern Massachusetts Arts Collaborative SMARTS Winter and Summer Artists $200
    Norton Public Library Magic Fred - Medium Show $350
    Davis R. Bates III Halloween Harvest: A Performance for Seniors $250
    Rachel Daly Monday Night Live - Broadway and the Classics $300
    Roger L. Tincknell Country and Western, Cowboy Songs and Yodeling $225
    Doll E Daze Project, Inc. Juneteenth $275
    Francis Hart A Cultural and Historical Reflection of the 1960s through the Music of The Beatles $175
    Easton Children's Museum, Inc. Science Fun at the Campsite $300
    M.M.A.S., Inc. "Hopeful Journey" art exhibition at re-opening of Morini Gallery $225
    Attleboro Community Theatre, Inc. "It's a Wonderful Life - A Radio Play" - Rights and Royalties $275
    Fuller Craft Museum, Inc. FullerCRAFT@Home $125
    Jay Mankita Maker Space Build Along: Chain Reactions $379
    MUSIC Hip Hop Dance Chair Exercise for Seniors! $150
    Howard Newman Musical Baseball Show $325
    The Un-Common Theatre Company, Inc YPP Production - Moana JR $475
    The Un-Common Theatre Company, Inc Spring Production – The Addams Family $350
    The Un-Common Theatre Company, Inc Young Adult Summer Production – Something Rotten $500
    The Attleboro Museum, Inc. Art Project To-Go Bags - Flower Show 2022 $275
    Self Help, Inc. It Happened on the Bus - Rosa Parks $350
    Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon Nature in Your Neighborhood $600
    Fuller Craft Museum, Inc. Craft Inspires $275
    The Road to Diversity and Understanding Abolition Day Celebration $475
    Soule Homestead Education Center Soule Music Series $125
    Natural Resources Trust of Easton, Inc. NRT Celebrates Local Music $375
    Leigh Baltzer Puppet Story Time $125
    LiveARTS The 2022 LiveARTS Concert Series $225
    Masai Britt Stepping with Sai $325

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