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Westfield Cultural Council

The Westfield Cultural Council is a commission of the City made up of mayorally-appointed members. The main purpose of the WCC is to allocate grant monies annually from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. We aim to make Westfield a little brighter and more welcoming by enabling the growth of arts and culture right at home.


Mary Ann Scognamiglio

Westfield City Hall
59 Court Street
Westfield, MA 01085-3529

Application Information

FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

Artist-led projects, especially outdoor public art projects.

– Collaborative projects between artists, cultural groups and community organizations.

– Quality public events, like concerts and festivals, open to the general population.

– Programming for school-aged children which provide enrichment outside of schools. These programs need not serve only children, but perhaps serves as a subset of a larger program (i.e: a mural project which invites children to collaborate)

FY24 Local Guidelines

All events must take place in Westfield, must have a venue and a date.

2. Applications must include plans to acknowledge the Westfield Cultural Council (WCC) as a source of funding in ALL printed materials related to each event. Failure to do so may compromise future grant funding for an organization. Reimbursements requests must include the copies of the publicity containing acknowledgment.

3. The Westfield Cultural Council is committed to bringing new cultural events to the city and, realizing that other local support may be difficult to secure for an untried event, may fully fund it in the first year. However, to best leverage the funds provided by the State, we encourage organizations to apply to the WCC for partial funding for subsequent years, while finding other sources of financial support.

4. First priority will be given to grants written by organizations. Grants written by artists and supported by organizations will be considered when (and only when) the event has a definite venue and date.

5. Those applicants seeking grant funds over $800, or first-time applicants, may be asked to attend a WCC Meeting.

6. Every three years, the WCC is required by the State to do a “Satisfaction Survey.” All recipients are expected to participate in this survey so that the WCC can learn how to better serve arts organizations and the community.

7. Any change to any funded event, including a change of date, purpose of the event, change in artists or venue must be submitted in writing to the Westfield Cultural Council two (2) months before the event. The WCC will consider the changes and vote before providing the grant funds for disbursement.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

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FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Amelia Park Children's Museum, Inc. Financial Literacy Learning $1,000
Amelia Park Children's Museum, Inc. Penguin Plunge Ice Art $300
ArtWorks of Westfield, Inc. Downtown Live Summer Concert Series $1,500
ArtWorks of Westfield, Inc. Articultre Westfield 2023 - Art & Literature $750
ArtWorks of Westfield, Inc. Dance Westfield $500
ArtWorks of Westfield, Inc. ARToberFEST 2023 $1,000
Blackburn, Rebecca Saturday Sounds Concert Series $1,075
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield, Inc. Boys & Girls Club Visual Arts Program $1,000
Ethnic Arts Center of Somerville, Inc. WESTFIELD HERITAGES ALIVE! Folktale Puppet Shows and "My Family" Toy Theatre Making $1,500
First Congregational Church of Wakefield Concert Committee Holiday Concert $500
Greater Westfield Choral Association, Inc. Ducharme Mass in A Major $4,856
Henderson, Steven I. Senior Theater Funeral of Mortimer Stiffler $900
Highland Elementary PTO Maker Space Build-Along: Chain Reactions! $800
Longstreeth, Ken Free Concert by Jeff Gavioli and his BAD NEWS JAZZ AND BLUES ORCHESTRA featuring Cindy Reed $500
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! $600
MUSIC I am Autistic I am Fantastic $400
Neill, David Music Concert by The Fanfare Brass Ensemble $600
Resilient Community Arts Art & Music for Climate Justice $1,000
Root, John A. Majesty and Mystery of Crop Circles $400
Science & Engineering Education Development, Inc. Take Home Fossil Kits for Westfield Athenaeum $350
The Stanley Park of Westfield, Inc. Stanley Park's Sunday Night Concert Series $3,000
Westfield Athenaeum Rainforest Reptile Show - Desert Animals $450
Westfield Athenaeum Basic Animal Balloon Twisting Workshop $300
Westfield Athenaeum Jewelry Jam for Teens $300
Westfield Athenaeum Mike the Bubble Man $500
Westfield Athenaeum Castle and Dragon Workshop $250
Westfield Farmers Market Music at the Market $2,500
Westfield High School WHS Reads! $1,600
Westfield Technical Academy Storytelling with Michael Tougias $1,005
Westfield Theatre Group, a department of the Westfield Woman's Club Stage replacement/repair $1,000
Westfield on Weekends, Inc. PUMPKINFEST 2023 $4,500
Westfield on Weekends, Inc. UP CLOSE AND MUSICAL 2023 $1,500
York, Matt Johnny Cash Songs and Stories $600
Young Singers of Greater Westfield, Inc. Young Singers of Greater Westfield Spring Concert $750

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