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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

FY23 Allocation


FY23 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)

FY23 Local Guidelines

All events must take place in Westfield.

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.

8. All grant requests must follow the MACC and WCC Program Guidelines to be considered for funding.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY22 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield, Inc. Art Studio Programming $2,000
ArtWorks of Westfield, Inc. Open Mic $500
Amelia Park Children's Museum, Inc. Literacy Learning Initiative $1,819
Westfield Athenaeum Reptiles Rock $425
Highland Elementary PTO To Bee or Not To Bee $1,200
MUSIC Hip Hop Dance Chair Exercise for Seniors! $600
Westfield Athenaeum Felted Totoro $275
Westfield Athenaeum Candle Making for Teens $324
Cope, Jr., Edward L. Reading is Magic $650
Pearl, Sandra Science Take Home Kits for Library: Circuits $210
Westfield Athenaeum Let's Draw Cartoons! $250
Westfield Athenaeum Manga Drawing Workshop $175
ArtWorks of Westfield, Inc. Downtown Live Concert Series $1,000
Blackburn, Rebecca Hiking the Appalachian Trail $335
Blackburn, Rebecca The Softer Side of Celtic $275
Westfield Farmers Market Music at the Market $2,000
Tincknell, Roger L. Children's Songs and Sing Games Family Concert $500
Westfield on Weekends, Inc. PumpkinFest 2022 Enhancements $4,000
Young Singers of Greater Westfield Young Singers of Greater Westfield Spring Concert $500
Westfield Middle School The Firebird by the Puppet People $1,300
Westfield Middle School Malik the Magic Guy $650
Leventhal, Rona Goblins and Giggles: Stories For Halloween! $585
Abner Gibbs Elementary School Capoeira: Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts, Music, and Dance $1,005
ArtWorks of Westfield, Inc. Articulture 5 $600
Greater Westfield Choral Association, Inc. Ducharme Mass A Major $2,000
ArtWorks of Westfield, Inc. Articulture Westfield 2022 - Art & Authors! $400
ArtWorks of Westfield, Inc. Dance Outside! $1,000
The Stanley Park of Westfield, Inc. Stanley Park's Sunday Night Concert Series $3,000
Fazio, Rhonda M Dyeing to Wear It: Creating Community through Color $600
York, Matt Songs and Stories - The Highwaymen $500
Bruno, Roger Too Human: A Celebration of Song-The Great American Songbook and Beyond $700
Westfield on Weekends, Inc. Up Close and Musical $2,500
ArtWorks of Westfield, Inc. New Horizons in Art $800
ArtWorks of Westfield, Inc. ARToberFEST $1,000
Piti Theatre Company Inclusion Improv $550
Westfield on Weekends, Inc. Cookies, Cupcakes and Community $1,319
Westfield High School Antonina & David, The Mentalists Show $1,800

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