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Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council

The Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council (ABCC) is a volunteer committee comprised of residents from both communities. Through our grant cycle we support local public programs that promote access, education, diversity and excellence in the arts. All of our meetings are open to the public.


Jin Yang

29 Middle Rd
Boxborough, MA 01719-1402

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Application Information

FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

Applications are initially screened using the following criteria:

All projects must follow State and Local safety guidelines in effect at the time of submission – should those guidelines change, projects must adapt.

We acknowledge the impact of extreme circumstances (e.g. pandemic) on programming and encourage creative approaches for your projects.

Specificity – project must include performance/exhibit date, audience, and confirmed venue. For a live event, application must include date and venue confirmation in the form of a letter or approved reservation form from the venue host. For a virtual event, application must include date (or date range) and hosting and/or sponsor confirmation.

For in-person performances/exhibitions, project must specify alternative plans in case the project cannot go on due to extreme circumstances (e.g. pandemic) or State/Town restrictions.

If the event is taking place outside of Acton-Boxborough, and you are not a resident of one of those towns, you must include a letter of support from an Acton-Boxborough resident with your grant application.

Non-substitution – Cultural Council funds are not intended to substitute, replace or relieve existing public funds for programs in the arts. Schools and libraries may only request funding for cultural enrichment activities that are led by outside artists, humanists or interpretive scientists. The cultural professional cannot be a current employee of the school system.

Applications will then be evaluated using all of the following criteria:
• Must demonstrate benefit to Acton and/or Boxborough residents
• Collaboration between and among artists and local institutions
• Artistic excellence (as reflected in resumes, letters, press, videos, other qualifying materials).
• Diversity of age groups, cultural backgrounds and artistic disciplines
• Originality
• Feasibility – ability of the applicant to carry out the project as proposed (or an alternative due to extreme circumstances (e.g. pandemic) or State/Town restrictions)
• New projects will get priority
• Maximum community/audience impact, including ratio of dollars spent to number served. Applicants should elaborate the details on how they advertise to reach intended groups through multi-channel advertising, where applicable

• Projects for consideration must fall between July 1 of the current Fiscal year and December 31st of the following year.

• Only arts organizations are eligible to request funds to support fundraising events.

• Non-dependency for ongoing projects: Council funds are not intended to be used as the sole source of funding for artists or organizations with ongoing projects (e.g. annual concerts, annual art exhibits, etc.)

• Costs for refreshments should not be funded.

FY24 Local Guidelines

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How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
ABCC Our World Film Series ABCC Our World Film Series $200
Acton Community Center, Inc. Child's Play at Theatre III $600
Acton Community Chorus, Inc. Sing On! $400
Acton Memorial Library "Looking Things Over" Zora Neale Hurston $350
Acton School District Combatting Hate and Prejudice $250
Acton-Boxborough RHS Window Seat Window Seat Literary Magazine $550
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Orquesta de la Revolución - Year 2 $850
Acton-Boxborough United Way Ask Me Fair for Adults $850
Adiseshu, Suman Divinity In sensualtiy $200
Chen, Hudson Travel through the Art & History of the Silk Road $500
Contemporary Arts International, Inc. 2024 Stone Carving Symposium $800
Discovery Museum, Inc. Open Door Connections $500
Dworkin, Motoko Japanese Folktales & Origami for Families $250
Dworkin, Motoko Japanese Folktales & Origami for Families $250
Fitchburg Art Museum, Inc. 88th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft $300
Gay, Daniel Continental Drift: Music of New England Diasporas $800
Groton Hill Music, Inc. Bach's Lunch Concert Series $250
Hart, Francis The “Me” Decade – A Cultural Review of the 1970s Through Music $250
Hart, Francis The “Me” Decade - A Cultural Review of the 1970s Through Music $250
Kelly, Kaye SheGrooves; Using Our Voices for Positive Change $250
Kirouac, Daniel concert for Boxborough Council on Aging $250
Leff, Alex Cycle of Memory $500
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! $250
MUSIC I am Autistic I am Fantastic --- The Musical $250
New Moon International Media, Inc. Boston International Asian Music Festival - Acton $1,000
Newman, Howard Musical Baseball Show $375
Open Door Theatre of Acton, Inc. The Wizard of Oz $300
Ostrow, Tonia Hip Swayers Troi Concert $365
PlantGuyEric Consulting, LLC, Lisa & Eric Let's Get Growing with PlantGuyEric! $250
Prakash, Deepika Diwalifest $900
Sargent Memorial Library Indian Art Workshops $500
Smith, Patrick Afternoon of Brass #3 $100
Sounds of Stow, Inc. Sounds of Stow 2023-2024 Concert Season $300
Sudbury Savoyards, Inc. Princess Ida, or Castle Adamant $250
Tang, Hongbing watercolor workshops $500
The Acton Chinese Language School, Inc. School Year End Performance and Graduation Ceremony $600
The Concord Chorus, Inc. Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms Concerts $250
The Concord Conservatory of Music 2023 – 2024 CCM Concert & Lecture Series $400
The Concord Orchestra, Inc. Love Lingers $300
The Concord Women's Chorus, Inc. A Celebration of Glorias: Vivaldi's Signature and More $250
Town of Acton Kids Concert Night featuring Mr. Vic $600
Town of Acton Telling the Untold Stories of our Region $500
Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, Inc. Artistic Movement: Moving to Heal $375
Waterman, Jon Live Music Making History Live- "Cro-Magnon Blues: History and Legends through Song" $300
Westford Chamber Players, Inc. Mother’s Day Diversity Concerts $200
Whitney, Sarah Beyond the Notes $225
Worcester Chamber Music Society, Inc. Fall Chamber Music Concert $250
York, Matt Matt York - Songs & Stories: Willie Nelson $350

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