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Amesbury Cultural Council

The Amesbury Cultural Council is a group of local volunteers, appointed by the Mayor, who help promote and facilitate cultural activities and the arts in Amesbury.

The Council oversees the distribution of Massachusetts Cultural Council grants; organizes the annual Amesbury Open Studio Tour; curates an Art@CityHall exhibit four times each year; supports the work of Amesbury’s Poet Laureate; and executes, supports, and promotes public art projects and cultural events throughout the City.


Margaret Leahy (Chair)

Amesbury City Hall
62 Friend Street
Amesbury, MA 01913-2825

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Application Information

FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

Festivals/Community Days
Performing Arts (Music, Theatre, Spoken Word, etc.)
Public Art/Placemaking
Projects that deepen an appreciation of Amesbury

FY24 Local Guidelines

While we welcome project proposals in all disciplines, special consideration will be given to projects that align with our 2024 funding priorities. Applicants may apply to the ACC for funding for projects in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences.

-Arts: The creation, presentation, or preservation of work in the crafts and performing, visual, media, folk, design, literary, and interdisciplinary arts.

-Humanities: Learning that deals with human values and aspirations, human thought and culture, language, and creativity. Examples include, but are not limited to, history, social studies, philosophy, criticism, and literature.

-Interpretive Sciences: Learning that deals with nature, science, and technology in ways that explain how they relate to people’s lives. Organizations that conduct this type of activity include aquariums, botanical gardens, nature centers, natural history museums, planetariums, and science centers.

Above all, applicants must be able to articulate how their project will directly benefit the Amesbury community.

Preference will be given to Amesbury residents and organizations, though consideration will extend to neighboring towns and cities including Newburyport, Salisbury, Newbury, Byfield, Rowley, West Newbury, Merrimac, and Haverhill.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

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FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Amesbury Carriage Museum, Inc. Family Day in the Millyard $500
Amesbury Carriage Museum, Inc. Cultural Programming at the Industrial History Center $580
Amesbury Carriage Museum, Inc. Aperture on Amesbury - Lower Millyard $600
Amesbury Chamber of Commerce & Industrial Foundation, Inc. Downtown Rivitalization $800
Amesbury Community Theatre, Inc. Microphone & Sound Improvements for ACT! $1,500
Amesbury Public Library Public Wall Art by Teens $650
Amesbury Public Library Celebrate Pollinators $800
C-10 Research & Education Foundation, Inc. C-10 Art Show & Silent Auction Fall Fundraiser 2022 $500
City of Amesbury Yo-Yo Play with Kid's Day $600
Code & Circuit, Inc. Resin & 3D Printing With A Purpose: SweetPaws Partnership $500
Friends of the Amesbury Council on Aging, Inc. Live Well Amesbury - a Feel Good Festival $1,000
Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness Newburyport Lantern Festival 2023 $500
Houle, Jenn 'Sun eaters, pollen seekers' Public Art Pollinator Project $708
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary Nature in your neighborhood - All about birds $300
Main Street Congregational Church of Amesbury Cold Spring Harbor Concert $500
Maudslay Arts Center, Inc. Don Campbell Band Salutes Veterans $620
Murphy, R.D. THE FIRE ESCAPE PLAYS written and produced by R. D. Murphy $850
Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, Inc. Newburyport Chamber Music Summer Festival $500
Open Air Sculpture Group Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay 2023 $400
Town of Salisbury Salisbury Days Music $500

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