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Andover Cultural Council

The Massachusetts state legislature provides an annual appropriation for arts, humanities, and interpretive science projects to the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), which in turn, allocates funds to the Andover Cultural Council (ACC) for the Andover community. The ACC then reviews and awards the MCC funds to those projects of quality that provide the greatest local benefit.

The ACC is committed to reaching all members of the Andover community through supporting a cross-section of activities, including jazz, classical music concerts, vocal performances, live theatre, public art installations, storytelling, programs aimed specifically at families, schoolchildren, and senior citizens, and more. We partner with other groups and organizations in town, to help promote a lively cultural atmosphere, and we serve as advocates for the arts through community outreach and publicity. We are a group of volunteers, appointed by the Board of Selectmen for two consecutive, three-year terms. Members of the Council include people with a variety of experience, some with backgrounds in the arts, humanities or interpretive sciences, but we share a passionate belief in the importance of the arts and culture in our lives and a commitment to enhancing the cultural vitality of Andover.


Leslie Seaton Malis

36 Bartlet Street
Andover, MA 01810-3882

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Application Information

FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities

Andover Cultural Council supports excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences, and seeks to fund a range of projects that have a lasting cultural benefit, support working artists, and impact all segments of the community, particularly underserved populations.

We Prioritize Projects That:

– Are innovative and take a new approach to addressing cultural change in our community, highlighting diversity, and inclusion of artists/scholars/scientists and target audiences (race, ethnicity, gender, cultural background, physical ability, and discipline)

– Include collaborations, involvement, and support of multiple constituencies in Andover

– Have an element of flexibility, enabling them to be seen or experienced by an audience regardless of public gathering concerns, and are not solely dependent on physical presence to experience.

FY23 Local Guidelines

Projects must address local needs benefiting the Andover community. It must also be able to proceed with partial funding

Applications must:

– Name a lead artist, scholar, or scientist

– A confirmed date and venue is strongly preferred. However, given uncertain, and sometimes changing conditions and requirements surrounding COVID, we realize that currently may not always be possible. If that is the case, we request you make note of that in your application

– Include support letters from any partners or co-participants involved (collaborators, partner organizations, venue and location partners, municipal and permitting agencies). Applications will not be considered without this confirmed support information

– All projects must satisfy ADA (Americans with Disabilites Act) requirements

– The project budget must be balanced, realistic, and accurate. It must reflect the entire project budget with as much detail as possible at the time of application. And it must include all income, with notations about whether that income is confirmed, pending, or an identified opportunity.

– All applications for arts-related projects taking place in Andover Public Schools, no matter the department or originating identity, must include a letter of support from the district’s Fine Arts Program Coordinator. School projects are also urged to seek matching funds from their respective Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)

– Field trip requests will only be considered from school groups. Funds may not be used for transportation costs.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Andover Chinese Charm Circle (ACCC) 2023 Chinese New Year Celebration Performance at Robb Center $500
Andover Choral Society, Inc. From Europe to America $750
Andover Senior Center Art Matters, Art Education $600
Chinese Cultural Exchange of the Andovers, Inc. Chinese New Year Celebration $1,315
Congregation Temple Emanuel of Andover, Massachusetts Folk Music Coffeehouse Concert with Sue Horowitz $800
MacInnes, Rebecca "Crankie" Musical Story-Telling $600
Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild, Inc. The Massachusetts High School Drama Festival $600
Merrimack Valley Community Music School, Inc. Music For Andover Farmers Market $2,000
New England Classical Singers, Inc. Classical Music within Reach $750
South Church in Andover Listen Before Lunch: Andover musicians perform music by under-represented composers $1,000
The Andover Historical Society Home to Many People $600
The Delvena Theatre Company A Cup of Tea, A Crumpet and A Gas Mask $635
Ye, Yongshan Butterfly & Blue plus five more popular Guzheng music piece $500
Zaino, Nick 100 Years of Boston Comedy $200
Zograf Strings Quarterly, Inc. Music in Time of War: P. Haas and P. Hindemith String Quartets $1,750

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