Holyoke Local Cultural Council
The Holyoke Local Cultural Council (HLCC) consists of community members appointed by the Mayor based on their credentials, interest in the arts, and commitment to arts programming in the city of Holyoke. The HLCC encourages individuals and organizations to apply for financial support through its annual grant program which is part of a statewide grant program administered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC).
HLCC Members 2023-24
Gabriela Alcántara Pöhls
Navae Fenwick Rodriguez
Chris Fournier, Ex Officio
Kocayne Givner, Treasurer
Nadia Schuessler, Co-Chair
Anne Thalheimer, Co-Chair
City Hall, Office of the Mayor
536 Dwight Street
Holyoke, MA 01040-5086
FY23 Local Priorities
HLCC Funding Priorities
The HLCC typically receives requests totaling more than twice the amount of money available for us to grant. The goal of the HLCC is to provide some funding to as many qualified projects as we can. Local council support is not intended to be used as the sole source of funding for projects of a continuing nature. Most projects receive only partial funding and for no more than three consecutive years.
The HLCC supports projects that demonstrate a clear public benefit. Emphasis is placed on supporting local artists presenting work in Holyoke. Funding is made available to the widest range of community cultural needs possible.
As determined by the most recent community surveys, the following are funding priorities:
- public events like concerts and festivals
- support for community arts and cultural organizations
- arts education in the schools
- projects celebrating diversity
FY23 Local Guidelines
HLCC Local Guidelines
- Funded projects must be completed during the calendar year (January – December) following the October application deadline.
- Field trips must be to destinations within the state.
- The HLCC will consider projects designed for virtual, hybrid, or in-person presentation. If you are hoping to work with a particular venue, indoor or outdoor, for a live presentation, a letter of support from the venue will strengthen your application. We are suggesting that applicants prepare and provide details for a virtual alternative in the event that in-person presentation is not possible.
We accept paper applications in addition to online applications. If you are applying on paper, please request a copy of the application via the contact info listed on the Council Information tab. Paper applications can be mailed or delivered to:
Holyoke Local Cultural Council
Office of the Mayor
536 Dwight Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
This year’s deadline is Monday, October 17. All applications must be submitted or postmarked by this date.
If you need assistance with your application, please contact Navae Fenwick Rodriguez at 413-320-2550, or Koco Givner at 413-552-9092.
How Grant Recipients Are Paid
FY23 Funding List
|Alvarez, Diana R.||Quiero Volver: A Xingonx Ritual Opera||$2,000||Arts Extension Service||Sector Recovery Gathering||$500||Blessed Sacrament School||Museum of Science Field Trip||$1,200||Blessed Sacrament School||Plimoth Patuxet 8th Grade Class Field Trip||$700||Cepeda, Brendaliz||Puerto Rican Cultural Heritage in the Schools||$4,000||City of Holyoke||Holyoke 150th Committee - Sesquicentennial Time Capsule||$1,100||City of Holyoke||Holyoke 150th Committee - Sesquicentennial Celebrations||$750||Comeau, Robert||Holyoke Historical Tours||$1,000||Dalton, John||Spheres of Influence Masterclass/ Performance||$400||Enchanted Circle, Inc.||Creative Youth Labs||$5,000||Flywheel Community Arts, inc.||Flywheel Zine Workshops||$3,750||Gordon, Damany||From Jazz to Hip-Hop: A Tribute to Ramsey Lewis||$1,750||Hicks, Laura||Musicall Married Spring Concert||$175||Holyoke Farmers Market||Holyoke Farmers Market||$400||Holyoke Public Library Corporation||Educational Story Walks||$275||Holyoke Public Library Corporation||Edward M. Brooke- MassachussettsTrailblazer||$200||Holyoke Public Library Corporation||A conversation with Daniel Okrent||$1,000||Holyoke Public Library Corporation||Oral History Support||$299||Holyoke Public Library Corporation||School visits to the History Room||$400||LaBrocca, Liz||3ManHam||$2,000||Lighthouse Personalized Education for Teens, Inc.||Teen Art Show||$2,000||Maurice A. Donahue Elementary School||Old Sturbridge Village Trip||$900||Mausel, Olivia||1. Historic Holyoke Downtown brochure 2. Holyoke's Open Spaces and Waterways||$2,000||Means, Pamela||Pamela Means presents The Power of The Protest Song: Our Shared History and Present Day||$900||Montgomery, Jason||5th Annual Holyoke Community Ofrenda||$2,000||Ms. Massachusetts Senior America Pageant Club||Ms. Senior Massachusetts Musical Review||$250||Neill, David||Music concert by the Fanfare Brass Ensemble||$700||OneHolyoke Community Development Corporation||Tribute to Justin “Extraordinaiire” Chavez||$4,922||Pioneer Valley Concert Band||Sounds of Summer||$1,510||Pohls, Gabriela||Bilingual Free Arts and Crafts Classes||$2,800||Print Shop, Inc.||The Great Holyoke Brick Race 2023||$1,000||Print Shop, Inc.||Art at Home: Snow Day Edition 2023||$1,400||Print Shop, Inc.||Postcards For My Future Self||$1,300||Print Shop, Inc.||Art @ the ARTery: School Vacation||$1,100||Print Shop, Inc.||Art at Home with the Holyoke Senior Center||$2,200||Print Shop, Inc.||Art @ Home: Travel Kits||$800||Print Shop, Inc.||ARTery Materials Library||$500||Print Shop, Inc.||Holyoke Pride – Marketing/Promotion||$1,500||Print Shop, Inc.||Holyoke Pride – Entertainment||$2,022||Print Shop, Inc.||Holyoke Pride – Infrastructure||$2,000||Print Shop, Inc.||Holyoke Pride Fest - Presenting Julia Scotti||$1,750||Resilient Community Arts||Family Art Night at Girls Inc. - with Bilingual Instruction||$4,250||Savage, Jay||How the Aztecs observed the days of the dead / Cómo los aztecas observaron los días de muertos||$400||Silverthorne Theater Company, Inc.||The Building: A Theater Thursdays Reading||$1,500||Stepanek, Julie||Find Your Voice Through Music and Song||$600||The Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, Inc.||Latinx Theatre||$3,500||The Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, Inc.||Si Se Puede (Yes We Can)||$5,000||The Performance Project, Inc.||"Mother Tongue" by First Generation||$2,800||The Wistariahurst Foundation, Inc.||Reliquary of Blackness: A Dive into Black Families in Holyoke||$3,000||The Wistariahurst Foundation, Inc.||Anniversary||$3,000||Transhealth, Inc.||Transhealth & The Bloomery Present: QT Valley Meetup||$500||Valley Arts Mentors||Valley Arts Mentors: Mentorship Program and Webinar Series||$375||Woolner, Alexandra||Bilingual Poetry Vending Machines||$2,200|