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Newburyport Cultural Council

Newburyport’s Local Cultural Council is an 10 member volunteer board whose members are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council and who serve three year terms. Our purpose is to distribute the funding made available to our community by the State of Massachusetts by way of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. We read, discuss and vote on all submitted applications.

We seek to support both established and new cultural organizations, large and small, in order to enhance the already rich cultural environment of Newburyport.


Pat Cannon

City Hall
60 Pleasant Street
Newburyport, MA 01950-2627

Application Information

FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

Applicants that have secured confirmed venue, place, date and time
Projects that serve youth, the elderly and/or a diversity of ages
Local cultural projects presented in Newburyport
Projects with maximum audience and or community impact
Projects that focus on the Arts, History, Environment and Science
Foster collaboration within our own community and with our neighboring communities

In addition to the state criteria, applications will be evaluated using the following review criteria:

Demonstrated performance excellence, audience relevance, and strong management;
Ability to address the cultural needs of our community while supporting diverse forms of cultural activity
Financial need
A well prepared and thorough application.

FY24 Local Guidelines

Application must include confirmed venue & date or time frame
Priority given to proposals from local organizations & artists
Maximum community/audience impact, including ratio of money spent to number served
Other sources of financial support or matching funds
Strong qualifications or track record of applicant
Originality of project
Diversity of age and demographic groups served
Diversity of disciplines represented (arts/humanities/interpretive and environmental sciences)

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Newburyport Greek Food Festival Greek Band $250
Arpeggione Ensemble, Inc. Rebel Socialites and Women Ahead of their Time $400
Burns-Dore, Barbara Creativity Through Cut Paper Collage $200
Cantemus, Inc. Annelies, a large-scale choral-instrumental work based on texts from Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, James Whitbourn, composer $500
Friends of Garrison Annual Garrison Lecture $200
Greaney Ellrott, Aine M. Emma L. Andrews Memoir Writing Project and Event $500
Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness Newburyport Lantern Festival 2024 $400
Greater Newburyport Village, Inc. Port Gingerbread Festival $200
Imagine Studios Indigenous Peoples Day $250
Juventas Music, Inc. Water! $200
Merrimack Valley Concert Band, Inc. 15th Annual Field of Honor $600
Newburyport Art Association, Inc. 1st Annual Newburyport Arts Symposium $400
Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, Inc. Newburyport Chamber Music Summer Festival $400
Newburyport Choral Society, Inc. NCS Spring Concert 2024 – Resilience & Hope $350
Newburyport Film Festival, Inc. Newburyport Documentary Film Festival $400
Open Air Sculpture Group Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay 2024 $500
People's United Methodist Church People's Cafe Neighborhood Open House $400
River Valley Charter District Community Mosaic Mural $630
Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Inc. Goodnight Moon $400
Szabo, Deborah The Favorite Poem Project $200
Terezin: Children of the Holocaust, Inc. Terezin- Children of the Holocaust $200
The Actors Studio of Newburyport, Inc. HerStory, a month long celebration $400
The Delvena Theatre Company Mangia, Meatballs and Murder $200
The Newburyport Literary Festival Newburyport Literary Festival $300
Tinkerhaus Community Maker Space, Inc. Painting the River $300
Town of Salisbury Mural at Partridge Brook Skatepark $100

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