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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

FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities

This year the Newburyport Cultural Council will give priority to projects that:
Serve all ages
Foster creative exploration in our youth
Encourage engagement with emerging artists
Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, elevating the voices and experiences of the historically marginalized and highlighting current and historic diversity
Demonstrate innovation, creative material use and new perspectives
Prompt inquiry and dialogue
Foster collaboration within our own community and with our neighboring communities
Take place in Greater Newburyport
Provide maximum audience and/or community impact
Focus on the Arts, History, Environment and Science
Have a definite date and venue

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.

FY23 Local Guidelines

Council Guidelines
In addition to the state criteria (public benefit, non-discrimination, no substitution, arts/humanities/interpretive sciences), applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:

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

FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Cantemus, Inc. Old World, New Worlds, featuring Benjamin Britten's “A Ceremony of Carols” $200
Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness Newburyport Lantern Festival 2023 $400
Historical Society of Old Newbury Museum of Old Newbury Holiday Open House $200
Maudslay Arts Center, Inc. Don Campbell Band Salutes Veterans $200
Merrimack Valley Concert Band, Inc. 14th Annual Field of Honor $200
Newburyport Art Association, Inc. NAA Artist Speaker & Demonstration Series $500
Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, Inc. Newburyport Chamber Music Festival $500
Newburyport Choral Society, Inc. NCS Spring Concert 2023 – Carmina Burana $200
Newburyport Film Festival, Inc. Newburyport Film Festival $500
Newburyport Maritime Society, Inc. Multidisciplinary $200
OnStage, Inc. Family Puppetry Performances $400
Open Air Sculpture Group Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay 2023 $350
People's United Methodist Church People's Cafe $500
Small Solutions, Inc. Public Wildlife Mural and Youth Art#2 $200
Storm Surge, Inc. Community Screening of "The Story of Plastic" Documentary $350
The Actors Studio of Newburyport, Inc. I Am Who I Should Be $300
The Delvena Theatre Company Bon Appetit, Julia! $200
The Newburyport Literary Festival The Newburyport Literary Festival $250
Tinkerhaus Community Maker Space, Inc. Adapted Art Making for Disabled Adults $500
Woodworth, Ghlee Newburyport's Black Heritage Trail $500
Workshop Arts, Inc. Theater Workshop / A-OK! Acts of Kindness $400

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Mass Cultural Council publishes any updates as they become available. Last update was made on June 7, 2023 at 12:49 PM UTC
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