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.
60 Pleasant Street
Newburyport, MA 01950-2627
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
A well prepared and thorough application.
FY23 Local 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
FY23 Funding List
||Old World, New Worlds, featuring Benjamin Britten's “A Ceremony of Carols”
||Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness
||Newburyport Lantern Festival 2023
||Historical Society of Old Newbury
||Museum of Old Newbury Holiday Open House
||Maudslay Arts Center, Inc.
||Don Campbell Band Salutes Veterans
||Merrimack Valley Concert Band, Inc.
||14th Annual Field of Honor
||Newburyport Art Association, Inc.
||NAA Artist Speaker & Demonstration Series
||Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, Inc.
||Newburyport Chamber Music Festival
||Newburyport Choral Society, Inc.
||NCS Spring Concert 2023 – Carmina Burana
||Newburyport Film Festival, Inc.
||Newburyport Film Festival
||Newburyport Maritime Society, Inc.
||Family Puppetry Performances
||Open Air Sculpture Group
||Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay 2023
||People's United Methodist Church
||Small Solutions, Inc.
||Public Wildlife Mural and Youth Art#2
||Storm Surge, Inc.
||Community Screening of "The Story of Plastic" Documentary
||The Actors Studio of Newburyport, Inc.
||I Am Who I Should Be
||The Delvena Theatre Company
||Bon Appetit, Julia!
||The Newburyport Literary Festival
||The Newburyport Literary Festival
||Tinkerhaus Community Maker Space, Inc.
||Adapted Art Making for Disabled Adults
||Newburyport's Black Heritage Trail
||Workshop Arts, Inc.
||Theater Workshop / A-OK! Acts of Kindness
Review Complete LCC Program Guidelines