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Norton Cultural Council

Our mission: To help Norton residents and communities build meaningful connections through culture, the arts, and interpretive sciences.

The Norton Cultural Council (NCC) is a volunteer organization supporting the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences in the community. We achieve this in many ways, including the annual funding of programs and initiatives that nurture positive opportunities for expression and participation. The NCC also provides general support to local projects and cultural programming. All of these efforts maximize benefits for Norton citizens by giving access to a diverse range of cultural programs that serve our variety of populations.

As a member of the Local Cultural Council network, we at the NCC are excited to have access to a pool of funds that support community efforts that align with our vision and values. The annual grant cycle gives the public an opportunity to apply for those funds and we look forward to your application. Each year we are consistently amazed and inspired by the talented people and organizations applying for funding.

We are looking for volunteers!

The Norton Cultural Council has openings. Being a member is deeply rewarding and can provide opportunities to grow and develop, both personally and professionally. If you are interested in serving the community and learning more about the vibrant town we live in, a place on the Council could be an excellent possibility for you.

Interested in joining the Council? Please email us here

We encourage community input!

Have ideas for future programming? Complete our survey


Catherine Headen, Chair

70 East Main Street
Norton, MA 02766-2320

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Application Information

FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities

We believe arts and culture significantly contribute to the economic and social wellness of our town. We value community connections and aim to make sure residents build relationships with one another and find resources to live fulfilled lives. We will continue to build upon the network that provides residents and organizations with access to information from the municipal, state, and federal levels.

The Council prioritizes programming that intersects with broader community themes, initiatives, or events as they arise in a given year. The Council does consider partial funding in order to support as many worthwhile projects/programs as possible. Historically our typical project awards were from $100-$700. Starting in 2023, our minimum project award will be $250.

For FY23, we are particularly interested in projects that address any of the following:
– Help to define what makes Norton special.
– Celebrate green spaces or take place in community accessible outdoor areas.
– Build connections between people.
– Are adaptable to virtual platforms.
– Reflect a spirit of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

FY23 Local Guidelines

General Application Requirements
Applications must:
– Be complete and written clearly.
– Have access to an active email address.
– Provide clear benefit for Norton residents.
– Offer an activity, event, or piece concerning culture, the arts, or interpretive sciences.
– Be able to fulfill the reimbursement guidelines successfully.

Application requirements for events and performances:
– Programs must take place in a local venue; preference will be given to projects with a scheduled date included at the time of application.
– A letter of support from the venue is strongly encouraged.
– Venues must be fully accessible to all visitors in-person and virtually.

Additional application requirements for public art installations:
– Sculptor, artist, or group must have a proven track record (including past completed or installed works) and portfolio.
– Sculptor, artist, or group needs to be local (based in New England with a preference for residents and college students of Norton and adjoining towns).
– Piece must be publically accessible to persons of all abilities onsite and/or virtually.
– Must include clearly detailed plans for how to engage the local community (Norton and adjoining towns) in the artwork selection process.
– Location of artwork must be included in the application.
– Documentation of approval from the site administrator or owner.
– Artist and/or site will be responsible for artwork installation and/or removal.
– Preference will be given to artworks designed with sufficient durability. Outdoor works should be able to withstand New England weather conditions for the length of the display with the exception of works that are intentionally ephemeral.
– Artwork should be low- or no-maintenance.
– Artworks should be engineered with safety in mind and with reasonable anticipation of moderate interaction with passersby including students, local residents, and children.
– Artwork must not violate copyright or trademark law.
– Funds are contingent on final approval of artwork by the Council.
– Final execution must be materially similar to the proposed concept.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY22 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Perry, Hayley C. Recycled Winter Sock Gnome and Autumn Sweater Pumpkins $250
Brophy, Kelley Drums Alive! $300
Maloof, David Music & Education Event $125
Churchill, Sandy Adult Seasonal Paint Nights and Mixed Media $825
J.C. Solmonese Elementary School Bringing the SEEDS of Engineering to Second Grade $525
Churchill, Sandy Adult Take Home Craft Kit: Painted Metal Signs $175
Churchill, Sandy Children's Seasonal Paint Days $800
Churchill, Sandy Charcoal Drawing Series for Teens $1,200
Southeastern Massachusetts Arts Collaborative SMARTS Winter and Summer Artists $200
Norton Public Library Magic Fred - Medium Show $350
Bates III, Davis R. Halloween Harvest: A Performance for Seniors $250
Daly, Rachel Monday Night Live - Broadway and the Classics $300
Tincknell, Roger L. Country and Western, Cowboy Songs and Yodeling $225
Doll E Daze Project, Inc. Juneteenth $275
Hart, Francis A Cultural and Historical Reflection of the 1960s through the Music of The Beatles $175
Easton Children's Museum, Inc. Science Fun at the Campsite $300
M.M.A.S., Inc. "Hopeful Journey" art exhibition at re-opening of Morini Gallery $225
Attleboro Community Theatre, Inc. "It's a Wonderful Life - A Radio Play" - Rights and Royalties $275
Fuller Craft Museum, Inc. FullerCRAFT@Home $125
Mankita, Jay Maker Space Build Along: Chain Reactions $379
MUSIC Hip Hop Dance Chair Exercise for Seniors! $150
Newman, Howard Musical Baseball Show $325
The Un-Common Theatre Company, Inc YPP Production - Moana JR $475
The Un-Common Theatre Company, Inc Spring Production – The Addams Family $350
The Un-Common Theatre Company, Inc Young Adult Summer Production – Something Rotten $500
The Attleboro Museum, Inc. Art Project To-Go Bags - Flower Show 2022 $275
Self Help, Inc. It Happened on the Bus - Rosa Parks $350
Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon Nature in Your Neighborhood $600
Fuller Craft Museum, Inc. Craft Inspires $275
The Road to Diversity and Understanding Abolition Day Celebration $475
Soule Homestead Education Center Soule Music Series $125
Natural Resources Trust of Easton, Inc. NRT Celebrates Local Music $375
Baltzer, Leigh Puppet Story Time $125
LiveARTS The 2022 LiveARTS Concert Series $225
Britt, Masai Stepping with Sai $325

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