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Westborough Cultural Council

Our mission is to support the cultural enrichment and creative opportunities that provide diversity and availability to all residents of our town.

Cultural life helps to define our community’s character and purpose and the Westborough Cultural Council’s efforts bring meaningful programs and events to Westborough that further promote Westborough as a thriving hub of activity in the Commonwealth.

As a community festival and as a means to raise local funds to support the arts and culture in Westborough, the Westborough Cultural Council created ARTS IN COMMON (AIC) a free town-wide arts event. AIC is an opportunity for the entire community to join together in celebration of art, music, dance, food and fun. The thirteenth anniversary of ARTS IN COMMON will be held on September 30, 2023 on Bay State Common in Westborough.


Holly Kenny

34 West Main Street
Westborough, MA 01581-1998

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FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

Westborough Cultural Council Priorities
We intend to encourage area performers and artisans of all ethnicities, religions, sexes and ages.
We will request public feedback to ensure the Cultural Council is effectively supporting the cultural needs
of the community.
We will continue to request an appropriation from Annual Town Meeting, not only for its spending power
but as a further measure of community support. We have found that town funding gives us validity when
seeking other local support and sponsorships.
We will accept grant applications for events scheduled at a distinct location on a specific date in
Westborough or, in the case of field trips, originating and terminating in Westborough. Events must be
advertised as open to the public and handicapped accessible.
It will be our objective to have sufficient funds to grant some support to every approved grant. We also
try to apply town funds to approved grants from Westborough-based organizations.
We will continue to encourage grant applications from new sources, but we will not turn down
applications from groups who have had previous grants. However, we will limit the number of
consecutive years the Council funds a grant to ensure the grantee does not become dependent on
Cultural Council funding to support their organization or event.
We will establish and maintain cordial relationships and advocacy with town governance, legislators and
the MCC. They will be invited to Council events, such as our grant reception and ARTS IN COMMON.
We will continue to market ARTS IN COMMON both as a popular community festival, as well as a source
of locally raised funds to support grants and cultural events in Westborough.
We will strive to maintain a membership of about a dozen volunteers and to include one or more high
school students both as links to that community and as civic responsibility trainees.
We will attend and monitor performances by grantees to determine their quality and fitness for future
We will develop and publicize a calendar of cultural events for the community

FY24 Local Guidelines

Grant applicants must comply with our local guidelines, as well as state rules. Online applications for event funding must be submitted by October 15th and must also:
Take place in or originate in Westborough.
Have a specific, scheduled venue and a scheduled date.
Be open to the public and be so advertised.
Be sponsored by a non-profit organization or be a non-profit event.
Be handicapped-accessible.
If a field trip, be for the benefit of Westborough residents.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

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FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Annie E. Fales School Fales Community Festival $1,000
Assabet Valley Mastersingers, Inc. Assabet Valley Mastersingers Summer Sing 2023 $1,500
Black, Barbara Winter Concert $500
Cochran, Bonnie Invisible $905
Elsie A. Hastings Elementary School Spring Flower Festival $650
French, Eric Westborough Jazz Concert Series $2,500
Hundredth Town Chorus Rainbow Connections $500
Lappen, Henry Henry the Juggler Performance $450
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! $300
McKenney Lydick, Lynne Yours for Humanity-Abby $500
Newman, Howard Musical Baseball Show $375
Northborough Area Community Chorus NACC 2023 Spring and Christmas Programs $500
Parnes, Janet Quaker Girl Takes Washington's Center Stage::The Rise of Dolley Madison $310
Shir Joy Chorus Sing for Joy, in person or at home $250
Westborough Community Chorus, Inc. British Pop Rock & Roll $1,000
Westborough Community Land Trust, Inc. Snakes of New England and the World $1,100
Westborough Connects, Inc. Fifth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration $1,500
Westborough High School West Africa: music, dance, art and culture $2,000
Westborough Historical Society Living History: Eleanor Roosevelt $100
Women of Note, Inc. Women of Note Concert - In Harmony Against Hunger $515
York, Matt Johnny Cash - Songs & Stories $550
lemos, tonya Botanical Art Workshop Mini Series $750

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