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Weston Cultural Council

Welcome to The Weston Cultural Council!

The Council is charged with distributing money in the form of grants allotted to the Town of Weston through the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program, the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation supporting thousands of community-based projects annually. Volunteers appointed by the Weston Select Board evaluate and oversee grants for projects and programs accessible to a broad spectrum of town residents that promote excellence, education, diversity and inclusion in three areas:

Arts — including the performing arts (e.g. music, theater, film), visual arts (painting, drawing, sculpture, photography), crafts, folk, design, and interdisciplinary arts.

Humanities — including history, social studies, philosophy, criticism, and literature.

Interpretive Sciences — including lectures and activities to engage people in nature, science, and technology in ways that connect to their lives.

Grants support an enormous range of activities, including community-wide festivals, concerts, and plays; exhibitions and projects by local artists; nature, science, and environmental education programs and participatory activities; video productions; after-school youth programs; workshops in writing and the visual arts; local history and cultural diversity projects; and lectures and book discussions in the humanities.

Grant applicants are encouraged to work with local institutions such as the Weston Public Library, the Arts and Innovation Center, and the Council on Aging to secure a venue in advance for their program. Programming can be in-person, online, hybrid, or hands-on where appropriate.

Contact

Christine Martin
wcc02493@gmail.com
781-786-5000

Address
11 Town House Road
Weston, MA 02493

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Application Information

FY23 Allocation

$5,500

FY23 Local Priorities

The Weston Cultural Council is charged with distributing money in the form of grants allotted to the Town of Weston through the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program, the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation supporting thousands of community-based projects annually. The WCC has collected data from the residents of the Town of Weston to inform its funding priorities for the next few years. Volunteers appointed by the Weston Select Board evaluate and oversee grants for projects and programs accessible to broad spectrum of town residents that promote excellence, education, diversity and inclusion in three areas:

Arts — including the performing arts (e.g. music, theater, film), visual arts (painting, drawing, sculpture, photography), crafts, folk, design, and interdisciplinary arts.

Humanities — including history, social studies, philosophy, criticism, and literature.

Interpretive Sciences — including lectures and activities to engage people in nature, science, and technology in ways that connect to their lives.

Grants support an enormous range of activities, including community-wide festivals, concerts, and plays; exhibitions and projects by local artists; nature, science, and environmental education programs and participatory activities; video productions; after-school youth programs; workshops in writing and the visual arts; local history and cultural diversity projects; and lectures and book discussions in the humanities.

Grant applicants are encouraged to work with local institutions such as the Weston Public Library, the Arts and Innovation Center, and the Council on Aging to secure a venue in advance for their program. Programming can be in-person, online, hybrid, or hands-on where appropriate.

FY23 Local Guidelines

The Weston Cultural Council seeks grant applications for projects and programs accessible to broad spectrum of town residents that promote excellence, education, diversity and inclusion in three areas:
1. Arts — including the performing arts (e.g. music, theater, film), visual arts (painting, drawing, sculpture, photography), crafts, folk, design, and interdisciplinary arts.
2. Humanities — including history, social studies, philosophy, criticism, and literature.
3. Interpretive Sciences — including lectures and activities to engage people in nature, science, and technology in ways that connect to their lives.

Past grants have supported an enormous range of activities, including community-wide festivals, concerts, and plays; exhibitions and projects by local artists; nature, science, and environmental education programs and participatory activities; video productions; after-school youth programs; workshops in writing and the visual arts; local history and cultural diversity projects; and lectures and book discussions in the humanities.

Weston Cultural Council Local Guidelines:
1. We prefer to approve grant projects that have not taken place before the grants have been requested.
2. Grants should have a confirmed Weston local venue. Applicants are encouraged to work with local institutions such as the Weston Public Library, the Arts and Innovation Center, and the Council on Aging to secure a venue in advance for their program. Programming can be in-person, online, hybrid, or hands-on where appropriate.
3. A letter from the hosting venue is required to accompany the application.
4. A well-planned budget and proposal is required to accompany the application.
5. Due to the limited amount of funds available, the majority of grants funded are for less than $1000. Partial funding is frequently offered by the WCC and smaller requests are more likely to be funded in full.
6. Funds are not to be used as the sole means of support for projects of a continuing nature. although reapplications for continuing projects are occasionally funded. We encourage groups not to rely on WCC funding on a yearly basis and to develop other sources of funding.
7. Funds may not be used for the purchase of food.
8. Funds for scholarships are available to applicant organizations or individuals, and must demonstrate community benefit.
9. The applicant, or person leading the project/program, should have been engaged in the kind of activity for which funds are requested for at least one year.
10. Those who receive grants are required to publicize their program to Weston residents and to acknowledge the Weston Cultural Council in all promotional material.

For a complete list of the state requirements visit www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public_applicant_guidelines.aspx.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY22 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Weston Council on Aging Art Appreciation Series $500
The Rivers School Conservatory Rivers Symphony Orchestra $1,200
Golden Ball Tavern Keepers, Inc. Deepening Our Understanding of Life in Weston and Beyond Before the American Revolution $500
Land's Sake, Inc. Open Farmyard: Experiencing Farm Life $1,300
Weston Drama Workshop, Inc. Something Rotten: The Musical - WDW 60th Anniversary Season $800
Polatin, David “Swingin’ Sixties- Women Singers find their Voice” $300
Discovery Museum, Inc. Open Door Connections $200
Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, Inc. WSO 2021-22 Season Six Conductors Six Voices $400
Weston Historical Society, Inc. History Under One Roof: The Evolution of the Josiah Smith Tavern $1,200
Regis College The Art of Stephen Hamilton $500
Szekely, Thomas Trees Company $350
Cardinal Spellman Philatelic Museum Stamps Come Alive $900
WeStar Corp. International Asian Music Festival (Weston) $1,200
Ngwenya, Titi Brave Space Book Club $300
Chakraborty, Maitreyee East Meets West - Tagore and Anne Sexton $350

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