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Westwood Cultural Council

Westwood Cultural Council (WCC) helps provide cultural opportunities for residents of the community. Annually, WCC gives grants to applicants wishing to provide opportunities in the arts, humanities and sciences to various segments of Westwood’s residents. The Council receives grant funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to promote excellence, access, education & diversity in the arts, sciences and humanities to improve the community, economics & quality of life of Westwood.


Anne Innis

Westwood Town Hall
580 High Street
Westwood, MA 02090-1685

Application Information

FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities

Application deadline is October 15.

Westwood Cultural Council may approve grants for projects, ticket subsidy programs, artist residencies, fellowships or other activities, based on local priorities and needs.

WCC funds may only be used to support programs in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences in Massachusetts. This definition includes the study, pursuit, performance, exhibition, and appreciation of cultural activities in the broadest sense.

WCC supports programs for all ages in the community. The Council may also choose to fund cultural field trips for children, grades pre-K through 12, by subsidizing the cost for children to attend programs in the arts, humanities and sciences (including performances, educational tours and exhibits).

Applicants may apply for grants for programs that take place during an 18 month window of eligibility between July 1, preceding the application deadline in October, and December 31 of the following year.

Arts refer to the creation of work in the crafts and performing, visual, media, folk, design, literary, and inter-disciplinary arts. In addition, they also include the presentation and preservation of, and education about works in these disciplines.

Humanities are types of learning that deal with human values and aspirations, human thought and culture, language, and creativity. Examples include, but are not limited to, history, social studies, philosophy, criticism, and literature.

Interpretive sciences are types of learning that deal with nature, science, and technology in ways that explain how they relate to people’s lives. Some organizations that conduct this type of activity include aquariums, botanical gardens, nature centers, natural history museums, planetariums, and science centers.

Local council funds must be used to support activities that contribute to the cultural vitality of the community as a whole, rather than benefiting any private individual or group. For example, an artist working with a small group of teens is a valid public benefit. Whenever possible, activities funded by local councils should be available to the general public by exhibit, performance, demonstration, reading, or other means.

Salaries or stipends for outside artists, humanists, or interpretive scientists to lead cultural activities at schools, libraries and other municipal agencies (field trips, artist-in-residency programs, lectures, performances, etc.) are funded.

Priority is given to grant applicants working directly with a Westwood school, library, local government, or other Westwood organization.

FY23 Local Guidelines

Information not provided

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Downey School PTO, Inc. Ammaya Dance & Drum $775
Martha Jones School Improv for Inclusion $750
Moore, Caitlyn Buildwave: A Creative Hands-on Building Challenge $600
Newman, Howard Musical Baseball Show $375
Paul Hanlon Elementary School Discovery Museum $750
Rull, Thomas E. "A Musical Journey Through the Years" $400
Sheehan School PTA Sheehan Cultural Fair $750
Tincknell, Roger L. From Ireland to America $600
Viti, Lynne Poets in the Schools: Expanding the Program to All Westwood Public Schools $2,100
Westwood Integrated Preschool Westwood Integrated- Drumlin Farms, Talking Hands and Creative Movement $400

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Mass Cultural Council publishes any updates as they become available. Last update was made on June 3, 2023 at 12:46 AM UTC
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