18 projects receive funding from Shelburne Cultural Council

  • Li’l BeeDee & the Doo-Rites perform for the crowd during the 2018 Heath Fair. The Heath Agricultural Society received a grant from the Shelburne Cultural Council that is intended to support having music at the Heath Fair in 2021. Staff File Photo/Dan Little

  • Piti Theatre Co. Youth Troupe members perform in “To Bee or Not to Bee” during Piti’s 2018 “SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival” at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center. Piti Theatre Co. received a grant from the Shelburne Cultural Council to support a Youth Troupe video project. Staff File/Dan Little

  • Attendees of the 2018 Winter HooPla warm up by a fire at the Trolley Museum rail yard in Shelburne Falls. The Art Garden received a grant from the Shelburne Cultural Council that is intended to support a future Winter Hoopla. Staff File Photo/Dan Little

Staff Writer
Published: 4/5/2021 3:01:17 PM

SHELBURNE — The Shelburne Cultural Council has announced a total of $4,480 in grants to be distributed among 18 different projects in its 2021 grant cycle.

Each arts, humanities or interpretive science project selected to receive between $100 and $500 will address the council’s commitment to fostering awareness of the value of racial, ethnic and cultural diversity in our community, explained Cultural Council Chair Connie Clarke.

Given that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted organizers’ ability to host community events and performances, Clarke said one of the biggest requirements for applying for funding was to have a plan for presenting to the public.

“It’s really been an interesting year watching how everybody has navigated this new landscape,” Clarke said of virtual events.

Additionally, presentation or fulfillment of these projects must be in compliance with ongoing COVID-19 health safety guidelines for indoor and outdoor venues.

Clarke said the Cultural Council urged those planning virtual presentations to heed good cyber-security practices to prevent “Zoombombing” and other unwanted hacking. Amid concerns about “Zoombombing,” Cultural Council members researched and created a “security tips” sheet for online events that they shared with the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Clarke said their liaison was “so pleased they then shared it with all state cultural councils.”

The projects, people and companies awarded in the 2021 grant cycle are:

■Piti Theatre Co. — Youth Troupe video project

■Tikkun Olam Circle — Race, cultural diversity and justice speaker series

■Lysander Jaffe — Culomba Summer Residency

■Mark Benjamin — “Invoking Beloved Community”

■Pioneer Valley Symphony — The Mystery of the Missing Music Education Program

■The Art Garden — Winter HooPla

■Mass Audubon Berkshire Sanctuaries — “Bringing Nature to You”

■The Charlemont Forum — 2021 speaker series

■The Art Garden — Community exhibits

■Nolumbeka Project — River Stories for the Valley Classrooms

■Silverthorne Theater Co. — Theater Thursday series

■Local Access to Valley Arts (LAVA) — Documenting the Compost Cooperative’s housing project

■John Root — “Attracting Birds, Butterflies, Bees and Other Benefits”

■Ashfield’s First Congregational Church — Organ concert series

■Hilltown Families — Hilltown Families Suggests

■Franklin Land Trust — “Exploring the Farms of Franklin County”

■Racial Justice Rising — Community outreach for racial justice

■Heath Agricultural Society — 2021 Heath Fair music

Some recipients of the 2020 grant cycle were unable to complete projects last year due to the pandemic. The Shelburne Cultural Council approved extensions to the following grants awarded in 2020, to be completed in 2021:

■St. John’s Church — Ann Hutt Browning Poetry Series

■Ashfield Community Theater — “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane”

■Buckland Historical Society — Colonial Buckland at the Wilder Homestead

■Footlights at the Falls — “Dancing at Lughnasa”

■Shelburne Open Space Committee — Interpretive trail signs and invasive species education

■Michael Nix — New England Banjo Festival

■Pan Opera — “Dido and Aeneas” by Henry Purcell

■Pothole Pictures — 2021 film series

■Shelburne Grange Fair — 2021 Grange Fair

■Mohawk Trail Concerts — 2021 summer concerts

■The Art Garden — Hilltown Draw-Around

■Voices from Inside — “Voices Carry” performances

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-930-4579.

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