Cultural Council grants to benefit library, Starry Starry Night programs

Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

ATHOL — The Athol Public Library will gain access to passes to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts as part of a recent round of grants announced by the Athol Cultural Council.

“Our Athol Cultural Council does such important work and with limited resources. The programs they fund bring art, science and humanities into our community and into our lives. I stand with Sen. (Anne) Gobi in support of the council and encourage people to attend programs, apply for grants and to make the most of this valuable resource,” said state Rep. Susannah Whipps, 2nd Franklin, in a statement.

A full list of recipients is as follows: Friends of the Athol Public Library for a World War I vintage dance demonstration; Angela Dumas for Acrobat Li Liu; Orange Revitalization Partnership for Starry Starry Night; the Athol Public Library for public passes to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Quabbin Valley Pro Musica at 1794 Meetinghouse in New Salem for its Winter Concert; Donald “Spin” Ainsworth for a choral and brass concert featuring Rutter’s “Gloria;” Swift River Valley Historical Society in New Salem for “The Rabbit Railroad — Lifeblood of the Swift River.”

Other recipients are the Royalston Community School for Theatre at the Mount’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.”; The Old 78 Farm Fall Festival in Warwick; the Athol Historical Society for Uniquely Quabbin Magazine and Consortium; Elizabeth Gospodarek for “Multicultural Fest;” Annette Ermini for “Yes, You Can Make a Difference!”; the Winchendon Music Festival; and the Inside Out Dance Company for a dance performance.

The Athol Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grass-roots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state Legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community, the statement says.

Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. The members of the Athol Cultural Council are Robin Brzozowski, Joann Deacon, Tabitha DeHays, Brianna Haskins, Christine Hause, Bonnie Hodgdon, Kelsey Matthews and Jean Shaughnessy.

“I appreciate the good work of Robin and the council in offering a variety of engaging programs that are sure to interest people of all ages and highlights cultural diversity,” Gobi said.

Statewide, more than $3 million will be distributed by local cultural councils in 2018.

The Athol Cultural Council will seek applications in fall 2018. Information and forms are available online at: www.mass-culture.org/Athol.