Friday, December 16, 2011

Bridgewater Cultural Council Awards Grants

With the help of a $7420 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Bridgewater Cultural Council recently awarded grants totaling $7210 to 17 individuals, schools and organizations. The Committee received 27 grant applications for programs including music, drama, art, and promotion of literature.

This year’s recipients include:

· Bates and Tincknell, Imagine That: Celebrating Reading, $550

· Bridgewater Antiphonal Brass Society, Band Concert 4th of July, $550.

· Bridgewater Arts & Music Festival, 4th of July in Bridgewater, $200.

· Bridgewater Middle School, Blues for Schools, $650.

· Bridgewater Senior Center, Art Program, $600.

· Brockton Symphony, Seniors to Orchestra Production, $190.

· Fuller Craft Museum, Tour for Seniors, $350.

· George Mitchell Elementary School, Big Ryan (storyteller), $1000,

· Gregory Maichack, Painting Workshop, $445.

· John Root, Edible Wild Plants of New England lecture, $350.

· Jubilate Chorale, Inc., Winter Concert, $500.

· The Marble Collection, Literary Magazine for students, $150.

· Natural Resources Trust of Easton, Harvest Fair, $300.

· Pilgrim Society, Treasure Hunt for children, $100.

· Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, Concert, $150.

· Scott Tooker, Piano Recitals (Ragtime & Romance), $300.

· Williams Elementary School, The Brain Show, $825

“Once again, we are pleased to be able to award these grants and support these excellent programs which are available to Bridgewater citizens”, said Matt Putnam, Bridgewater Cultural Council Chairman.

Members of the Bridgewater Cultural Council include Matt Putnam, Chairman; Mary O’Connell, Secretary; and members Angela Dimisioris, Mark Oliver, and Kathryn Golden.

At the present time, the Bridgewater Cultural Council has multiple vacancies and would welcome new members. The Cultural Council supports community-based projects and activities in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences to benefit the residents of Bridgewater, through dispensing public funding allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The Council is responsible for informing the public about the availability of public funding for cultural projects and for reviewing and approving applications. The budget of the Massachusetts Cultural Council is determined annually by the State Legislature.

Residents who have experience or an interest in the arts, event planning, fund raising, marketing, record keeping and public relations are urged to apply. Also needed is someone to assume the role of Treasurer next year and volunteers who want to take on leadership roles.

Interested persons should contact Matt Putnam or Mary O’Connell. The Council Secretary’s email address is:

The Bridgewater Cultural Council maintains a post office box and correspondence should be addressed to: Bridgewater Cultural Council, Box #832, Bridgewater, MA 02324.

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