Submitted by Gyasi Burks-Abbott for the Bedford Cultural Council
The Bedford Cultural Council thanks residents who participated in our recent survey. Over 100 people responded, and though the majority indicated awareness of what the Bedford Cultural Council is and what it does, we’d like to restate our purpose for the benefit of all. The Bedford Cultural Council is a town committee that grants funds for public projects that promote access, education, diversity, and excellence in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences. Any individual, non-profit organization, or educational institution with a project that serves the Bedford community is eligible to apply.
We also appreciate the honest feedback offered by survey participants. While most seemed satisfied with our current areas of funding, there were suggestions that Bedford needs more multi-generational programing and community performing arts. As we approach the September 1st opening of the application period, we look forward to seeing these ideas and others manifested as proposals we can fund.
To assist in the application process, we will be hosting a Bedford Cultural Council Open House in September where committee members will be on hand to answer any questions and to address any concerns. We will also be around on Bedford Day handing out information cards.
The American author Henry James once defined wealth as “having enough money to meet the requirements of your imagination.” In that spirit, the Bedford Cultural Council invites all Bedford residents to apply for grants and get funding for their ideas. Grant applications are available at https://www.mass-culture.org/Bedford#, and the application period runs from September 1st to October 15th.