Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Cultural Council
State Senator Mike Barrett, State Representative Ken Gordon, and Judith Mabry, Chair, the Bedford Cultural Council, have announced the award of 23 grants for cultural programs in Bedford, or for Bedford residents. From Chair Mabry, “The Bedford Cultural Council is delighted to announce its grants for the FY 2019 year totaling $10,984, awarded to 23 grantees. We are proud to be able to support the arts and cultural community in Bedford and are grateful to both the Massachusetts Cultural Council and to the Town of Bedford for their ongoing support.”
Grant recipients include Bedford Embraces Diversity, the Kammerwerke Double Wind Quintet, Bedford TV, the Bedford Historical Society, the Girl Scouts, a community Utility Art Box Project and the Bedford Arts and Crafts Society.
A complete list of all 23 recipients includes:
- Concord Women’s Chorus ~ “Searching Love”
- Bedford Center for the Arts~ Image as Metaphor
- Town of Bedford~ Utility Art Box Project
- Robert Bass~ “As I See It” Photography
- Mothers Out Front~ School Liquids Trash Diversion Pilot
- John Root~ Celebration of Song
- Silver-Ebony-Ivory Trio~ Silver-Ebony-Ivory Concert
- Concert Chorus Inc. ~ Concerts
- Roger Tincknell~ Pete Seeger to Peter Paul & Mary
- Delvena Theatre Company~ Meet Julia Child
- Scott Jameson~ A Universe of Stories Library Program
- Girl Scouts~ Painting with Friends for a Cause
- Eileen Herman-Haase~ Dancing Through the Decades with Dance Caliente
- Kammerwerke Double Wind Quintet~ Composition and Performance of a Music Work for Double Wind Quintet
- Bedford Arts and Crafts Society~ Series of Artists Demos and Workshops
- Bedford Patrons of Music Students~ POMS Musical Salon
- Leslie Wittman~ Letter to My Younger Self
- Nashoba Learning Group~ Transportation to Local Community Worksites
- Bedford Garden Club~ The Natural World of Winnie the Pooh
- Bedford Embraces Diversity~ Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Breakfast and Community Conversations
- Bedford Historical Society~ Community Lecture Series
- Bedford TV~ Multi-Camera Video Recording with Sling Studio
- Kammerwerke Double Wind Quintet~ Kammerwerke Double Wind Quintet Concerts (3)
The Bedford Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 LCC’s serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots 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, which then allocates funds to each community. The Town of Bedford Selectmen have also graciously contributed funds to the BCC to increase the opportunities available to the community.
Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. The members of the Bedford Cultural Council are Judith Mabry, Chair; Rebecca Hazelton, Co-Chair; Charles Lipson, Treasurer; Christine Wojnar, Secretary; Gyasi Burks-Abbott; Elaine Grace; Breena Daniell; Barbara Purchia; and Angel Pettitt.
“These grants ensure that Bedford’s wealth of cultural groups will continue to thrive,” Senator Barrett said. “From the looks of it, local volunteers buckled down and stretched every dollar to support an impressive 23 organizations.”
“The work of the Bedford Cultural Council is an example of the best of our community,” said Rep. Gordon. “As a former Chair of the BCC, I am aware of the hard work and dedication of this group. Bedford residents should feel proud of their town and grateful to this group when they notice the wonderful statues, gardens, and artworks on display in town, or when they read about musical, theatrical and educational opportunities provided through grants offered by this program.”
Statewide, more than $3.3 million will be distributed by local cultural councils in FY19. Grants will support an enormous range of grass-roots activities: concerts, exhibitions, radio, and video productions, field trips for school children, after-school youth programs, writing workshops, historical preservation efforts, lectures, First Night celebrations, nature and science education programs for families and town festivals. Nearly half of LCC funds support educational activities for young people.
“The Massachusetts Cultural Council encourages applications from local artists, educators, performers and those involved in the sciences and humanities,” said Rep. Gordon. “The application process takes only a few minutes to complete, and there is nothing to lose.”
The Bedford Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall. Information and forms are available online at (http://www.massculturalcouncil.org). The application process starts on September 1 and applications are due October 15.
Stay tuned as the Council will be sending out a survey to the community seeking input into the type of programming they would like to see supported by the Bedford Cultural Council in the future.