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Cultural Council Is Recruiting New Members

The Groton Cultural Council is seeking to bring new members on board this year, for up to two three-year terms. The purpose of the local cultural council is to support public programs that promote excellence, education, diversity, and inclusion in the arts, humanities, and sciences to foster a rich cultural life in communities across the Commonwealth. 

  Local decision making is an integral element of this system. The Groton Cultural Council has the right and responsibility to award grants that address cultural needs specific to the town of Groton and they can decide how to distribute funds as long as the state policies outlined in these guidelines are followed.

Current members for the Upcoming year include

Chair: Ray Ciemny

Treasurer: Jenny Cooper

Dave Zeiler

John Wiesner

Christine Brooks

Secretary: TBD

Student Rep: TBD

   When reviewing grants, consideration should be given to the five Groton Cultural Council criteria:

1. Who or what organization is sponsoring the grant, particularly in the case of an individual’s application

2. Whether the proposal has broad appeal.

3. How the activity will benefit the Town of Groton.

4. What are the administrative costs related to the proposal?

5. Is the artist or sponsor a local person or organization?

   This year, the State of Massachusetts awarded $5,100 in funds to the Groton Cultural Council for distribution. Twenty applications totaling $8,753 in grant requests were reviewed, and fourteen applications were granted all or a portion of the amount requested for a total of $5,448. These individuals/groups include:

Applicant Decision - Project Title

• New England Brass Band - Joint Concert with Lawrence Academy

• Discovery Museum - Open Door Connections: Groton

• The Sizer Foundation/Parker - A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream

• Nashoba Valley Concert Band - NVCB Concert in Groton

• Fitchburg Art Museum - 84th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft

• Janet Applefield - Combatting Hate and Prejudice

• Rita McKinley - Women of Note Concert Series

• Gregory Maichack (GPL) - Sail Away on the Craft of Pastel Painting

• Jon Swift/Dunstable Theatre - Don’t Dress for Dinner

• Natya Nostalgia - Indian Dance for All

• Indian Hill Music Inc. - Bach’s Lunch Concert Series

• Nashoba Valley Chorale - Emerging Artists Initiative

• Groton Greenway - River Festival

   It is with gratitude that we acknowledge outgoing committee members Cathy Dulaney, Mary Athey Jennings, Dina Mordeno, Susan Randazzo Schulman, and Karen Riggert.

   If you would like to pursue an opportunity to help support programs in the arts, humanities, and sciences in Groton, which includes the study, pursuit, performance, exhibition, and appreciation of cultural activities, please fill out a community interest form from Groton Town Hall which can be found here online: The committee meets approximately three times per year, so it provides an easy way to make a wonderful difference in our town!

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