Mayor, Everett Cultural Council Seek Funding Proposals

Proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs due October 15.

Mayor DeMaria, along with The Everett Cultural Council, has set an October 15 deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Everett — including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.

Mayor DeMaria said, “This year, the Massachusetts Cultural Council awarded over $20,000 to the Everett Cultural Council to distribute in grants. This is a substantial increase from previous years’ Massachusetts Cultural Council allocation – ECC was allocated $15,400 for 2019 and $12,400 for three previous years. I commend Senator DiDomenico and Representative Joseph McGonagle for their strong support of the Mass Cultural Council and the local arts community here in Everett. Arts and culture are helping to build Everett’s vibrant and thriving economy and  make it an exceptional place to live, work, play, and visit.”

The Everett Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program supports thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

“Funding for the Massachusetts Cultural Council is always one of my primary budget priorities, in large part because I know how important these resources are for promoting the arts and humanities in our local community,” said Senator Sal DiDomenico. “I commend the Everett Cultural Council for their incredible work and Mayor DeMaria for his partnership in ensuring that these funds are allocated to support the amazing artistic community in our city. I encourage everyone to apply for this great opportunity.” 

Karyn Alzayer, the Council Chair added, “Last year brought us some very amazing programming, and we can’t wait to see what great things will get to take place here this year.”

Some of the previously funded projects include: Everett Community Art Walk (happening this October!), Musical Visits for Seniors, Everett Arts Association, Immersive Theater Project, SOUND OFF! – an LGBTQQIA music and arts meet-up, Everett Community Food Assessment Photo Project, Housing Families; School Visits to:  Hamilton, Brooksby Farm, The Nutcracker; Library Programs on: history, gardens and plants, animals, global warming, 3D printing, video game design, engineering and other engaging subjects.

Representative Joseph McGonagle said “Our local Cultural Councils are the most extensive, grass-roots cultural funding network in America. Through these local grants, we are creating a common cultural experience for children and adults throughout our community, while also to empowering artists and cultural organizations to thrive.”

For local guidelines and complete information on the Everett Cultural Council, contact Council Staff Administrator Maria Josefson at 617-544-6932 and [email protected]]. Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at\Everett.

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