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Wayland Cultural Council Awards $5,225 for local arts and culture initiatives

The Wayland Cultural Council is pleased to announce it has awarded $5,225 to fund 12 cultural and arts projects for the benefit of the local community. The Council was scheduled to host a reception to celebrate award recipients, but that has now been cancelled.

After reviewing 26 applications, awards were granted to the following twelve individuals and organizations:

  1. Heard Farm Heirloom Apple Orchard Kiosk
  2. Arts Wayland
  3. Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild High School Drama Festival
  4. Musicians of the Old Post Road
  5. Vokes Players of Wayland
  6. Wayland Library
  7. Wayland High School Robotics Team STEM Fair
  8. DeCordova Museum
  9. Mouli Pal/Wayland Council on Aging
  10. Wayland Council on Aging STEAMPUNK: History, Art, Technology presentation
  11. Wayland Concert Series
  12. Discovery Museum, Acton

Commenting on this year’s awardees, Council Chair, Rachel Sideman-Kurtz said, “We were once-again very pleased with the strength and diversity of applications we received. We believe we have selected a group of awardees with projects that will enrich our community while benefitting surrounding communities as well.”

The Wayland Cultural Council is hosting a reception to celebrate these award recipients on Monday, March 16th at 6 p.m. in the Wayland Town Building. Wayland’s State Representatives and State Senator are expected to attend, along with members of the Board of Selectmen and other dignitaries. The public is welcome.

The Wayland Cultural Council is one of 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCCs) serving all 351 towns in the Commonwealth. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency which allocates funds to LCCs. In turn, LCCs each year award grants through an application process, funding community-based projects in the arts, sciences, and humanities. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation.

Members of the council are appointed by the Board of Selectman and currently include Wayland residents Rachel Sideman-Kurtz, Sean Ahern, Rebecca  Ahmed, Adam Gutbezahl, Barbara Holtz, Zoe Hughes, Richard Lee, Louise Reck, Brenda Ross, Jon Saxton, Kathy Trogolo, and Susan Warren.

If you would like to know more about the Council or are interested in becoming a member, email Rachel Sideman-Kurtz at rsideperson@yahoo.com.

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