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Cultural Council


Constance ClarkeChair2021
Kay BerensonSecretary2021
Nancy EisensteinTreasurer2021
Andrew Campbell2022
Sally Judd2019
Diane Poland2022
Kate Whittaker2020

Who We Are

Established in 1982, the statewide Local Cultural Council funding program is one of many programs initiated and supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), which annually receives its funding from the State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Shelburne Local Cultural Council (SLCC) is one of 329 councils serving all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns. Our seven local board members are part of approximately 2,400 LCC appointed volunteers statewide.

What We Do

Each local cultural council receives an annual allocation from the MCC based on its town or city’s population. SLCC holds public meetings as needed throughout the year. Our busiest period is from August to December. The online grant application via the Massachusetts Cultural Council website typically runs from September 1 to October 15.  Funds for each fiscal cycle are awarded to reimburse allowable project expenses after completion of the event up to full amount of the Council’s grant. Members are available to answer questions throughout the year.

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The mission of the Shelburne Local Cultural Council is to help fund a broad range of cultural events that support and enrich the community life of Shelburne Falls and the immediate area. We encourage local cultural educators and artists to develop and share their talents through programs and events that appeal to the diverse interests of residents of all ages.


2018 Funding Priorities

Our council especially seeks to fund cultural, artistic, and educational projects with broad community appeal in and around Shelburne Falls. We encourage collaboration and a strong marketing strategy. We invite first-time applicants, original concepts, and projects related to Shelburne’s 250th anniversary in 2018.  All funded projects must meet MCC requirements. Statements of support from hosting organization and/or venue are expected to accompany each application. A link to the applicant’s website is helpful.

Massachusetts Cultural Council Web Links

2017 Funded Grants

Bridge of Flowers Crosswalk Project
Community Exhibits at The Art Garden
Mary Lyon Foundation’s Big Read Author Talk, Luis Urrea
Memorial Hall Association’s Footlights at the Falls Presents “Later Life”
Mohawk Trail Concerts, Music at the Arms
The Art Garden Hilltown Draw-Around
John Porcino’s Fairy Tale Reader Theater at Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School
Buckland Historical Society, Colonial Buckland at the Wilder Homestead
Rona Leventhal’s History Alive workshop at Mohawk Trail Regional High School
Piti Theatre Company’s SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival
Pioneer Valley Symphony’s Spring Education Program and Concert
Charlemont Summer Forum 2017
Racial Justice Rising Programs
Meadowedge Art, Readers as Artists
Ashfield Community Theater's spring play
The Collected Poets Series 2017 Season
Pothole Pictures Spring Film Series
Learn Ukulele with Julie Stepanek
Musica Franklin After-School Performance Program to Shelburne Falls Farmers Market
Emma Musante’s Youth Curated Community Art Show
Franklin Land Trust’s Winter Tracking Workshop
Heath Fair Music
Arms Library’s Imagine That: Celebrating Reading

Cultural Council Minutes

  1. Dec 6,2017