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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.

Council's Email


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

2018 Funded Grants

*Based on the set of acceptance letters dated January 4, 2018, the Shelburne Cultural Council announces the list of its 2018 Grants as follows:

Pioneer Valley Symphony, 2018 Education Program and Concert (April)
Valley Jazz Voices, Valley Jazz Vocal Jamboree
Heath Agricultural Society, Heath Fair Music (August 2018)
Racial Justice Rising, Monthly Racial Justice Cultural Programs
John Root, Songbirds of the Northeast, at Shelburne Senior Center
Mohawk Trail Concerts, Music at Arms Library
Edite Cunha, Introduction to Mosaics, at Arms Library
Sarah Pirtle, Generations of One Family (February 2018)
Pothole Pictures, Classic Films Series 2018, at Memorial Hall Theater
Buckland Historical Society, Colonial Buckland at the Wilder Homestead
Charlemont Forum (Summer 2018)
The Art Garden, Hilltown Draw-Around
Shelburne Falls Senior Center, Beginner II Drawing
Hilltown Families Suggest, 2018 Programs
Memorial Hall Association, Footlights at the Falls Presents "Our Town"
The Collected Poets Series 2018
Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival (Spring 2018)
Shelburne Historical Society, An Historical Reenactment (June 2018)
Double Edge Theatre, Uplifting the Next Generation
The Art Garden, Community Exhibits 2018
Greater Shelburne Falls Business Association, Fabulous February Fringe Festival
Davis Bates, Halloween Harvest: Goblins and More, at Arms Library
Piti Theatre Company, 9th Annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival (March 2018)
Ashfield Community Theater's Spring Play
Co-op Thursday Concerts at Greenfield’s Energy Park (Summer 2018)
Shelburne Grange Fair (August 2018)

In addition, the Council approved an extension for Rachelle Pyer-Llamas’ 2017 awarded project, Bridge of Flowers Crosswalk, anticipated to be completed in summer 2018


Cultural Council Minutes

  1. Dec 6,2017