Cultural Council

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  • 7 p.m.
  • Second Tuesday of each month
  • City Hall
    59 Court Street
    Westfield, MA 01085

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. 
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Name Title Start Date End Date
Blackburn, Rebecca Chair  02/25/2019 02/2022
Conant, Patricia  Member  09/05/2019 09/2022
Drewniany, Morgan Member 11/17/2016 06/2019
Ducharme, Jay Member 11/4/2021 10/2021
Henderson, Steve Member 09/05/2019 08/2022
Larsen, Rissa Member 02/25/2019 02/2022
McLennan, Margaret Member 09/05/2019 08/2022
Pennington, Candy Treasurer 11/01/2018 11/2021
Polan, Jason  Member 09/02/2021 08/2024
Robbins, Holly Member 03/17/2016 02/2019
Scott, Sarah Member 06/04/2020 06/2023
Slozak, Linda  Member 09/05/2019 08/2022
Steele-Perkins, Patricia Member 02/25/2019 02/2022
Weatherwax, Wayne Member 10/03/2019 02/2022

What types of Grants are Given?

Local council funds may only be used to support programs in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences in Massachusetts. This definition includes the study, pursuit, performance, exhibition, and appreciation of cultural activities in the broadest sense.

How does Massachusetts Cultural Council define the arts, humanities, and/or interpretive sciences?

  • Arts refer to the creation of work in the crafts and performing, visual, media, folk, design, literary, and inter-disciplinary arts. In addition, they also include the presentation and preservation of, and education about works in these disciplines.

  • Humanities are types of learning that deal with human values and aspirations, human thought and culture, language, and creativity. Examples include, but are not limited to, history, social studies, philosophy, criticism, and literature.

  • Interpretive sciences are types of learning that deal with nature, science, and technology in ways that explain how they relate to people’s lives. Some organizations that conduct this type of activity include aquariums, botanical gardens, nature centers, natural history museums, planetariums, and science centers.

Public Benefit

Local council funds must be used to support activities that contribute to the cultural vitality of the community as a whole, rather than benefiting any private individual or group. However, this does not mean that a large crowd of people needs to participate in order to satisfy the public benefit requirement. For example, an artist working with a small group of teens is a valid public benefit. Whenever possible, activities funded by local councils should be available to the general public by exhibit, performance, demonstration, reading, or other means.

Funding Priority

Funding Priority is given to quality community wide programs. Collaborative projects between cultural groups and community organizations are encouraged and given a higher priority. No field trip grants will be considered.

How to Apply?

The Councils annual grant cycle starts as of September 1st with a deadline of October 15th.  All applicants must apply online.  No hard copy applications will be accepted. Download the Grant Application.

Requirements & Restrictions

  • All events must take place in Westfield.

  • Applications must include plans to acknowledge the Westfield Cultural Council (WCC) as a source of funding in ALL printed materials related to each event. Failure to do so may compromise future grant funding for an organization. Reimbursements requests must include the copies of the publicity containing acknowledgment.

  • First priority will be given to grants written by organizations. Grants written by artists and supported by organizations will be considered when (and only when) the event has a definite venue and date.

  • Applicants may be requested to attend a meeting of the Westfield Cultural Council before funding is granted.

  • Every year, the WCC is required by the State to do a "Satisfaction Survey." All recipients are expected to participate in this survey so that the WCC can learn how to better serve arts organizations and the community.

  • Any change to any funded event, including a change of date, purpose of the event, change in artists or venue must be submitted in writing to the Westfield Cultural Council two (2) months before the event. The WCC will consider the changes and vote before providing the grant funds for disbursement.

  • All grant requests must follow the MACC and WCC Program Guidelines to be considered for funding.

Grants Funded in 2018

2018 Grants Project Title
Volunteers in Public Schools of Westfield Into the Arts Festival 2018
Morgan Drewniany Elm Corridor Utility Box Mural Program
Westfield Veterans Services Remembering the War to End All Wars
Westfield Farmers' Market Music at the Market
The Stanley Park of Westfield, Inc. Sunday Night Concert Series
Westfield Athenaeum Music Together
Westfield Athenaeum The Firebird presented by The Puppet People
Steve Henderson Senior Theater - "A Hometown Gallery"
Westfield Athenaeum Ukulele Workshop for Teens
Highland Elementary School Rhythms of Our Land
Greater Westfield Choral Association, Inc. Spring Choral Concert
Friends of Pine Hill Cemetery Yoga at Pine Hill Cemetery
Roger Tincknell Children's Songs and Singing Games
Westfield Athenaeum Makerspace Workshop
Westfield Athenaeum The Toe Jam Puppet Band
Bill Westerlind Articulture Westfield! Art & Authors
Young Singers of Greater Westfield Moriah Chamber Choir Concert Series
Arts Extension Institute, Inc. Community Engagement for Artists Workshop
Westfield Athenaeum Mighty Aphrodite with Kim Larkin
Westfield Athenaeum Jerry Noble and Bob Sparkman Concert
Westfield 350 Board Westfield 350th Planning
First Congregational Church Community Carol Festival
The Performance Project Tenderness Performance Residencies
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield Art Studio Programming
Westfield on Weekends, Inc. Westfield PumpkinFest 2018
Westfield on Weekends, Inc. The WOW Spring Cabaret Series
Abner Gibbs PTO Family Night with Happier FAMILY Comedy 
Westfield on Weekends, Inc. Springtime Children's event
Westfield on Weekends, Inc. Supplies/Live Music for Lantern Making Workshop

Contact the Cultural Council 

For all questions, comments, or concerns, please email us.

Additional Information

Local Cultural Councils 
Local Cultural Councils Program Regulations and Guidelines 
Westfield Cultural Council Facebook Page