Watertown Cultural Council

Watertown Cultural Council The Watertown Cultural Council is part of the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation annually supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences.

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Time is racing! Please consider joining all of us in making Watertown a culturally rich center! We'd love to hear about ...
08/30/2021

Time is racing! Please consider joining all of us in making Watertown a culturally rich center! We'd love to hear about your projects!
Grants for Arts, Humanities, & Interpretive Sciences applications deadline is October 15th.
Applications are available online. Check us out at watertownculturalcouncil.org

Time is racing! Please consider joining all of us in making Watertown a culturally rich center! We'd love to hear about your projects!
Grants for Arts, Humanities, & Interpretive Sciences applications deadline is October 15th.
Applications are available online. Check us out at watertownculturalcouncil.org

HEY ARTISTS- IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN!WATERTOWN CULTURAL COUNCIL SEEKS GRANT PROPOSALS FOR 2021- 22 BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 1The...
08/21/2021
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HEY ARTISTS- IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN!
WATERTOWN CULTURAL COUNCIL SEEKS GRANT PROPOSALS FOR 2021- 22 BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 1
The Watertown Cultural Council (WCC) seeks new grant proposals from organizations, schools, and individuals who wish to provide arts, humanities and interpretive science programs for the Watertown community in 2021-22.
Proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and interpretive science projects are due on the Mass Council website by October 15, 2021 at 11:59 EST.
Application forms and more information are available online beginning September 1 at www.massculturalcouncil.org. For additional WCC guidelines, priorities and complete
information on past Watertown Cultural Council grantees, contact the WCC or go to Grants application at watertownculturalcouncil.org.

We believe in the power of culture. We work to elevate our rich cultural life in Massachusetts. We partner with communities across the Commonwealth to expand access, improve education, promote diversity, and encourage excellence in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Through our efforts, we make our...

Just in case it slipped your mind- it's time to get your ideas together for this year's grant cycle!
08/12/2021

Just in case it slipped your mind- it's time to
get your ideas together for this year's grant cycle!

Just in case it slipped your mind- it's time to
get your ideas together for this year's grant cycle!

Don't forget!
08/05/2021

Don't forget!

Don't forget!

Wow! Is it that time already?
08/04/2021

Wow! Is it that time already?

Wow! Is it that time already?

06/14/2021

Hot off the press! New members join the Council Board. Welcome!
For Immediate Release: June 14, 2021
Contact: Roberta Rosenberg, WCC Chair, [email protected]
The Watertown Cultural Council Welcomes Eight New Council Members
Beginning in June 2021, the Watertown Cultural Council will add eight new members, doubling its present size. The new Council members will enrich the scope and capability of the WCC as it expands its programs and outreach in the greater Watertown community in 2021-22.
Roberta Rosenberg, new Chair of the WCC, notes that “The WCC is very fortunate to have the artistic, cultural and administrative abilities of this new group. We look forward to having a successful year. These new members will add to the already excellent work of our returning WCC officers who include: Gretchen Neeley, Secretary, and Sheri Kennedy, Treasurer, as well as Aramais Andonian, Elizabeth Kent, Emma Clement, and Stephanie Hackett.”
During 2021-22, the 15 members of the WCC will be evaluating and funding new grants projects funded by the Mass Cultural Council. Guidelines and priorities will be available in September 2021.
New WCC Members:
Karen Brody is a school-based speech-language pathologist living and working in Watertown, first at the Perkins School for the Blind, and currently in the Watertown Public Schools. She has a passion for the arts, in particular performing arts, and has volunteered with many local institutions. Karen is especially interested in expanding access to the arts and other cultural events to new participants, for both culturally diverse individuals and those with disabilities.
Barbara Epstein has been a writer, editor, researcher, administrator, and social worker in nonprofit, philanthropic, and university settings. During her 35 years in Watertown, she has been involved in the arts as coordinator of arts enrichment at the Hosmer and Middle Schools, member of the Watertown Cultural Council, member of the Watertown Public Arts and Culture Committee and the Arts and Culture Master Plan Advisory Group, and chair of the Mosesian Center board for 9 years through development and startup. Most recently she was part of a team that conceived and produced YardArt, a town-wide celebration of ingenuity and resilience during the COVID pandemic.

Monica Fairbairn has had a career in the public and nonprofit sectors first as a regional planner in Jamaica and the USA and in Landscape Design. Parallel interests in the arts led her to the position of Executive Director of the Museum of Afro-American History on Beacon Hill. Monica served on the early board of the now Mosesian Center for the Arts and more recently, on a citizen's advisory committee for Watertown's Public Arts Master Plan. She helped organize the Watertown Yard Art project and the Watertown Arts Market. She is also an artisan jeweler, showing and selling her art in the region for over 15 years. Monica and her family have been residents of Watertown since 1984.
Nick Haddad, a retired educator, is a 40-year resident of Watertown with a life-long interest in both the arts and science. He enjoys taking photographs of the natural environment at local resources such as Mount Auburn Cemetery, Beaver Brook Reservation, and along the banks of the Charles River. His interests in joining the Watertown Cultural Council include fundraising for new cultural events as well as expanding the opportunities for students to contribute to Watertown’s cultural life.
Melissa Morse experienced the joy of volunteer work in theatre and public performances as an eleven-year resident of Watertown. She has joined the WCC to become more involved in helping the town nurture and elevate engagement with the arts and global cultures. She brings a variety of career experiences in marketing strategy, creative communications, and public relations to help attract more artists and broadly diverse voices to the Watertown cultural scene.
Linda Saladin-Adams, an English professor for many years at Florida State University, moved to Watertown in 2014. Her ongoing commitment to the arts and culture is inspired by her teaching, a BFA in Ceramics, playing the violin since childhood, and working on a second book of auto-fiction.
Quita Atchley Schillhammer has always been interested in color and design and is a knitter, quilter and maker/collector of all things fiber. After living in Acton for over 25 years, designing home interiors and selling furniture, she went back to college and graduated from Lesley University with a degree in Cultural Arts. Her academic experience inspired her to take a job at the New England Quilt Museum where she was the shop manager. Her community experience includes serving on two Boards: North Country Studio Workshops and The Fragment Society. She now lives in Watertown and works at The Fabric Showplace @ Freddy Farkels.
Sally Young was involved for many years with the Watertown Children’s Theatre and served on the Board. She was involved in the founding of the Mosesian Center for the Arts and also served on that board. For 22 years she was the Program Coordinator at the Harvard Graduate School of Design Loeb Fellowship program where she was deeply involved in work around arts and culture. She is a watercolor artist with a specialty in capturing the domestic environment and landscapes in the many places she has traveled. She looks forward to serving on the Watertown Culture Council.

The Watertown Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences, and humanities every year.
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The Watertown Cultural Council will have a planning session for Council Members on June 10th from 7-9 pm at Gore Place, ...
05/29/2021

The Watertown Cultural Council will have a planning session for Council Members on June 10th from 7-9 pm at Gore Place, the Carriage House.
Interested members of the public are invited to attend.
Please wear a mask and remain socially distanced.
This will not be broadcast virtually.
For more information, contact Roberta Rosenberg, Chair at [email protected].

The Watertown Cultural Council will have a planning session for Council Members on June 10th from 7-9 pm at Gore Place, the Carriage House.
Interested members of the public are invited to attend.
Please wear a mask and remain socially distanced.
This will not be broadcast virtually.
For more information, contact Roberta Rosenberg, Chair at [email protected].

We're delighted to fund the Historical Society for their newsletter this year!
05/19/2021

We're delighted to fund the Historical Society for their newsletter this year!

We're delighted to fund the Historical Society for their newsletter this year!

Interested in Joining the Board of the Watertown Cultural Council?If you are interested in supporting the arts and cultu...
04/29/2021

Interested in Joining the Board of the Watertown Cultural Council?
If you are interested in supporting the arts and culture in Watertown, please consider attending the upcoming Zoom meeting on May 6th from 7-9pm on Zoom to find out how to apply to become a member of the Watertown Cultural Council (WCC).
Please let me know if you plan to attend this May 6th meeting.
Join Zoom Meeting
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Duties of a Watertown Cultural Council Member
Members do not need any special training to become Council members but instead should have a comfort in working in groups and an ability to review grant proposals in the arts, culture and scientific inquiry. The Council’s primary mission is to “support public programs that promote excellence, education, diversity, and inclusion in the arts, humanities, and sciences and to foster a rich cultural life in communities across the Commonwealth.” (Massachusetts Cultural Council).
Applicants must be residents of Watertown and be willing to serve one three-year term. Council members receive no remuneration.
Want additional information or Can’t Attend the Zoom Meeting on May 6th?
You can also apply to become a WCC member by sending your name, phone number and brief statement of interest to: Roberta Rosenberg, Co-Chair, [email protected].

Interested in Joining the Board of the Watertown Cultural Council?
If you are interested in supporting the arts and culture in Watertown, please consider attending the upcoming Zoom meeting on May 6th from 7-9pm on Zoom to find out how to apply to become a member of the Watertown Cultural Council (WCC).
Please let me know if you plan to attend this May 6th meeting.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://watertown-ma.zoom.us/j/93459541948

Meeting ID: 934 5954 1948
One tap mobile
+16465588656,,93459541948# US (New York)
+13017158592,,93459541948# US (Washington DC)
Meeting ID: 934 5954 1948
Find your local number: https://watertown-ma.zoom.us/u/abbcJHLwt0

Duties of a Watertown Cultural Council Member
Members do not need any special training to become Council members but instead should have a comfort in working in groups and an ability to review grant proposals in the arts, culture and scientific inquiry. The Council’s primary mission is to “support public programs that promote excellence, education, diversity, and inclusion in the arts, humanities, and sciences and to foster a rich cultural life in communities across the Commonwealth.” (Massachusetts Cultural Council).
Applicants must be residents of Watertown and be willing to serve one three-year term. Council members receive no remuneration.
Want additional information or Can’t Attend the Zoom Meeting on May 6th?
You can also apply to become a WCC member by sending your name, phone number and brief statement of interest to: Roberta Rosenberg, Co-Chair, [email protected].

We're so proud to help Lucretia's Daggers! Congratulations. We all look forward to seeing the final film!
04/27/2021
Band Making Music Video in Town With Grant from Watertown Cultural Council

We're so proud to help Lucretia's Daggers! Congratulations. We all look forward to seeing the final film!

Most know her as Lauri Murphy, but the Watertown resident goes by Lucretia X. Machina when she sings lead for Lucretia’s Daggers, a band that is celebrating its 20th anniversary. To celebrate, the group is making a video of one of their songs around Watertown with the help of an arts grant and fun...

So glad to hear about this Lucretia Daggers!
04/21/2021
LD 20th Anniversary Merch-to-Video Fundraiser

So glad to hear about this Lucretia Daggers!

Lucretia's Daggers celebrates 20 years in music merch collection: Music Video/Recording Fundraiser | Check out 'LD 20th Anniversary Merch-to-Video Fundraiser' on Indiegogo.

Another great opportunity for artists, writers, performers, kids, and adults. Go back in time to 1925 for inspiration! h...
04/01/2021
The Art of Adaptations: 1925 Edition | Mosesian Center for the Arts

Another great opportunity for artists, writers, performers, kids, and adults. Go back in time to 1925 for inspiration! https://www.mosesianarts.org/adaptations-1925

The Art of Adaptations: 1925 Edition Each year on January 1, a new group of artistic works enters the public domain under United States copyright law. “Public domain” means that anyone (the public) now has ownership (domain) of these works, and that they can use then without asking permission or...

For all our artists! Please take note of these excellent opps!
03/31/2021
Cheer Up Chum Artist Opportunities - Massachusetts Cultural Council

For all our artists! Please take note of these excellent opps!

Call for Muralist The Boston Redevelopment Authority d/b/a Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) looks to commission a temporary artwork mural in the Mattapan neighborhood. The BPDA will coordinate and collaborate with the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture during the Call for Artists Proces...

Congratulations to the Armenian Museum! https://armenianweekly.com/2021/03/26/the-mets-helen-evans-and-berj-najarian-of-...
03/27/2021
The MET’s Helen Evans and Berj Najarian of the New England Patriots join leadership of Armenian Museum of America

Congratulations to the Armenian Museum! https://armenianweekly.com/2021/03/26/the-mets-helen-evans-and-berj-najarian-of-the-new-england-patriots-join-leadership-of-armenian-museum-of-america/

WATERTOWN, Mass.—The Armenian Museum of America is proud to announce that Dr. Helen C. Evans—Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art Emerita at the Metropolitan Museum of Art—has joined its leadership team as an [...]

02/21/2021

Thanks for the nod, Revels! "Stay tuned - Revels has big things coming your way! We’re only a week out from our next Facebook Live performance: Josée Vachon: The Traditions of Quebec and Acadia #RevelsConnects. Check out this sneak peek photo from filming and mark your calendars fo r Sunday, February 28 at 5:00 PM ET! The #RevelsConnects Musical Connections series is sponsored in part by a grant from The Ithaka Foundation and produced in collaboration with the Mass Cultural Council. This program is also supported in part by a grant from the Watertown Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency."

SAVE THE DATE! The next meeting of the WCC, which welcomes those who are interested in joining the council, will be on T...
02/04/2021

SAVE THE DATE! The next meeting of the WCC, which welcomes those who are interested in joining the council, will be on Thursday, May 6th from 7-9 pm. Watch this space for more information as it becomes available.

SAVE THE DATE! The next meeting of the WCC, which welcomes those who are interested in joining the council, will be on Thursday, May 6th from 7-9 pm. Watch this space for more information as it becomes available.

Want to be more active in supporting arts & culture in Watertown? Please consider attending the upcoming Zoom meeting to...
01/30/2021

Want to be more active in supporting arts & culture in Watertown? Please consider attending the upcoming Zoom meeting to learn how to apply to become a member of the Watertown Cultural Council! Watch this space for more information!

Want to be more active in supporting arts & culture in Watertown? Please consider attending the upcoming Zoom meeting to learn how to apply to become a member of the Watertown Cultural Council! Watch this space for more information!

Great news!!!!
01/21/2021

Great news!!!!

Great news!!!!

Suddenly it's tomorrow! Join us on January 19 at 6.30PM- the WCC is meeting to address the grants! We're so excited to s...
01/18/2021
News — Watertown Cultural Council

Suddenly it's tomorrow! Join us on January 19 at 6.30PM- the WCC is meeting to address the grants! We're so excited to see what we can fund this year. All are invited to observe the proceedings- especially the grant applicants. Here's the info- http://www.watertownculturalcouncil.org/news

The WCC awards meeting will take place online, January 19, 2021 at 6:30pm.  This meeting is open to the public, but only Council members will have speaking parts. Those groups and individuals who have submitted grants are invited to attend.

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Thank you to the amazing Watertown Cultural Council for its support of this free community event this evening. Space is still available--register at the link below for Zoom access. https://fb.me/e/1Drw52L5M
33 days left to fulfill your dreams to be part of the "Lonely Island" mental health awareness video project, filmed around Watertown MA and funded in part by a Watertown Cultural Council grant!
Watertown Cultural Council grant recipient & Watertown band Lucretia's Daggers has been filming around Town for our "Lonely Island" music video (filmed by @GrieggAbadon)...is featured in this week's Watertown News! Band Making Music Video in Town With Grant from Watertown Cultural Council.
Video day, Day 1 4/17! Lucretia's Daggers began filming "Lonely Island" outdoors in H2Otown with our WCC grant! Check out our merch or send a contribution if you'd like to participate in this mental health awareness project. Thank you!: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ld-20th-anniversary-merch-to-video-fundraiser?fbclid=IwAR1X5T3M4FE0nwJHE1aDf01GprW4GDNCPl9m0qie_cJHOTL-7wKMzPbk7WE#/
Press Release Watertown Cultural Council Announces Grants Funding Call for Proposals, 2019-20 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 23, 2019 Contact: Roberta Rosenberg, Press Chair, WCC, [email protected] (757) 525-7634 The Watertown Cultural Council (WCC), a program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), announces the 2020 Call for Grant Proposals for community-oriented Arts, Humanities and Science programming. Online applications will be available on September 1 at www.mass-culture.org and the deadline for proposals is October 15, 2019. Guidelines for WCC proposals can be found at http://www.watertownculturalcouncil.org . An informal grant information session with Watertown Council Members will be held September 11, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Mastrangelo Room of the Watertown Public Library. Organizations, schools and individuals may apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. Examples of artistic projects and cultural activities include exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, workshops, lectures and performances in schools, community centers and other public places. Last year, WCC awarded $10,680 in grants to 21 grant recipients. Grants ranged from $300 to $1000, averaging $500 per grantee. About WCC: The Watertown Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. For more information, check out: http://www.watertownculturalcouncil.org ### Press Release Watertown Cultural Council Announces Grants Funding Call for Proposals, 2019-20 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 20, 2019 Contact: Roberta Rosenberg, Press Chair, WCC, [email protected] (757) 525-7634 The Watertown Cultural Council (WCC), a program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), announces the 2020 Call for Grant Proposals for community-oriented Arts, Humanities and Science programming. Online applications will be available on September 1 at www.mass-culture.org and the deadline for proposals is October 15, 2019. Guidelines for WCC proposals can be found at http://www.watertownculturalcouncil.org . An informal grant information session with Watertown Council Members will be held September 11, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Mastrangelo Room of the Watertown Public Library. Organizations, schools and individuals may apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. Examples of artistic projects and cultural activities include exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, workshops, lectures and performances in schools, community centers and other public places. Last year, WCC awarded $10,680 in grants to 21 grant recipients. Grants ranged from $300 to $1000, averaging $500 per grantee. About WCC: The Watertown Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. For more information, check out: http://www.watertownculturalcouncil.org ###