Watertown Cultural Council

Watertown Cultural Council The Watertown Cultural Council is part of the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nati

10/05/2023

A monthly round-up of grants, technical assistance resources, and opportunities for creative and cultural organizations

It's officially October and that means there's just over 2 weeks left to fill out your Grant application! If you any que...
10/01/2023

It's officially October and that means there's just over 2 weeks left to fill out your Grant application!

If you any questions check out our website or feel free to reach out!

Our WCC Youth Member, a WHS junior, got into the art of face painting at the Faire on the Square. Thanks for making the ...
09/26/2023

Our WCC Youth Member, a WHS junior, got into the art of face painting at the Faire on the Square. Thanks for making the day fun!

CREATE, PERFORM, DESIGNGrants from the Mass Cultural Council are available through the Watertown Cultural Council. Check...
09/23/2023

CREATE, PERFORM, DESIGN

Grants from the Mass Cultural Council are available through the Watertown Cultural Council. Check out the website www.watertownculturalcouncil.org to apply.

Want to know more about what we do? Have questions about your grant application? Come visit our table at today's Faire o...
09/23/2023

Want to know more about what we do? Have questions about your grant application? Come visit our table at today's Faire on the Square!

https://www.baystatebanner.com/2023/09/13/equity-and-inclusion-top-priority-in-mass-cultural-council-2024-plan/Interesti...
09/14/2023

https://www.baystatebanner.com/2023/09/13/equity-and-inclusion-top-priority-in-mass-cultural-council-2024-plan/

Interesting article on Michael Bobbit, the Executive Director of the Mass Cultural Council (and Watertown resident).

Applications for Mass Cultural Council are now open (Sept. 1 to October 17). Check out http://www.watertownculturalcouncil.org/ for more information or apply at https://massculturalcouncil.org/blog/apply-for-lcc-grants-supporting-community-based-arts-culture-projects/

Do you have an project in the arts, humanities, or sciences that would benefit the residents of Watertown?  Funding from...
09/12/2023

Do you have an project in the arts, humanities, or sciences that would benefit the residents of Watertown? Funding from the Commonwealth is available!

Check out the following and learn how to apply:

Live webinar on Sept. 12 @ 6pm for Local Cultural Council Grant Applicants -->
https://massculturalcouncil.org/event/how-to-apply-for-a-local-cultural-council-grant/

The webinar will be recorded and available after the 12th.

Time: 6pm This session is for applicants to the Local Cultural Council Program. The LCC grant cycle runs from September 1 - October 17. Here you will

Evan Haller Music At The Blissful
07/10/2023

Evan Haller Music At The Blissful

Great news for visual artists of all sorts!
11/04/2022

Great news for visual artists of all sorts!

10/18/2022

Two Day extension!
Great News- the grant deadline is now 10/19/22!

Today's the day! You have until 11.59PM to submit your grant request! For everyone who already has sent theirs in- congr...
10/17/2022

Today's the day! You have until 11.59PM to submit your grant request! For everyone who already has sent theirs in- congratulations!

It's October! Grants month! Don't forget to send your proposal in!
10/01/2022

It's October! Grants month! Don't forget to send your proposal in!

09/08/2022

What does the WCC fund with its grants? There's no one thing! These are some of last cycle's programs-
Women in World Jazz, Watertown Public School
Yard Art
Brazilian Samba Workshop
Free Children’s Dancing Classes
Dinosaur Annex’s Performance of Hub of the Musiverse: Sonic Migrations
Emergence: New Pathways of Art Amidst a Pandemic
Neighborhood Nature Walks
Hip Hop Dance for Seniors
Local Armenian Community Map
Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Program on “The Art of Living Together”

Want a grant but you're not sure how to go about it? All is not lost!  You can discuss it with a member of the Watertown...
08/29/2022

Want a grant but you're not sure how to go about it? All is not lost! You can discuss it with a member of the Watertown Cultural Counci any time by sending an email to [email protected] and we will get back in touch with you. OR you can attend a webinar! https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LFs4VTFMR4qfTgu3isLDaQ

This webinar is for applicants to the Local Cultural Council grants program. The LCC grant cycle runs from September 1-October 17th. Here you will learn about the program and how to apply for grants in your communities. There are LCCs in every city and town in Massachusetts who grant out funds for l...

08/19/2022

More info on this year's grants! The Watertown Cultural Council is committed to funding public programs that promote excellence, access, diversity and education in the Arts, Humanities and Interpretive Sciences. In addition, program priorities for 2022-23 include projects that:
promote diversity, inclusion and accessibility in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences;
support collaboration, cooperation, and growth among Watertown organizations;
explore the social and cultural histories of Watertown;
focus on climate change and the natural environment and
encourage developing artists and students, especially new grantees and projects.

Hot off the Press! The Watertown Cultural Council (WCC) seeks new grant proposals from organizations, schools, and indiv...
08/13/2022

Hot off the Press!
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 2022-23.
Proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and interpretive science projects are due on the Mass Council website by October 17, 2022 at 11:59 EST. Watch this space for more information!

This important news can make a real difference in an artist's life!
07/07/2022

This important news can make a real difference in an artist's life!

Watertown artists are invited to learn about making connections, marketing themselves, and how to use the online database called Creative Ground. The virtual networking event will be presented by the Watertown Public Arts & Culture Committee and the Watertown Business Coalition. The session takes ta...

Fascinating call-
06/27/2022

Fascinating call-

It's almost summer, but the music's begun at Saltonstall Park. Enjoy!
06/12/2022

It's almost summer, but the music's begun at Saltonstall Park. Enjoy!

We're so happy to support The Watertown Arts Market! It's an outdoor celebration that features work by Watertown-based a...
06/10/2022

We're so happy to support The Watertown Arts Market! It's an outdoor celebration that features work by Watertown-based artists, art for sale, live music and performances, art-making opportunities, and local food.
Watch for it on August 13, 2022. 12-5pm at Arsenal Park. FREE for all ages.

There are so many ways to get engaged in artistic activities! Here's one you may not have thought of in Watertown- Learn...
05/26/2022

There are so many ways to get engaged in artistic activities! Here's one you may not have thought of in Watertown- Learning floral design.
http://cassflowers.com/

It's another kind of art class! Both kids and adults can learn to play and perform rock as well as try songwriting at th...
05/25/2022

It's another kind of art class! Both kids and adults can learn to play and perform rock as well as try songwriting at the School of Rock. It could be a new way to stretch your mind!
https://www.schoolofrock.com/locations/watertown

This exciting news just in from the Perkins School. A virtual event that's open to all!
05/24/2022

This exciting news just in from the Perkins School. A virtual event that's open to all!

Want to learn art in Watertown? Who knew there were so many options?  Here's the opener for those who ache to learn pott...
05/23/2022

Want to learn art in Watertown?
Who knew there were so many options? Here's the opener for those who ache to learn pottery. "Indigo Fire's Belmont studio opened in 2012 and the Watertown studio opened in 2021. Our goal is to provide a friendly, non-intimidating environment for those interested in learning pottery. Whether you are a beginner or experienced potter, we have something to offer you." https://www.indigofirestudio.com/

Indigo Fire offers pottery classes, clay workshops and independent study

What a great opportunity! Master Photographer Jim Dow's Disappearing LandscapesSaturday, May 21, 2022, 2 - 4 pmWatertown...
05/19/2022

What a great opportunity! Master Photographer Jim Dow's Disappearing Landscapes
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 2 - 4 pm
Watertown Free Public Library, Watertown Saving's Bank Meeting Room, 123 Main Street, Watertown
Jim Dow’s photographs focus on the passage of time as it is recorded in landscapes from North Dakota to Great Britain to Argentina. Using an 8 x 10 inch view camera, Dow turns his lens to roadside signs, aging buildings, and interiors that feel locked in another era. His images honestly record the scenes before his camera, avoiding sentiments of nostalgia while paying tribute to lands marked by past and current residents. A leading American photographer, Dow pushes his viewer to reconsider familiar surroundings and discern the beauty and cultural history hidden in modern landscapes.

International week at the Hosmer Elementary School was a huge hit. Bringing art and culture from around the world to enr...
05/16/2022

International week at the Hosmer Elementary School was a huge hit. Bringing art and culture from around the world to enrich the minds of our little people. WCC is so proud to have been a part of making this happen. Thank you to all the participants. A special thanks to the Hosmer for making this happen.

And finally on this week's roundup of Art Galleries in Watertown is the Watertown Public Library's second floor T. Ross ...
05/14/2022

And finally on this week's roundup of Art Galleries in Watertown is the Watertown Public Library's second floor T. Ross Family Gallery. It's hosted everything from quilts to cut paper and watercolors for a month per show. It's open whenever the library is!
Check it out- along with the permanent collection displayed around the library.

Next stop on Watertown's Gallery tour is the newly-renovated Mosesian Center for the Arts Galleries on Arsenal Street. I...
05/13/2022

Next stop on Watertown's Gallery tour is the newly-renovated Mosesian Center for the Arts Galleries on Arsenal Street. It features both the Thomas Pannesie Space on the first floor and the Watertown Savings Bank Gallery on the second. This major player is open Wed-Sat every week 1-8PM.
https://www.mosesianarts.org/exhibitions

Arsenal on the Charles campus renovations will affect access to our front entrance. Please read getting here and staying safe.

Next up on the Watertown Art Gallery Scene is the incredibly unique Drive By Gallery on Spring Street. Think of a small ...
05/12/2022

Next up on the Watertown Art Gallery Scene is the incredibly unique Drive By Gallery on Spring Street. Think of a small space that exhibits thought provoking art in its storefront windows and small gallery. Always at your service. And an amazing venue in the Watertown art world.
https://drive-byprojects.com/

Beth Kantrowitz of BK Projects is an independent fine art curator and contemporary art consultant representing artists from Boston, MA and New York, NY.

And speaking of Watertown Art Galleries- the TILL Wave Art Gallery is a real gem in the local art scene. It features loc...
05/11/2022

And speaking of Watertown Art Galleries- the TILL Wave Art Gallery is a real gem in the local art scene. It features local artists and great themes. This season it's "A World of Color" to celebrate Spring. Open Mondays and Tuesdays, this exhibit runs until June 2! Enjoy!
https://www.tillinc.org/social-connections/wave-art-gallery

The TILL Wave Gallery is an inclusive space for artists of all abilities, showcasing local solo and collaborative artists, through exhibits, workshops, and events.   Visit our Gallery  The Gallery is open Mondays and Tuesdays, 10am to 6pm, and by appointment. For more information, contact tillartw...

Announcing one of the most exciting art events of the year! The Armenian Museum is hosting a thrilling exhibit beginning...
05/10/2022

Announcing one of the most exciting art events of the year! The Armenian Museum is hosting a thrilling exhibit beginning next month! From Basquiat to Warhol, from Hockney to Garabedian, the whole 3rd floor of the museum will be filled with significant 20th century (1970-1990) works of art. https://www.armenianmuseum.org/upcoming-exhibitions
Watch for it!
Congratulations to the Museum from the WCC!!! We're delighted to have supported you in your work!

Upcoming Exhibitions

Time's almost up to submit your grant request to the council, artists!
10/14/2021

Time's almost up to submit your grant request to the council, artists!

Just ten days til the grant proposal deadline! Check it out at watertownculturalcouncil.org!
10/07/2021

Just ten days til the grant proposal deadline! Check it out at watertownculturalcouncil.org!

It's October! It's grant application month! We can hardly wait to read your arts grant proposals! Please send them to us...
10/01/2021

It's October! It's grant application month! We can hardly wait to read your arts grant proposals! Please send them to us by October 15th and learn more at the watertownculturalcouncil.org

Once again- WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE ARTS AND CULTURE IN WATERTOWN?The Watertown Cultural Council would like to know ...
09/17/2021

Once again- WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE ARTS AND CULTURE IN WATERTOWN?

The Watertown Cultural Council would like to know your opinion about the nature and state of arts and culture in Watertown!
Please complete this Community Survey and help us in the planning and development of programming in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences.

Click on the link below to complete this quick 7 question survey:
Thanks!!!
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Special thanks to the Watertown Cultural Council for their recent $1,000 grant supporting The Fatherhood Mixtape, an original commission from our Pipeline Project!
Thank you Watertown Cultural Council for supporting the Watertown Arts Market with a grant of $750!
The last film has been watched online, and so ends Belmont World Film's 20th Family Festival! Thanks to everyone who attended in-person and online, to the Arlington Cultural Council Newton Cultural Council - Newton, MA Belmont Cultural Council & Watertown Cultural Council, plus our sponsors, German International School Boston, Denmark In New York, Dutch Culture USA, Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in New York, Belmont Day School, Consulate General of France in Boston & Villa Albertine for making this such a fantastic year, Plus thanks to the West Newton Cinema, The Majestic 7, Arsenal Yards, Brattle Theatre & Regent Theatre Arlington for being the festival hosts with the mosts and our volunteers, especially One Brick Boston and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. Looking forward to possibly a fully in-person festival next year, but time will tell!
On the September 15th edition of Watertown Cable News, we'll have updates from the and , the football team rolls in its home opener and the field hockey team beats the defending D1 champions, city officials join us in studio to discuss the , and learn about how you can apply for a Watertown Cultural Council grant.

⏰ Watertown Cable News rebroadcasts every day at 7am, 12pm, 7pm, and 12am
🎥 New episodes every Thursday at 7pm
📺 Comcast Channel 9 & RCN Channel 3
🗒 News tip? Email [email protected]
WATERTOWN CULTURAL COUNCIL SEEKS GRANT PROPOSALS FOR 2022-23 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 2022-23.
Proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and interpretive science projects are due on the Mass Council website by October 17, 2022 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.
The WCC supports both in-person and virtual programming in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences for the Watertown community -- including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.
Priorities for 2022-23 Grants
The Watertown Cultural Council is committed to funding public programs that promote excellence, access, diversity and education in the Arts, Humanities and Interpretive Sciences. In addition, program priorities for 2022-23 include projects that:
• promote diversity, inclusion and accessibility in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences;
• support collaboration, cooperation, and growth among Watertown organizations;
• explore the social and cultural histories of Watertown;
• focus on climate change and the natural environment and
• encourage developing artists and students, especially new grantees and projects.
The Watertown Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. For more information, go to the website: watertownculturalcouncil.org or email the Chair.
"One of the most exciting art events of the year! From Basquiat to Warhol, Hockney to Garabedian, the Armenian Museum is hosting a thrilling exhibit. The third floor of the museum is filled with significant 20th century works of art. We're delighted to have supported your work!" - Watertown Cultural Council
BEALS PRIZE FOR POETRY CALL FOR ENTRIES
• Submissions are now being accepted through Sunday, July 31.
• Only one poem per poet can be submitted.
• All submissions must be original and previously unpublished.
• Submissions must be emailed to: [email protected] (Word docs preferred).
• Notification of receipt of entry will be via return email.
• Ten finalists will vie for the prize money of $150 for first, $75 for second, and $50 for third on Thursday, September 1, 2022.
• Competition Finalists will be notified on or before August 19.
• Call the Library at 978-297-0300 or go to bealslibrary.org for more information.
Only 2 more days until Revels’ A Celebration of Spring with Perkins School for the Blind! Join us for FREE on Facebook Live as we welcome the season in the best way we know how - with singing, dancing, and joyous celebration. Learn more at https://revels.org/event/a-celebration-of-spring-with-perkins-school-for-the-blind/!

This program was funded, in part, by a gift from the Klarman Family Foundation, a grant from the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, and the Watertown Cultural Council, a local agency.
The WPS elementary string players from Hosmer, Lowell, and Cunniff took a trip to the symphony today! Big shoutout to all of our students for being awesome audience members, our parent chaperones for all of their help, and teacher chaperones Mr. Saunders and Miss Varsos! What a great day to listen to the Boston Symphony!

This program was 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.
We are proud to be the recipient of a grant from the Watertown Cultural Council, which supports the arts, humanities, and public science projects. WCC is funded by the State of Massachusetts through the Mass Cultural Council. Our project is to develop a map of Armenian cultural destinations around the Watertown area including bakeries, churches, and community venues. Thank you, WCC!
We are pleased to announce Woman in the Mirror was selected to receive a grant through the 2022 Cambridge Arts Council Program. In addition, we thank the Watertown Cultural Council for their support in 2021 and 2022. Thank you to both programs for recognizing the value and creativity of our film. We are very grateful as these funds will cover some of our post production work. We are still looking for additional funding as we are committed to complete the film soon
This year, the Watertown Cultural Council has chosen to produce, , a council-originated program. This video shows a local community member, Dirk, and how he has participated in this local initiative.

Each year, Local Cultural Councils are encouraged to develop their own programs and activities to respond to cultural needs that are not otherwise being addressed in the community or that support the council’s local priorities. This is just an example out of many across the Commonwealth.
Watertown Cultural Council Announces New Grants for 2022
For Immediate Release: February 18, 2022
Contact: Roberta Rosenberg, Chair

The Watertown Cultural Council is pleased to announce its grant recipients for the fiscal year 2022. The Council awarded 20 grants totaling over $14,000 an increase of over $2,000 from last year. The grants will support arts, humanities and public science and technology projects throughout Watertown.

The funding for these grants is provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. And, for the first time, the Watertown Cultural Council will sponsor a Council project, Yard Art. The programs serve Watertown adult audiences as well as families, older adults, preschoolers and K-12 students.

Grantees for 2022 include the following:

Arts Access Programming at the Mosesian Center for the Arts
Art Saint Hope Art Exhibit
Belmont World Film’s 19th Annual Family Film Festival
Dancing Feet’s Free Children’s Dancing Classes
Dinosaur Annex’s Performance of Hub of the Musiverse: Sonic Migrations
Geode Program at the Watertown Boys and Girls Club
Gore Place’s Neighborhood Nature Walks
Hosmer School’s International Week
Hip Hop Dance for Seniors
Irish Music Performance, Patrick J. Touhey Memorial Concert
Local Armenian Community Map
Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Program on “The Art of Living Together”
Pigsgusset Initiative’s Performance of “Listen to Sipu”
Recovery City Production
Revels and Perkins School for the Blind’s Performance of “Celebration of Spring”
Watertown Arts Market
Watertown Saltonstall Park Concerts 2022
Woman in the Mirror Production
Women in World Jazz, Watertown Public School
Yard Art
The Watertown Cultural Council (WCC) is one of 355 Local Cultural Council Programs statewide, funded in large part by the state through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and part of the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, annually supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences.

The mission of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is “to promote excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.”

The Watertown Cultural Council is comprised of volunteer residents with a strong interest in the arts, humanities and sciences.. To learn more about the application process or how to join the Council, please visit the Watertown Cultural Council website at watertownculturalcouncil.org.
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Blessed Solstice, everyone! Behold LD's 20th Anniversary video, "New Army" on climate change/global warming awareness, produced by the lovely & talented Juliet Schneider for the Watertown Mass. community and beyond! Thanks to a grant from the Watertown Cultural Council and contributors to LD's Indiegogo Merch Campaign! Please share widely.