Mansfield Local Cultural Council to honor grant recipients


The Mansfield Local Cultural Council will host a reception in honor of its 2021 scholarship winners at 6:30 p.m. on June 23 at Mansfield South Common.

This is an opportunity for MLCC grant recipients to discuss and demonstrate their funded projects. The event is free, accessible and open to all residents of Mansfield. Light refreshments will be available. The Jubilate Chorale, Inc. and LRC Stage Productions will each perform a song. Puppeteer Jacek Zuzanski will demonstrate some of the puppets made for “The Fisherman and his Wife”.

General Manager Kevin Dumas and Representative Jay Barrows will be on hand to greet guests and present awards. MLCC President Eileen Cusack will host the event, coordinated by Melanie O’Malley, Vice President.

“We are very happy to have this chance to honor the work of local artists, artisans, musicians, historians and culture enthusiasts who have been particularly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said said Cusack. “We hope that the projects we help fund will provide great public benefit as we strive to promote those that match the cultural goals of the Mansfield community.”

“After enduring over a year of precautionary quarantine, I am happy to see the return of arts and culture to our city,” Barrows said. “I am delighted to support our local artists and believe their activity and participation in the community will really help us get back to normal. ”

The Mansfield Local Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 local cultural councils serving the 351 towns and villages of the Commonwealth. The LCC program supports thousands of community projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides annual credit to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. The Town of Mansfield is providing additional funding for its LCC.

This year, MLCC funded 30 grants totaling $ 17,130. The board will call again for nominations in the fall. Information and forms available online at https://massculturalcouncil.org. You can find information about members, meeting dates and how to join locally at https://bit.ly/3qk6Baw.

This year’s grants include the MHS Winter Percussion and MHS Drama programs; African dance experience SIMDACA MOOV with Chefiatou Tokou; revival of the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra; Dream Tale Puppets, performance of “The Fisherman and his Wife” for children; Fuller Craft Museum Vacation Craft at Home Program and the annual Craft Inspires series; Hip hop dance exercise for the elderly by MUSIC Dance.edu; Pastel painting for Mansfield by Gregory Maichack; Fighting Hate and Prejudice by Holocaust survivor Janet Applefield; Children’s juggling performance partnership with Parks and Recs and Henry Lappen; Pianist, composer and educator duo Whipple and Morales; LiveARTS concert series; Mansfield Local Cultural Council; Mass Music and Arts Society (MMAS) Online Project; Community forums and discussions on the path to diversity; A Celtic journey with the Jubilate choir; Southeastern Massachusetts Arts Collaborative Virtual Art Gallery (SMARTS); The production of “Elf the Musical” by the Un-Common Theater Company; Brockton Symphony Orchestra virtual music series; LRC theatrical production talent show; Interactive 3D map of Mansfield Old Town Cemetery by Marc Clamage; Easton Chamber Music Festival; 25th performance of “Les Misérables” by the Triboro Youth Theater; Stories that make the world a better place series by Rona Levanthal; the 2020-21 season of the Neponset Choral Societies as well as a Halloween Harvest series, Stephano: The Story of Shakespeare’s Shipwreck by Hit and Run History; and “We did it for you! Show “A women’s journey through history” for schoolchildren.

For more information on receiving grants, contact Recipient Reception Coordinator Melanie O’Malley at [email protected]

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