Pittsfield Cultural Council to Host Grant App Workshop followed by Reception


The Pittsfield Cultural Council will host a grant application workshop and Q&A to assist anyone interested in applying for funds for their 2017 arts- or culture-related project on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 6:30 to 7 p.m. at Hotel on North at 297 North St.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet with members of the Council to learn more about how to apply for funding.

The workshop will be followed by a reception in honor of the Pittsfield Cultural Council’s 2016 grant award recipients from 7 to 8 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and there will be a cash bar. Both the workshop and the reception are free and open to all.

“This reception is a chance for us to honor the work that artists and cultural organizations do for the city of Pittsfield,” said Nancy Ringer, chair of the Pittsfield Cultural Council. “In our upcoming work, we are particularly excited about the ways in which community groups are using the arts to inspire positive change through youth programs, outreach efforts, and other events and activities. Our goal is to support those projects that offer substantial public benefit for the residents of Pittsfield, and the range and breadth of projects that we’re seeing is tremendous.”

With funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Pittsfield Cultural Council provides grants to help underwrite projects, programs, and events in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences. The Pittsfield Cultural Council is committed to supporting the work of local artists, cultural institutions, schools, and other groups in sustaining and enriching the diverse creative community of the city of Pittsfield, with a focus on making cultural activities accessible and engaging to all.

This year, the Pittsfield Cultural Council funded 37 grants totaling more than $24,000. The Pittsfield Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall for the 2017 grant cycle, for which it has received $24,800 in grant funding. Information and applications are available online at http://www.massculturalcouncil.org. Applications are due Oct. 17.

The Pittsfield 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, e-mail pittsfieldculture@yahoo.com or visit http://www.mass-culture.org/Pittsfield.

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