WCCA TV is Very Appreciative That We Have Been Awarded A Worcester Arts Council Grant for New Voices 2018!! Thank You Worcester Arts Council!!

Worcester Arts Council Announces

New Grants Awarded for 2018

Worcester, MA- City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. and Samantha Fiakofi, chair of the Worcester Arts Council (WAC), have announced the award of 48 grants totaling $114,375 for cultural programs in Worcester.

The Worcester Arts 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 Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates a portion of these funds to each community including Worcester.

It is through programs like these that give access and assistance to Worcester’s creative community. This year WAC is announcing the recipients of funding for the 2018 grant cycle. Through an in depth selection process, WAC’s volunteer members reviewed numerous applications this fall during a series of meetings conducted to evaluate the overall quality of the proposed programs, their public benefit, viability and whether they met the 2018 local priorities for funding  which  included : Public Art, Children’s Programing, and Visual Arts.

This year WAC will award a total of $114,375 to 48 Worcester area applicants. The 2018 allocation also includes two $5,000 Artist Fellowships, awarded to individuals to assist in the funding of their endeavors in the arts, humanities and interpretative sciences. This year the Worcester Arts Council is proud to award Artist Fellowships to two local artists: James Dye and Jennifer Carey.

Samantha Fiakofi, Chair of the Worcester Arts Council said, “We are excited to announce our 2018 grant recipients. Each year we are impressed by the creativity and innovation WAC grant recipients bring to Worcester’s cultural community. This year’s projects will attract diverse audiences and hopefully inspire new projects throughout the city.”

Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. The members of the Worcester Arts Council are: Samantha Fiakofi (Chair), Meghan Hardy-Lavoie (Vice-Chair), Jacob Poplaski (Treasurer), Amanda Schall (Secretary), Thomas Conroy, Jose Castillo, Hansani Archibald, Hank Von Hellion.

City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. said, “I congratulate all the recipients who continue to enhance the creative vitality of our community. I also thank the Worcester Arts Council for its diligence in reviewing so many worthy submissions.”

Statewide, more than $3.3 million will be distributed by local cultural councils in 2018. Grants will support an enormous range of grass-roots activities: concerts, exhibitions, radio and video productions, field trips for schoolchildren, after-school youth programs, writing workshops, historical preservation efforts, lectures, First Night celebrations, nature and science education programs for families and town festivals. Nearly half of LCC funds support educational activities for young people.

The Worcester Art Council will seek applications again in the fall. For guidelines and complete information on the Worcester Art Council, please contact Lindiana Semidei, Staff Liaison to the Worcester Arts Council at 508-799-1400 x 31414 or by email at SemideiL@Worcesterma.gov. Applications and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org.  Applications are due in October of 2019.


This year’s grants include:

2018 Worcester Arts Council Grant Awards
Applicant Project Title Award Amount
James Dye Fellowship $5,000
Jennifer Carey Fellowship $5,000
Worcester Arts Council Make Music Day $6,000
Girls Inc. of Worcester Girls Inc. Dear World: Voices of Worcester Girls Enhancement $3,500
Music Worcester Boston Brass Worcester Residency $5,000
Ascentria Community Services Inc. Worcester World Refugee Day $2,500
Greater Worcester Opera Hansel and Gretel Opera Workshop $400
Timothy Loftus A Musical Taste of Irish Culture $200
Valley Residents for Improvement, Inc. VRI’s Camp Freedom Summer Music Program $2,400
Worcester Art Museum Southeast Asia Artist-in-Residence Program $5,000
Worcester Youth Center Youth Center Mural $2,500
Woodland Academy Instant Alpha Art Show $2,693
Worcester Center for Crafts Family Experiences 2018 $2,000
Mihoko Wakabayashi Seed to Fashion $3,250
ArtsWorcester Teen Nights $3,500
Joy of Music Program Boys and Girls Club and Great Brook Valley Outreach $3,000
Worcester Arts Magnet School Paper Stain Glass and Glass Making $3,200
Black Heritage Festival/Stone Soup Black Heritage Juneteenth Festival $2,000
Worcester Chamber Music Society Peter and the Wolf: Free Family Concert $3,000
Worcester Public Library Visual Arts Instruction $2,000
Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc. Rainbow Lunch and Supper Clubs $1,200
Refugee Artisans of Worcester Community Connections Through Indigenous Refugee Crafts $2,550
Main South Community Development Corporation Main South Pop-Up Plaza $3,000
EcoTarium Nature Explore LIVE! 2018 $2,370
Understanding New Identifiers To Empower Youth(UNITEY) UNITEY Culinary and Musical Arts Series $5,000
Elizabeth Wambui Takashi Murakami Theater Project $2,500
Worcester County Light Opera Company The Laramie Project $2,800
All Saints Church Graeme McCullough Afternoon Tunes $3,500
Vietnamese Community of Worcester County Vietnamese New Year Celebration $1,750
African Community Education Program Saturday Program Field Trips $1,478
Worcester Community Action Council Creative Connections – Poetic Pathways $2,800
Latino History Project of Worcester Latino History Week $2,100
Elm Park Community School The Moral of the Story:  Bringing Fables to Life Through Puppetry $280
Michelle Memnon 4th Annual Summer Gospel Fest $2,500
Southeast Asian Coalition of Central MA 15th Annual Asian Festival and 13th Moon Festival $2,500
Cinema Worcester Four Great Films from the 1950s/ Four Countries $504
Boys & Girls Club of Worcester Wall of Art $2,500
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross Worcester Public Schools Outreach $250
YWCA Central Massachusetts Visual and Musical Arts for Pre-Kindergarten Students and Child Care Families $900
Audio Journal, Inc. Access to Culture for the Blind $1,250
Ariana Falk Worcester Bach Festival $1,350
Lynne McKenney Lydick To My Dearest: The Civil War Letters of General George Ward and Emily Ward $275
Cathy Weaver Taylor Luminaries in the Library $850
Elizabeth Bacon Clemente Children: The Child

Education Program of the Clemente Course in the Humanities

The Hanover Theatre Creative Drama Workshop $775
Worcester Community Cable Access, Inc. (WCCA TV) New Voices Awards 2018 $2,500
Worcester Earn-a-Bike, Inc. Stone Soup Public Art/Mural $750
Joseph Realbuto Therapeutic Arts for People with Disabilities $2,500
Total Awarded $114,375



About the Worcester Arts Council:

The Worcester Arts Council is a municipal body consisting of nine members appointed by the City Manager. The Council is charged with promoting the cultural affairs of the City of Worcester and allocating funds received by the Council for cultural projects and programs. The mission of the Worcester Arts Council is to promote excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretative sciences to improve the quality of life for Worcester residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our City. The Worcester Arts Council is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Additional information about the Worcester Arts Council can be found by visiting: http://www.worcesterma.gov/cultural-development/grants


About the Massachusetts Cultural Council:

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities. The Council pursues this mission through a combination of grant programs, partnerships, and services for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists. For more information visit: http://www.massculturalcouncil.org