Cultural Council



  • 7 p.m.
  • Third Tuesday of each month
  • City Hall
    59 Court Street
    Westfield, MA 01085

Agendas & Minutes 

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NameTitle Start DateEnd Date
Scognamiglio, MaryAnn
Blackburn, RebeccaMember09/07/20239/2026
Brown, DonnaMember07/07/202207/2025
Ducharme, JayMember11/4/202110/2024
Larsen, RissaMember10/20/202202/2025
McDowell, EricMember10/20/202211/2025
Polan, Jason Member09/02/202108/2024
Scott, SarahScribe09/21/202306/2026
Slozak, Linda Treasurer10/20/202208/2025

What types of Grants are Given?

Local council funds may only be used to support programs in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences in Massachusetts. This definition includes the study, pursuit, performance, exhibition, and appreciation of cultural activities in the broadest sense.

How does Massachusetts Cultural Council define the arts, humanities, and/or interpretive sciences?

  • Arts refer to the creation of work in the crafts and performing, visual, media, folk, design, literary, and inter-disciplinary arts. In addition, they also include the presentation and preservation of, and education about works in these disciplines.

  • Humanities are types of learning that deal with human values and aspirations, human thought and culture, language, and creativity. Examples include, but are not limited to, history, social studies, philosophy, criticism, and literature.

  • Interpretive sciences are types of learning that deal with nature, science, and technology in ways that explain how they relate to people’s lives. Some organizations that conduct this type of activity include aquariums, botanical gardens, nature centers, natural history museums, planetariums, and science centers.

Public Benefit

Local council funds must be used to support activities that contribute to the cultural vitality of the community as a whole, rather than benefiting any private individual or group. However, this does not mean that a large crowd of people needs to participate in order to satisfy the public benefit requirement. For example, an artist working with a small group of teens is a valid public benefit. Whenever possible, activities funded by local councils should be available to the general public by exhibit, performance, demonstration, reading, or other means.

Funding Priority

Funding Priority is given to quality community wide programs. Collaborative projects between cultural groups and community organizations are encouraged and given a higher priority. No field trip grants will be considered.

How to Apply?

The Councils annual grant cycle starts as of September 1st with a deadline of October 15th.  All applicants must apply online.  No hard copy applications will be accepted. Download the Grant Application.

Requirements & Restrictions

  • All events must take place in Westfield.

  • Applications must include plans to acknowledge the Westfield Cultural Council (WCC) as a source of funding in ALL printed materials related to each event. Failure to do so may compromise future grant funding for an organization. Reimbursements requests must include the copies of the publicity containing acknowledgment.

  • First priority will be given to grants written by organizations. Grants written by artists and supported by organizations will be considered when (and only when) the event has a definite venue and date.

  • Applicants may be requested to attend a meeting of the Westfield Cultural Council before funding is granted.

  • Every year, the WCC is required by the State to do a "Satisfaction Survey." All recipients are expected to participate in this survey so that the WCC can learn how to better serve arts organizations and the community.

  • Any change to any funded event, including a change of date, purpose of the event, change in artists or venue must be submitted in writing to the Westfield Cultural Council two (2) months before the event. The WCC will consider the changes and vote before providing the grant funds for disbursement.

  • All grant requests must follow the MACC and WCC Program Guidelines to be considered for funding.

Grants Funded in 2022

2022 Grants Project Title
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield, Inc. Art Studio Programming $2,000
Artworks of Westfield, Inc. Open Mic $500
Amelia Park Children's Museum, Inc. Literacy Learning Initiative $1,819
Westfield Anthenaeum Reptiles Rock $425
Highland Elementary PTO To Bee or Not To Bee $1,200
MUSIC Hip Hop Dance Chair Exercise for Seniors! $600
Westfield Athenaeum Felted Totoro $275
Westfield Athenaeum Candle Making for Teens $324
Cope, Jr., Edward L. Reading is Magic $650
Pearl, Sandra Science Take Home Kits for Library: Circuits $210
Westfield Athenaeum Let's Draw Cartoons! $250
Westfield Athenaeum Manga Drawing Workship $175
ArtWorks of Westfield, Inc. Downtown Live Concert Series $1,000
Blackburn, Rebecca Hiking the Appalachian Trail $335
Blackburn, Rebecca The Softer Side of Celtic $275
Westfield Farmers Market Music at the Market $2,000
Tincknell, Roger L. Children's Songs and Sing Family Concert $500
Westfield on Weekends, Inc. PumpkinFest 2022 Enhancements $4,000
Young Singers of Greater Westfield Young Singers of Greater Westfield Spring Concert $500
Westfield Middle School The Firebird by the Puppet People $1,300
Westfield Middle School Malik the Magic Guy $650
Leventhal, Rona Goblins and Giggles: Stories For Halloween! $585
Abner Gibbs Elementary School Capoeira: Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts, Music, and Dance $1,005
ArtWorks of Westfield, Inc. Articulture 5 $600
Greater Westfield Choral Association, Inc, Ducharme Mass A Major $2,000
ArtWorks of Westfield, Inc. Articulture Westfield 2022 - Art & Authors! $400
ArtWorks of Westfield, Inc. Dance Outside! $1,000
The Stanley Park of Westfield, Inc. Stanley Park's Sunday Night Concert Series $3,000
Fazio, Rhonda M Dyeing to Wear It: Creating Community Through Color $600
York, Matt Songs and Stories - The Highwaymen $500
Bruno, Roger Too Human: A Celebration of Song - The Great American Songbook and Beyond $700
Westfield On Weekends, Inc. Up Close and Musical $2,500
ArtWorks of Westfield, Inc. New Horizons in Art $1,000
ArtWorks of Westfield, Inc. ARToberFEST $1,000
Piti Theatre Company Inclusion Improv $550
Westfield on Weekends, Inc. Cookies, Cupcakes and Community $1,319
Westfield High School Antonina & David, The Mentalists Show $1,800

Contact the Cultural Council 

For all questions, comments, or concerns, please email us.

Additional Information

Local Cultural Councils 
Local Cultural Councils Program Regulations and Guidelines 
Westfield Cultural Council Facebook Page