Cultural Council

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

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Name Contact
Term Expires  Position
Amy Tosi                  
09/2018 Chair
Kathryn Martin   11/2018 Treasurer
Sylvia Abar   11/2018  
Barbara Trant   11/2018
Candy Pennington
Barbara James   11/2018  
Becky Clark   01/2019
Jeanie Braceland   01/2019  
Susan Kingra   02/2019
Patricia Steele-Perkins
Holly Robbins   02/2019

Katherine Bentrewicz   07/2017  
Morgan Ann Drewniany

2016 Grant Recipients 

  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield, Inc. - Arts & Cultural Enrichment Programming
  • Community Carol Festival - Community Carol Festival - 2015
  • Denis Cormier - Hands on History the American Revolutionary War
  • Episcopal Church of the Atonement - Music at the Market
  • Novi Cantori/Crystal Diamond - Christmas with Novi Cantori
  • The Greater Westfield Choral Association - GWCA Spring Concert - 2016
  • Westfield Athenaeum - Middle Eastern Dance and Music
  • Westfield Athenaeum - Jerry Noble and Bob Sparkman
  • Westfield Athenaeum - First Thursday Concert - Hungrytown
  • Westfield Athenaeum - Peter Christoph and the Magic of the Snowy Owl
  • Westfield Athenaeum - A Summer Reading Song & Story Celebration
  • Westfield Athenaeum - Theatrical Magic at the Library with Scott Jameson
  • Westfield Athenaeum - SuperSnacks for Super Teens
  • Westfield Athenaeum - Reading Is Magic with Ed the Wizard
  • Westfield Athenaeum - Guard Up!
  • Westfield Athenaeum - Circus in a Suitcase
  • Westfield Athenaeum - Connect with Culture: Embrace Your Polish Heritage
  • Westfield Museum Inc. - Website Upgrade for Westfield Museum Inc.
  • Westfield on Weekends, Inc. (WOW) - Westfield Creative Arts Marketing Its Program
  • Westfield State University - Chicago (Musical Theatre Production)
  • Westfield State University Department of Music Choral Artist in Residence - Dr. Pearl Shangkuan
  • Westfield State University Department of Music New Music Festival - Haitan Celebration Guest Lecturer
  • Young Singers of Greater Westfield - Young Singers of Greater Westfield Concert Series

What types of Grants are Given?

Arts, Humanities, and Interpretive Sciences. 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 postmark deadline of October 15th.

Download the Grant Application.

Requirements & Restrictions

Please send 15 total copies of each application.

  • 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.

  • The Westfield Cultural Council is committed to bringing new cultural events to the city and, realizing that other local support may be difficult to secure for an untried event, may fully fund it in the first year. However, to best leverage the funds provided by the State, we encourage organizations to apply to the WCC for partial funding for subsequent years, while finding other sources of financial support.

  • 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.

  • Those applicants seeking grant funds over $800, or first-time applicants, may be asked to attend a WCC Meeting.

  • Every three years, 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.

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