SALISBURY — Eleven regional organizations are the beneficiaries of more than $4,100 in grant awards for cultural programs that enriched the region, according to the Salisbury Cultural Council and state Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives.
“I’m proud to support the work of the Salisbury Cultural Council, local decision-makers, who work hard to provide helpful boosts in funding to many enterprising cultural initiatives that grow opportunities to experience the arts, sciences and humanities in Salisbury,” said O’Connor Ives, Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development.
Locally, this year the Salisbury Cultural Council made awards that helped produce programs at the Salisbury Elementary School, and the town’s Chamber of Commerce, Council on Aging, Community Cable Television, as well as to support Community Day at Great Meadows Village and Salisbury’s May Art Stroll.
Since culture has no borders, on a regional level, the Salisbury Cultural Council participated with others to underwrite a yearlong series of concerts with the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, the 80th Anniversary Concert of the Newburyport Choral Society and a spring production at Maudslay Park’s Theater in the Open, as well as funding Triton’s Music Parents Organization scholarships.
Salisbury’s council is part of a network of 329 similar local cultural councils serving all 351 communities in the state. The local cultural council program is the largest grass-roots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year.
Although the state Legislature annually funds the state’s Massachusetts Cultural Council, which allocates funds to each community, decisions on which activities to support are made locally by members of the volunteers who serve as members of the councils.
Members of the Salisbury Cultural Counci include Linda Boragine, Sandra Brown, Adam Gingras, Monique Grelich, Maria Miles, Dan Ouellette and Ruth True.