NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

August 27, 2013

Firehouse, Literary Fest, included in state cultural grants


Newburyport Daily News

---- — BOSTON — State Rep. Michael A. Costello, D-Newburyport, and state Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives, D-Newburyport, announced recently that the Massachusetts Cultural Council has awarded grants totaling more than $25,000 to cultural organizations and communities in their district.

The grant recipients include: The Newburyport Literary Festival, $2,500; On Stage Inc. of Newburyport, $3,500; Symphony by the Sea, $3,200; The Firehouse Center for the Arts, $2,500, and the Newburyport Cultural Council, $4,250.

Also, the Amesbury Cultural Council received $5,140, the Salisbury Cultural Council was awarded $4,250, and the Merrimac Cultural Council received $4,250.

“A vibrant cultural arts scene, including great theater, music, literature and visual arts, helps make the First Essex District an attractive place to live and visit,” Costello said. “I am happy that the Massachusetts Cultural Council has decided to support these organizations, which are so critical to keep our arts thriving.”

O’Connor Ives, who serves as the co-chairwoman of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, said, “These additional resources will support the work of every local cultural council and a number of cultural organizations in the district to continue and expand their offerings. It’s also a boost to tourism and our local economy.”