Massachusetts state legislators Representative Kate Hogan and Senator James Eldridge along with Patricia Luoto and Donna Specian, Co-Chairs of the Hudson Cultural Council, have announced the award of 18 grants totaling $14,500 for cultural programs in Hudson and the surrounding area. There were 31 grant application requests totaling $31,200 to be considered.
Some of this year's grant recipients include: C.A. Farley Elementary School, Assabet Valley Camera Club, Forest Avenue Elementary School, Hudson Division of Recreation, Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce, Symphony Pro Musica, Hudson Public Library, and Howie Newman for the Hudson Senior Center.
"Hudson has long been a natural hub for arts and culture in the area - its proximity to the 495/Metrowest Corridor and ability to offer amenities that are taken advantage of by nearby communities means that an investment in Hudson's arts and culture will reap multiple returns,” stated Rep. Kate Hogan (D-Stow).
“We are so pleased to see the arts alive and thriving and proud to support our Cultural Councils and the rich programming and activities that they nurture with these grants."
The Hudson Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the
Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.
Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. The members of the Hudson Cultural Council are: Lawrence Fine, Peter Fiske, Lindsay Kelkres, Ellen Kisslinger, Cheryl Lombardo, Patricia Luoto, Doris Monteiro, Debbie Papa, Stephanie Simard, and Donna Specian.
"I'm proud to support the Massachusetts Cultural Council line item each year in the state budget,” said State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton). “Perhaps no sector of the labor force was harmed more during
the pandemic than the artists who work in the creative economy. I congratulate the Hudson Cultural Council on the $14,500 in grants it was able to award to cultural programs and artists in Hudson. In an
effort to increase creativity and art in our communities, I strongly encourage others to apply for funding in the upcoming grant cycle."
Statewide, more than $3.3 million were distributed by local cultural councils in 2021. Grants 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 Hudson Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall. For local guidelines and complete information on the Hudson Cultural Council check out the council’s website at www.hudsonculturalcouncil.org
. Applications and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.massculturalcouncil.org
. Online applications will again be available September 1, 2022 and will be due October 15, 2022.