elegia por miguel hernandez, arte n munozProposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs are due October 15, 2012.

The Holyoke Cultural Council has set an October 15, 2012 postmark deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community.  Applications must be typed and either hand delivered by 4:00 PM on Monday October 15, 2012 or postmarked by October 15, 2012, with a signed original and 19 copies for a total of 20 sets. Because of the large volume of grants we receive to review, we ask that applicants only provide one brief set of supporting documents. They can be mailed or delivered to the Holyoke Cultural Council, Mayor’s Office City Hall, 536 Dwight Street, Holyoke, MA 01040.

Mayor Alex B. Morse said, “The Cultural Council grants have had a long history of supporting many creative endeavors in and around our City. Holyoke’s richly diverse community is greatly enriched by its arts & culture and I encourage all interested individuals and organizations to apply.” Mayor Morse also thanked Sen. Knapik and the Legislature for their support of the arts, and went on to say, “I especially thank all members of the Holyoke Cultural Council for their dedication and service to our community.”

According to Council spokesperson Mark Dunlap, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Holyoke — including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.

“I was pleased the Legislature made funding for cultural councils a priority this year,” said State Senator Michael Knapik. “Cultivating a vibrant culture of art is an important ingredient in the fabric of a successful community.”

The Holyoke Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

This year, the Holyoke Cultural Council will distribute about $22,410 in grants. Previously funded projects for 2012 include: City of Holyoke, c.r.u.s.h, Dean Technical High School, Friends of Holyoke Merry-Go-Round, Friends of Holyoke Public Schools, Great Holyoke Brick Race, Gregory Maichack, H.A.C Holyoke Artist Cabal, Holyoke High School, Holyoke League of Arts and Crafts Inc., Holyoke Rotary Club, Homework House, Kenneth Johnston, Massachusetts Academy of Ballet, Mass. International Festival of the Arts, Noche de San Juan Party Planners, Nueva Esperanza, Inc., and Pioneer Valley Concert Band.

For specific guidelines and complete information on the Holyoke Cultural Council, contact Mark Dunlap at 413-519-1912 or by E-mail at markjazz64@aol.com. Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public.asp.  Application forms are also available at The Mayor’s Office, Holyoke Cultural Council, Mayor’s Office City Hall, 536 Dwight Street, Holyoke, MA 01040, (413) 534-2170.

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