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Press Release

Watertown Cultural Council Announces Grants: Call for Proposals, 2019-20



Roberta Rosenberg, Press Chair, WCC, rrosenb@cnu.edu, (757) 525-7634

The Watertown Cultural Council (WCC), a program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), announces the 2020 Call for Grant Proposals for community-oriented Arts, Humanities and Science programming.  Online applications will be available on September 1 at www.mass-culture.org and the deadline for proposals is October 15, 2019.  Guidelines for WCC proposals can be found at http://www.watertownculturalcouncil.org

An informal grant information session with Watertown Council Members will be held September 11, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Mastrangelo Room of the Watertown Public Library.

 Organizations, schools and individuals may apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. Examples of artistic projects and cultural activities include exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, workshops, lectures and performances in schools, community centers and other public places.  Last year, WCC awarded $10,680 in grants to 21 grant recipients. Grants ranged from $300 to $1000, averaging $500 per grantee.

About WCC: The Watertown 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.  For more information, check out: http://www.watertownculturalcouncil.org




January 2018


The Watertown Cultural Council is pleased to announce its grant recipients for fiscal year 2018.  The Council awarded over $7,600 in grants to eighteen organizations to support music, art, and science.  The programs serve Watertown audiences from families, preschoolers and K-12 students to adults and seniors.

FY2018 Grant Recipients

ArtRelief, Art Lab Facilitator

David Bates and Roger Tincknell, Imagine That: A Song & Story Celebration

Flat Earth Theatre, Antigone

Friends of Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Bigelow Chapel Open House Concert with Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet

Gregory Beach, The World and Watertown - published book, donated copies, community events

Gore Place, This is Gore Place 2.0 - a 3rd grade educational program

Historical Society of Watertown, "What Happened in Watertown on July 18 and 19, 1776" booklet

Hosmer Elementary School, Science Night

John Root, Edible Perennial Gardening and Landscaping

Lowell Elementary School, Literacy Night

Mosesian Center for the Arts, Open Arts Day

New Repertory Theatre, Classic Repertory Company at Perkins School and Mosesian Center

Paul Barbato, The Dixieland Experience

Sheri Kennedy, Paint Break

St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School, New Rep Theatre - Classic Repertory Company Workshop

Watertown Family Network, We are Ready to Read

Watertown Middle School, Museum of Science traveling program

Watertown High School, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime performance


"This year's WCC grant recipients highlight the range of interests and experiences within our community," says Jonathan Hecht, State Representative for Watertown and Cambridge. "In what has become an increasingly divisive political climate, I'm pleased and proud to share this news of community efforts spanning music, theater, science, and history designed to inform, entertain, inspire, and draw people together. I encourage residents to support as many of these events as possible and offer hearty congratulations to all the applicants!"


Thank you to all who applied and CONGRATULATIONS to those selected!


The Watertown Cultural Council (WCC) is one of 355 Local Cultural Council Programs statewide, funded in large part by the state through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and part of the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, annually supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences. The mission of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is “to promote excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.”


The Watertown Cultural Council is comprised of volunteer residents with a strong interest in the arts and sciences and a fierce commitment to the cultural enrichment of the Watertown community. To learn more about the application process (It’s never too early to start thinking about your project!) or how to join the Council, please visit the Watertown Cultural Council website at watertownculturalcouncil.org.




Lisa Cerqueira

Watertown resident and Cultural Council member