January 9, 2017




The Watertown Cultural Council is pleased to announce its grant recipients for fiscal year 2017, awarding over $9,200 in grants to twenty organizations to support music, art, and science programs serving Watertown audiences from families, preschoolers and K-12 students to adults and seniors.

FY2017 Grant Recipients

• Arsenal Center for the Arts, Black Box Series, workshop, performance, and post-performance Q&A session for Watertown students

Belmont World Film Festival

Carole Smith Berney, The Birds and Bees: How We Love Them, Why We Need Them at WFPL, Charles River, and local gardens

Cunniff Kids News, Watertown Splash, and Raider Times, student reporters to attend local theater performance, conduct interviews, and write reviews

Delvena Theatre Company, Murder a La Carte at the Watertown Senior Center

Flat Earth Theatre, Silent Sky at the Arsenal Center for the Arts

Friends of Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Meet the Instruments concert with Mary Bichner & the Planetary Quartet

The Genocide Education Project, educational guides for Watertown High School

Gore Place, The Art of Puppetry performance and workshops

Lowell Elementary School, Family Math and Technology Night

Mark Chester, The Faces of America: Teaching Tolerance

New Repertory Theatre, sold-out run of Fiddler on the Roof

Palaver Strings, interactive workshop and performance for WMS and WHS students whose special needs fall under the autism spectrum

Powers Music School, A Musical Story Program at the WFPL

Revels RiverSing

St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School field trip to Wheelock Family Theatre

Watertown Art Association, Elemental Forces: Water, Earth, Air and Fire

Watertown Family Network, intergenerational presentation of Seuss on the Loose

Watertown Middle School, Museum of Science traveling physics program to visit 8th grade

Watertown Public Arts and Culture Committee, Public Art and Culture Kit: An Idea Book for Watertown and Developers


"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