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The Chicopee Cultural Council (CCC) is currently seeking
community members interested in serving on the Chicopee Cultural Council.
According to Chairperson Sharon Jacobson-Deragon, there is at least one vacancy
on this volunteer council that needs to be filled. The council is one of 329
local state councils responsible for annually redistributing funds, received
from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, to support cultural activities at the
local level. The CCC typically meets six times a year on weeknights. The
majority of meetings take place in the fall, the time when grant availability
is announced, and applications received, reviewed, and voted on. Anyone
interested in serving on the council may contact Sharon at 592-5595 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
For the first time last fall, the application process was
available on line. Fifty-one grants were awarded totally $36,163.00 for
cultural programs offered in the City of Chicopee during 2017. The CCC received a wide range of high caliber grant
requests representing the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences. These include programs for the general public,
families, adults, seniors, workshops, programs for school aged children taking
place in and after school, and fieldtrips.
Several first time programs received funding. Among these
is The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Mandela Sand Painting which is scheduled to take
place at the Elms College in the fall. Drepung monks will share their Mandela
sand painting over a 4 day period ending in a ceremony which is believed to
spread planetary healing. The Puerto
Rican Cultural Center received funding for a program entitled Bomba: Its
History and Application. The program will include 8 one week sessions for 25
people per session. It will be free and open to all ages of the general public
interested in learning the history of Bomba and experiencing the dance.
Are you interested in creating public art projects but
have questions about how to go about it? The Art Extension Institute will
present an evening workshop for artists and others in the community to answer
your questions. The workshop is free, open to the public, and will take place
at the Chicopee Public Library on February 16, from 5:30 pm to 8 pm. Pre-registration
is required. For more information or to pre-register, contact The UMass Arts
Extension Service at 413-545-2360.
The Aldenville Commons Summer Concert Series and Szot
Park Pioneer Valley Band Concerts will be back again this summer welcoming the
general public to sit back and enjoy the outdoor concerts. A grant to support
Chicopee’s 4th of July Concert Celebration was awarded to the Parks
and Recreation Department.
Also, the Chicopee Library received grants for concerts
by local talent that target the general public. They include Union Jack
(British Invasion rock and roll music), Sarah the Fiddler, Berkshire Hills
Music Academy Performance Troupe, and a classical recital presented by Steve
Curylo. The library also received grants
specifically targeting children including Fairies of the Seasons puppet show
and Circus Minimus- one man circus in a suitcase. Additionally, the Library
will be the venue for the first Polish Arts Exhibit in October and the popular
Friends of the Chicopee Public Library 13th Annual Art Exhibit, on
display February 28 through March 30th.
Nine school programs were funded which will take place
both during and after school ranging from Chicopee High’s Violence Prevention
Program and St Stanislaus’ STEM first Lego League/Summer Robotics Camp to
Springfield Museums’ outreach program, “Sites and Sounds of Seuss”. Additionally, two drama clubs were granted funds
for spring musical productions. Bellamy Middle School will present “Hairspray
Jr.” while Chicopee Comp received funds for “Hello Dolly”.
For a full funding list of Grant Awards, go to www.mass-culture.org/Chicopee.