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REPORT OF THE STURBRIDGE CULTURAL COUNCIL 2009

This year we had the pleasure of awarding $5,733 to the sixteen lucky grant recipients listed below. As always, the Council was faced with the difficult decision of choosing amongst twenty-five worthy applicants. Following hours of lively conversation, our decisions were made final

The addition of three new members has infused our Council with excitement. In February, Council members will travel to the State House in Boston to petition local politicians for continued support of the arts and share ideas at the Local Cultural Council statewide assembly entitled, ‘Telling Our Story’.

We have enthusiastically begun preparing for our first ever Grantee Reception to be held in April. This year we welcomed Helen and Peter Morin and Dan Minchoff to our team. Other members include MaryLou Volpe, Carol Mitchell and Wynn DuVernay. I would like to express my gratitude to them for their support - be it picking up keys or mail, trekking to Boston in the snow or posting minutes to meetings.

During these difficult economic times many of us have been forced to cut back on entertainment budgets due to a lack of discretionary funds. I would like to remind you of many affordable events that are just a ‘Google’ away. Local colleges such as UConn (Jorgensen Theater) and UMass (Fine Arts Center) host national touring acts from around the world. Theater is alive and well at my alma mater’s Fenwick Theater at the College of the Holy Cross. If you take a moment to peruse these institution’s calendars, I guarantee that you will find some event that will peak your interest. Local restaurants and coffee shops showcase fine local talent. Alumni clubs often offer affordable theater tickets. The City of Worcester publishes an extensive cultural calendar listing everything

from pottery classes to Irish music. The calendar can be viewed http://www.worcestermass.org/arts-culture-entertainment/arts-culture/cultural-calendar

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For forms and information about the Massachusetts Cultural Council visit: www.massculturalcouncil.org. The deadline for 2011 funding is Friday, October 15, 2010. For support or further information contact: SturbridgeCulturalCouncil@hotmail.com.

Respectfully submitted, STURBRIDGE CULTURAL COUNCIL

Deb Tracy – Chairperson Wynn DuVernay Carol Mitchell Mary Lou Volpe Helen Morin Peter Morin Dan Minchoff

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