Rachel Teumim, Chair
c/o Town Hall
One Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
No meetings currently scheduled.
6 of 8 seats. 3 years each seat.
- Anne Harding, Treasurer. June, 2019.
- Kate Martineau, Secretary. June, 2020.
- Rachel Teumim, Chair. June, 2019.
- John Furbish. June, 2020.
- Betty Tegel. June, 2022.
- Kathy Lynch. June, 2022.
What We Do
Every town in Massachusetts has a Local Cultural Council supported by the Mass Cultural Council (MCC). The MCC's Local Cultural Council Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation. It supports thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually. Each year, local councils award more than $2 million in grants to more than 5,000 cultural programs statewide.
The Montague Cultural Council is a group of volunteers who are appointed by the Selectboard for 3-year terms. Our primary task is to distribute funds that are allocated to our town in the state budget for cultural programs. In recent years, our allocation has been about $5000. All local cultural councils use an online application system developed and hosted by the Mass Cultural Council. You can learn more about the Local Cultural Council program at www.mass-culture.org.
In 2019 we awarded about 30 grants, ranging from $100-$350, for projects including musical performances, theatrical productions, art-making workshops, readings, exhibitions, and educational programs. These cultural activities were organized by artists, nonprofits, public agencies, and other local groups and have taken place at a variety of public locations, including several schools, the Great Falls Discovery Center, the Montague Public Libraries, the Shea Theater Community Arts Center, and the Brick House Community Resource Center.
The Cultural Council welcomes new members! We encourage you to come to a few meetings and get a feeling for what the work is like before you apply. When you are ready, send a letter of interest to us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Montague Cultural Council, c/o Montague Town Hall, One Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376. We will let the Selectboard know of your interest, since they are responsible for making the appointments.