Cultural Council

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Members

  • George Epple, Treasurer
    Term Expires: 2024
  • Dianne Grattan
    Term Expires: 2025
  • Rebecca Hazelton, Co-Chair
    Term Expires: 2023
  • Christine Wojnar
    Term Expires: 2023
  • Angel Pettitt
    Term Expires: 2024
  • Breena Daniell
    Term Expires: 2024
  • Barbara Purchia, Chair
    Term Expires: 2024
  • Roberta Ennis 2025
  • Emily Mitchell, Select Board Liaison
  • Susan Schwartz Clerk
    Term Expires: 2025
  • Vacancy 2025
  • Erin Sandler-Rathe
    Term Expires: 2024

Overview

Purpose

To support public projects through the regranting of the annual allocation of funds from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC). These projects shall promote access, education, diversity, and excellence in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences in Bedford.

Responsibilities

  • To solicit community input and assess local cultural needs
  • To establish priorities and guidelines for the review of local grant applications
  • To communicate with the public about its activities
  • To review and recommend action on local grant applications
  • To report to the MCC
  • In addition, the Bedford Cultural Council may also:
    • Raise funds from sources other than the State
    • Initiate Council-originated projects

The Bedford 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. Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers.

The Bedford Cultural Council seeks applications every fall. Information and forms are available on the Mass Cultural Council website where you can also find the application forms.

The application process for FY23 starts on September 1st and applications are due on October 17, 2022.

Bedford Artists Directory

The Bedford Cultural Council and Cultural District Partnership have compiled a directory (PDF) of Bedford people, performance groups and businesses connected to the creative arts. The directory is intended to connect artists and the community, inspire creativity and collaboration, and increase access to the arts

We want to include anyone in town at any level who is involved in creative expression (literary arts, performing arts, visual arts, video arts, …) in the directory. We plan to update the directory yearly to keep it relevant. Don't be shy: any creative endeavor qualifies, even if it's only as a hobby. One goal is simply to let residents know that other people with similar interests live in Town. You don't need to be a prize-winning artist to be included (although if you are, well done and please tell us about it!).

For your convenience, you can also complete our Google Form.

Note: the form gives you the option of showing only your name and interest or including your contact information as well. Either is fine. We hope you will share your artistic interests with us and with the cultural community.

Please share this form with anyone else you think might like to be included!

Bedford Cultural Council FY23 Priorities

Preference is given to:

  1. Bedford residents and organizations
    1. Nonprofit organizations
    2. Projects involving local artists
  2. Projects which encourage community-wide participation in the arts, cultural events, graphic arts, fine arts, music, dance, theater, writing, nature, science, and environmental education
  3. Projects which encourage participation by audiences of all ages including multi-generational cultural programs
  4. Projects highlighting Bedford's history and institutions
  5. Projects celebrating cultural diversity and inclusivity
  6. First-time funding of projects

Bedford Cultural Council Local Guidelines

  1. Non-resident individuals or organizations:
    1. If your program occurs in Bedford, you must have a predetermined local sponsor and a letter from the sponsor with your application. The letter should specify the type and level of support that the sponsor will provide. The application must identify the venue as either in-person or virtual. Virtual programs must be managed by the sponsor.
    2. If your program does not occur in Bedford, you must have a supporting letter from a resident that explains how your program will benefit Bedford residents.
  2. Applications must be completed online and include a complete budget.
  3. Publicity must contain the following acknowledgment: "This program is supported in part by a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency." For additional information, refer to the Event Publicity Guidelines (PDF).
  4. Your event should be able to proceed with only partial funding from the Bedford Cultural Council. Other opportunities can be found on the Massachusetts Cultural Grant Program website.
  5. Approved grantees must advertise event(s) in local Bedford media.
  6. Grants are made on a reimbursement basis only. Once your program has been completed, please send your completed reimbursement form and documentation (Invoices, receipts, or paid bills), including costs associated with virtual programming if applicable, evidence that the event took place (programs, photos, etc.), and was credited as promised (copies of marketing, in newspapers, etc.) to:
    1. Bedford Cultural Council
      Bedford Town Hall
      10 Mudge Way
      Bedford, MA 01730
    2. You may also email your reimbursement materials by emailing the Bedford Cultural Council. Partial reimbursement is possible for projects that happen in more than one phase. For additional information, refer to the Reimbursement Guidelines (PDF).