By Mike LaBella
---- — Live music, performing arts, experimental film and historical presentations are among programs receiving financial help from the Haverhill Cultural Council this year.
Karren McCabe, chair of the Haverhill Cultural Council, said 16 grants totaling $25,900 were awarded to support programs for the enrichment of residents young and old, including the free summer Bradford Common Summer Music Series, the downtown Make Some Noise performance series, a student art exhibit, a three-day long Experimental Film Festival, Pop-Up museums and a Creative Arts Fashion Show.
“This past year has been a year of anticipation and energy in our city,” McCabe said. “We have begun to work with other organizations and businesses, to reach out to other communities in our Merrimack Valley, to help make our dream of what Haverhill can be come true.”
Statewide, more than $2.34 million will be distributed by local cultural councils this year.
Nearly half of the local Cultural Council funds will support educational activities for young people. Grants for field trips were awarded to Haverhill High School’s Fine Arts Department for a trip to Newport, Rhode Island to visit the Preservation Society Museums and Mansions, and Walnut Square Elementary School for a trip to Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H.
The Haverhill Fire Fighting Museum received funding for a program titled “Apparatus: Colonial Days to Modern Times.” which will show the history, danger and growth of fire fighting from Colonial to modern times.
Grants were also awarded to help present live shows, including Make Some Noise, a downtown summer series of musicians, artists and singers, the Steve Lyons Fund Rock-Out and Cookout, a fashion show at the Buttonwoods Museum and the Bradford Common Summer Music Series.
Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. In addition to McCabe, local HCC members include Cate Fullerton, Christopher Valliere, Dan Speers, Denise Matolcsy-Cowden, Kara Andrew, Leota Sarrette, Linda Kolutoulas, Mary Phennicie, Michael Valvo, Nella Haginicolas, Patricial Bruno and Ruby Lyons.
Here are the grant recipients for 2014 and their projects:
Haverhill Cultural Council, Make Some Noise Performing Arts & Concert Series: $3,000
Haverhill High School Fine Arts Department field trip to Newport, RI: $250
Walnut Square PTO Field Trip to Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H.: $610
Smyth, Brendon & Jeremy – Haverhill Experimental Film Festival: $2,160
Steve Lyons Memorial Fund Rock-Out and Cookout: $630
Haverhill Foundation for Excellence in Education Shoe-la-bration II, Bench for the Rail Trail: $900
Greater Haverhill Arts Association Student Exhibit: $625
Team Haverhill Pop-Up Museums: $2,160
Public Media of New England Inc. (WHAV) open mic show, Local Cultural History Project: $1,765
Team Haverhill, Soles of Haverhill Fashion Forward, Shoe-Themed Presentations and Events: $3,000
Paul Prue – Bradford Common Summer Music Series: $3,000
Haverhill Fire Fighting Museum – Colonial Days to Modern Times: $1,800
Creative Haverhill – a day of family fun at Kimball Farm, Kidsfest/Haverhill Idol: $630
Pentucket Lake Elementary School, Applying Music and Performing Arts to Poetry: $210
Haverhill Historical Commission – The Heart and Sole of Haverhill, Phase II: $3,000
Giovanni Capato – Buttonwoods Museum Creative Arts Fashion Show: $2,160