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March 21, 2013

Cultural Council awards more than $18,000

Children's groups, entertainers among recipients

From live musical performances to student field trips to an experimental film festival, the community will be enriched this year with the help of grants awarded by the Haverhill Cultural Council.

Karren McCabe, chair of the Haverhill Cultural Council, said 19 grants totaling $18,303 were awarded to support programs for the enrichment of residents.

The money will go to support events such as the fourth annual Eve Rising Festival, live music at the Haverhill Farmers Market, public art for the Bradford Rail Trail, a shoe workers memorial, and to create an interpretive guide to the Essex Street Gateway Mural.

Statewide, more than $2.3 million will be distributed by local cultural councils this year. The grants will support a range of grass-roots activities, such as concerts, exhibitions, after-school programs for students, historical preservation efforts, lectures and festivals.

Grants for field trips were awarded to the Haverhill YMCA, Girls Incorporated, Hill View Montessori Public Charter School, Haverhill High School’s Classical Academy and Fine Arts Department, and Golden Hill Elementary School.

“The Massachusetts Cultural Council and our Haverhill Cultural Council are critical organizations that are committed to supporting the arts,” Mayor James Fiorentini said. “The Haverhill Cultural Council continues to do a tremendous job in funding projects in our city.”

Kathleen O’Connor Ives — state senator representing the 1st Essex District and chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development — congratulated this year’s grant recipients.

“These awards will help fund cultural events and activities in Haverhill that are valuable educational opportunities for children and add to our quality of life,” she said. “Music in the Farmers Market, local performances and art on the Bradford Rail Trail are just a few examples of the cultural enrichment these grants provide.”

The Haverhill Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 local cultural councils serving all 351 communities in Massachusetts. The local Cultural Council program is the largest grass-roots 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, which then allocates funds to each community.

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