By Mike LaBella
---- — 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.
Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. The members of the Haverhill Cultural Council include: Kara Andrew, Susan Blim, Emily Boulger, Patricia Bruno, MarcelIe Greenbaum, Nella Haginicolas, Shawna Kelley, Linda Koutoulas, Denise Matolcsy-Cowden, Karren McCabe, Eva Montibello, Mary Phennicie, Ryan Sawyer, Dan Speers, Christopher Valliere and Michael Valvo.
The Haverhill Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall. Information and forms are available online at www.massculturalcounciI.org. Applications are due Oct. 15.
Here are the grant recipients for 2013 and their projects:
:64th Regiment of Foot Light Infantry Company, Revolutionary Reading at the Haverhill Public Library: $200
Academy of Creative Arts at Trinity, After School Music Opportunity: $670
Brendon and Jeremy Smyth, Haverhill Experimental Film and Video Festival: $750
Colombian Cultural Committee, Sights and Sounds of Latin America: $2,010
de la Guardia, Aliana, The Kafka Fragments Concert: $400
E. Philip Brown, Haverhill Trivia Book Update and Revision: $700
Eve Rising, The Fourth Annual Eve Rising Festival: $2,010
Girls Incorporated of Greater Haverhill, Wheelock Family Theater - Pippi Longstocking: $640
Girls Incorporated of Greater Haverhill, McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Concord, N.H.: $420
Golden Hill School, Chris Brown presents Butterfly, The Story of a Li: $1,000
Haverhill Foundation for Excellence in Education, Public Art for the Bradford Rail Trail: $1,508
Haverhill High School Classical Academy, Performances of the Odyssey and Julius Caesar: $650
Haverhill High School Fine Arts Department, Newport Rhode Island Mansions: $325
Haverhill Historical Commission, Shoe Workers Memorial: $2,010
Haverhill YMCA, Museum of Fine Arts - Artful Adventures: $650
Hillview Montessori Charter Public School, Nature’s Classroom: $1,000
Jay Mankita, Concerts at Bradford Elementary School and Haverhill Farmers Market: $600
Merrimack Valley Concert Band, Community Concert: $750
Team Haverhill, Interpretive Guide to the Essex Street Gateway Mural: $2,010