SCAC honors 2018 Grant recipients

Above: SCAC members and 2018 grant recipients (image cropped from contributed photo)

Last week, Southborough Cultural Arts Council held a reception for its 2018 grant recipients. They have also made more information available on the work being funded.

Projects funded cover a wide range from allowing student musicians to play alongside professionals to an art exhibit honoring the struggles of workers.

Here’s SCAC’s recap of the reception:

Carolyn Dykema and Mina Kim (contributed)The Southborough Cultural Arts Council (SCAC) held a reception on February 8 at Expressions Art Bar in Southborough for its 2018 grant recipients. Massachusetts State Representative Carolyn Dykema and Mass Cultural Council Program Officer, Community Initiative Mina Kim joined the grant recipients and SCAC members.

Representative Dykema – who said that she was a former artist herself – SCAC members and 2018 grant recipients (contributed)presented the 9 recipients with a certificate recognizing their grants. “It’s exciting to see the growth of the arts in Southborough. We have a cultural hotspot in this area. Local venues making are making arts accessible to the public and our kids. That’s very positive,” she said.

Kim, added, “The Southborough Cultural Arts Council cultivates the power of culture at the local level, providing support for artists, nonprofits, and local businesses, as well as promoting greater access to a wide array of arts and cultural experiences. It’s wonderful to see such engaged council members who are dedicated to advocating for arts and culture, and building meaningful partnerships within their community, and with neighboring towns.”

Jen Hansen, who is SCAC’s co-chair with Mary Piekarz commented, “With 8 new members, the council is full of ideas and excited about the arts in the town. We are brainstorming ideas and are excited to see what we can do as a council.”

For more information on the SCAC and 2018 grant recipients, visit

I previously posted, the award recipients and project names. Now here are more details on each from SCAC’s website:

SCAC grants 2018 (from website)

Radoslaw Jaster for Art on the Trails Film

This program includes a screening of the film on March 29, 2018 at the Southborough Public Library, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker, Program Director Catherine Weber, and artist participants, to talk about how the Beals Preserve inspired the artwork and poetry for Art on the Trail: Finding Solace in the Woods.

Southborough Library for Graphic Novel Workshop

Instructor Jonathan Todd will lead this creative workshop to teach 8-12 year olds how to come up with a story concept, break down scenes to panels, letter, and ink a comic book page, culminating in a completed graphic novel!

Southborough Recreation for Annual Southborough Summer Concert

Southborough Youth & Family Services (YFS) and the Recreation Department partner to bring 5 two-hour musical performances to the community to promote the YFS Campership Program. The concerts bring music to the town and gives families and friends a time to gather outside and spend time together.

Southborough Access Media for Express Yourself, part 2

This project funds the production of art painting lessons by local artist and business woman, Mary Simmons. Mary teaches viewers painting techniques and leads them to create a masterpiece. This is a collaborative effort with Southborough Access Media and will be shown on local cable in Southborough and Marlborough, as well as to a wider audience on YouTube.

Assabet Valley Mastersingers for Choral Gems for Romantic Organ and Choir Concert

AVM strives to bring quality music to the local community, and make it accessible to all. As an educational outreach, AVM encourages ARHS students to participate as Apprentice Singers, who rehearse and perform with AVM all season.

The Discovery Museums for Especially for Me

The Discovery Museum’s Especially for Me series for 2018 offers free events to families with children on the autism spectrum, who are deaf/hard of hearing or who have visual impairment. This program serves to make it easier for families with special needs to visit and enjoy the museum exhibits.

Pilgrim Church Messiah Community Chorus for Messiah Community Chorus concert

The Messiah Community Chorus and accompanying orchestra comprise people from all over the Metro West area making this a great community event and holiday tradition.

Claflin Hill Youth Symphonies for Side-by-Side Concert

On Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 3 p.m., student musicians ages 8 – 18 will have the opportunity to play alongside professional musicians of The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra at the Milford Town Hall.

Steven Lewis for May Day, An International Poster Event

This exhibit will be on display for the month of May at the Southborough Public Library. These posters are commemorative of the day for workers (May 1st) and honor the struggles of men and women fighting for better working conditions.

For the grant amounts or other information about SCAC, click here.

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