Southborough Cultural Arts Council announced its 2021 round of awards. $6,026 in grants will support 13 programs for the community.
SCAC* funds organizations, schools, and individuals that support cultural activities in the community. Last fall, they encouraged applications for a variety of local artistic projects and activities. They received 20 applications. The successful applications represent 11 recipients.
[Note: SCAC is looking for volunteers – adults and students. You can read more here.]
The list includes some organizations whose concerts or events were cancelled last year. Some of this year’s applicants likely pitched virtual offerings. But some evoke hope of more normal times on the horizon.
Grants include support the 2020/2021 concert seasons for three organizations:
Funds will also support two special concerts:
- The annual Handel’s Messiah concert by Messiah Community Chorus
- Northborough Area Community Chorus‘s 50th Anniversary Celebration
In 2021, SCAC is continuing its support of Southborough’s Art on the Trails.
The Southborough Library received three grants to offer the following programs:
- Learn to Play Ukulele
- Graphic Novel Workshop
- Family Yoga
Mass Educational Theater was awarded a grant for a “Theater Collaboration with Algonquin Drama”.
The Discovery Museum in Acton received a grant for “Open Door Connections”. The museum’s website describes ODC programs as supporting:
innovative hands-on learning and meaningful play experiences for all. We strive to provide opportunities for those who face a variety of barriers—financial, developmental, or cultural—to experience the museum.
Two individuals also received grants for special programs:
- Southborough’s Dayna Altman for “Bake it Till You Make It” (author of a book by the same name).
- Folktales from Asia by Motoko Dworkin
Last February, SCAC held an awards ceremony at the Southborough Library for their 2020 grant cycle. You can read that list of recipients here. (Of course, many of those programs weren’t able to proceed as planned.) This year, the council is forgoing a ceremony.
*The Southborough Cultural Arts 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 Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.”
Updated (3/5/21 7:31 am): I had forgotten to include a note about SCAC seeking volunteers.