In Massachusetts, public funding for the arts, humanities, and sciences is provided through a central state agency, the Mass Cultural Council (MCC), and through a network of Local Cultural Councils that serve every city and town in the state.
The East Longmeadow Cultural Council receives an annual appropriation of State Funds from the MCC and makes these funds available to the community through its grant programs. We accept grant applications from individuals and organizations. Grants are issued to support arts, humanities and the sciences. Priority is given to grant applicants that have secured a local venue and offer programs that offer diverse cultural programs for a variety of audiences.
Arts and Brew
Date: Saturday, October 14
Time: 11am - 5pm
Location: Center Field, East Longmeadow
The Council will be holding its second annual Arts and Brew Fest at this year's Celebrate EL. There will be over 50 vendors at Celebrate, food trucks, live performances and fun for the whole family. Come visit us as at our tent where there will be artists, authors and a live art demonstration.
This year's grantees have been awarded and the projects are below. We will update this section as we get more details from the vendors.
In addition to these events the council also gave a grant St. Michael's to help them purchase a Lighting Board for the parish.
|Name of project||Location||Date and time|
|Art Classes||Norcross House||TBD|
|A View from Around the World||Pleasant View Senior Center||Monthly|
|A Pleasant View: Art Exhibit||Pleasant View Senior Center||January 2023|
|Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors||East Village Place||February 2023|
|Dance & Music Comedy by Jazz Bones, David Neill||Pleasant View Senior Center||February 24, 2023|
|Model Congress||East Longmeadow High School||March 2023|
|1908 Tea hosted by Rita Parisi||Pleasant View Senior Center||May 10, 2023|
|Happy Valley Comedy||East Longmeadow Public Library||June 20, 2023 at 6:30pm|
|This Land is Your Land with Roger Tincknell||TBD||June 29, 2023|
|Henry the Juggler, with Henry Lappen||TBD||June 30, 2023|
|East Longmeadow Fourth of July Parade||Town of East Longmeadow||July 4, 2023|
|Inter-generation Magic Show with Edward Cope Jr.||TBD||July 21, 2023|
|Windjammer Circus Band Performance with Sheldon Ross||Pleasant View Senior Center||July 28, 2023|
|It's Your Vision||East Longmeadow Library||Summer 2023|
|Express Yourself with Art||East Longmeadow Library||Summer 2023|
|East Longmeadow Summer Concert Series||East Longmeadow High School||Summer 2023|
|Celebrate EL||Center Field||TBD|
|Small Planet Dancers with the Republic of Dance||TBD||October 13, 2023|
|Ms. Senior MA Musical Review||Pleasant View Senior Center||November 16, 2023|
|Name that TV Theme with Richard Plasse||East Village Place||November 29, 2023|
|Happy Holidays with Ruth Harcovitz||TBD||December 14, 2023|
|Sculpting with Wool: Intro to Needle Felting with Tracy Kochanski||East Longmeadow Public Library||May 6, 2023 at 10:30am|
|Pax Sax Concert with George Owens||East Longmeadow Library||June 6, 2023 at 6pm|
|The Rose, Find Your Voice with Pastel Painting||East Longmeadow Library||April 4, 2023 at 5pm|
|Bring Home Cultures of the World||TBD||TBD|
The Cultural Council consists of nine members who are appointed by the Town Manager to serve three-year terms.
|Mary Ellen Sheehan||2024|
|Patti La Branch||2025|
Applications must be submitted online and are open from September 1, 2022 through October 17, 2022 . During the November/December timeline the Council will conduct the grant voting meeting to determine grantees. Those applications that will not be funded are notified by email immediately after the meeting and will have 15 days to request reconsideration. After the 15 day reconsideration period, approval notifications will go out by email to grant recipients followed up by a full approval letter by mail.