The Melrose Cultural Council (MCC) has set a postmark deadline of October 15, 2015, for artists, presenters, organizations, and schools to apply for grants that support arts and cultural activities in Melrose. The MCC’s grants support a variety of one time and ongoing projects—from local artists producing and exhibiting or performing their work, to festivals, dance, theater, open mics, readings, live concerts (that feature both local and touring artists), film screenings, professonal commissions of public art and original orchestral compositions, artist residencies, lectures, and workshops. The MCC also provides grants for arts enrichment, field trips to museums and theaters for schools and youth groups.
The Melrose Cultural Council (MCC) is part of the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program. Funded by the Commonwealth, appropriated by the legislature, the Massachusetts Cultural Council program supports thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually by allocating funds to each city and town’s local council. MCC grants defray the cost of producing an arts and cultural experience in the community. Last year, the Melrose Cultural Council distributed $9,725 in grants to the following recipients who spearheaded programs:
Davis Bates – A Summer Reading Song and Story Celebration; Beethoven Society – Steel Band Concert; CCE Boston Music School – 3rd Annual Feile Cheoil Boston; Stephen Collins – Unlaunched Voices; Delvena Theatre Company – Jack the Ripper; Franklin Early Childhood Center – Pumpernickel Puppets; Friends of Middlesex Fells Reservation – Making Art Together Parents and Children; Intergenerational Dance – 2nd Annual Intergenerational Spring Fling Dance; Melrose Arts and Crafts Society – Annual Exhibit; Melrose Bandaiders – Melrose High School Band Spring Pops Concert; Melrose High School Orchestra – MICCA Concert Festival; Melrose Public Schools Drama Department – Disney’s Mulan Jr.; Melrose Public Schools Horace Mann – Aboriginal Dot Painting; Horace Mann Friendship Mural; Melrose Public Schools, Hoover Elementary School – Museum of Fine Arts Boston; Melrose Public Schools, Horace Mann Elementary – Mythmasters, Tales from Greek Mythology; Melrose Public Schools, Lincoln Elementary School PTO – Young Audiences of Mass. Harriet Tubman Program; Melrose Symphony – Holiday Pops Composer; Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School – Mount Auburn Cemetery; Melrose Youth Ballet – The Nutcracker, creating new party scene costumes; Mystic Valley Elder Services – Art + Experience; North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network – Music and Movement with Kidzfun; Polymnia Choral Society – Dido and Aeneas; Austin Smith – Bringing a Young Composer’s Music to Life; Theatre to Go Inc – The Trading Post & Merry Wives of Windsor.
The MCC welcomes all applications from residents. All applications are fully considered. Guidelines, application forms and more information about the MCC program are available on the web at http://www.mass-culture.org/melrose#. Printed applications forms are available in the Reference Room at the Melrose Public Library, at Melrose City Hall outside the second floor Mayor’s office, or by contacting Jessi Eisdorfer, Chairperson, at 443-243-6353, or MelroseCultural@gmail.com.