WORCESTER – On Wednesday, Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. and Samantha Fiakofi, chair of the Worcester Arts Council (WAC), announced the award of 48 grants totaling $114,375 for cultural programs in Worcester.

Fiakofi said, “We are excited to announce our 2018 grant recipients. Each year we are impressed by the creativity and innovation WAC grant recipients bring to Worcester’s cultural community. This year’s projects will attract diverse audiences and hopefully inspire new projects throughout the city.”

“I congratulate all the recipients who continue to enhance the creative vitality of our community. I also thank the Worcester Arts Council for its diligence in reviewing so many worthy submissions,” Augustus said.

The 2018 allocation also includes two $5,000 Artist Fellowships, awarded to individuals to assist in the funding of their endeavors in the arts, humanities and interpretative sciences. This year’s Artist Fellowships are awarded to two local artists: James Dye and Jennifer Carey.

Through an in depth selection process, WAC’s volunteer members reviewed numerous applications this fall during a series of meetings conducted to evaluate the overall quality of the proposed programs, their public benefit, viability and whether they met the 2018 local priorities for funding  which  included : Public Art, Children’s Programing, and Visual Arts.

Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. The members of the Worcester Arts Council are: Fiakofi (Chair), Meghan Hardy-Lavoie (Vice-Chair), Jacob Poplaski (Treasurer), Amanda Schall (Secretary), Thomas Conroy, Jose Castillo, Hansani Archibald, Hank Von Hellion.

Here’s a full list of recipients:

2018 Worcester Arts Council Grant Awards
ApplicantProject TitleAward Amount
James DyeFellowship$5,000
Jennifer CareyFellowship$5,000
Worcester Arts CouncilMake Music Day$6,000
Girls Inc. of WorcesterGirls Inc. Dear World: Voices of Worcester Girls Enhancement$3,500
Music WorcesterBoston Brass Worcester Residency$5,000
Ascentria Community Services Inc.Worcester World Refugee Day$2,500
Greater Worcester OperaHansel and Gretel Opera Workshop$400
Timothy LoftusA Musical Taste of Irish Culture$200
Valley Residents for Improvement, Inc.VRI’s Camp Freedom Summer Music Program$2,400
Worcester Art MuseumSoutheast Asia Artist-in-Residence Program$5,000
Worcester Youth CenterYouth Center Mural$2,500
Woodland AcademyInstant Alpha Art Show$2,693
Worcester Center for CraftsFamily Experiences 2018$2,000
Mihoko WakabayashiSeed to Fashion$3,250
ArtsWorcesterTeen Nights$3,500
Joy of Music ProgramBoys and Girls Club and Great Brook Valley Outreach$3,000
Worcester Arts Magnet SchoolPaper Stain Glass and Glass Making$3,200
Black Heritage Festival/Stone SoupBlack Heritage Juneteenth Festival$2,000
Worcester Chamber Music SocietyPeter and the Wolf: Free Family Concert$3,000
Worcester Public LibraryVisual Arts Instruction$2,000
Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc.Rainbow Lunch and Supper Clubs$1,200
Refugee Artisans of WorcesterCommunity Connections Through Indigenous Refugee Crafts$2,550
Main South Community Development CorporationMain South Pop-Up Plaza$3,000
EcoTariumNature Explore LIVE! 2018$2,370
Understanding New Identifiers To Empower Youth(UNITEY)UNITEY Culinary and Musical Arts Series$5,000
Elizabeth WambuiTakashi Murakami Theater Project$2,500
Worcester County Light Opera CompanyThe Laramie Project$2,800
All Saints Church Graeme McCulloughAfternoon Tunes$3,500
Vietnamese Community of Worcester CountyVietnamese New Year Celebration$1,750
African Community Education ProgramSaturday Program Field Trips$1,478
Worcester Community Action CouncilCreative Connections – Poetic Pathways$2,800
Latino History Project of WorcesterLatino History Week$2,100
Elm Park Community SchoolThe Moral of the Story:  Bringing Fables to Life Through Puppetry$280
Michelle Memnon4th Annual Summer Gospel Fest$2,500
Southeast Asian Coalition of Central MA15th Annual Asian Festival and 13th Moon Festival$2,500
Cinema WorcesterFour Great Films from the 1950s/ Four Countries$504
Boys & Girls Club of WorcesterWall of Art$2,500
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy CrossWorcester Public Schools Outreach$250
YWCA Central MassachusettsVisual and Musical Arts for Pre-Kindergarten Students and Child Care Families$900
Audio Journal, Inc.Access to Culture for the Blind$1,250
Ariana FalkWorcester Bach Festival$1,350
Lynne McKenney LydickTo My Dearest: The Civil War Letters of General George Ward and Emily Ward$275
Cathy Weaver TaylorLuminaries in the Library$850
Elizabeth BaconClemente Children: The Child

Education Program of the Clemente Course in the Humanities

The Hanover TheatreCreative Drama Workshop$775
Worcester Community Cable Access, Inc. (WCCA TV)New Voices Awards 2018$2,500
Worcester Earn-a-Bike, Inc.Stone Soup Public Art/Mural$750
Joseph RealbutoTherapeutic Arts for People with Disabilities$2,500
Total Awarded$114,375


The Worcester Art Council will seek applications again in the fall. For guidelines and complete information on the Worcester Art Council, please contact Lindiana Semidei, Staff Liaison to the Worcester Arts Council at 508-799-1400 x 31414 or by email at [email protected] Applications and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org.  Applications are due in October of 2019.

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