Chelsea Cultural Council Announces Grant Recipients

The Chelsea Cultural Council has announced the awarding of grants totalling $20,809 to 18 local artists, schools and cultural organizations.

The grants were awarded from a pool of funds distributed to Chelsea by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency that supports public programs and educational activities in the arts, sciences, and humanities.

“We are very grateful to Governor Baker and the Legislature for their continued support of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the funding that directly benefits cultural activities here in Chelsea, said Marlene Jennings Chair. Our city has its own unique identity and in these sponsored events we get to really experience the spirit of Chelsea.”

Awardees for this year are:

•Browne Middle School:  Speaker – Lost Boy of Sudan, $250

•Chelsea Black Community:  Black History Month, $1,800

•Chelsea Community Connections:  Chelsea Fun Bus, $1,000

•Chelsea Public Library:  A Universe of Stories, $1,500

•Clark Avenue Middle School:  Zumix Mini-Series, $979

•Comite de Hondurenos Unidos de MA:  Central American Parade & Cultural Festival, $1,500

•Eliza Gagnon: Chelsea Zone Time Map, $800

•Ellen Rovner: The Chelsea Gateway Project, $720

•Governor Bellingham-Cary House Association: Photographic Documentation Project, $959

•GreenRoots: Bringing Community to Revel at the Revitalized ChelseaWalk, $800

•Lewis Latimer Society & Museum: Chelsea Science Festival, $800

•MUSIC Dance.edu:  Hip Hop Around the World,  $380

•Stacy Amaral:  We Are Here/ Aqui Estamos, $600

•TheatreZone, Inc. DBA, Apollinaire Theatre Company:  Apollinaire in the Park 2019, $1,500

•The Musary, JRP Inc.:  Musical instruments Lending Acquisitions, $800

•Veronica Robles:  Serenara a Chelsea by Veronica Robles Female Mariachi, $1,500

•Walnut Street Synagogue: A Photo Documentary of Chelsea Life in the 1970’s, $1,800

The Chelsea Cultural Council (CCC) has also set aside an additional $3,121 to complete a public mural project in collaboration with Chelsea Public School Art Department that began in the fall of 2018. The CCC is one of 329 local councils that serve every city and town in the state.  The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which then allocates funds to each local council.  Decisions, about which activities to support, are made at the community level by the council.

The members of the Chelsea Cultural Council are: Marlene Jennings, Chair; Dakeya Christmas, Co-Chair; Devra Sari Zabot, Recorder; Juliana Borgiani, Treasurer; Sharlene McLean, Angelina McCoy, and Carolina Anzola.  The CCC will seek applications again this fall.  CCC Guidelines will be available online as well as the 2020 application beginning Sept. 1, 2019 at  www.mass-culture.org/chelsea.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Oct. 15.

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