Area Cultural Councils Award More Than $50K to Local Non-Profits

The lottery once funded local cultural councils. Here, Alberto Alvarado of Haverhill collected his $1 million Grand Prize last November in the Massachusetts State Lottery’s “Silver, Gold and Platinum 8s” instant game. He purchased the ticket at Market Basket, 2 Water St., Haverhill.

Area cultural councils, funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, recently awarded $51,587 to area local, non-profit arts and cultural groups.

In WHAV’s coverage area, Haverhill granted nearly $24,000, while Methuen gave nearly $17,000, Andover, nearly $6,000 and Groveland, nearly $5,000. Projects include E. Philip Brown’s Haverhill Trivia Book 375th Anniversary Edition and work at the Shoeworkers Memorial Plaza in downtown Haverhill. A complete list of recipients appears below.

According to the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), the Local Cultural Council Program is "the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually. Each year, local councils award more than $2 million in grants to more than 5,000 cultural programs statewide. The program promotes the availability of rich cultural experiences for every Massachusetts citizen.”

Original Funding Came From Gambling—Not Taxpayers

MCC was formed in 1990 through the merger of the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities and the Massachusetts Arts Lottery Council. It is funded by appropriations from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. Earlier, the Massachusetts Arts Lottery used proceeds from the sale of what would become "Megabucks" lottery tickets to pay for programs.

The idea of an arts lottery came from Jacqueline O'Reilly in 1971. Governor Edward J. King eventually appointed her the first chairwoman of the Massachusetts Arts Lottery Council in 1979. In 1983, the New York Times reported, “The news was stunning. In six months’ time, public gambling had earned $10 million for the arts in Massachusetts. That is almost twice as much as the state had budgeted for arts support in the whole fiscal year that ended in June. It is a payoff that has been 10 years in the making, and once seemed to be a failure.”

The lottery was not successful until it was rebranded as Megabucks. Later State House budget shortfalls took the gambling proceeds to help the state's general fund.

“The MCC distributes funds to local and regional cultural councils, who then regrant funds to arts, humanities, and interpretive science projects in their own communities. Currently, there are 329 local and regional councils that represent all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The program is administered by 2,400 municipally appointed volunteers serving statewide,” the council says, adding, “A hallmark of the LCC Program is the emphasis on local autonomy and decision making. Councils are free to make funding decisions that best meet the particular needs and priorities of their community within the parameters of the broad state guidelines.”

Haverhill Grants

Actors Studio of NewburyportPanther & Jaguar Workshop Production900
E. Philip BrownHaverhill Trivia Book 375th Anniversary Edition1950
GHCCAEF dba: Creative HaverhillMovies by the River1950
GHCCAEF dba: Creative HaverhillWinter Poetry Slam400
Greater Haverhill Arts AssociationStudent Art Exhibit562
Hands on History - 7th Mass RegimentHands on History The Amer. Revolution720
Haverhill Cultural CouncilHaverhill !POPz!2500
Haverhill High School Fine Arts DepartmentNewport Preservation Society, Newport, RI147
Haverhill High School Fine Arts DepartmentMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY265
Haverhill Historical CommissionShoeworkers Memorial Plaza3000
Haverhill Public LibrarySummer Reading Celebration480
HHS, Amy JonesGlobal Youth Leadership Initiative Institute393
HHS, E. Philip BrownButtonwoods, Historic New England, Firemens Museum276
Pentucket Lake School, Patricia ShawBamidele Dances and Drummers556
Public Media of New England, Inc. d/b/a/ WHAVHaverhill Heritage Series Phase II3000
Smyth, Brendon & JeremyHaverhill Experimental Film Festival2700
Steve Lyons Memorial Fund, Inc.Performances at Haverhill Spring Festival2700
Tracy FullerAll Hands Drumming520
Treble Chorus of New England, Inc.My Own Voice450
Walnut Square PTOStrawbery Banke Museum511
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Methuen Grants

Comprehensive Grammer SchoolBoston Children's Theatre2437
Greater Lawrence Educational CollaborativeAppleSeed, AppleSauce Magazines1500
Methuen Arlington NeighborhoodSafe Haven670
Methuen High School Multicultural ClubMulticultuaralism At MHS 20152500
Methuen Historical SocietyHistory of Genealogy of Methuen Immigrants1500
Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Inc.Music hall Days 20151275
Methuen VillageFirst Woman Doctor of the West188
Methuen YMCAMusic Clubhouse1000
Morley, SharonColor your world with Pastels400
Nevins Memorial LibraryAn Arabian Adventure750
North Regional Theatre WorkshopChoral Festival4083
Rull, TommyMusical Journey Through The years225
Treble Chorus of New England, Inc.My Own Voice500
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Andover Grants

Addison Gallery of American ArtAddison Gallery Family Programming387
Andover Choral SocietyAndover Choral Society 2015 concerts300
Board of Trustees of West Parish Garden CemeteryPassages450
Collaborative for Regional Educatinal Services and TrainingAppleSeed, AppleSauce, ApplePi Literary Magazines150
Daviso, JessicaAdire Textiles: An Exploration of Nigerian Art300
Doherty Middle SchoolShakespeare Now's A Midsummer Night's Dread250
Essex Chamber Music PlayersLife & Poetry of Anne Bradstreet350
Fraser, Kerrie L.World Premiere at West El250
MistralYoung People's Concert400
Morimoto, MoniqueCelebrating Women through Rhythm350
Museum of Printing11th Annual Printing Arts Fail100
New England Classical SingersConcert: Contrasts in Light and Dark250
Northeast Youth BalletYouth ballet production of "The Nutcracker"200
Root, JohnEdible Perennial Gardening and Landscaping250
SHED Children's CampusLEAP Community Days375
Smith, Dr. Susan H.A Living Legacy: How Do You Want to Be Remembered450
Stories in the StreetsStories in the Streets/Andover festivals375
Treble Chorus of New EnglandMy Own Voice450
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Groveland Grants

Bagnall School PTATony Vacca Percussionist workshops1500
Groveland Council on AgingTwo to Tango475
Groveland Historical SocietyPines Speedway Reunion1067
Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra54th Season400
On Stage IncSpring 2015 Panto Production400
Pentucket Arts FoundationMayhem Poets Workshop400
Pentucket Regional High SchoolPaul Revere Bell Project700
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