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Posted on: February 13, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Chicopee Cultural Council seeks New Members, announces Grants

The Chicopee Cultural Council
(CCC) is currently seeking community members interested in serving on theChicopee Cultural Council. According to Chairperson Sharon Jacobson-Deragon,
there is at least one vacancy on this volunteer council that needs to befilled. The council is one of 329 local state councils responsible for annually
redistributing funds, received from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, tosupport cultural activities at the local level. The CCC typically meets six
times a year on weeknights. The majority of meetings take place in the fall,the time when grant availability is announced, and applications received,
reviewed, and voted on. Anyone interested in serving on the council may contactSharon at 592-5595 or email 
chicopeeculturalcouncil@yahoo.comfor more information.

For the first time last fall,the application process was available on line. Fifty-one grants were awarded
totally $36,163.00 for cultural programs offered in the City of Chicopee during2017.  The CCC received a wide range of
high caliber grant requests representing the arts, humanities, and interpretivesciences.  These include programs for the
general public, families, adults, seniors, workshops, programs for school agedchildren taking place in and after school, and fieldtrips.

 Several first time programs received funding.
Among these is The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Mandela Sand Painting which isscheduled to take place at the Elms College in the fall. Drepung monks will
share their Mandela sand painting over a 4 day period ending in a ceremonywhich is believed to spread planetary healing. The Puerto Rican Cultural Center received funding for a program entitledBomba: Its History and Application. The program will include 8 one week
sessions for 25 people per session. It will be free and open to all ages of thegeneral public interested in learning the history of Bomba and experiencing the

Are you interested in creatingpublic art projects but have questions about how to go about it? The Art
Extension Institute will present an evening workshop for artists and others inthe community to answer your questions. The workshop is free, open to the
public, and will take place at the Chicopee Public Library on February 16, from5:30 pm to 8 pm. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to pre-register,
contact The UMass Arts Extension Service at 413-545-2360.   

The Aldenville Commons SummerConcert Series and Szot Park Pioneer Valley Band Concerts will be back again
this summer welcoming the general public to sit back and enjoy the outdoorconcerts. A grant to support Chicopee’s 4th of July Concert
Celebration was awarded to the Parks and Recreation Department.

Also, the Chicopee Libraryreceived grants for concerts by local talent that target the general public. They
include Union Jack (British Invasion rock and roll music), Sarah the Fiddler,Berkshire Hills Music Academy Performance Troupe, and a classical recital
presented by Steve Curylo.  The libraryalso received grants specifically targeting children including Fairies of the
Seasons puppet show and Circus Minimus- one man circus in a suitcase. Additionally,the Library will be the venue for the first Polish Arts Exhibit in October and
the popular Friends of the Chicopee Public Library 13th Annual ArtExhibit, on display February 28 through March 30th.                

              Nine school programs were funded
which will take place both during and after school ranging from Chicopee High’sViolence Prevention Program and St Stanislaus’ STEM first Lego League/Summer
Robotics Camp to Springfield Museums’ outreach program, “Sites and Sounds ofSeuss”.  Additionally, two drama clubs
were granted funds for spring musical productions. Bellamy Middle School willpresent “Hairspray Jr.” while Chicopee Comp received funds for “Hello Dolly”.

For a full funding list of Grant
Awards, go to

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