The Harvard Cultural Council, along with state Rep. Jennifer Benson and state Sen. James Eldridge are pleased to announce the award of 16 fiscal 2014 Local Cultural Council grants totaling $4,250 for cultural programs in Harvard and at selected regional venues.

These grants will bring arts and humanities programs to Harvard residents in a variety of formats and venues. A full list of grant recipients can be found below.

"It's the local HCC volunteers who really make this system work," said Eldridge. "They make limited resources go as far as possible, and they make the tough decisions about which projects should be supported. Thanks to the work of the HCC, Harvard residents have access to arts and humanities that they might not otherwise."

"The Harvard Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts," explained Benson. "The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. I am proud that the state legislature consistently provides support for this program and look forward to seeing the grant recipients' work."

The HCC had 34 applications this year, which was 20 percent more than last year. Many of the new applicants were from Harvard-based organizations. Each application was scored on impact to the Harvard community, quality/creativity, planning/dedication, financial need, and application completeness.


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The HCC encourages Harvard residents to take advantage of the programs awarded.

FY2014 HCC grants recipients

* Bromfield Middle School Drama Club for the Massachusetts Middle School Drama Festival to be held at Bromfield in May

* Concerts at the Common for sponsorship of their Spring Concert at the Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church on April 27.

* Fanfare to sponsor its Spring Home Concert on March 16.

* Fresh Inkk "An Evening of Riveting Narratives."

* Friends of the Harvard Public Library to bring the "Shakespeare for the Masses" program to the library on March 8.

* Fruitlands Museum to support their Centennial Anniversary Programs on June 21.

* Harvard Council on Aging to support a "Clutter Control" workshop on April 14 and a "Rock and Roll Dance Party" on June 11.

* Harvard Historical Society for the "Harvard in Transition" program on April 17.

* Harvard Parent Teacher Organization for the "Eyes on Owls" HES enrichment program on May 15.

* Harvard Pro Musica for sponsorship of "Durufle and Gjeilo" production on May 10, 2013, at the Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church.

* Harvard Public Library for an author/illustrator visit by David Hyde Costello.

* Lost Arts Collaborative to support the "Lost Arts Exposition" within the Bolton Fair Aug. 8-10.

* Nashoba Valley Concert Band for its participation in Harvard's Memorial Day ceremony.

* Virginia Thurston Healing Garden "Art for Understanding" program.

* Worcester Chamber Music Society to provide free tickets for Harvard seniors as well as a Library pass to the WCMS concert in Harvard at the Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church on Nov. 14.