New Marlborough Cultural Council!!
Summary of 2016 Grants!!
New Marlborough Friends of the Library: The Library will present Pirates! a “swashbuckling adventure featuring bold buccaneers, a mysterious map with a riddle and other magical adventures to the bottom of the sea”; as a Halloween treat for young and old. $500.
Cassie Keeley & Melissa Zdziarski: Cassie and Missy will organize a community building Halloween celebration for all children and families in grades Pre K – 4th residing in New Marlborough; including a costume contest, craft making and snacks. $200.
Aston Magna Foundation for Music & the Humanities: Aston Magna Festival’s 44th season will offer music of the past (Renaissance through early Romantic) on period instruments performed by top musicians in the field of early music. $100.
David Hosford: With matching support from the Historical Society and guidance from the Historical Commission, David plans to restore nine historical markers that were originally placed by the New Marlborough Bicentennial Commission in 1976. $400.
New Marlborough Village Association: NMVA will bring back the popular Murder Mystery Writer’s Contest, where Berkshire residents are invited to anonymously submit murder mysteries that can be read in under 10 minutes. Prizes will be awarded in adult and under 19 categories. $500.
New Marlborough Village Association: The grant will support a variety of programs for the 25th season of Music & More, which brings world-famous musicians and authors to New Marlborough. Examples include a family concert performance of Peter and the Wolf, the Naumberg prize-winning Lydian Quartet, and Jazz-cabaret performer Maria Rivas. $3000.
Berkshire Children’s Chorus: The scholarship fund makes possible the participation of students who might otherwise not be able to join this high-quality program. $250.
Berkshire Pulse: Presentation of Cultural Traditions: The Music and Dance of Africa will enhance the social studies and language arts curriculum at New Marlborough Central School and Undermountain Elementary School. $250.
Berkshire Bach Society: This grant will support the performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria, with choral conductor James Bagwell and The Bard Baroque Ensemble. $200.
Berkshire South Regional Community Center: This grant will support the Berkshire Ukulele Band and Berkshire Sings!, two free weekly cultural programs beginning their 5th year. $250.
Flying Cloud Institute: Students at New Marlborough Central will have a variety of creative learning opportunities combining art and science experiences through four SMArt ½-day workshops at NMC and UME; exploring science and interpreting their findings in art or dance; winter wildlife tracking; a schoolwide science exploration culminating in a science theater performance; and GIRLS Science Club for grades 3-12. $2800
Flying Cloud Institute: The NMCC Scholarship enables gifted children from New Marlborough to attend Flying Cloud Institute summer programs – the SMArt program or Young Women in Science program. $1000.
Berkshire Playwrights Lab: A laboratory for the development of new plays including an editorial tutorial with an artistic director and professional actors, culminating in a staged-reading performance, after which the audience is invited to engage in an open dialogue with the playwright. $300
Berkshire Lyric Theatre: Students and adults have the opportunity to participate in advanced training, practice, and performance throughout the Berkshires. Scholarships for deserving students of vocal music are available. $100.
Shakespeare & Company: The 28th Fall Festival of Shakespeare, a nine-week after-school arts-in-education residency at Mount Everett and 9 other schools. In-depth exploration and complete production of a Shakespeare play at the school, and at the Fall Festival of Shakespeare. $200.
New Marlborough Land Trust: To create a film which highlights the Crosby and Robbins Mill Site in Mill River, as a lesson in landscape history while highlighting the value of land conservation. $500
New Marlborough Land Trust: To design and install five new signs along the existing hiking trails at the Robert Joffe Nature Sanctuary. The signs will be educational and interpret unique points of interest at the site highlighting the ecology, habitat, geology, and/or natural resources along the trail. $200.
Dewey Hall: This grant supports Dewey Hall Presents, featuring a wide array of local artists, community leaders and organizations presenting or performing their work. Among them are Berkshire Songwriters in the Round, The Aglet Theatre Company, Sheffield Historical Society and Sheffield Contra Dance. $150.
Mass Audubon Berkshire Sanctuaries: Showcasing the underutilized Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Sheffield, Mass Audubon intends to offer a series of four seasonal programs, concentrating on the natural history of Lime Kiln Farm. $100.
SculptureNow: This grant supports a program which includes a tour of the SculptureNow exhibition and of the mansion at the Mount for a group of students; a special sculpture tour for vision-impaired visitors being guided by a small group of prepared students, and a hands-on workshop at Mt. Everett High. $300.
Music in Common: This grant will support FODfest 2016, a free, family-friendly, community music festival that honors the life of Daniel Pearl, featuring dozens of musical acts, primarily local, on three stages. $100.
Community Access to the Arts: This grant will support Art on Tour in New Marlborough, a traveling exhibit of artwork created in CATA’s many visual arts workshops for people with disabilities in Berkshire County. $350.
New Marlborough Village Association – Meeting House Gallery: To aid in publicizing the Gallery at the Meeting House, holding three exhibits annually, between Memorial Day and the end of September. $300.
Edith Wharton Restoration: This grant supports a Writing Competition open to students at all regional public, private and non-traditional high schools in Berkshire County. $100.
Plimoth Plantation Field Trip: The third grade at NMCC and Undermountain Elementary will visit Plimoth Plantation, as an ongoing feature of the humanities curriculum. $400.
Roger Tincknell: A musician/educator, Roger Tincknell will present a one-hour family concert entitled, Children’s Songs and Singing Games” at the New Marlborough Library. The program includes a variety of traditional, multicultural, contemporary and original children’s songs designed to stimulate the imagination and inspire singing, clapping, moving and dancing. $450.
Total grants awarded in 2016: $13,000
State Contribution: $4,400
Citizen Contributions: $8,600
Town contribution: $1,000 covers cost of annual fund-raising effort