HAVERHILL — Live music, performing arts, experimental film and historical presentations are among programs receiving financial help from the Haverhill Cultural Council this year.
Karren McCabe, chair of the Haverhill Cultural Council, said 16 grants totaling $25,900 were awarded to support programs for the enrichment of residents young and old, including the free summer Bradford Common Summer Music Series, the downtown Make Some Noise performance series, a student art exhibit, a three-day long Experimental Film Festival, Pop-Up museums and a Creative Arts Fashion Show.
“This past year has been a year of anticipation and energy in our city,” McCabe said. “We have begun to work with other organizations and businesses, to reach out to other communities in our Merrimack Valley, to help make our dream of what Haverhill can be come true.”
Statewide, more than $2.34 million will be distributed by local cultural councils this year. Grants will support a range of grass-roots activities, such as concerts, art exhibitions, field trips for schoolchildren, after-school youth programs, historical preservation efforts and community festivals.
Nearly half of the local Cultural Council funds will support educational activities for young people. Grants for field trips were awarded to Haverhill High School’s Fine Arts Department for a trip to Newport, Rhode Island to visit the Preservation Society Museums and Mansions, and Walnut Square Elementary School for a trip to Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H.
The Haverhill Fire Fighting Museum received funding for a program titled “Apparatus: Colonial Days to Modern Times.” which will show the history, danger and growth of fire fighting from Colonial to modern times.
Grants were also awarded to help present live shows, including Make Some Noise, a downtown summer series of musicians, artists and singers, the Steve Lyons Fund Rock-Out and Cookout, a fashion show at the Buttonwoods Museum and the Bradford Common Summer Music Series.
“It’s great to see so many local artists and performers participating in this year’s programming,” said State Rep. Brian Dempsey, D-Haverhill, chairman of House Ways and Means. “The Haverhill Cultural Council does a terrific job in awarding grants to a wide range of participants that truly captures the diversity of Haverhill’s cultural community.”
The Haverhill Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 local cultural councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the state. The state Legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.
This year, Haverhill combined funds from local donations, fund-raising, and arts and crafts promotions with $20,660 from the MCC, to create a total of $25,000 in grants.
“I’m proud to support the work of the Haverhill Cultural Council, local decision-makers, who work hard to provide helpful boosts in funding to many enterprising cultural initiatives that grow opportunities to experience the arts, sciences and humanities in Haverhill,” said State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives, D-Newburyport, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts & Cultural Development.
Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. In addition to McCabe, local HCC members include Cate Fullerton, Christopher Valliere, Dan Speers, Denise Matolcsy-Cowden, Kara Andrew, Leota Sarrette, Linda Kolutoulas, Mary Phennicie, Michael Valvo, Nella Haginicolas, Patricial Bruno and Ruby Lyons.
The Haverhill Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall. Information and forms are online at www.masscultural council.org. Applications are due by Oct. 15.
Here are the grant recipients for 2014 and their projects:
Haverhill Cultural Council, Make Some Noise Performing Arts & Concert Series: $3,000
Haverhill High School Fine Arts Department field trip to Newport, RI: $250
Walnut Square PTO Field Trip to Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H.: $610
Smyth, Brendon & Jeremy – Haverhill Experimental Film Festival: $2,160
Steve Lyons Memorial Fund Rock-Out and Cookout: $630
Haverhill Foundation for Excellence in Education Shoe-la-bration II, Bench for the Rail Trail: $900
Greater Haverhill Arts Association Student Exhibit: $625
Team Haverhill Pop-Up Museums: $2,160
Public Media of New England, Inc. (WHAV) open mike show, Local Cultural History Project: $1,765
Team Haverhill, Soles of Haverhill Fashion Forward, Shoe-Themed Presentations and Events: $3,000
Paul Prue – Bradford Common Summer Music Series: $3,000
Haverhill Fire Fighting Museum – Colonial Days to Modern Times: $1,800
Creative Haverhill – a day of family fun at Kimball Farm, Kidsfest/Haverhill Idol: $630
Pentucket Lake Elementary School, Applying Music and Performing Arts to Poetry: $210
Haverhill Historical Commission – The Heart and Sole of Haverhill, Phase II: $3,000
Giovanni Capato – Buttonwoods Museum Creative Arts Fashion Show: $2,160