Worcester Arts Council Awards Over $127,000 in Grants for Local Arts and Cultural Programs in 2019 





Erin Williams

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Worcester Arts Council Awards Over $127,000

in Grants for Local Arts and Cultural Programs in 2019 

Worcester, MA- City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. and Worcester Arts Council Chair Samantha Fiakofi are pleased to announce the award of 46 grants totaling more than $127,000 for arts and cultural programs in Worcester in 2019.

The Worcester Arts Council (WAC) is part of a statewide network of 329 Local Cultural Councils supported through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC). The Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences. This program assists the Worcester community in the development of local projects and adds to the cultural vitality of the city.

This year WAC received an increase in funding from the MCC, enabling the Council to fully fund 66% of its 2019 applicant pool. The 2019 grants will support a diverse range of programs and organizations in Worcester, including:


  • Worcester’s Got (African) Talent with Crocodile River Music
  • The “Mindful Me” afterschool program at Woodland Academy
  • A Teen Arts Program at Main IDEA
  • The Youth Harmony Recording Program with WICN Radio
  • The 16th Annual Asian Festival
  • Art in the Park 2019


This year’s allocation also includes two $5,000 Artist Fellowships, which have been awarded to local artist Scott Boilard and musician Thomas Lubelczyk. The complete list of grant recipients and amounts can be found below. WAC will host a grant reception celebrating all of the grant recipients in the spring.

“One of the highlights of our year is announcing our grant recipients. It marks the culmination of our competitive grant review process. The recipients reflect the vibrancy and diversity of Worcester’s thriving arts community. Our grantees are committed to advancing arts and culture, and I believe each program will leave participants and audiences with unique, meaningful experiences,” noted Council Chair Fiakofi.

WAC members reviewed close to 100 grant applications during a series of meetings from October to December 2018. The Council evaluated the overall quality of the proposed programs, their public benefit/viability, and whether they met the 2019 local priorities: Music, Children’s Programing, and Performing Arts.

Statewide, more than $3.3 million will be distributed by local cultural councils in 2019. Grants will support a wide range of grass-roots activities: concerts, exhibitions, radio and video productions, field trips for schoolchildren, after-school youth programs, writing workshops, historical preservation efforts, lectures, nature and science education programs for families, and town festivals. Nearly half of LCC funds support educational activities for young people.

The current Worcester Arts Council members are Samantha Fiakofi (Chair), Meaghan Hardy-Lavoie (Vice Chair), Stephanie Mireku (Treasurer), Amanda Schall (Secretary), Thomas Conroy, Gabriel Rollins, Lisa Malo, and Yasmin Goris.

The 2019 Worcester Arts Council grant recipients and amounts are:




Worcester Arts Council Make Music Day  $6,000.00
Thomas Lubelczyk Fellowship  $5,000.00
Scott Boilard Fellowship  $5,000.00
Refugee Artisans of Worcester Unwoven Journeys  $2,335.00
Art in the Park Worcester Art in the Park 2019  $5,000.00
Ann Revicki University Park Mosaic Project  $4,800.00
Creative Hub Worcester Inc. Empowerment Through Expression  $1,500.00
Worcester LGBT Elder
Network Rainbow
Lunch/Supper Clubs
Rainbow Lunch/Supper Clubs  $ 1,200.00
Girls Inc. of Worcester Girls Inc. Dear World: Voices of
Worcester Girls Enhancement
Crocodile River Music – African Arts in Education Worcester’s Got (African) Talent!  $ 2,500.00
Family Health Center of Worcester Family Health Center of Worcester’s
2019 Annual Neighborhood Health
Bryan Wrenn for the Cochran-
Wrenn Duo
The Art of the Dance  $375.00
YMCA of Central
Black History Month Art
African Community Education Program ACE Saturday Program Field Trips  $2,200.00
Worcester Chamber
Music Society
Vampires and Crocodiles, A Free
Family Concert
Katherine Grady Hip-Hop 4 Health  $3,564.00
Worcester Historical Museum Creative Adventures in Cursive Worcester  $1,306.00
Centro Las Americas Searching for DaVinci  $1,096.00
Worcester Art Museum Southeast Asia Artist-in-Residence Program at Worcester Art Museum  $5,000.00
Greg Hamilton Worcester Portrait Exchange  $1,100.00
WICN Public Radio Youth Harmony Recording Program  $2,650.00
Mihoko Wakabayashi Seed to Fashion  $4,315.00
Black Heritage Committee / Stone Soup Black Heritage Festival  $1,700.00
Music Worcester, Inc. Thinking outside the Bachs: Simone
Dinnerstein as Worcester’s Artist-in-
Render Creative Inc. Main IDEA Teen Arts
The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts The WYSH (Worcester Youth
Speak Honestly) Project
Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra Summer Family and Children’s Concert in Institute Park  $5,000.00
Woodland Academy 01610 Knitting Initiative  $2,500.00
Elm Park Community School The Moral of the Story: Bringing
Fables to Life through Puppetry
South East Asian Coalition of Central MA 16th Annual Asian Festival  $5,000.00
Audio Journal, Inc. Radio-Active Theatre  $ 1,500.00
St. Peter Central Catholic School St. Peter Central Catholic
Crocodile River Music and African
Arts in Education Residency
Master Singers of Worcester Spring Sing PopUp  $734.49
Cathy Weaver Taylor Luminaries in the Library  $1,420.01
Worcester Natural History Society dba EcoTarium Art, Nature, and Play Days 2019  $1,273.12
Lynne McKenney Lydick Family Letters of Abby Kelley and Stephen Foster  $448.86
Joyce Carpenter-Henderson Serenity Coffeehouse  $979.32
Eli Mateo KidsSTOMP  $3,580.23
Worcester Center for Crafts Glass Demonstrations: Visiting Artists  $1,305.76
WCLOC Theater Company John Dufrense’s Liv & Di  $2,856.35
Regional Environmental Council Flower Frenzy Fence Art  $2,448.30
ArtsWorcester Paper for the Printers Building  $4,080.50
Joy of Music Great Brook Valley Outreach (Worcester Housing Authority)  $1,224.15
Goddard School Of Science & Technology Boston Symphony Orchestra
Education and Community
Engagement Programs Field Trip
New England Symphony Orchestra Students at the Symphony  $1,632.20
Jennifer Maddox “Mindful Me” Afterschool
Program at
Woodland Academy
 $ 1,866.42


About the Worcester Arts Council:

The Worcester Arts Council (WAC) is a municipal body consisting of nine members appointed by the City Manager. The Council is charged with promoting the cultural affairs of the City of Worcester and allocating funds received by the Council for cultural projects and programs. The mission of the Worcester Arts Council is to promote excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretative sciences to improve the quality of life for Worcester residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our City. The Worcester Arts Council is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information visit:


About the Massachusetts Cultural Council:

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities. The Council pursues this mission through a combination of grant programs, partnerships, and services for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists. For more information visit: