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Worcester Arts Council awards grants for 57 arts and cultural programs in city

WORCESTER – The Arts Council of Worcester and the City of Worcester have announced 57 scholarships totaling more than $206,000 for arts and cultural programs in Worcester in 2022.

The scholarship winners reflect a wide range of Worcester-based programs and organizations including the Juneteenth Festival from the Black Heritage Juneteenth Commission ($3,600); DIY Paint n Skate Youth Program from Push Worcester ($3,500); Key Southern Community Mural Project from Key Southern Community Development Corporation ($5,000); Make Music with Elm Park School After School Program from Pakachoag School of Music in Great Worcester ($5,000) and many more.

WAC has also awarded fellowships to seven Worcester artists including $5,000 fellowships to fashion designer, musician, artist Emmanuel Carboo, and photographer Richard Cummings. Five fellowships worth $2,000 were awarded to photographer George Annan, Jr., musician Jerry Kazarian (Kaz Supernova), and visual artists Khalil M. Guzman Jerry, John Albert Powers, and Sharina Traviso.

The Arts Council of Worcester is made up of members appointed by the City Manager of Worcester and is part of a network of 329 local cultural councils serving all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts.

The state legislature provides annual accreditation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

This year’s WAC funding for grants included $187,700 from MCC (a 12.5% ​​increase over 2021) and $10,000 in fellowship funding from the Worcester Community Foundation’s Creative Worcester Initiative, which was funded in part by the Barr Foundation.

For more than 40 years, the Worcester Arts Council has helped revive arts and culture in Worcester through its Annual Grants Program. This year is no exception, Edward M Augustus Jr., City of Worcester Manager, said in the announcement. I am very happy to see innovative projects and talented fellows among the 2022 scholarship recipients. I congratulate each of this year’s awardees, and thank the members of the Arts Council for their tireless dedication to serving the creative community of Worcester.”

WAC said it received 137 applications for its 2022 grants.

“Between November and December 2021, the WAC evaluated all applications based on criteria including public benefit, creative/technical merit, capacity, budget, impact, and innovation. The Board also took into account how well applications reflect annual funding priorities. , which has been developed based on community input,” WAC said.

“The Worcester Arts Council is delighted to be able to fund seven artist fellowships and 50 projects that will take place in Worcester in 2022,” said Jane Riley, Chair of the Worcester Arts Council. “From fashion designers to photographers, from community murals to festivals at Worcester Common and more, we couldn’t be more proud of our award 2022. It is such an honor to support so many projects and people who inspire, challenge and connect us through their creativity and imagination.”

The full list of Worcester Arts Council scholarship recipients for 2022 can be found at www.worcesterma.gov/cultural-development/document-center/wac-grantees.pdf.

This article originally appeared on Telegram & Gazette: Worcester Arts Council awards over $200,000 in grants to 57 programs

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