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On September 20, Mass Cultural Council announced the FY’24 recipients of their Festivals & Projects grant program, which included several organizations in our district! I’d like to thank the MCC for its commitment to uplifting arts and culture throughout the Commonwealth and congratulate all the recipients of this funding.

These $2,500 grants will help groups host events and build community through the arts, humanities, and sciences. This year, I invite you to join in some of the great cultural and artistic experiences our district has to offer. Whether you’re interested in theater, painting, music or nature, there’s truly something for everyone. 

Below, we’ve compiled a list of the upcoming events brought to you by these grant recipients (note that information is pending for several events): 


Festival Name Organization Name City
Summer Music Series on the South Common Amherst Business Improvement District, Inc. Amherst
Sound & Vision: Music in Film Amherst Cinema Arts Center, Inc. Amherst
Amherst Juneteenth Jubilee Amherst Cultural Council Amherst
Community Mural Paint Party Biodynamic Farmland Conservation Trust, Inc. (aka Brookfield Farm) Amherst
Creative Music Gathering Creative Music Gathering Amherst
Whole Earth: Climate Mitigation Project- Scientists, Artists & Climate Action Plans Empowerment Through The Arts, Inc. Amherst
Summer Jazz GoBerry ‘N Cream LLC Amherst
Artistic Messages: Wearable Expressions of Social Change Hyoomkloh LLC Amherst
Generation Culture Project Starlight’s Youth Theatre, Inc. Amherst
Gabrielle Gould The Downtown Amherst Foundation, Inc. Amherst
Orchestra in the Orchard and Chamber Ensemble Series The Valley Winds, Inc. Amherst
Courtney M Leonard / Breach: Logbook 24 Staccato University Museum of Contemporary Art Amherst
Winter Art Market 2023 New Dawn Arts Center, Inc. Ashburnham
Celebrate Ashburnham Street Fair Town of Ashburnham Ashburnham
Nipmuc Cultural Celebration Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, Inc. Athol
Antenna Cloud Farm 2023 Festival Season Antenna Cloud Farm Gill
Community Gallery Exhibit Series Artspace Community Arts Center Greenfield
A Happening Eggtooth Productions, Inc. Greenfield
3rd Annual LAVA Film Festival Local Access to Valley Arts Greenfield
The Lovelights Present: A Mermaid Wedding Looky Here, Inc. Greenfield
pottery for the people Sacred Holistic Arts Greenfield
Meltdown Children’s Book & Music Festival The Imaginary Bookshop, LLC Greenfield
10th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival The Nolumbeka Project, Inc. Greenfield
Cornstalk Fiddles: Soundscape and Place in 19th Century Hadley Hadley Historical Society, Inc. Hadley
Good Music Makes Good Neighbors Good Music Makes Good Neighbors Montague
Falls Fest Montague Public Libraries Montague
SHEAkespeare Fest! Shea Theater Arts Center, Inc. Montague
The Broken Machine Silverthorne Theater Company, Inc. Montague
Nature Connection Songs and Art Series for Young Families Wolf Tree Programs LLC Montague
A Celebration of Brass Music Bombyx Brass Collective Northampton
Echoes of Future Past: The Antique Concerte on Pyne Street Revival Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity, Inc. Northampton
Comedy Cause 5 Comedy as a Weapon Northampton
Pioneer Valley Memory Care Initiative’s Northampton Memory Café Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Inc. Northampton
Western MA Multi-Cultural Artist-in-Residency Dream Up Productions Northampton
President Calvin Coolidge Centennial Celebrations Forbes Library Northampton
Conservation of the mural History of Women in Northampton 1600-1980′ Hestia Mural Restoration Collective Northampton
Montague World Music and Dance Mini-Festival Narluga Arts LLC Northampton
Play By Play Festival Northampton Playwrights Lab Northampton
Play Incubation Collective Ongoing Salons Play Incubation Collective Northampton
Music Speaks Louder Than Words – reaching out to the local community in song Sweet Adelines International – Heart of the Valley Chapter Northampton
The Embodied Leadership Project Movement Workshop Series The Embodied Leadership Project Northampton
Queer Kids Fest Transhealth, Inc. Northampton
The ArtSalon Valley Art Salon Northampton
Klezmer Night Out! – Workshop, Community Jam, & Dancing Yiddishkayt Western Mass Northampton
The ReMaker Festival LaunchSpace, Inc. Orange
The Gateway City Arts Word Festival in Holyoke Human Error Publishing Wendell
GALA Annual Arts & Music Festival Gardner Area League of Artists, Inc. Winchendon
Winchendon Winds 2024 Concert Series Winchendon Winds, Inc. Winchendon


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