Culture Groups Celebrate Grantees


Franklin residents and individuals and organizations that received grants recently were celebrated at a reception organized by the Franklin Cultural District  Committee and the Franklin Cultural Council last night. The event was at Dean College Alumni Memorial Hall and featured light refreshments provided by Dean College and President Kenneth Elmore.

In addition to welcoming remarks by Cultural Council Chair John Ristaino, who encouraged participants to interact and discover new ways to collaborate, guests were entertained with the wide repertoire of the Dean College a cappella group as well as dances performed under the auspices of the Indian Cultural Association of Franklin.

Recently appointed Director of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy, Corey Shea, also offered brief comments, hailing the value of the arts and predicting more collaborations to come.

Franklin Cultural Council Grantees:

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Adams, Amy Live Art Performance $500
Applefield, Janet Combating Hate and Prejudice $350
Bates III, Davis R. Celebrating the Season: A Performance for Seniors $500
Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School Arts Enrichment Assembly $1,370
Charles River Chorale, Inc. Charles River Chorale Organizational Support $500
Daly, Rachel Winter Wonderland – Hornithology Ensemble $200
Easton Community Access Television ECAT, Inc. Hockomock Film Festival $500
Edgecomb, Diane Fantastical Folktales of Flowers a Story & Harp Concert $625
Fleischauer, Rosann Yarning Around Massachusetts $500
Franklin Art Association, Inc. Guest Artist Demonstrations $2,000
Franklin Cultural District BT/ALC Jazz Big Band Guest Artist Performance & Clinicians $2,500
Franklin Farmers Market Franklin Farmers Market $5,500
Franklin High School Family Art Night: Around the World $500
Franklin LGBTQ Alliance, Inc. Franklin LGBTQ Alliance and Celebrate with Pride 2024 $3,000
Greater Milford Community Chorus Greater Milford Community Chorus - Golden Jubilee Holiday Concerts $325
Grieving Hearts Inc. Remembrance Rocks $350
Horace Mann Middle School Uncovering History $1,500
Indian Cultural Association of Franklin Navratri Dance Festival $3,000
Johnson, Brenna Empty Bowls $750
LiveARTS The 2023-24 LiveARTS Concert Series $1,500
MUSE, Inc. Musical Visits for Seniors $1,000
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! $500
Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild, Inc. The Massachusetts High School Drama Festival $1,000
Norfolk Cooperative Primary, Inc. Music Enrichment with Mr. Dave $100
Southeastern Massachusetts Community Wind Symphony, Inc. Band Concert $650
Taylor, Celia Let's Get It Started Dance Crew Adaptive Dance $500
Town of Franklin "Where's The Toast?" Memory Cafe $1,800
Zammarchi, Robert Elijah T. Grasshopper & Friends $600

Franklin Cultural District Committee Grantees

1. Franklin Public Library, “Irish in America" Concert for All Ages. The CDC approved funding to be used to pay performer Mary King and accompaniment, for a performance on Saturday March 16, 2024 at 3:00 PM.

2. Children's Museum of Franklin, "Makerspace" for Pop-up museum events & later permanent space. Funds were awarded to purchase art materials/supplies for a “Makerspace to spark curiosity and creativity for children and families”.

3. Franklin Food Pantry, Public Art Project. Funds were awarded to purchase painting supplies and other materials and services, for a public mural at Franklin Food Pantry.

4. Franklin PorchFest Committee. “Franklin PorchFest 2024”. Partial funding was awarded to Franklin PorchFest Committee for costs associated with initiating and promoting Franklin's inaugural PorchFest event to be held in the May 2024.

5. Franklin Farmers Market, Entertainment. CDC awarded funds to be used to pay for three performances on the Town Common during the Farmers Market in June 2024.

6. JFK & Parmenter Schools, “Night of the Arts”. CDC awarded funds to partially cover the cost of having “Drumatix” perform at the second annual Night of the Arts, at the end of May 2024 to celebrate Art, Movement and Music with students and their families

7. Franklin Lifelong Learning, “Executive Functions Relevance for Creativity”. The CDC awarded funding to Franklin Lifelong Learning for a presentation to parents, and the general public, by Dr. David Murphy “Executive Functions Relevance for Creativity”; Strategies to develop and improve Executive Functions in the home."

8. Franklin Art Association, FAA Banner. CDC will pay for a portion of the cost of a Franklin Art Association banner that will be used to promote Franklin Art Association and Franklin Cultural District events.

9. Franklin Performing Arts Company, "August: Osage County". CDC voted to provide partial funding for the Franklin Performing Arts Company’s summer 2024 production of the play August: Osage County (June 7-9), a tragicomedy exploring the dark secrets of a dysfunctional family in Oklahoma.

10. Franklin Book Week, January 2024. The CDC will provide the Franklin Public Library, Franklin Historical Museum, and Escape Into Fiction with funding to cover a portion of the cost of planning and implementing Franklin Book Week, “A Community Rediscovery of Ideas, Literature, and the Shared Gift of Language", which includes several events/activities during the week of Ben Franklin's Birthday.

11. Mary Olsson, Scan & Digitize Historic Glass Plate Negatives. The CDC voted to award funds to scan and digitize approximately 600 glass plate negatives that depict various scenes of Franklin life circa 1915, a unique look at what Franklin looked like over 100 years ago. The complete set will be professionally scanned and digitized to preserve the images for display, education, historical reference and research.

12. Jon Ceander Mitchell, “Mary Anning: Fossil Hunter”. The CDC voted to provide partial funding for personnel and production costs associated with Mary Anning: Fossil Hunter, a chamber opera (5 vocalists, 8 instrumentalists) composed by Franklin’s own Jon Ceander Mitchell. The chamber opera will be performed at a venue within Franklin Cultural District in spring or early summer 2024.

13. Temple Etz Chaim, Israel Dance and Music Program. The CDC voted to provide partial funding for the Temple’s Israel Dance and Music Program; this important cultural program will be performed at a venue within Franklin Cultural District in spring or early summer 2024.

14. Oak Street School, Oak Street School Cultural Fair. The CDC voted to cover half the costs of food, vendors, and performers for a Cultural Fair on the Oak/HMMS Campus. The goal of this event is to share some of the traditions of cultures represented in our community, an opportunity to bring people together across the Oak Street/Franklin community and celebrate their strengths.

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