Fitchburg arts and culture community calls for more community events – Sentinel and Enterprise
FITCHBURG – On a recent Friday afternoon, nearly 50 local artists, musicians, teachers and writers gathered on the grounds of the Fitchburg Art Museum to express their hopes for a vital and coordinated arts and culture program in Fitchburg, according to an announcement from the Fitchburg Cultural Council.
Based on survey data collected at the meeting and from the public, the top three priorities for the Fitchburg Cultural Council for the 2022 fiscal year will be community-wide events, arts education in schools and projects celebrating local history, culture and diversity, according to the council.
Comments also indicated that Fitchburg artists are familiar (82%) with the Fitchburg Cultural Council. Their top three sources of information are word of mouth, Facebook and local newspapers, according to the council.
The city needs an annual signing event, according to the council.
âThe crowd also seemed to agree that Fitchburg needed an annual signature event that would draw visitors from all over New England,â said Fitchburg Cultural Council president Tamar Russell Brown. âI think this idea fits well with the city’s plans to showcase our vibrant arts community as a way to gain recognition for Fitchburg’s many other notable attributes. The Fitchburg Culture Council has picked up the Fitchburg Open Studio event and plans to bring more to the city. We believe this offers great possibilities for a flagship event focused on Fitchburg arts and crafts. “
The Fitchburg Cultural Council Contribution Meeting is held annually to gather feedback and ideas from the local community. This is essentially a kick-off for the opening of the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s grant campaign, which began on September 1.
The FCC is currently accepting grant applications for fiscal year 2022. Grant training will be available September 15 and 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Hammond Hall on the Fitchburg State University campus at 160 Pearl St. in conference room G11. For more information visit www.massculturalcouncil.org/local-council/fitchburg/
The Fitchburg Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 local councils that serve every town and village in Massachusetts. The program is the largest and most decentralized of its kind in the United States. Massachusetts state lawmakers vote to provide each local council’s annual allocation for grants supporting the arts, sciences and culture through the Massachusetts Cultural Council. In fiscal 2021, the Fitchburg Cultural Council received $ 43,100 from MCC.