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(DON'T MISS this month's notable events at the bottom of the page!)
  To CONTRIBUTE in support of our efforts, please look below -- 
  or on our "Applause Series" page -- for the green "DONATE" button.  

Out of caution during the CoVid19 pandemic,
the Agawam Senior Center is still closed to the public,
although they are taking phone calls at: (413) 821-0604.
Please click here for full details,
including restrictions, days and hours of service.

  As a courtesy to our community, click the CDC logo at left
^^^      for a wide range of information, answers and resources
on CoVid19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


News of the GRANT CYCLE for FY-2020

The FY-2020 Grant application period has closed.
If you applied for a grant, and received notification that your grant
will be receiving funding from the ACC, Congratulations!
Please click here to find out what to do next.
Printable reimbursement forms may be found here.

To view recipients of our FY-2020 grants, please select the "Funding List" tab on our MCC page, here.

Because of the delays caused by the CoVid19 pandemic, the Massachusetts Cultural Council has pushed back the dates to apply for a FY-2021 Grant from the Agawam Cultural Council.
This year, the application period began -- and applications became available online -- on October 1st, 2020.
NEW! The MCC has extended the deadline to December 14th, 2020.

At that point, the ACC will consider all applications received.
Please see our Grants page for full details, FAQs and instructions.
Click here to find general details about the MCC's Grants Program.
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Calling ARTISTS in all fields -- Looking for funding / exposure for your work?
For ArtSake, click here and follow the links to find ideas and opportunities for artists,
PLUS information on fellowships, apprenticeships, work spaces and more!
/ / /
OF INTEREST : Essays on "Living and Sustaining a Creative Life" written by working artists,
collected and edited by artist and educator, Sharon Louden.


Our Annual Writing Competition is back  
... and the deadline for submissions has been extended!
All Agawam students (K - 12) are invited to submit work
to compete for cash prizes in our 2020 Writing Competition.
Submissions will NOW be accepted through December 31st, 2020.
Click here for details, or see our Writing Contest page.

Click the banner above to see the complete season.

For the safety of our audiences, all 17th APPLAUSE SERIES events
will be virtual only, televised on Comcast Channel 15.
Many will be available for later viewing on demand
via the Agawam Public Media website,
and on the Agawam Cultural Council's YouTube channel.

See details below.

Friday, December 4th - Our next event will be a video performance by acoustic guitar virtuoso Scott Sanchez,
"From Bach to Brubeck"
to be shown on Agawam's Cable Channel 15 at 7:00 PM.

This program can also be streamed LIVE at   by clicking the green
"WATCH" button at the same date and time.
Those who prefer to watch at a different time on their
smart device may request a special FREE link to view it on YouTube by sending an e-mail to:

^^^  Click the picture of Scott Sanchez above, for full details of the performance.

Friday, December 18th -
Enjoy a BONUS holiday concert by
Dan Kane and Friends,
performing "Christmas Hits from the American Songbook"
to be shown on Agawam's Cable Channel 15 at 7:00 PM.

This program can also be streamed LIVE at
by clicking the green "WATCH" button at the same date and time.
Those who prefer to watch at a different time on their smart device
may request a special FREE link to view it on YouTube
by sending an e-mail to:

^^^  Click the picture of the Dan Kane Singers above, for full details of the performance.
You can find more ACC events on the Agawam Public Media web pages, here.

As you may know, we normally accept free will donations at all our
Applause Series events, to help support the cost of each performance.
Fully 40% of the funding for these events comes from
the generous donations we receive; no state monies are used.

( Read the REMINDER article about our donation shortfall.)
If, after viewing any of our video events you are so inclined,
we hope you will consider making a "socially distanced" donation
to support our efforts to Give Back to the Community.
If you wish, you may click the green "DONATE" button above,
to make a secure donation online.
Or if you'd rather, you may mail a check in any amount,
made payable to the Agawam Cultural Council, to:
Agawam Cultural Council,  c/o Town Hall,  36 Main Street,
Agawam MA 01001

are calling for submissions for their
First Open Juried VIRTUAL Photography Show,
to be presented in February, 2021
with awards and honorable mentions in four categories.
Visit the Friends' website for details and a full prospectus.


During this time of social isolation,
Applause Series favorites, Judy Handler and Mark Levesque
are offering online lessons in Guitar and Mandolin!
Why not put this time to good use?
Learn a new instrument or improve your skills.
Click here for details, or visit their website.


Are you a fan of local professional Theatre?      
The shutdown of our cultural institutions won't go on forever.
Many have plans in the works to continue providing online access to performers and events during the shutdown.
Even if you aren't a subscriber, it's a good idea to check in at websites such as the MAJESTIC THEATER in West Springfield for updates,
or to submit your e-mail address for information on special "online" performances, or news of when they might be returning to
something like their regular operation.
( Find other theaters in Western Mass on Our Favorite Links page.)
** And see our "Recommended" box below,    
    for a special behind-the-scenes treat! **



      The MASS CULTURAL COUNCIL is working to ease         
   the effects of the viral pandemic on cultural institutions and artists.   

   Click here to read the latest news from the MCC.

There's an exciting new initiative across the state to prove it --
find details, and what it can mean to our community, here.

(Courtesy: NPR / WAMC )


Curious about who we are and what we do?
Check out this article on MassLive by Christine White (Special to The Republican).
<<<   Or visit our About Us page.

Watch your Cultural Council in action!

The public is invited to attend -- and participate in -- any
monthly meeting* of the Agawam Cultural Council.

Click here for the 2019 / 2020 meeting schedule.
(* Public input is restricted only during November grant voting meetings.)

Details on how the public may join a meeting are on our Meetings page.


Cultural Council events are coming to your TV!
Watch Agawam Media Television
- Comcast cable Channel 15 -
for recorded versions of Cultural Council and Town events!



Together with the Massachusetts Cultural Council, our mission is to promote excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences, and to bring entertaining and enlightening events to our community.


     This Month, The ACC RECOMMENDS:

The theater has created a free online series called "Behind the Curtain",
wherein Producing Director Danny Eaton interviews
a special guest, intimately involved with a particular production.
Join them online for the inside story on your favorite performers and shows!
For a complete list of "Behind The Curtain" episodes, please click here,
then watch the episode of your choice on YouTube.

  NEW!: An online reading of "The Lady Slipper ", a new play by Danny Eaton!
                         Watch it NOW on YouTube. Read about it here.
     PLUS - a selection of Majestic Children's Theater productions are
                 available to watch NOW!   Click here to watch any of your choice.

       ** And look for details of the new online PLAYWRITING WORKSHOP , **
               held every Wednesday for six weeks, beginning June 17th, 2020.
  Space is limited!  Click here to register for the next available 6-week session.


NOTICE:  The Springfield Quadrangle Museums are open again
        with special hours for seniors and more!
          Visit them here for full details.


          Free SHAKESPEARE on the Radio! (podcast)
From Shakespeare in the Park to your smart speaker or phone --      
WNYC radio and the Public Theater in New York have collaborated   
to bring this year's FREE outdoor production of "Richard II " to the air.
 <<<    Click the image at left for details, and to start listening!


Can you help tell the story of Native American life
along the Connecticut River?

A new project is being planned to explore the culture of local indigenous peoples.
Click the image above to find out how you can help.


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