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- this page last updated on 1/14/21 -
(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-2021


Because of the delays caused by the CoVid19 pandemic, the Massachusetts Cultural Council had pushed back the date to apply for a FY-2021 Grant from the Agawam Cultural Council to December 14th, 2020.
That window is now closed, and the ACC will begin considering all applications received.
 All applicants will be notified of our decisions via e-mail 
 no later than February 28, 2021. 

Please see our Grants page for full details, FAQs and instructions.

Click here to find general details about the MCC's Grants Program.
If you applied for a grant, and receive notification that you
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.

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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!
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OF INTEREST : Essays on "Living and Sustaining a Creative Life" written by working artists,
collected and edited by artist and educator, Sharon Louden.

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' Where Are The Women? '
Uncovering The Lost Works Of Female Renaissance Artists

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Florence, Italy is one of the main stops on any art lover's itinerary. Visitors can have their fill of works
by Renaissance masters such as Leonardo da Vinci,
Michelangelo and Raphael.
Of course, none of these artists are women.
                                          So, in 2009 a new nonprofit foundation in Florence called
                ^^^                    "Advancing Women Artists" started to investigate why ...
Click the image above for Sylvia Poggioli's 2021 NPR story on the push to finally recognize these Renaissance women masters.
            ( Courtesy of WKMS-fm radio & NPR. )

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The Red Door Theatre, a long-time Agawam family tradition,
is seeking donations to keep them afloat during this difficult time.
So many in our community have grown up on their stage,
we are sure many of you would like to help.
To do so, please visit their website, here.
We also note the transition in leadership taking place at The Red Door. Founding Artistic Director, Lyle Pearsons is stepping down
after 30 years at the helm.
You can read a letter from him here.
The Agawam Cultural Council warmly wishes Marilene Allen,
the new Director, all the best!


Click the banner above to see the complete season.

NEW: Applause Series events are now being carried by Southwick's Channel 15!
  Find them here.  

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.

Fri., February 5th at 7 PM -

Since 2003 this talented band has been entertaining thousands with their
Caribbean Steel Drum Island music.
Now you can catch them on Agawam
Public Media (Comcast) Channel 15.

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 above, for full details of the concert.


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 donate securely online by electronic check or credit card.
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

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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.
NEW! Judy Handler is holding virtual performance classes.
This is a special opportunity to play for -- and talk with -- other musicians.
For full details, click here.

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! **


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      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.

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

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          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!

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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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