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(DON'T MISS this month's notable events at the bottom of the page!)

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.

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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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.

      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.

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News of the GRANT CYCLE for FY-2020

The FY-2020 Grant application period is now 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.
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!
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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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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 regular operation.
** And see our "Recommended" box below,    
    for a special behind-the-scenes treat! **


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.


Click the banner above to see the new season!

As of Sept. 4th, all APPLAUSE SERIES events will be seen only on Comcast Channel 15, and most will be available for later viewing
on demand, on the Agawam Public Media website.
There will be no audience in attendance.

We are saddened by the necessity to do this,
but the safety of our audience is paramount.

Until then, you can enjoy a video performance of "Romanza!"
by Applause Series favorites Handler & Levesque,
  recorded live at the Agawam Senior Center.        
   ( <<<   Click the image at left for concert details.)        
You can find more events on the Agawam Public Media web site, 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, here.)
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

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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 )


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!

  August 6th - Danny's guest was actress and singer Irene Thornton.
       Visit the MAJESTIC, or view it LIVE on YouTube.
  August 13th - Danny's guests will be The Marvelous Wonderettes!
     PLUS - The Majestic Children's Theater's "Aesop's (Slightly Updated Fables "
                      is available to watch NOW!   Click here to watch it.

                   ( For a list of previous "Behind The Curtain" episodes, PLUS all Majestic
                   Children's Theater productions available on YouTube, please click here. )

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

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Berkshire theater to present "GODSPELL" outdoors!
Berkshire Theatre Group will produce "Godspell" outdoors this summer,
the first musical in the United States to be approved by Actors' Equity
in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The show will be presented in an open-air tent adjacent to The Colonial Theatre
in Pittsfield, and is scheduled to run Aug. 6 through Sept. 4, 2020.
Tickets are available NOW, and may be purchased
in person at the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South St., Pittsfield.
They may also be purchased online; or by calling (413) 997-4444.

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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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   ( JULY/ AUGUST ) --

      Applause Series favorite, Jose Gonzalez
      (of the Criolo Classico Trio) has posted a new video!
He has joined a reunion performance with members of the well-known Puerto Rican band, RAFAGA. He says: "We were all students at the University of Puerto Rico on the same record label as Haciendo Punto en Otro Son. Rafaga, Moloendo Vuidrio,
and Haciendo Punto were all part of that same 'New Song ' movement that
swept the island's music scene in 1977."
Click the picture above to see Jose's new YouTube video.

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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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