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


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* * The next SUMMERFEST Outdoor Concert * *
will be at 7 PM on JULY 15th at School Street Park!

( weather permitting )
( KIDSFEST performance on July 22nd )
<<< Click the "SummerFest" link at left for details.

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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The Agawam Cinemas are now making your favorite
movie concessions available for curbside pickup!

They've created what they call Popcorn Pick-Up Days.
Pickup appointment hours are from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm.
See their Facebook page for full details and current day.
To order, just send them a private Facebook message with:
what you'd like to order, what time you'd like to arrive for pickup,
and what color / model vehicle you'll be in.
Individual bags of popcorn are $6.00; and check out their
"concession combos" by scrolling down their Facebook page!
!!!  And now ...   SLUSHIES are available !!!
Agawam Cinemas -- making movie night an art form!

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.


As of Sept. 4th, all APPLAUSE SERIES events will be televised LIVE on Channel 15, and recorded for later viewing on Agawam Public Media.
There will be no audience in attendance.

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

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
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TO OUR AUDIENCE -- 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.
If, after viewing any of our video events you are so inclined,
we hope you will consider making a properly "socially distanced" donation
to support our efforts to Give Back to the Community.
If you wish, 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
- 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!

  Thursday (7/9) @ 7 PM - director (An Inspector Calls ), Zoya Kachadurian.
       Visit the MAJESTIC, or view it LIVE on YouTube.   Sign in to ask questions!
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  Previous "Behind The Curtain" episodes on YouTube:

    Episode 1 - The Buddy Holly Story, with guest: Ben Ashley
    Episode 2 - Blood Brothers, with guest: Cate Damon
    Episode 3 - The Pitch, with guests: Stan Freeman and John Haag
    Episode 4 - The Fantasticks, with guest: JT Waite
    Episode 5 - Deathtrap, with guest: Robbie Simpson
    Episode 6 - Guest: frequent Majestic director, Rand Foerster.
    Episode 7 - Guest: actress and singer, Myka Plunkett.
    Episode 8 - Guest: Elvis tribute artist, Ray Guillemette, Jr..
    Episode 9 - Guest: music director and performer, Mitch Chakour.

 Now, Majestic Children's Theater productions are on YouTube as well!
 NEW! - Watch Treasure Island, then talkback LIVE with the director and cast on 7/5
   - Watch Alladin and The Wonderful Lamp, PLUS a talkback with director and cast.
   - Watch The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, PLUS a talkback with director and cast.
   - Watch The Jungle Book, THEN enjoy a talkback with the director and cast.
   - Watch A Little Princess, THEN enjoy a talkback with the director and cast.
   - Watch Sleeping Beauty - ( Disney's Sleeping Beauty KIDS with songs! )
   PLUS, watch excerpts of James and the Giant Peach -- Clip 1 and Clip 2.
       ** 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 September session.

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Traveling the Rail Trail through Hadley?
Don't miss the exhibition of Haiku poetry
posted at various places along the trail,
curated by Hadley's Poet Laureate, Wanda Cook.
The current exhibit will travel to other communities after July 31st,
and Fall-themed Haiku will take its place as the seasons change.

( - Click the image for a larger version   >>> )                            
The "Haiku in Hadley " project is supported in part by the Massachusetts and Hadley Cultural Councils, Multi-Arts, Valley Malt, and the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Article on the Haiku in Hadley exhibition courtesy of the Hampshire Gazette.

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      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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