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Together with the Massachusetts Cultural Council,
our mission is to promote excellence, access, and diversity
in the Arts, Humanities, and Interpretive Sciences, and to bring
entertaining, educational and enlightening events to our community.

Click the MCC logo above for a wealth of MCC information.
For an extensive list of current & upcoming dates and events, click here.

Many of our pages are updated regularly --
so please refresh these pages often!
- this page last updated on 11/27/21 -
(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.  

      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 about dealing with the pandemic's effects on cultural institutions.

To Our Patrons:      The AGAWAM SENIOR CENTER                                  
is once again open to the public, but with
new hours. They are taking phone calls at: (413) 821-0604.
The AGAWAM PUBLIC LIBRARY is currently closed for repairs,
including mold abatement, until at least the end of the year.
In the interim, some library services will be shifting to the
Agawam Senior Center (above).
Find out more here.

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Our next APPLAUSE SERIES event
is a LIVE performance on Dec. 3rd
by classical guitarist, SCOTT SANCHEZ,
at the Agawam Senior Center.

NOTE: Patrons should not arrive for an Applause Series event before 6:15 pm
because the entrance to the Senior Center will not be open until that time.
Scroll down for full details about the program and viewing options,
or find them on our Applause Series page.

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Scroll down for this month's Spotlight on Art!
Look for:   MEET THE ARTIST -- Richard Nowak.

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  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.

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News of the GRANT CYCLE for FY-2022

The extended application period for
FY-2022 Grants ended on November 1st.

The Agawam Cultural Council will now consider
funding for all applications received through November 1st.
Applicants will be notified of our decision(s) by e-mail,
no later than January 8th, 2022.

Click here to find general details about the MCC's Grants Program.

If you applied for a 2021 grant, and received notification
that you will be receiving funding, Congratulations!

Please click here to find out what to do next.
Printable reimbursement forms may be found 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.

Our 18th Applause Series season of great events!
Click the banner above to see the complete season,
or visit our Applause Series page.

  NEW: Applause Series events are now being carried on  
  Southwick and Westfield's Community Television Channels!  


"BACH to the PRESENT: An Evening with the Guitar"
On Fri., December 3rd, 2021, the exquisite perfection of
Scott Sanchez's acoustic guitar performance
will warm an early winter night.

Current venue: Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main Street, Agawam.
-- NOTE: Patrons should not arrive for an Applause Series event
                            before 6:15 pm, because the entrance to the Senior Center
              will not be open until that time.

             (Entry is from lower parking lot only.)
Those who prefer to watch the show at home may see it LIVE on channel 15,
or streaming at  by clicking the green "WATCH" button,
both at 7:00 PM. The program may then be found
some time later, ON DEMAND at
^^^     Click on the image of Scott at left, for details of this FREE event.

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

Applause Series favorites HANDLER & LEVESQUE
present their "Joy to the World" concert in Vernon, Connecticut
on December 12th, and are part of the
Please click here for details.

          MEET  THE  ARTIST!
          Each month the Agawam Community Artists and Artisans spotlights one of    
its members. This month's Spotlight is on artist, Richard Nowak.
The Agawam Community Artists and Artisans are currently
displaying their art in the Cooper's Commons building
                  at 159 Main Street in Agawam. All these works are for sale,
           and more are available by contacting the artists.
           Scroll down to our "Recommended" section for full details,
       PLUS a selection of offered works
       (including works by ARNOLD PAYE).

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!



     This Month, The ACC RECOMMENDS:

The Friends of the Agawam Public Library is pleased to
present their 1st Open Juried Virtual Art Show!
See it online NOW at the Friends' website, here.
(<<  Scroll down to find the Turtles ! )

Check out the latest works by students in the Agawam Schools'
Visual Arts Program on display in the lobby of the Agawam Post Office
600 Suffield Street (Rt 75). Lobby hours: M - F  8:30 to 5 ; Sat. 9 - Noon
The exhibit is changed approximately every six months,
and showcases works in many different media.

Special thanks to Agawam postmaster, Dan Czepial, and Rocky's Hardware for their support!

          ART ON VIEW   (and for SALE!)
The Agawam Community Artists and Artisans are currently
displaying their art in the Cooper's Commons building
at 159 Main Street in Agawam. (map)
All the works are being offered for sale, as well.

 <   Click the ACA&A logo at left for details and contact info,         
                   PLUS a gallery of artwork available for purchase!

                  (incl. works by this month's Spotlighted Artist - RICHARD NOWAK.)

' 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. )


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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