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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 the latest news, events and items of interest
facilitated by the Mass Cultural Council!   ^ ^ ^

Many of our pages are updated regularly --
so please refresh these pages often!
- this page last updated on 10/9/21 -
(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, to 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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 Applications for FY-2022 Grants are available  
 NOW through October 15th only! 

Scroll down for details of the 2022 Grant Cycle.

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Our next APPLAUSE SERIES event
will be a LIVE performance
at the Agawam Senior Center!

Find full details about the program and the viewing options below.

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If you missed Handler & Levesque at the last Applause Series event,
they will be performing at Valley Falls Farm and Park
in Vernon, CT from 1-3pm on Sunday, October 10th!
Find full details, here.

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

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We are going to attempt a New York City Bus Trip
on November 20th, if we have enough patrons wishing to go.
Tickets are $50 for residents and non-residents alike.
Patrons wishing to ride with us to NYC should
see our Bus Trips page for updated details.

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The Friends of the Agawam Public Library
announce their 1st open Juried Virtual Art Show.
Online display will become available by November 15, 2021.
See the Friends' website for more details.

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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

 Applications for FY-2022 Grants are available  
 NOW through October 15th only! 

Click here to begin the process.
You may also check our Grants page for details,
FAQs and instructions, updated as we get them.

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.

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          MEET  THE  ARTIST!
          Each month the Agawam Community Artists and Artisans spotlights one of    
its members. This month's Spotlight is on artist, Arnold Paye.
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).

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Are you a fan of local professional Theatre?                        
As Broadway returns, our local venues
are once again presenting live performances,
but restrictions and mandates continue to evolve.
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 the latest information and restrictions.
( Find other theaters in Western Mass on Our Favorite Links page.)

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The 18th Applause Series season begins September 10th!
Click the banner above to see the complete season,
or visit our Applause Series page.

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

The great JIMMY MAZZ
will perform LIVE, Friday, November 5th, 7:00 PM
at the Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main Street, Agawam.
(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 only.
Click on Jimmy and the gang above, 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

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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 )

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:

          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 - ARNOLD PAYE.)

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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 ACC supports young international filmakers ...

We've heard about a young videographer practicing his craft in Vadodara, India.
Follow his progress on YouTube, with his coverage of a women's footrace
in celebration of International Women's Day.
Watch for more from "Kittu on The Fly"!

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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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