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Scroll down for some "QUICK TAKES",
and don't miss our "RECOMMENDED" section at the bottom of this page!

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

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

  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,
or you can visit their website, here.
      The AGAWAM PUBLIC LIBRARY has finally returned      
   to their original Cooper Street location!
   (next to the High School)
   For hours, directions and contact info, please click here.

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Compassionate Civil War heroine and
Red Cross founder, Clara Barton

comes alive in our next virtual event, February 3rd!
See the "APPLAUSE SERIES" listing on this page (below),
or visit our Applause Series page.

Applause Series favorites, Handler & Levesque
will be performing in our area
on January 21st and 22nd.
Click here for more information.

The Agawam Community Artists & Artisans
present their Artist Spotlight for January :      

art clock creator extraordinaire, Pete Mones.    
See our "Recommended" section at the bottom of the page
for a gallery of works by ACAA members
(including this month's Spotlighted artisan, Pete Mones).

The Tobacco Valley Artists Association
will hold their January 2023 meeting on Wednesday, January 18th,
from 2:30 - 5 PM in the dining room of the Agawam Senior Center,
954 Main Street, Agawam MA.
Artist Richard Nowak is scheduled to demonstrate an oil seascape.

The Friends of the Agawam Public Library
is calling for entries in their
Third Open Juried Virtual Photography Show.
Entry Deadline is February 15th, 2023. Click here for details.

  As a courtesy to our community, click the CDC logo at left
^^^    for a wide range of information, answers and resources on CoVid19, M-Pox and more,
from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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    News of the GRANT CYCLE for FY 2023

The online application window for FY 2023 Grants
is now closed.

The Council has considered all online grant requests submitted,
and has approved grants totaling more than $26,000!
Applicants will be notified of our decision(s) by e-mail,
no later than January 7th, 2023.
For details of our Grants decision process, please see our Grants page.

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

If you applied for a FY 2023 Grant,
and have 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,
information on fellowships, apprenticeships, work spaces and more!
For a focus on Winter / Spring 2023 news, please click here .
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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.


Actress Sheryl Faye returns, in a VIRTUAL performance
as Red Cross founder, and Civil War heroine
--   CLARA BARTON   --
Friday, January 3rd at 7 PM
on Agawam's Public Media channel

(Comcast channel 15, and at
Click the banner above to see the complete 19th season,
or visit our Applause Series page.

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

You can find most past Applause Series performances
on Agawam's Cable channel 15 -- ON DEMAND at
( Look for programs marked "ACC ...".)
Applause Series programs may also be viewed
on the Agawam Cultural Council's YouTube channel.

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

Each month the Agawam Community Artists and Artisans    
spotlights one of its members.
This month's Spotlight is on local artisan, PETE MONES.    
The Agawam Community Artists and Artisans are currently   
      displaying their art in the Cooper's Commons building
        at 159 Main Street in Agawam, through January 28th.
    All these works are for sale, and are available
           by contacting the organization, or the artists directly.
           Scroll down to our "Recommended" section for full details,
       plus a GALLERY of offered works.

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 2022 / 2023 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 LIVE and 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 through Jan. 8th.
(map and directions)
All the works are being offered for sale, as well.

   ^ ^ ^   . . . . .   Click the ACAA logo at left for details and contact info,         
                   PLUS a gallery of artwork available for purchase!

                  (incl. works by this month's Spotlighted Artisan - Pete Mones.)

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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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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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