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DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL NOVEMBER 1ST!!!The Westport Cultural Council will be accepting grant applications for community-...
10/18/2021
Westport Cultural Council (WCC) | Town of Westport MA

DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL NOVEMBER 1ST!!!

The Westport Cultural Council will be accepting grant applications for community-oriented arts, humanities and science programs that will support cultural activities in our community. The application period opens on September 1, 2021. The deadline for submitting grant applications is October 15, 2021. Application forms are available at www.massculturalcouncil.org. All LCC Grant proposals must be submitted online.
The Massachusetts Cultural Council is hosting a webinar for prospective applicants on September 9th. The MCC will record this webinar and share it on their Youtube Channel. Here’s the registration link: https://massculturalcouncil.org/.../lcc-grant.../.
Each year money for LCC grants is allocated for each town by the Massachusetts Legislature. More than 2,500 volunteers serve on 329 Local Cultural Councils, the most extensive, grass-roots cultural funding network in America.
Information on the goals and purposes of the Westport Cultural Council is available on the Massachusetts Cultural Council website and also the Town of Westport site at https://www.westport-ma.com/westport-cultural-council-wcc. For more information or questions, prospective applicants can contact: [email protected].

Press Release September 1, 2021 Westport Cultural Council Currently Accepting Online LCC Grant ApplicationsThe Westport Cultural Council will be accepting grant applications for community-oriented arts, humanities and science programs that will support cultural activities in our community. The appli...

Whaling WomenThe lives of 6 whaling women from New Bedford and Nantucket...in their own wordsA world premiere by Seaglas...
09/22/2021

Whaling Women
The lives of 6 whaling women from New Bedford and Nantucket...in their own words
A world premiere by Seaglass Theater Company
Jodi Goble, Composer
October 2, 2021 7:00PM
First Unitarian Church in New Bedford
71 8th Street
New Bedford, MA

This performance is sponsored in part by a grant from the Helen Ellis Charitable Trust, and the Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, New Bedford, Mattapoisett, Rochester, and Westport Local Cultural Councils, agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Featuring:
Diana McVey as Betsey Morey
Helen Hassinger as Phebe Sherman
Melynda Davis as Amelia Piper
Patrice Tiedemann as Eliza Brock
Emily Harmon as Susan Veeder
Heather Gallagher as Ruth Post
and
Raymond Veary as the Man in the Boat

NEW BEDFORD-On October 2 at 7:00 PM, Seaglass Theater Company will present the world premiere of Whaling Women-a lyrical score that marries composer Jodi Goble’s original music with historically-accurate sea chanteys, hymn tunes, and lullabies of the 19th century. Whaling Women tells of love and loss-whether at sea-chasing whales and braving the dangers of shipwreck, or on land-managing households and fighting for social justice in their communities.
“This world premiere has been over 2 years in the making-from countless hours of research and musical writing to pandemic postponements. We are thrilled to finally bring Jodi Goble’s work to life in the historic whaling city of New Bedford.” says Seaglass Theater Company Artistic Director Patrice Tiedemann.

Composer Jodi Goble’s compositions have been performed across the United States and internationally and featured on National Public Radio. Her works have recently been performed at the ASEAN Festival of Contemporary Music, the National Opera Center in New York City, Songfest, Jordan Hall, Ames Town and Gown, Omaha Under the Radar, Beijing Central Conservatory, Boston University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Hunan Women’s University, Iowa Composers’ Forum, and the Art Song Preservation Society of New York. De Virginibus, her song cycle on texts by Hildegard von Bingen, was recorded by soprano Anne Harley as part of the Voices of the Pearl project. Her art songs are published in anthologies by New Music Shelf and North Star Music. Ms. Goble is Associate Teaching Professor in Voice at Iowa State University, the official pianist for the Simon Estes Roots and Wings Community Concert Series, and the official accompanist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Guild Auditions in Iowa.

This concert is a partnership of Seaglass Theater Company and the New Bedford Port Society, which manages the historic Seamen’s Bethel in New Bedford. The concert will be filmed and included in a future exhibit on women and whaling at Seamen’s Bethel.

Tickets are $35.00 and may be purchased in advance at www.eventbrite.com. A post-concert reception is included in the ticket price. Tickets may also be purchased with cash, credit card, or check the day of the concert at the concert venue a half hour before the performance. For more information, please visit www.seaglasstheater.com

Westport Cultural Council Currently Accepting Online LCC Grant Applications September 1, 2021For Immediate ReleaseContac...
09/03/2021

Westport Cultural Council Currently Accepting
Online LCC Grant Applications
September 1, 2021

For Immediate Release

Contact: Carol Vidal
Email: [email protected]

The Westport Cultural Council will be accepting grant applications for community-oriented arts, humanities and science programs that will support cultural activities in our community. The application period opens on September 1, 2021. The deadline for submitting grant applications is October 15, 2021. Application forms are available at www.massculturalcouncil.org. All LCC Grant proposals must be submitted online.
The Massachusetts Cultural Council is hosting a webinar for prospective applicants on September 9th. The MCC will record this webinar and share it on their Youtube Channel. Here’s the registration link: https://massculturalcouncil.org/event/lcc-grant-application-walk-through/.
Each year money for LCC grants is allocated for each town by the Massachusetts Legislature. More than 2,500 volunteers serve on 329 Local Cultural Councils, the most extensive, grass-roots cultural funding network in America.
Information on the goals and purposes of the Westport Cultural Council is available on the Massachusetts Cultural Council website and also the Town of Westport site at https://www.westport-ma.com/westport-cultural-council-wcc. For more information or questions, prospective applicants can contact: [email protected].

Westport Cultural Council Currently Accepting
Online LCC Grant Applications
September 1, 2021

For Immediate Release

Contact: Carol Vidal
Email: [email protected]

The Westport Cultural Council will be accepting grant applications for community-oriented arts, humanities and science programs that will support cultural activities in our community. The application period opens on September 1, 2021. The deadline for submitting grant applications is October 15, 2021. Application forms are available at www.massculturalcouncil.org. All LCC Grant proposals must be submitted online.
The Massachusetts Cultural Council is hosting a webinar for prospective applicants on September 9th. The MCC will record this webinar and share it on their Youtube Channel. Here’s the registration link: https://massculturalcouncil.org/event/lcc-grant-application-walk-through/.
Each year money for LCC grants is allocated for each town by the Massachusetts Legislature. More than 2,500 volunteers serve on 329 Local Cultural Councils, the most extensive, grass-roots cultural funding network in America.
Information on the goals and purposes of the Westport Cultural Council is available on the Massachusetts Cultural Council website and also the Town of Westport site at https://www.westport-ma.com/westport-cultural-council-wcc. For more information or questions, prospective applicants can contact: [email protected].

January 2020, the film committee of the Westport Cultural Council met to discuss the documentaries we would present for ...
08/30/2021

January 2020, the film committee of the Westport Cultural Council met to discuss the documentaries we would present for that year’s 9th annual film series as we had done since 2012. Well, everyone knows what happened next. By March 2020, it was increasing obvious and discouraging to see everything close up due to Covid.
Fast forward to 2021, the Westport Cultural Council began moving tentatively in planning a film series in August. Our documentary choices were still in place and ready to go. We had a major setback in June when a member of the Council, Lucy Tabit, and a guiding force of our film series passed away in June This film series was dedicated to her memory.
Our theme for the film series was Resolute Women and our documentaries reflected the fortitude and resilience the women in these films exhibited. The first film in the series shown at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery in August was Maiden. This is an incredible story of an all-female sailboat crew entering the Whitbread Bread Round the World Race in defiance of the traditional all-male sport.
Our second film, Honeyland, was a visually stunning portrait of a middle-aged, tenacious Macedonian woman taking care of her elderly mother and her bees. Her simple but austere life is upset by a Turkish family that move nearby and upend the delicate balance of nature that she and her bees rely on.
Our last film in the series capped the month of August with a bang. The Innocents of Florence is the story of a city’s hidden history that two art restoration specialists uncover while restoring a 600 year-old painting at an orphanage. The Innocents of Florence was shown to a capacity audience (fully masked) with an introduction by Elizabeth Wicks who just happens to be one of the art restorationists in the documentary giving us an insight to the back story of the film.
The Westport Cultural Council is grateful for this generous grant from the Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust administered by the Bank of America to be able to provide this documentary series to the Westport community.

Carol Vidal
Westport Cultural Council

January 2020, the film committee of the Westport Cultural Council met to discuss the documentaries we would present for that year’s 9th annual film series as we had done since 2012. Well, everyone knows what happened next. By March 2020, it was increasing obvious and discouraging to see everything close up due to Covid.
Fast forward to 2021, the Westport Cultural Council began moving tentatively in planning a film series in August. Our documentary choices were still in place and ready to go. We had a major setback in June when a member of the Council, Lucy Tabit, and a guiding force of our film series passed away in June This film series was dedicated to her memory.
Our theme for the film series was Resolute Women and our documentaries reflected the fortitude and resilience the women in these films exhibited. The first film in the series shown at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery in August was Maiden. This is an incredible story of an all-female sailboat crew entering the Whitbread Bread Round the World Race in defiance of the traditional all-male sport.
Our second film, Honeyland, was a visually stunning portrait of a middle-aged, tenacious Macedonian woman taking care of her elderly mother and her bees. Her simple but austere life is upset by a Turkish family that move nearby and upend the delicate balance of nature that she and her bees rely on.
Our last film in the series capped the month of August with a bang. The Innocents of Florence is the story of a city’s hidden history that two art restoration specialists uncover while restoring a 600 year-old painting at an orphanage. The Innocents of Florence was shown to a capacity audience (fully masked) with an introduction by Elizabeth Wicks who just happens to be one of the art restorationists in the documentary giving us an insight to the back story of the film.
The Westport Cultural Council is grateful for this generous grant from the Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust administered by the Bank of America to be able to provide this documentary series to the Westport community.

Carol Vidal
Westport Cultural Council

Andy Moerlein's Closing Talk - Westport Land Trust
08/18/2021
Andy Moerlein's Closing Talk - Westport Land Trust

Andy Moerlein's Closing Talk - Westport Land Trust

The Westport Cultural Council is pleased to announce its third of three summer Westport Artist in Residence Program Closing Talks. On Thursday August 19th at 6 PM, artist in residence Andy Moerlein will be speaking at the DeDee Shattuck Gallery about his career as an artist and his focus on the land...

Come join WCC August artist in residence Andy Moerlein this weekend at the Westport Land ConservationTrust both Saturday...
08/13/2021
Discovering The Zen And Creativity Of Building With Bamboo - Westport Land Trust

Come join WCC August artist in residence Andy Moerlein this weekend at the Westport Land Conservation
Trust both Saturday and Sunday and learn how to work with bamboo! Make a trellis! Free!
You must sign up in advance to participate. Space is limited. Reserve your space here: https://westportlandconservationtrust.salsalabs.org/DiscoveringTheZenAndCreativityOfBuildingWithBamboo

The Westport Cultural Council is pleased to announce its third of three summer Artists in Residence Program Workshops. On August 14th and August 15th, artist in residence Andy Moerlein will host Discovering The Zen And Creativity Of Building With Bamboo. In this workshop, participants will experienc...

Come join Westport Cultural Council artist in residence Andy Moerlein for a bamboo sculpture workshop this weekend at th...
08/11/2021
Discovering The Zen And Creativity Of Building With Bamboo - Westport Land Trust

Come join Westport Cultural Council artist in residence Andy Moerlein for a bamboo sculpture workshop this weekend at the Westport Land Conservation Trust on Adamsville Road. Classes both on Saturday and Sunday from 9-12 in the morning. Free!

The Westport Cultural Council is pleased to announce its third of three summer Artists in Residence Program Workshops. On August 14th and August 15th, artist in residence Andy Moerlein will host Discovering The Zen And Creativity Of Building With Bamboo. In this workshop, participants will experienc...

Last night quite a few people came to the Dedee Shattuck gallery for the first of three documentary films to be shown du...
08/05/2021

Last night quite a few people came to the Dedee Shattuck gallery for the first of three documentary films to be shown during the month of August , presented by the Westport Cultural Council. If you are in Westport Ma this coming Wednesday August 11th, please join us once again for Honeyland. Films are presented at the De Dee Shattuck gallery, 1 Partners' Lane, Westport, MA 02790. Wednesday at 7 pm! Free!

If you are in Westport Ma this coming Wednesday.....The Westport Cultural Council is pleased to announce the first of th...
07/30/2021

If you are in Westport Ma this coming Wednesday.....The Westport Cultural Council is pleased to announce the first of three documentary films for August, presented at the De Dee Shattuck gallery, 1 Partners' Lane, Westport, MA 02790. Come join us this Wednesday at 7 pm! Free!

If you are in Westport Ma this coming Wednesday.....The Westport Cultural Council is pleased to announce the first of three documentary films for August, presented at the De Dee Shattuck gallery, 1 Partners' Lane, Westport, MA 02790. Come join us this Wednesday at 7 pm! Free!

Please come and join us at Dedee Shattuck Gallery for 3 documentary films in August!Free!
07/25/2021

Please come and join us at Dedee Shattuck Gallery for 3 documentary films in August!
Free!

Please come and join us at Dedee Shattuck Gallery for 3 documentary films in August!
Free!

The Westport Cultural Council (WCC) and Westport Land Conservation Trust (WLCT) are pleased to announce their second of ...
07/21/2021

The Westport Cultural Council (WCC) and Westport Land Conservation Trust (WLCT) are pleased to announce their second of three summer Westport Artist in Residence Program Closing Talks.

This Thursday July 24nd at 6 PM, artist in residence Matt Magee will be speaking at the DeDee Shattuck Gallery about his latest iteration of Greenblock, which is suspended in the Interpretive Center at the Westport Woods Conservation Park (573 Adamsville Road). Magee’s installations repurpose found and discarded materials.

The Westport Cultural Council (WCC) and Westport Land Conservation Trust (WLCT) are pleased to announce their second of three summer Westport Artist in Residence Program Closing Talks.

This Thursday July 24nd at 6 PM, artist in residence Matt Magee will be speaking at the DeDee Shattuck Gallery about his latest iteration of Greenblock, which is suspended in the Interpretive Center at the Westport Woods Conservation Park (573 Adamsville Road). Magee’s installations repurpose found and discarded materials.

Come see Matt's closing talk on Thursday July 22 at 6pm at De Dee Shattuck gallery
07/19/2021
Matt Magee's Closing Talk - Westport Land Trust

Come see Matt's closing talk on Thursday July 22 at 6pm at De Dee Shattuck gallery

The Westport Cultural Council is pleased to announce its second of three summer Westport Artist in Residence Program Closing Talks. On Thursday July 22nd at 6 PM, artist in residence Matt Magee will be speaking at the DeDee Shattuck Gallery about his latest iteration of It Takes A Village, which is....

Check out what July Artist Matt Magee is up to at the Westport Land Conservation Trust.  Stop by and see him at work on ...
07/07/2021
Matt Magee_July Artist in Residence at the Westport Land Conservation Trust

Check out what July Artist Matt Magee is up to at the Westport Land Conservation Trust. Stop by and see him at work on Adamsville Road!

The Westport Cultural Council Announces the Westport Artist in Residence Program. Three artists will create outdoor artworks at the Westport Woods in June, July…

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It takes a lot of community support to produce professional performances. Thank you! Acushnet Cultural Council Dartmouth Cultural Council Fairhaven Cultural Council Mattapoisett Cultural Council New Bedford Local Cultural Council and the Helen Ellis Charitable Trust from Westport Cultural Council
The Mass Cultural Council Community Initiative sends our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Lucy Tabit to everyone she touched. ❤ "She’s been described as a modern day Renaissance woman and a bright star in Westport. She was a beekeeper, an archery coach, a bilingual translator, a mother, a wife and a friendly, professional employee for the town. Lucy Tabit, a 2014 Standard-Times Woman of the Year, lost her battle with cancer last week. 'She modernized the work of the Select Board by shifting us to online documents and shared drives for materials. She was organized, efficient and helpful to the hundreds of people who had business with us and she worked tirelessly not just for our board but for the Westport Cultural Council, Community Preservation Committee, Board of Health, Planning and many more boards and committees,' Shufelt said on Friday." - Jeffrey D. Wagner, HNNow
Shhhhh - don't tell anyone, but if you live in Westport or Dartmouth, Massachusetts, you can get into the New Bedford Whaling Museum for free! You need a special pass. To request one, call either the Southworth Library Main Branch in South Dartmouth or the Westport Free Public Library in Westport. These passes won't last forever! The libraries will be distributing them on a first-come-first-served basis; limit four per family. This special offer is made possible by the Dartmouth Cultural Council and Westport Cultural Council, local agencies supported by the Mass Cultural Council a state agency.
Westport Land Conservation Trust (WLCT) is pleased to present their 13th annual Summer Concert. This year we are excited to showcase the talents of local Massachusetts singer, songwriter Seth Glier. The goal of the annual Westport summer concert has long been to support the work of the Westport Land Conservation Trust; a non-profit organization that has worked since 1972 to acquire and preserve natural resources, farmland, and wildlife areas in Westport for the use and enjoyment of future generations. While an in-person outdoor concert was not able to happen this summer due to Covid-19, we hope you enjoy this recording and consider supporting the WLCT through an in-kind donation at www.WestportLandTrust.org. This concert is supported, in part, by the Westport Cultural Council through a grant from the Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust administered by Bank of America, and with thanks to Steve Pelland of Westport Sessions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd8A49Wuq0Y&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1Gkl1qpz0syOvaTtinogs0ALNSairarSmYjLX3fV-jmq5Uv0Al8rjKMCY
I so enjoyed watching the Eagle Huntress, but PLEASE lower the view screen, I've suffered last night and all day!