State Senator Susan L. Moran (D-Falmouth), state Representatives David T. Vieira (R-E. Falmouth) and Dylan A. Fernandes (D-Falmouth), and Jane Parhiala, Falmouth Cultural Council chairman, have announced the awarding of 29 grants totaling $12,888, for cultural programs in Falmouth.

The Falmouth Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 local cultural councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the commonwealth. The program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences, and humanities every year. The state Legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

The Falmouth Cultural Council has added its own funds, earned through activities such as the Falmouth ArtMarket, to the total amount provided by the state to allow for funding of more grant applications.

Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. This year, the council took into consideration the struggle applicants have faced due to the pandemic. The members of the Falmouth Cultural Council are Jane Parhiala, chair, Marilyn Rowland, Alicia Buccino, Jody McGowan, and Cathy Rozynek.

Grants were awarded to the following people and organizations: Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod, ArtsFalmouth, Inc, Barbara Burgo, College Light Opera Company (CLOC), Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Dawna Hammers, Dyer Maker Studio, Ensemble Passacaglia, Eventide Theatre Company, Falmouth Art Center, Falmouth Community Television Corporation, Inc., Falmouth Historical Society, Inc., Falmouth Makers, Highfield Hall & Gardens, Hortense Gerardo, J.E. Ingoldsby, Jacek Zuzanski, Jennifer Kenyon, Jon Root, Natural Deathcare Collaborative, Oversoul Theatre Collective/Song Keepers, LTD., Sandra Faxon, Sarah Caruso, Meetinghouse Clay Center, Sean L. Fullerton, Shelby Allen, Stephen Lewis, Suzy Bergman, West Falmouth Library, Tri-County Symphonic Band and Woods Hole Historical Museum.

The Falmouth Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall. For guidelines and complete information or to learn about how to become a member of the council, contact Jane Parhiala at parhialaj@hotmail.com.

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