More help is on the way for local artists and community groups that promote the arts.
The Andover Cultural Council has received $2,200 more than last year from the state to help the town's arts community.
“This is absolutely great news for Andover,“ said Leslie Seaton Malis, Andover Cultural Council chair. “It means we can serve many more local residents and fund a greater range and number of events and activities. It’s such a boon to the community."
This year, the local Cultural Council received $9,000 — $2,200 more than last year's $6,800 allotment from the state.
"We’re greatly indebted to our local legislators who fought for this increase,” Malis said.
Despite the increase in money, however, the council cautions it routinely receives more requests than it can fund and expects this year to be no different.
“It’s always a competitive process,” Malis said.
The Cultural Council will have a table at Andover Day on Sept. 22 and council members will be available to answer questions.
“We hope that anyone who has questions or is even thinking about applying will come by, say hello and talk with us about their proposal," Malis said.
The council is accepting applications from artists, organizations, schools and residents desiring grants for locally based projects in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. The council seeks proposals in all disciplines, and places particular emphasis on collaborative projects between community groups, new or previously unfunded programs, and proposals that reflect the growing diversity of Andover. The deadline for submitting applications is Oct. 15.
Last year, 13 grants supporting music, theater, and historical programs, along with residencies, and performances at schools and the senior center were awarded.
For more information, refer to the Cultural Council’s website at andoverculturalcouncil.org or email ACC01810@gmail.com. Complete guidelines and application forms are also available online at mass-culture.org.
Andover Cultural Council is part of a network of more than 300 local councils serving the state. It is an agent of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives money from the state legislature, and in turn allocates funds to each community.