The Massachusetts Cultural Council is offering a special webinar on September 9 for all who are interested in applying for a grant this year. Grant applications will be accepted through October 15, 2021.

To register for the webinar, visit

The starting point for grants is at and the online application can be found here (an MCC online account is required).

For more information about the process, email the Winchester Cultural Council at or use our contact form.

The Winchester Cultural Council has awarded $9,745 in LCC grants to 13 individuals and organizations for 2021. Disruptions due to COVID-19 delayed this year's grant cycle; grant decisions were not finalized until March 1, 2021. Grant funding was again strong thanks in part to a continuing commitment to the arts from the town of Winchester in the 2020–2021 budget. The funded projects celebrate and strengthen our community through culture and the arts.

The new Winchester Cultural District is seeing a flowering of artworks this month, thanks to a grant obtained by the town from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. The Shared Street Grant program, which helps pay for the traffic barriers, new pedestrian ramps, cycling infrastructure, and other downtown improvements which define temporary new sidewalk cafes at Winchester restaurants, includes funding to place art on those traffic barriers. This outdoor gallery showcases beautiful, colorful work by several Winchester painters and photographers, created especially for the venue.

The artworks are painted or printed on canvas and then attached to the barriers. They can be removed when the barriers are taken down for the winter, stored, and brought out again for display in the spring.

Participating artists include Jessica Clark and students from Studio on the Common, Teri Coté, Kristine Kamikawa, Denise Konicek, Lucia Rubini, Kiyomi Yatsuhashi; Winchester High School students Ananya Dalal, Yona Levine, Joyce Li, and Amy Wang; Lily He, from the Winchester School of Chinese Culture; and photographer extraordinaire Bob Hesse; with a special contribution from Acera School students of Estée Hill. Come stroll downtown and enjoy their work in front of A Tavola, Black Horse Tavern, First House Pub, The Spot, and Ristorante Lucia.

The exhibition continues, snow or shine, until the barriers are removed on Dec. 1.

See all of the artworks in a slideshow or in a gallery view.

Art on the barricades at First House Pub   Art on the barriers at Black Horse Tavern   Art on the barriers at A Tavola   Streetscape art canvas by Kiyomi Yatsuhashi   Streetscape art canvas by Jessica Clark   Painting by Lucia Rubini at A Tavola   Painting by Lucia Rubini at La Patisserie
The Winchester Cultural Council has awarded $9,567 in LCC grants to 16 individuals and organizations for 2020. Grant funding was significantly higher than in past years thanks in part to a meaningful commitment to the arts from the town of Winchester in the 2019–2020 budget. The funded projects expand cultural opportunities for Winchester’s students, help Winchester residents hear distinguished local performers, and use art to celebrate and strengthen our community. Grant projects include Winchester's first-ever Porchfest (scheduled for June); the first major art exhibition in Winchester's new Cultural District; Chinese New Year celebrations and visits by Chinese dancing lions to all of Winchester's elementary schools; an "ecomusic" residency and concert celebrating a new Monarch butterfly waystation at the First Congregational Church; faculty concerts by the Winchester Community Music School; and a musical theater performance depicting the history of women's fight for equal rights in America. Grants also support several arts cultural enrichment programs for children, adults, and seniors.
The Winchester Cultural Council is in need of new members for the coming year. Cultural Council members are volunteers who are appointed by the town's Select Board; love of the arts is important, but no special skills are required. The Council meets monthly, gives cultural grants annually, and provides many opportunities to enrich our town. To apply, send a letter stating your interest to the Select Board at Town Hall.