Winchester Cultural Council Announces 2024 Grants

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The Winchester Cultural Council awarded $16,275 in grants for 2024 to 16 individuals and organizations.  Funding for these grants came from the annual Local Cultural Council funding program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and from the citizens of Winchester, through the Town of Winchester's own budget. Following is a list of the grants, in roughly chronological order.

  • Creatives on the Common (all year 2024)
    A series of artist gatherings hosted at the Studio on the Common arts and pottery studios, providing an opportunity for artists (and aspiring artists) to gather in order to share skills, seek inspiration, work on unfinished projects or start new ones and share in opportunities to create together.
  • Tanglewood Marionettes: An Arabian Adventure (January 30, 2024)
    The Winchester After School Program (Kids’ Corner) hosts the Tanglewood Marionettes for a performance blending story-telling, culture and the art of puppetry.
  • Chinese New Year celebration (February 11, 2024)
    An annual festival for everyone at held Winchester High School, organized and hosted by Winchester School of Chinese Culture for nearly 20 years.
  • Mapping & Data Art Project (February 2024)
    Supporting transportation for Winchester High School Honors Art students to the Boston Public Library’s Leventhal Map Center and the Mary Baker Eddy Library Mapparium, with STARS resident SciArtist Soren Meibom.
  • Kid Art with Studio on the Common (April–September 2024)
    In support of monthly single-session art classes at the Winchester Public Library for students in grades 3–5, led by an artist from the Studio on the Common.
  • Tales of Now & Zen: A Story Program for Adults (May 11, 2024)
    Nationally-acclaimed Japanese storyteller Motoko presents a performance of charming tales for adults and seniors at the Winchester Public Library. Clad in a traditional kimono and armed only with a fan as a prop, Motoko weaves together ancient Asian lore, traditional songs, the 17th-century Rakugo tales, and oral memoirs from her childhood in Osaka and her life as an immigrant artist and mother.
  • Winchester Steel Pan Project (Spring 2024)
    In support of the formation of a traditional Caribbean Steel Pan Ensemble at the Winchester Community Music School through the purchase a basic set of steel drums. The ensemble would perform at various community events, especially those in outdoor settings. Supported in part by town funding.
  • Seniors and Young People—Linking Generations Through Music (Spring 2024)
    An interactive performance by the Boston Saxophone Quartet (BSQ) at the Jenks Center. Beginning with guided discussions where participants share their experiences, the BSQ plays music based on those experiences, drawing on diverse musical styles, including Classics, Ragtime, Swing, Jazz, Musical Theater, and Pop.
  • Winchester Porchfest (June 8, 2024)
    Porchfest is a unique, volunteer-organized, one-day community-building music festival where Winchester residents lend their porches as pop-up micro-stages to amateur musicians, who showcase their musical talent to neighbors, all other community members, and visitors from other towns.
  • Photoville x Winchester V (June–September 2024)
    Now in its fifth year produced by the Griffin Museum of Photography and Photoville, the exhibit is a public art project filling the outdoor spaces of Winchester with photographs and the stories behind them. Fifteen cube structures with four-sided panels display images from local, national and international artists, communities and cultures. In addition, the Winchester Cultural District and the Griffin work with the Winchester Community Music School to add unique musical performances to the images. Supported by town funding.
  • This is Us—Our Town (June–September 2024)
    A photographic essay about what makes a community, featuring the work of the local residents of Winchester and produced by the Griffin Museum of Photography. Residents of all ages are invited to submit images for printing on a banner that will hang on the walls of the Griffin Museum Rotary Terrace. Supported by town funding.
  • Arts Exploration for Adults (June–October 2024)
    A series of five 90-minute hands-on art lessons for adults conducted by the Pop Up Art School at the Winchester Public Library. Each class will focus on a different medium: wool felting, clay sculpting, pencil drawing, acrylic canvas painting, and watercolor painting. The instructor demonstrates basic techniques for the medium and then guides participants step-by-step in completing a project.
  • How COVID brought a community together: The making of Save Erce (Premiere in July 2024)
    Brio Integrated Theatre will produce a short documentary about the making of the podcast Save Erce, which it produced before, during and after COVID. The video will illustrate how this project brought hope to the community despite the hardships of the shutdown. Brio is a small non-profit arts organization that works with people with disabilities.
  • Japanese Textile Art / Peace Prayers (Summer 2024).
    A cultural creative experience for participants of all ages led by Kiyomi Yatsuhashi that culminates in an outdoor public art installation of Prayers for the Earth and Prayers for peace. Participants learn to shibori dye a small piece of fabric which will become part of a public art outdoor installation of prayer flags in locations such as Wright-Locke Farm, Winchester Town Common and the Middlesex Fells. If desired, prayer flags could also be made and sent to areas affected by war and natural disasters.
  • Griffin Terrace Series (Summer 2024)
    An outdoor summer concert series at the Griffin Museum of Photography produced by the Winchester Cultural District. Past events have included music, Porchfest, poetry, children's theater, and beer gardens. The three events in 2024 will focus on world music. Supported by town funding.
  • Winchester Cultural District Sculpture Sponsorship (October 2024)
    To support continuation of the outdoor sculpture exhibitions along the Riverwalk in the Winchester Cultural District. Supported by town funding.