The Winchester Sachem: "The Beginning of Winchester on Massachusetts Land"

Submitted by Council Chair on Mon, 07/27/2020 - 11:08

As many in the town debate whether the "Sachem" should continue to be the mascot or symbol of Winchester, important information can be found in  historian Ellen Knight's essay "The Beginning of Winchester on Massachusetts Land". It is a revision of her article "The Sachems of Winchester" published in 1999 as a four-part series in the Daily Times Chronicle), which sought to correct some of

Fourth of July House Decorating Contest

Submitted by Council Chair on Tue, 06/23/2020 - 00:23

The Winchester Chamber of Commerce invites the community of Winchester to participate in a  4th of July House Decorating Contest.  Families are encouraged to decorate the outside of their homes in a manner that shows community spirit and follows the themes of “Independence Day” and “America.” The side of the house that is most visible from the street should be decorated. That way, the judges will see displays without having to exit their vehicles and safe social distancing guidelines are maintained.

Coronavirus Creativity

Submitted by Council Chair on Tue, 03/31/2020 - 21:16

There are lots of places to get information about the COVID-19 virus (for example, the town website:, and the MCC resource page), but on this cultural website is a good place to showcase creative responses to the ongoing crisis. Those can include videos, songs, visual art, poems, essays, and more. We hope to grow this list as time goes by—please send us your discoveries and your creations!

Porchfest comes to Winchester on June 13!

Submitted by Council Chair on Thu, 02/20/2020 - 22:33

Winchester will host its first Porchfest this coming  June—on Saturday June 13, 2020, from noon to 6 pm. The rain date is Sunday June 14.

Porchfest is a one day, volunteer-driven, free community event that provides public venues for individuals and groups to share their music and performance art. The goal is to cluster venues around downtown to promote a more festive environment, promote walking, and encourage patronage of the downtown businesses. Performances that can be shared through Porchfest include:


Winchester Cultural Council 2020 Grants

Submitted by Council Chair on Thu, 01/30/2020 - 22:35
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.


Discussion and Grant-Writing Workshop, September 18

Submitted by Council Chair on Wed, 09/11/2019 - 12:08

Winchester's Cultural Blossoming: Money Available—Seeking Ideas

The future looks bright for the arts and culture in Winchester. But what will that future hold? Come learn how to be part of it—get a grant next year to support your own project—and share your ideas for how we could make Winchester a more culturally vibrant community.


Apply Now for a Grant! Deadline is Oct. 15

Submitted by Council Chair on Wed, 09/11/2019 - 01:03

The Winchester Cultural Council invites applications from organizations, schools and individuals of all ages for grants that support cultural activities in the community. Those activities can include performances, workshops, lectures, exhibits, festivals, short-term artist residencies, historical preservation, or other artistic projects and activities in Winchester.


Big week for the arts! Artist receptions, seminar

Submitted by Council Chair on Thu, 08/15/2019 - 22:59
The final week of Art in August artist receptions on Thursday, August 22 features four "meet the artist" receptions from 6 to 8 pm and a "Community Creators" session with three artists at the Jenks Center from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Come to learn more about the artists, ask questions about their work, and see more of what they have to offer!