How to Apply for a Grant: Webinar September 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Submitted by Council Chair on Thu, 09/09/2021 - 00:52

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


Notre Dame de Paris: The Restoration

Submitted by Council Chair on Sat, 08/28/2021 - 00:33

A massive fire in April 2019 devastated the cathedral of Notre Dame, one of the architectural treasures of the world. Michel Picaud, President of the Friends of Notre Dame de Paris, will speak of his organization's efforts to rebuild the cathedral. The talk is presented by the Winchester Jumelage Association with support from the Winchester Cultural Council.


Winchester Porchfest 2021

Submitted by Council Chair on Fri, 06/11/2021 - 21:32

It's here! Winchester will finally host its first Porchfest on June 12, 2021, from noon to 5 pm. The rain date is Sunday June 13.

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. Originally planned for 2020, Winchester's Porchfest was delayed but not halted by the worldwide pandemic. Performances that can be shared through Porchfest include, among others,


Winchester Cultural Council 2021 Grants

Submitted by Council Chair on Mon, 03/01/2021 - 22:22
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.


"Shared Streetscape" Turns Winchester Streets Into Art Gallery

Submitted by Council Chair on Tue, 11/17/2020 - 12:48

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.

Online Grant Writing Workshop: Wednesday, October 21

Submitted by Council Chair on Mon, 10/19/2020 - 23:13

The Winchester Cultural Council grants program is continuing this year! Cultural activity is more important than ever in this stressful time, and it appears that our lawmakers will recognize that with grant funding levels similar to last year. The application deadline is November 16. The Cultural Council encourages everyone to consider applying for a grant. While the future is uncertain—many "traditional" projects (such as performances or in-person talks) might not be possible for a while—this could be an ideal time to try something new.


2020 REVISED Cultural Council Grant Schedule

Submitted by Council Chair on Mon, 09/21/2020 - 15:42

Each year, the Winchester Cultural Council gives grants for cultural activities in town with funding provided by the Massachusetts legislature and the governor and distributed through the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Because of the current health crisis, the grant application schedule has been delayed, but grant applications are  now available. Following are the important dates:


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