Falmouth Cultural Council

Meetings

  • Every  3rd Tuesday of the Month at 7 PM
  • Town Hall
    59 Town Hall Square
    Small Conference Room
    Falmouth, MA 02540

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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All meetings of the Falmouth Cultural Council are open and potential new council members with an interest in the cultural programming are encouraged to attend. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM in Town Hall. Information on Cultural Council events and initiatives is available at www.falmouthculturalcouncil.org. Members can be reached at falmouthcultural@gmail.com

Mission Statement

To promote excellence, inclusion, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences in order to foster a rich cultural life, and contribute to the economic vitality of our community.

Members

The Falmouth Cultural Council is a committee made of up to 12 volunteers appointed by the Select Board.  Its role is to review grant applications, and, based on local funding priorities, decide which grant applications should be funded and at what level.  In addition, the Falmouth Select Board has appointed the Falmouth Cultural Council as the administrative body to oversee the Arts and Culture Element of the Falmouth Comprehensive Plan.

Current members of the Falmouth Cultural Council are:

  • Alice Kociemba, Chair – 6/30/2024
  • Ilene Karnow, Treasurer - 6/30/2024
  • Marilyn Rowland, Secretary – 6/30/2025
  • Stacey Wiessbock – 6/30/2024
  • Carrie Fradkin – 6/30/2024
  • Nikki Engstrom - 6/30/2025
  • George Scharr - 6/30/2025
  • Caroline Inman – 6/30/2026
  • Sadie Inman – 6/30/2025
  • Patricia Kauffman – 6/30/26

The Falmouth Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth.  The LCC Program supports thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences, and humanities every year.  The State legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

The FY2024 funding priorities were formulated from extensive outreach to the Falmouth community through an in-person and online survey. There was a four-fold increase in responses from the prior year. These responses created the Council’s Guidelines and Funding Priorities. A complete list is available at: https://massculturalcouncil.org/communities/local-cultural-council-program/

In FY2024, the Falmouth Cultural Council received $8,400 from the Mass Cultural Council an additional $10,000 from the Town of Falmouth, and supplemented those funds with $1,600 raised from the annual summer Falmouth ArtMarket. The Falmouth Cultural Council has awarded $20,000 in grants to 26 individuals and organizations for local arts and culture programs and projects. For the first time, the Falmouth Cultural Council funded its own project, according to Mass Cultural Council guidelines that allow MCC funds to be used to create programs that are not offered in the community. This new Cultural Council project, Music at the Table provides weekly live music at St. Barnabas Church’s free lunch program, A Place at the Table which serves community members who have not yet achieved stable housing. 

FY24 Grant Awards 

The complete list of grant recipients is as follows:

The Arts & Justice Collective, The Arts & Justice Festival 2024, $500

ArtsFalmouth, Inc., Jazz Stroll, $1,200

The Awareness Project, Mindfulness & Artmaking for Older Americans, $450

Candida Rose Baptista, KabuMerikanus, $1,000

David R. Bates III, Sea Songs and Stories, $500

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Inc., Rise & Shine Program, $400

Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Inc., 2024 Concerts in Falmouth, $750

Children's Discovery Museum of Cape Cod, Inc., Ocean Day Event, $1,000

Cape Symphony, Inc., Cape Symphony Presents KabuJazz featuring Candida Rose, $1,000

College Light Opera Company, Inc., High School Internship Program, $1,000

Motoko Dworkin, Tales & Origami for Teens, $600

Falmouth Artists Guild, Inc., Art for Tweens & Teens, $1,000

Falmouth Chamber Players, Inc., Spring Concert, $850

Falmouth Cultural Council, Music at the Table, $1,000

Falmouth High School Ceramics Program, Impressing Botanicals, $1,000

Good Grief Cape Cod, Real Talk and Lending Library, $1,000

Linking Indigenous & Non-Indigenous Knowledge, Wampanoag Cultural Experience, $1,000

Katherine Lockwood, The Power of Perspective, OUCH!, OOPS!, OH NO!, $1,000

Julian Loida, Dance Vibrations: A Synesthetic Experience, $1,000

Michael Shea, Songs and Stories of the American Folk Revival for Seniors, $600

Anne Smrcina, Local Marie Life in Art and Science, $250

Anne Smrcina, Wonderful Whales, $500

Song Keepers, LTD, The Thunderchild Street Show, $500

West Falmouth Library, Inc., Eco Magic, $400

Naomi Westwater Weekes, The Reclamation Project: Honoring the Voices of People of Color in Folk Music, $1,000

Mary Wilson, Puppets, Paul & Mary, $500

For more information and a calendar of events, please visit the Falmouth Cultural Council website.  

For more information on the Falmouth ArtMarket, visit http://www.falmouthartmarket.com