Falmouth Cultural Council


  • 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. 


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.

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 LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting 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.


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

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.

In FY2023, 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 28 individuals and organizations for local arts and culture programs and projects. 

The  FY2024 grant cycle begins September 1, 2023, and applications must be submitted online by Tuesday, October 17, 2023, for projects and programs taking place between July 1, 2023, and December 31, 2024. The funding priorities listed were formulated from the community survey which closed on July 15, 2023. Guidelines and funding priorities for the Council are available at: https://massculturalcouncil.org/communities/local-cultural-council-program/

To encourage first-time applicants and new project ideas, the Council will hold a grant writing workshop on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at 7:00 PM in the Bay Room of the Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street, Falmouth, MA 02540. Questions or comments can be sent to:  falmouthcultural@gmail.com


 FY23 Grant Awards 

The complete list of grant recipients is as follows:

The Arts & Justice Collective, Community House Parties, $500

Davis R. Bates III, Raising Our Voices: A Summer Reading Performance, $550
Beyond the Bounds, Inc., Beyond the Bounds 2023, $1,000

Cahoon Museum of American Art, Inc., Wampum Exhibit Community Access, $500

Calliope Poetry, Wish You Were Here: Postcards from the Past, $1,200

Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Inc., Summer Chamber Music Concert in Falmouth, $500

Children’s Discovery Museum of Cape Cod, Inc., Oceans and Waterways WHOI, $1,000

College Light Opera Company, Inc., CLOC’s Community Shows: June 2023, $1,000

Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Inc., Rise and Shine Program, $250

 Lisa Esperson, Drum Rhythms from Around the Atlantic, $750

Falmouth Artists Guild, Inc., Art History Lectures, $750

Falmouth Chamber Players, Inc., Falmouth Chamber Players Spring Concert, $500

Falmouth Community Television Corporation, Inc., Streaming for Creators, $907

Falmouth Historical Society, Discovery Backpack, $750

Falmouth Jazz, Inc., Celebrating Women Blues Singers: Women’s History Month, $550

Falmouth Village Association, Falmouth Village Movies Under the Stars, $1,000

Good Grief Cape Cod, Good Grief Expressive Art Program, $1,000

Dawna Hammers, Earth Day Concert, $700

Historic Highfield, Inc., End to End: Artists with the Land and Sea—Summer Exhibition 2023, $1,000

Stephen Lewis, Nuclear Energy—Is There a Future? An International Poster Exhibit, $195

Pamela Means, Pamela Means Presents the Power of the Protest Song: Our Shared History and Present Day, $950

North Falmouth Village Association, Inc., What’s My Message? $400

Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Inc., Sauntering Songs, $1,000

West Falmouth Library, Inc., Bringing the Zoo to You, $450

Mary Wilson, Puppets, Paul, & Mary Show, $500

Woods Hole Film Festival, Inc., Woods Hole Film Festival Celebrates Black History Month, $1,000

Woods Hole Historical Museum, Improvements to the Museum, $429

Jacek Zuzanski, Dream Tale Puppets, Puppet Show "Alice, or Red King's Dream" and accompanying workshops, $669. 

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.