Falmouth Cultural Council


  • Every  3rd Tuesday of the Month at 7 PM
  • Town Hall
    59 Town Hall Square
    Small Conference Room
    Falmouth, MA 02540
  • Meetings may be held via Zoom webinar if in-person meetings become unsafe due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Agendas & Minutes

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

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
  • Marilyn Rowland, Treasurer – 6/30/2025
  • Stacey Wiessbock – 6/30/2024
  • Ilene Karnow – 6/30/2024
  • Carrie Fradkin – 6/30/2024
  • Susan Stern – 6/30/2025
  • Nikki Engstrom - 6/30/2025
  • George Scharr - 6/30/2025

Mission Statement

To provide access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences in order to improve the quality of life and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.

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.

For more information please visit the Falmouth Cultural Council website.

FY22 Grant Awards

The Falmouth Cultural Council received $7,300 from the Mass Cultural Council for FY22 grants and supplemented this amount with $3,158 that the FCC had raised through its annual Falmouth ArtMarket, a weekly summer market celebrating the visual, performing, and literary arts, and other activities, for a total of $10,458.

The Falmouth Cultural Council is pleased to announce the grant recipients for FY22.

Alzheimer’s Family Caregivers Support Center, Inc., Free Ceramics Workshops for People Living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases and their caregivers, $500

ArtsFalmouth, Inc., Arts Alive 2022, $750

The Awareness Project, Inc., Demystifying Mindfulness—A Workshop to Discover the Many Ways of Being Mindful, $500

Beyond the Bounds, Inc., Beyond the Bounds 2022, $500

Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Center, Cape Verdean documentary completion, $750

College Light Opera Company, Inc., CLOC Community Shows, $500

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

Eventide Arts, Inc., Master classes, in-person, virtual, and hybrid, $500

Falmouth Artists Guild, Inc., Climate Crisis Student Photo Exhibit, $750

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

Friends of Nobska Light, Inc., Lighthouse Educational Kiosk Prototype, $750

Historic Highfield, Inc., Indigenous People’s Program, $750

Stephen Lewis, Worker’s Struggles—An International Poster Exhibit, $178

Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, Nature in Your Neighborhood, $730

North Falmouth Village Association, Inc., Cape Cod Rocks!, $475

SongKeepers, LTD, The Thump & Soul Clap, $750

West Falmouth Library, Inc., Women’s History Month: “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Health,” $375

Mary Wilson, Pitter Patter Puppet Show, $150

Woods Hole Theater Company, Inc., Theater internship program for high school youth, $750

Rachel Youngling, Musical Discoveries for Families Who Serve, $480

The Falmouth Cultural Council will celebrate these grant recipients and those who received grants in FY20 and FY21 with a Grantee Reception in September 2022.

FY23 Grant Applications

The Falmouth Cultural Council announces that its FY2023 funding cycle opens September 1, 2022. The deadline for submitting a grant application is October 17, 2022, after which the Falmouth Cultural Council will meet to review the applications and determine awards. This is a direct grant program, which means applicants who are approved for funding will receive their award up front, rather than as a reimbursement. The Mass Cultural Council’s allotment to the Falmouth Cultural Council for FY2023 is $8,400. The range of grants is typically $250 - $750. For additional details please go to: FCC FY23 Gant Application

Applicants are invited to attend Grant Writing Workshop on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at 7 PM, in the Bay Meeting Room on the lower level of the Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street, to learn more about Local Cultural Council funds and how to apply for them. For more information, email falmouthcultural@gmail.com. 

Applications are available and must be submitted on the MCC website: https://massculturalcouncil.org/communities/local-cultural-council-program/

Falmouth ArtMarket

Vendor fees from the Falmouth ArtMarket help to provide supplemental funds for the Falmouth Cultural Council to distribute to local artists. In 2022, the ArtMarket will be held every Thursday from 11 AM to 5 PM, June 30 through September 1. Musicians perform from 2 to 4 PM. There is a Book Booth from Noon to 2 PM, and a visit from the Falmouth Public Library Book Bike from 11 AM to Noon.

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