Cultural Council

Meetings

  • Time: 7 pm
  • When: 1st Monday of every Monday
  • Where: As Posted

Agendas & Minutes

Meeting Agendas are posted at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Minutes are available following approval.
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  1. Megan Fidler-Carey

    Co-Chair

    Term Expires: 2023


  1. Brian Kimerer

    Co-Chair

    Term Expires: 2024


  1. Sherilla Lestrade

    Member

    Term Expires: 2024


  1. Katherine Lopez Natale

    Treasurer

    Term Expires: 2023


  1. Kerri Perry

    Secretary

    Term Expires: 2023


  1. Stephen Theodoridis

    Member

    Term Expires: 2024


  1. Vacant Cultural Council

    Associate

    Term Expires: 2022


  1. Vacant Seat

    Member

    Term Expires: 2022


  1. Vacant Seat

    Associate

    Term Expires: 2022


  1. Vacant Seat

    Associate

    Term Expires: 2023


  1. Vacant Seat

    Associate

    Term Expires: 2023


View the Official Board and Committee Members (PDF) posted by the Town Clerk

Overview

Dear Reading Residents & Friends

Welcome to The Reading Cultural Council. We are part of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCC) serving all cities and towns in the Commonwealth. Together we are the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation! LCCs award over $3 million every year, supporting more than 6,000 cultural programs across Massachusetts.

The Reading Cultural Council (RCC) is comprised of volunteer residents of Reading. The RCC accepts and reviews grant applications and awards funds to individuals and organizations hosting cultural programming that serves our community. These include school field trips, after school programs, concerts, festivals, lectures, theater, dance, music, and film. The projects take place in schools, community centers, libraries, elder care facilities, town halls, parks, and wherever the community comes together.

Funding for the Reading Cultural Council comes from the Massachusetts state legislature. The Town of Reading supplements those funds to encourage a vibrant cultural community in our town.

What You Need to Know to Apply for a Reading Cultural Council Grant

The Mass Cultural Council has moved the application process to a new Grant Management System. Even if you have applied in the past, you will probably have to register again to create an account on the new system.

To start, read the RCC guidelines and priorities. There is a button on the page that says "Apply Now" that will take you to the login page. Your previous account may have been moved to the new system, but you will probably have to register again. There are brief instructions at the bottom of the login page that tell you how to reset your password. If that does not work, simply register again to create your account.

Filling out the contents of the application will be mostly the same as it has been in the past, but because of the new Grant Management System, there are some minor differences. The MCC held a webinar on September 9, 2021 to do a walkthrough of the new process. You can view a recording of the webinar on the MCC YouTube channel.

General information about the MCC is available on the MCC website. There you will find general guidelines, promotional tips, and links to their webinars.

Online applications become available on September 1st on the Mass Cultural Council's Grants Management System. Applications must be received by end of the day on October 15th.

Applicants must meet the eligibility and criteria requirements which the Reading Cultural Council established to reflect local concerns and community cultural needs:

  • Programs that serve broad segments of the community
  • Programs that involve collaboration
  • Programs that are new and diverse
  • Programs that contribute to the cultural vitality of the Reading community as a whole
  • Programs must be performed at an accessible Reading venue, although field trips to locations outside Reading are eligible.
  • Proposals must state a performance date, confirmed artist and venue
  • Programs must have alternate sources of funding and guarantee they will run with only partial RCC funding
  • Only online applications are accepted
  • Only one application will be accepted from an organization or applicant unless multiple constituencies are being served
  • All applicants must read and adhere to the LCC Program Guidelines. Review LCC Program Guidelines (PDF).
  • Grants are reimbursement-based. Applicants awarded funding must conduct their program using their own funds and then submit paperwork for reimbursement
  • Applications are due no later than end of the day on October 15, 2021

Join the Reading Cultural Council

If you have a passion for local arts and culture, or just want to work to continue to make Reading a great place to live, consider joining our Council. Members of the Reading Cultural Council are volunteers appointed by the Reading Select Board. Email the Reading Cultural Council, or submit a Volunteer Application (PDF) to the Reading Town Clerk.