WAKEFIELD - The Wakefield Cultural Council has announced the award of 23 grants totaling $11,137 for cultural programs in Wakefield.

Previous grant recipients include the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, various school PTO organizations, and the Boys & Girls Club of Wakefield and Stoneham. A complete list of this year’s recipients can be found below.

The Wakefield Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. 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.

Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. The members of the Wakefield Cultural Council are Caroline Lieber (chair), Colleen Getty, Sarah Tierney Guerin, Andy Levine and Jamie Hale.

“I am so incredibly proud of our Cultural Council and the grants it distributes. Cultural events and programming are a vital part of our caring and welcoming town. As the Cultural Council grantees have exhibited, Wakefield has been enriched and empowered by our cultural grantees,” commented Town Councilor Mehreen Butt. “I thank the commissioners for volunteering their time and expertise to making Wakefield better and brighter.”

The Wakefield Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall. For guidelines and complete information on the Wakefield Cultural Council, contact wakefieldculturalcouncil@wakefield.ma.us. Applications and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org.

This year's grant recipients include:

• LADD (Learning about Differences & Disabilities)

• Delvena Theater

• Dolbeare Elementary

• Elaine Foley

• Galvin Middle School

• Greater Boston Stage Company

• Greenwood School

• Lucius Beebe Memorial Library

• Joy Schilling

• Linden Tree Coffeehouse

• Mark Chester, photographer

• Middlesex Concert Band

• MUSIC Dance.edu

• North Suburban Child & Family Resource Network

• Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras

• Sandra Elaine Scott

• Second Nature Arts

• Stephen Lewis

• Wakefield Human Rights Commission

• Wakefield Youth Action Team

• Walton School PTO

• Wakefield High School Theater Arts

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