Cultural Council

Areas of Responsibility

Our goal is to foster the support of programs in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences.

The Sturbridge Cultural Council gathers input from the community to help us determine funding priorities. For this year, the Sturbridge Cultural Council will give priority to:

  • Projects that enrich the lives of Sturbridge residents
  • Projects that encourage community involvement 
  • Projects that increase awareness of cultural diversity
  • Applicants who have secured a local venue

In addition to the state criteria, applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • How well the program meets our local priorities
  • Ability to address the needs of a specific population in Sturbridge, or support forms of cultural activities for all residents
  • Financial need
  • Demonstrated planning

For specific guidelines and complete information on the Sturbridge Cultural Council, contact Linda Friedmann, Chairman at 508-347-7623 or by email at  Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online.

Grant Application Process

The Sturbridge Cultural Council seeks proposals for community-oriented projects in the arts, humanities, and science programs each year. Grant proposal applications will be accepted between September 1 and October 15 every year. Grant topics include exhibits, festivals, workshops, lectures, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools. 

Previously funded projects include: 

  • Concerts
  • Adult art workshops
  • Children's programs
  • Lectures
  • Choral groups
  • And more

For more information about eligibility, guidelines, and to apply, click here to visit the Mass Cultural Council website.

Council Vacancies

The Sturbridge Cultural Council currently has three open vacancies. If you wish to join the cultural council, please contact Chairperson Linda Friedmann at

Grant Calendar 2019

Sail Away on the Craft of Pastel PaintingSenior Center02/19/19
Joe Conceison/Emma Davis Concert and Master ClassOverlook CMMA03/15/19 - 03/16/19
Unbounded FilmTantasqua High School3/08/19
Sea Songs and Stories: A Performance for SeniorsSenior Center04/25/19
Chain Reactions & Creative ContraptionsJoshua Hyde Library 04/17/19
The Haverston Mills Town MeetingSenior Center05/13/19
Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other BeneficialsSenior Center05/29/19
LGBTQ History Lecture: Queer History: Amazing Stories You Never HeardJoshua Hyde Library06/05/19
Moon & Stars: Songs of Celestial BodiesOn the Common - Joshua Hyde Library06/06/19
Musical Performance by Ladd, Loftus, and MacLeod at Sturbridge Farmers Market Town Common06/09/19
Audio Journal: Cultural Access for the Visually ImpairedCentral MA06/30/19
Concerts on the Common: Glenwood Mills Band with Mark Chevalier (Rock, R&B)Town Common07/25/19
Concerts on the Common: Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards (Original Folk Americana)Town Common08/01/19
A Musical Journey Through the YearsSenior Center10/25/19

Board Members

Name Title
Linda Friedmann Chairperson
Joyce Sinnott Treasurer
Susan Arnold Member
Kerry Carey Member
Ed Cornely Member
Laurance Morrison