Wareham Cultural Council awards $9,000 to community-based programs

Jan 28, 2019

The Wareham Cultural Council has awarded more than $9,000 in grants to 20 different community-based programs for fiscal year 2019.

These grants are awarded by priority, relating directly to a program’s community impact, artistic merit and support of education in either the arts, humanities or sciences.

The Onset Bay Association will receive a total of $1,940 from the Council, which will be shared evenly between four summer events. The Chalk-Full-O-Fun” Street Painting Festival, the Free Film Festival, Illumination Night and the Summer of Love Concert Series will each receive $485.

Four of Wareham’s school will receive $3,140, with $400 going toward the high school’s U.S. Government and Politics Field Trip.

The Wareham Cooperative School will receive $450 to create “a people’s history focusing on communities of color.”

Wareham Middle School will receive $1,455 to share evenly between three programs. The school’s drama club, a field trip to the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford and a student art project, ‘An Illuminated Adventure’, will each receive $485.

The John W. Decas Elementary School will receive $835, with $485 going toward general school enrichment and $350 for the “Building Community One Shell at a Time” program.

Mass Audubon South Coast Wildlife Sanctuaries will receive $300 for its Osprey Project, which monitors Osprey nests in Wareham from April through mid-July to document the survival rate of the species.

Likewise, The Wareham Land Trust will receive $485 for programs focused on nature exploration, awareness and education.

Friends of the Wareham Free Library will receive $498 to support the Wareham Free Library’s summer reading program, and the Wareham Council on Aging will receive $485 to host free and discounted art classes for seniors.

The Wareham Minutemen and Militia Companies will receive $485 for community education programs.

Wareham Oyster Festival will also receive $485 as it prepares to head into its sixth year. The Main Street event brings hundreds of people to Wareham each spring.

Song Keepers, a collective of Native American musicians, will receive $485 for  Hip Hop Jazz Theatre. The group’s next area performance is scheduled for Feb. 17 at Gilda's Stone Rooster, 27 Wareham Road.

Kirk Whipple, who heads the Cranberry Coast Concerts series, will also receive $485 for his musical endeavors this summer. This will be the 14th year for Cranberry Coast Concerts in Wareham.

Naturalist John Root will receive $350 for his educational programs focusing on edible perennial gardening and landscaping.

To learn more about the Wareham Cultural Council and grants for 2020, visit www.massculture.org/Wareham.