On March 24, 2016, a group of nearly 100 Lowellians descended upon the Onyx Room of Western Ave Studios as the Lowell Cultural Council held its annual Grant Recipients Reception.
In addition to recognizing the 40+ grant projects funded by the LCC this year, guests were treated to a live performance by Professor Alan Williams of Birdsong in the Morning—a 2016 grant recipient
Massachusetts State Representative Rady Mom joined Lowell City Councilors Corey Belanger, Jim Leary, Jim Millinazzo, and Bill Samaras in recognizing the winners as well. Mom, who had served on the Lowell Cultural Council in the past, noted Lowell’s special place among the Commonwealth’s cultural community. “I’m just so delighted that Lowell has such a vibrant art community…it is well known throughout Boston that plenty of artists want to come here.” Representative Mom added that “Art is life. This is why it is so important for all of us to support art and artists.”
Charlotte Cutter, Local Cultural Councils Program Officer brought greetings from the Massachusetts Cultural Council including the hot off the presses
news that the 2015 LCC grant recipient, the Asian American Cultures Festival had just been named a finalist for the National Robert E. Gard Award from Americans for the Arts.
The event was a true community-driven collaboration. In addition to contributions and volunteer efforts of the LCC and photographer Jennifer Myers, a number of food and drink items were donated by Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus and Cafe UTEC.
More photos can be found on the Lowell Cultural Council facebook page: