Arts and Culture

Melrose Cultural Council Announces 2023 Project Grants, Seeks New Members

The Melrose Cultural Council (MCC) is pleased to announce its 2023 project grants for the cultural enrichment of the Melrose community. The MCC allocated over $19,000 in funding across 24 arts and cultural programs, including projects in the visual arts, music, theater, and dance, as well as the humanities, history, local culture, and interpretive sciences. These programs have the appeal and potential to reach the diverse population and cultures within our community—attracting adults of all ages, youth, children, families, and seniors.

The full list of 2023 grantees and grant amounts is available at MCC grantees meet criteria laid out by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, as well as local criteria established by a 2022 Melrose community survey. The next grant cycle opens in the fall of 2023.

The MCC is the local affiliate of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Part of a statewide network in cities and towns funded by the legislature, the MCC is committed to supporting programs with public benefit that promote excellence, education, cultural diversity, inclusion, and equity to foster a rich and vibrant cultural life in Melrose. Grants are given to Melrose organizations and MA individuals, artists, and presenters in partnership with local organizations.

Melrose Cultural Council Seeks New Board Members in 2023
The Melrose Cultural Council (MCC) is also seeking three new council members to fill current vacancies.

Council members should have a demonstrated interest or record of service to the arts, humanities, or sciences. In addition to this background, the MCC is actively seeking new members with experience in the following areas: digital marketing and communications, publicity and press relations, advocacy, community outreach and engagement, graphic design, artist or event management, grant writing, and local government. The term of council membership is three years; members can serve a maximum of two consecutive terms or a total of six years. The council meets regularly on a monthly basis.
We welcome inquiries about board membership from Melrose residents with a variety of arts interests, skills, and backgrounds, as well as identities inclusive of race, gender expression, gender identity, sexual identity, ability, religion, age, education, national origin, citizenship, and ethnicity. If you are interested in finding out more, you are encouraged to email Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Upcoming Events:

Melrose Creative Alliance Community Calendar

Melrose Organizations of Interest:

Follow Your Art Community Studios

Melrose Arts

Melrose Creative Alliance

Melrose Cultural Council

Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts