Cultural Council

Appointed Council Members

Members Position Term
Mauricio R. Puente Co-Chair June 30, 2024
Peter Stickel Member June 30, 2023
Nan Quintin Member June 30, 2023
Cassandra Gollands Member June 30, 2023

 About the Pepperell Cultural Council

The Pepperell Cultural Council is part of a grass-roots network of 329 local councils that serve every city and town in the state. The program is the largest, most decentralized one of its kind in the United States. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which then allocates funds to each local council. Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers.

Application Guidlines from 2013 grants

  1. Applicants must be a resident of Pepperell or sponsored by an organization in Pepperell.
  2. Applications should be typed and must specify a specific project Date and Venue
  3. Applications must be received/ postmarked by October 15 or they cannot be considered.
  4. The Project/Event should occur in Pepperell and/or benefit Pepperell residents.;
  5. The scheduled project should take place during the current funding cycle - January 1 - December 31, 2013
  6. Primary consideration will be given to applicants submitted by Pepperell artists/organizations and to applicants where a Pepperell group/organization serves as sponsor.
  7. Applicants should not depend solely on PCC for grant funding and the PCC reserves the right to decline applicants that have been funded for more than 3 consecutive grant cycles.
  8. Applicants requesting funds for a project occurring before the Pepperell Cultural Council holds it voting meeting will not know the outcome of their grant application until after their project begins.
  9. Projects must be completed within one funding cycle (by December 31 following grant award) unless a written request for extension is submitted to the committee. The request must state a specific reason for the request and must provide a new date and venue.
  10. Reimbursement may not be submitted in advance of a project /event. The project/event must be completed as described in the original application and supporting documentation should be submitted with the Reimbursement Form.
  11. Any possible alteration or substitution of an accepted project must be sent to the Pepperell Cultural Council for approval.;
  12. For more info, visit the Mass Cultural Council
2011 Grant Recipients

The Pepperrell Cultural Council awarded the following grants for cultural programs in Pepperell during the 2011 calendar year:

  • Pepperell 4th Of July Committee - 4th Of July 
  • Nissitissit Middle School - A Midsummer Night's Dream 
  • Edward Cope - Reading is Magic 
  • Ellen Anthony - Quirky Circus 
  • Pepperell Council on Aging - Love Letters 
  • Pepperell Council on Aging - Kevin Farley 
  • Pepperell Council on Aging - Denise Doucette 
  • Lawrence Library - Acoustic Café 
  • Project Graduation Parent Group - Joe Devito Hypnotist 
  • Edward Wirt - Blues Brothers Tribute 
  • Fruitlands Museum - Native American Powwow 
  • Lawrence Library - Spirit of Africa 
  • Lawrence Library - One World Many Stories 
2010 Grant Recipients

The Pepperrell Cultural Council awarded the following grants for cultural programs in Pepperell during the 2010 calendar year:

  • Richard Hamelin - Pied Potter Hamelin's Magical Potter's Wheel 
  • Fitchburg Art Museum - 75th Regional Exhibition of Arts and Craft 
  • Nissitissit Middle School - Shakespeare Now! A Midsummer Night's Dream 
  • Gregory Maichack - How to Pastel Paint Expressively: Van Gogh's "Starry Night" 
  • Pepperell Council on Aging - Programs for Seniors 
  • Project Graduation Parent Group - Jonathan Edwards Trio concert 
  • Ed Cope - Reading is Magic 
  • Nashua River Watershed - Wildlife and Their Human Friends 
  • Lawrence Library - Sustainability Day 
  • DER Work of 1000 - Marion Stoddart documentary Project 
2009 Grant Recipients

The Pepperrell Cultural Council awarded the following grants for cultural programs in Pepperell during the 2009 calendar year:

  • Pepperell Council on Aging - programs for seniors 
  • "Eat like a rainbow" - presented by John Mankita a program for school children 
  • 74th Regional Exhibtion of Art & Craft at the Fitchburg Art Museum 
  • "Edible Wild Plants" presented by John Root 
  • How to Pastel Paint...Monet's Magic Garden presented by Gregory Maichack 
  • Save the Steeple Concert - presented by Rebecca Jeffreys 
  • A Constellation of Stories & Songs at the Lawrence Library 
  • Comic Art with Andy Fish at the Lawrence Library 
  • Patriiot Fife & Drum Duo at the Lawrence Library 
  • Starship Mime - Space Adventure at the Lawrence Library 
2008 Grant Recipients

The Pepperrell Cultural Council awarded the following grants for cultural programs in Pepperell during the 2008 calendar year:

  • Pepperell Free to Explore Weekend at the Discovery Museum 
  • 73rd Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft at the Fitchburg Art Museum 
  • Abundant Gifts at the Fruitlands Museum 
  • Carmina Burana Concert performed by Harvard Pro Musica 
  • Keepers of the Earth: Completing the Circles of Life at the Lawrence Library 
  • Legends and Fairy Tales at the Lawrence Library 
  • Mark Twain Among Us at the Lawrence Library 
  • Wolf Talk Summer 2008 Wild Reads at the Lawrence Library 
  • Peabody Essex Museum field trip for the Moppet School 
  • Owls of New England presented by the Nashua River Watershed 
  • Programs for Seniors at the Pepperell Council on Aging 
  • To Life! Celebrations of Story & Song performed by John Porcino 
  • Wildflowers of the Northeast presented by John Root 
  • Grandma, Vaudeville & Me performed by Bob E. Thomas