2019 Grant Recipients


Every year, we receive many applications for grants, always more than our funding allows. While we wish we could fund all of the incredible arts, culture, and humanities programming put before us, we simply cannot. Salem Cultural Council grant allocations are limited to our funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

This year, the Salem Cultural Council set priorities as:

  • Applicants that support this year’s theme of “Personal History, Immigration or Identity.” Our hope is to bring attention to the impact of personal history, immigration, and identity on the city of Salem, spanning from past to present.
  • Applicants who reside, work, have an organization in Salem or have an established partnership with an organization based in Salem.
  • Programs that take place in Salem or benefit the residents of Salem.
  • Programs that celebrate and promote the diversity of our community.
  • Applicants who have not received funding from the Salem Cultural Council during the past three consecutive grant cycles.
  • Programs that are educational and accessible for the community, regardless of age or ability.

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

  • How well the program meets our local priorities
  • Evidence of track record and dedication of the applicant
  • Ability to address the diverse cultural needs of a community’s underserved populations
  • Demonstrated planning (i.e. the ability to complete the project within the cycle year)
  • Financial need

Please congratulate our FY2019 grant recipients:

Mark Wacome Stevick: The Onion Wars – a Verbatim Play $580

Saltonstall and Horace Mann Elementary Schools: Sharing Salem – the mural project $1000

Salem United Inc.: Black Picnic Day formerly Negro Election Day $1000

Salem Film Fest/Salem Community Arts Center Inc.: Salem Film Fest Educational Outreach $1000

Salem YMCA: VIBE: This Is Me $1150

Bates Elementary School: Promised Land: Sounds That Shaped America $1245

Ethnic Arts Center: “Protecting the Runaway Slave Girl” Puppetry Skills Workshop $1375

Alexia Rowe: This Is Not A Bill $4040

Leo Blanco: Sugar Road: How music of the Americas was shaped by the

influence of the African Diaspora $4208

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