Auburn Cultural Council Announces 2014 Grant Recipients

by | Jan 23, 2014

The Auburn Cultural Council, as part of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, is happy to announce the grant recipients of its 2014 funding cycle. Twenty two requests totaling $13,353 were submitted and the council was able to grant ten requests totaling $4,443 in accordance with Auburn’s allocation.

Priority is given to grants generated by Auburn residents, organizations, agencies, schools and various town groups that will benefit diverse groups of Auburnites through cultural, scientific and historic projects.

IMG_0912One recipient, Tammy Bailey, plans to use the grant to give her Auburn Middle School students a hands-on experience.  Bailey teaches 7th grade, and this spring her students will study ancient India.

“Students will have learned about different pieces of their culture including the history of Henna” said Bailey via e-mail.  “The grant will allow students the opportunity to have an assembly with someone of Indian descent who will discuss her cultural heritage and parts of that she still practices today.”

Students will also be able to get a henna tattoo, which will last about 2 weeks, “giving them a discussion starter throughout the community” Bailey added.

The three year old Auburn Community Players also received a grant for their summer theater workshop.  Last year, director Christine Taylor and her crew performed Alice in Wonderland to two sold out shows.  38 students from grades 4 through 8 participated last summer.

_D711070“I can’t announce the show title yet, but we do have dates” said Taylor.  “Rehearsals will be July 7-July 18, with performances on the 18th and 19th.  This summer is going to be even better than the last!”

The Auburn Library and the Library Trustees were also awarded grants to purchase the popular day passes to the Ecotarium and Old Sturbridge Village.  The passes can be reserved and borrowed for a day, allowing a family to visit either museum free of charge.  (Editor’s note: the OSV chocolate chip cookies must be purchased separately.)



The full list of grant recipients for 2014:

Ancient Art Forms of India-Henna: Auburn Middle School Grade 7- Tammy Bailey.

Summer Festival Band – Auburn Council on Aging

Theatrical Magic in the Auburn Public Library – Scott Jameson

Calliope Young at Heart Players- Performance for Seniors

Auburn Community Players Youth Summer Theater – Christine Taylor

Family Pass to Old Sturbridge Village- Auburn Library Trustees

Ecotarium Pass: Friends of Auburn Public Library

Grade 8 Field Trip to Hanover Theater: Auburn Middle School

Cultural Enlightenment Initiative:  Audio Journal Inc.

Sublime Sunflowers: Pastel Paint like the Masters: Greg Maichack

The council is always ready to welcome new members. Email chairperson Diane Spanos at To access more information about the grant process and local guidelines, check out