Thursday, September 1, 2022

Apply for a West Springfield Arts Council Grant

The West Springfield Arts Council is seeking proposals for community-oriented, humanities and science programs.  October 17 is the deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in our community.

These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in West Springfield-- including exhibits, festivals, short-term artist residencies, workshops, lectures, or performances in schools, the senior center, public library, and other West Springfield venues that are open to the public.

The online application form and complete information about the West Springfield Arts Council grant is available online at: https://massculturalcouncil.org/local-council/west-springfield/


The West Springfield Arts Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCC) serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. 


This year, the West Springfield Arts Council will distribute $24,900 in grants ranging from $100 to perhaps several thousand dollars, for projects that benefit our community. 


For more information, contact the West Springfield Arts Council at artscouncil@tows.org

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

West Springfield Public Library Thanks West Springfield Arts Council for Funding the Summer Reading Program


The West Springfield Library's summer reading program was supported in part by a grant from the West Springfield Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. 

Beginning September 1, the West Springfield Arts Council will be seeking proposals for community-oriented, humanities and science programs.

Organizations, schools, and individuals are invited to apply for grants that support cultural activities in our community.

Complete information is posted online at https://massculturalcouncil.org/local-council/west-springfield/

Sunday, August 21, 2022

JOIN THE WEST SPRINGFIELD ARTS COUNCIL

The West Springfield Arts Council is one of 329 local cultural councils working in partnership with the Mass Cultural Council to award grants to qualified individuals and organizations for projects that benefit the community. Grants range from $100 to several thousand dollars.

Cultural programs include everything from field trips to lectures, festivals, puppet shows, art classes, and dance performances.

Annually, the West Springfield Arts Council seeks proposals for community-oriented humanities and science programs. Council members consider each proposal that is submitted and determine the applicants that successfully meet the funding criteria established by the Mass Cultural Council.

The West Springfield Arts Council holds meetings in the Rotary Room of the West Springfield Public Library - usually the third Monday from 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm. - to review current projects and to plan new initiatives.  All meetings are open to the public.

To apply for the West Springfield Arts Council, submit a letter of intent and a resume to:  Mayor William Reichelt, 26 Central Street, West Springfield, MA, 01089 or via email at mayor@townofwestspringfield.org 

We welcome new members! 
Contact the West Springfield Arts Council via email at artscouncil@tows.org

Friday, August 19, 2022

The Survey Results Are HERE!

Survey Results

Thank you to all who completed the West Springfield Arts Council Community Input Survey. 


The results of this survey will inform the FY23 MA Cultural Council Grant Cycle details for the West Springfield Arts Council.  


On September 1, an online link to apply for grant funds - will be posted on the MA Cultural Council/West Springfield Arts Council webpage.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Sunday, August 14 ~ Sevenars Concerts announces 20th Sparkman/Noble concert

 AUGUST 14th at 4PM

 Final Concert of Sevenars Music Festival’s 54th season

The Sparkman Trio, clarinet, piano, bass guitarJudith Lynn Stillman, piano


Photo: The Sparkman Trio, PC Jon CrispinPhoto CreditCourtesy of the artists


Location: Sevenars Academy, just off Rte. 112 at Ireland Street   ("Acoustic gem, idyllic setting." - Berkshire Eagle)

Town: South Worthington, Massachusetts

Date: Sunday August 14, at 4PM 

Phone number: 413-238-5854 (please leave a message for return call) 

Website: www.sevenars.org 

Admission:  by donation at the door (suggested $20 - please include the word "suggested!)  - including refreshments

 Sevenars is delighted once again to present as its season finale one of its traditional favorites, the Bob Sparkman Trio, in what will mark the 20th annual performance of jazz duos/trios from these special musicians!! The duo of clarinetist Bob Sparkman and pianist Jerry Noble gave over a decade of memorable Sevenars performances starting in 2002, but with the addition of bass guitarist Kara Noble (also Jerry’s wife), it has increased its range as an outstanding trio, and (having skipped a pandemic year) this concert will mark their 20th!
 
The Sparkman-Noble collaborations are known to many in the area as uniquely glowing, brimming with the mutual love and admiration that has grown through years of making music together. Bob Sparkman is, in the words of pianist-composer Clifton J. ("Jerry") Noble, “a living representative of jazz history - he has learned, loved, and promoted this music for decades and has played with some of the finest practitioners of the art - it's in his soul and he lives and breathes it" Speaking for his wife bass guitarist Kara Noble and himself, he adds, "Kara and I feel honored to make music with such a profound, positive force for good in the music world, and there is no more comfortable, appropriate, and exciting place to do that than Sevenars concerts.”  Their usual favorites include treasures like Stardust, Sweet Georgia Brown, Honeysuckle Rose, Avalon, Pennies from Heaven, Rose Room, and Frenesi, as announced from the stage in their inimitable bantering style.
 
Clifton “Jerry” Noble is a sought-after composer of works performed internationally, as well as having been the incredibly versatile staff pianist for Smith college and music reviewer for the Springfield press. He has enjoyed more than twenty years of jazz collaborations with clarinet wizard Bob Sparkman, and together they have attracted devoted fans of their concerts and numerous coveted CD recordings.  
 
Bob Sparkman is a national treasure who honed his golden clarinet phrasing while playing with The Jazzmen, The Bourbon Street Six, the Gotham Jazz Band, Fats Waller’s trumpeter Herman Autry and other greats.
 
Bass guitarist Kara Noble, as Jerry’s wife and longtime musical partner, adds her special insight into his compositions, as well as her own inimitable touch in the group improvisations!
 
Admission is by donation (suggested $20) and refreshments are free. Because this trio invites celebration in the spirit of the great Jazz Age, some friends of Sevenars in flapper garb will be serving special "Mocktails" - don't miss the fun!

 
This 2022 project is supported in part by the Cultural Councils of Acushnet, Agawam, Billerica, Charlemont-Hawley, Chesterfield, Buckland, Everett, Gardner, Huntington, Lee, Middleborough, Middlefield, Montgomery, Revere, Russell, West Springfield, Wilbraham, and Worthington,  local agencies which are funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment of the Arts.

Friday, August 5, 2022

West Springfield Arts Council Open Meetings

West Springfield Arts Council

OPEN MEETING SCHEDULE

Third Monday of Each Month

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM

Location: West Springfield Public Library, Rotary Room, 2nd Floor



Upcoming West Springfield Arts Council Open Meetings


  • Monday, September 19; 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM; West Springfield Public Library - Rotary Room on the second floor.

  • Monday, October 17; 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM; West Springfield Public Library - Rotary Room on the second floor.

  • Monday, November 21; 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM; West Springfield Public Library - Rotary Room on the second floor.

  • Monday, December 19; 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM; West Springfield Public Library - Rotary Room on the second floor.

Monday, August 1, 2022

Sunday, August 7 at 4 pm ~ Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends

 AUGUST 7th at 4PM: Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends

Judith Lynn Stillman, piano

Rachel Braude, flute; Charles Dimmick, violin

Photo: Judith Lynn Stillman | Photo CreditCourtesy of the artists

Location: Sevenars Academy, just off Rte. 112 at Ireland Street   ("Acoustic gem, idyllic setting." - Berkshire Eagle)

Town: South Worthington, Massachusetts

Date: Sunday August 7, at 4PM 

Phone number: 413-238-5854 (please leave a message for return call) 

Website: www.sevenars.org 

Admission:  by donation at the door (suggested $20 - please include the word "suggested!)  - including refreshments


Judith Lynn Stillman, internationally renowned pianist, composer, artistic director, and filmmaker, has been hailed by the press as “an artistic visionary” and as “a consummate artist," by Wynton Marsalis (with whom she recorded a Billboard Top Ten Sony album).  Winner of countless awards, she has performed worldwide including at Marlboro, Tanglewood, Aspen, Voice of Music (Israel), and Ravel Academy (France), while also teaching at prestigious conservatories from Prague to Beijing. She is currently the Artist in Residence and Professor of Music at Rhode Island College. She brings to Sevenars exciting trios and duos with sought-after musicians Rachel Braude (flutist), member of the Grammy-winning Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Charles Dimmick, violinist known for his "stellar performances” and "technical and artistic virtuosity” (Portland Press Herald). Rachel and Charles (who happen to be married and raising a budding musician) are in high demand as soloists and chamber musicians, as well as both performing with numerous orchestras, including the Portland Symphony and the Rhode Island Philharmonic where Charles is concertmaster. Together this piano-flute-violin ensemble brings a dynamic program including music of Cui, Ibert, and Beeftink, but with special emphasis on female composers including Bonis, Chaminade, Price, Bacewicz, Lili Boulanger, and Judith Lynn Stillman's own composition, "Poet As Immortal Bird" for spoken word and piano - don't miss them!

 
This 2022 project is supported in part by the Cultural Councils of Acushnet, Agawam, Billerica, Charlemont-Hawley, Chesterfield, Buckland, Everett, Gardner, Huntington, Lee, Middleborough, Middlefield, Montgomery, Revere, Russell, West Springfield, Wilbraham, and Worthington,  local agencies which are funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment of the Arts.