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Easthampton cultural grants awarded

Fourteen local artists, organizations and institutions will undertake various arts and cultural projects in the coming year thanks to just over $7,000 in grants awarded by the Easthampton Cultural Council this month.

Among the projects that received the state funding is Art in the Orchard, a sculpture exhibition that the cultural council also funded in 2011. That summer, over 4,000 visitors wandered through Park Hill Orchard, viewing sculptures created by 16 artists from around the region.

The grants, which in Easthampton ranged in amounts from $150 to $2,000, are funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council but distributed by the local council.

Other cultural programs that were funded in Easthampton include theater and musical performances, a photography program for teenagers, and a historical recreation of ice harvesting on Nashawannuck Pond.

According to a press release from the council, the recipients are the Nashawannuck Pond Steering Committee, Emily Williston Memorial Library, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School, Youth Action Coalition, Lyell Castonguay, Seth Lepore, Carolyn Clayton, Iroko Nuevo, Jill Lewis, John Root, Elizabeth Macduffie and Mark Alan Miller and Maggie Nowinski and David Poppie.

For more information on each project visit www.mass-culture.org/Easthampton.

Rebecca Everett can be reached at reverett@gazettenet.com.

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