Cultural Council

The South Hadley Cultural Council (SHCC) is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCCs) 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 Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. Funds are awarded based on individual community cultural needs, assessed and set by Council members. Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by the municipally appointed volunteers who serve on LCCs.

 Members and Officers
Paul Lambert, Chair   2020
Rachel Hernandez, Co-Chair 2019
Rebecca Slitt, Secretary   2019
Richard Matteson, Treasurer   2020
Leslie Fields   2021 
Keith Paul   2021
Scott St. Pierre   2021
Timna Tarr   2020
Robin Wagner

John Anz, Associate Member

Karen Donnelly, Associate Member



Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. 
Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

LCC Grant Applications (October 15, 2018 Deadline)

The SHCC's current local guidelines and funding priorities for the 2019 grant cycle are available at LCC grant applications for events taking place in 2019 will be accepted from September 1 through the October 15 deadline. Grants recipients from the 2018 grant cycle are listed here. 

Applications received after the deadline are not considered. Please note that applications to the SHCC must detail benefit to the citizens of South Hadley, include a confirmed program venue, date and time (or timeframe), and other sources of financial support (no more than 50% of total project cost should be requested from the Council).

Please visit the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Local Cultural Councils website at for complete details about the LCC grant program, application guidelines, and the application process.

Community Arts and Cultural Planning

Sources of information for local arts/cultural programming and resources include:
  Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley Visitors-Arts and Culture |
  The Valley Arts Newsletter |
  American Towns-South Hadley |
  Know Your Town-Around Town |
  Mount Holyoke College |

Meetings (Locations TBD)

 Upcoming Dates
 Times  Subject
9/11/2018 6:00pm Business Meeting (Library)
11/19/2018 5:00pm FY19 grant application review (Library Community Room)
12/12/2018* 6:00pm FY19 grant reconsideration (Selectboard meeting room)
6:00pm Business meeting (Library Trustees Conference Room)
  3/11/2019 7:00pm            Business meeting (Library Trustees Conference Room)
  5/21/2019                                  6:00pm            Business meeting and Election of Officers (Selectboard Meeting Room)

Membership and General Information (1-Pg PDF)

Contact Us / More Information

LCC website:
MCC website:

Mailing address: South Hadley Cultural Council
c/o South Hadley Public Library, 2 Canal Street, South Hadley MA 01075