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Worcester Arts Council Announces MCC Gold Star to N-CITE

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


The Worcester Arts Council has announced a very competitive award to go to 2015 grant recipient N-CITE through the Massachusetts Cultural Council "Gold Star" award program for excellence in community arts and culture. 

The MCC will honor numerous award-winning projects at this year's LCC statewide assembly to take place on Wednesday, February 10th at the Massachusetts State House in Boston for a celebration of the Local Cultural Council program. 

The projects celebrate diversity, foster collaboration, showcase artistic excellence, and provide learning experiences, and provide learning experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds. 


The N-CITE 2015 WAC funded project "SPIT-IT Youth Producers and film screenings" which will receive an MCC Gold Star Award this year, has been working with groups of students within the Worcester community for the past three years. 

"We want youth to have a space to share their thoughts, from their own unique perspective about the world around us. We use film as that platform. Students totally control the process, they pitch, shoot and edit the entire film...it's one of the most fascinating things to witness the look of our youth's face when they see their work on the big screen and supportive community engagement," said N-CITE Co-Founder Angelique Webster.

SPIT-IT is an after school program to develop documentaries addressing the social real it of urban youth of color. This year's film "Black Beauty" takes aim at the complex issue of colorist both in the median and also within communities of color itself. 

"I commend the MCC for Honoring the SPIT-IT program with a Gold Start Award. SPIT-IT is most deserving of this recognition as a result of their successful efforts to provide meaningful opportunities for Worcester students. The program enables participants to share and promote their unique identities by welcoming others to observe their life's experiences," said Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury).

The Selection Process 

Worcester Art Council 's nine members reviewed over 90 submitted applications this past fall during a series of meetings conducted to evaluate the overall quality of the proposed programs, their public benefit, and viability. 

See the list of grantees below:

  • Valley Residents for Improvement - VRI'S Camp Freedom Music Project - $2,400
  • Worcester Community Cable Access, Inc - The WCCA TV New Voices Awards - $3,729
  • Worcester County Light Opera Company - Nina Raine's Tribes - $5,000
  • Unitarian Universalist Church - And still we rise - $1,200
  • Boys and Girls Club of Worcester - Pak Guitar club - $2,500
  • Edward Street Child Services - Day of play - $1,865
  • Arts Worcester - The 12th Annual College Show - $2,238
  • Worcester Public Library - Worcester's Ethnic Mosaic 2016 - $3,300
  • Ascentra Community Services Inc - Worcester World Refugee Day Celebration
  • 2016 - $2,000
  • Hellenic Arts Society - El Greco: A Master Ahead of His Time - $1,500
  • Salisbury Singers - Bach: Father and Son - $1,000
  • African Community Education Program - ACE Spring Festival - $3,200
  • Joy of Music Program  - Great Brook Valley Outreach Program - $1,800
  • Worcester Mural Project -Palladium Wall, part of the Worc. Mural
  • Project - $3,729
  • Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra - 10th Annual Duo Piano Gala Concert - $1,865
  • Friends of Institute Park, Inc. -Inaugural Concert for New Gazebo in Institute
  • Park - $2,611
  • Abby Kelly Foster House Inc - Hope and healing for survivors - $336
  • Greater Worcester Opera - Diamonds and Toads - $224
  • Worcester Senior Center - Songs of World War II musical program - $600
  • Music Worcester Mnozil - Brass comes to Worcester - $2,000
  • Trustees of the College of the Holy Cross - Worcester Public Schools Outreach Program - $736
  • A Worcester Schubertiad, Inc. - Two One Act Singspiel by Schubert - $3,729
  • Family Services of Central Massachusetts - "Vive el Cuento-Live the Story" - $783
  • Seven Hills Family Services Inc. - SHFS "Curator in Training" Program - $2,600
  • Seven Hills Slam - 7 Hills Poetry Slam - $1,939
  • YouthGROW Program - Growing peace in Worcester - $2,611
  • Master Singers of Worcester - Jubilant Spring - $1,119
  • Audio Journal - Dirty Dancing Audio Description - $1,880
  • Worcester Women's History Project - Yours for Humanity- Abby $500
  • YWCA Central Massachusetts -Paintbrushes 4 Justice: Sisterhood in the
  • Streets - $1,199
  • Worcester Roots Project - Central Mass Film Festival - $1,200
  • All Saints Church - Afternoon Tunes - $3,729
  • Press Pass TV- Media Leadership Institute: Youth Solutions
  • Series - $2,880
  • EcoTarium - Nature Explore: LIVE! - $3,550
  • Stone Soup - Stone SoupCommunity Center - $1,000
  • Kevin Burns - Go Figure: Art about mankind and mind - $1,590
  • Adriennne Smyth - Joseph's Dream A Vision of Choice - $3,729
  • Masielle Paulino - Ritmos in Collaboration (RICo)  - $2,300
  • Greg Hamilton - Worcester Portrait Exchange - $1,600
  • Stacy (Sou) MacMillan - Rabit Heart Poetry Film Festival - $1,200
  • Darcy Schwartz -Community Canvases: 100 Artists 100 Tiles.1
  • Mural - $895
  • Toni Ostrow & David Blodgett - The Hip Swayers Duo Performance - $1,000
  • Davis Bates & Roger Tincknell -Across the Americas: A song & Story
  • Celebration - $650
  • Denis Cormier - Hands on History - the Amreican Revolutionary War - $224
  • Pam Farren Pop-up! - Paper Stained Glass Windows - $1,860
  • Richard W. Clark - Two to Tango - $373
  • Worcester East Middle School - Magafan Mural Project (MMP) - $5,000
  • Union Hill Elementary School - Community Connections on Union Hill - $2,680
  • Union Hill Elementary School - Yours for Humanity- Abby $500
  • Child Study Dept. Worcester Public Schools - Community Cultural Enrichment Activities:
  • Ecotariu - $455
  • Jacob Hiatt Magnett School - Making Connections-Mandela Weaving - $2,405
  • University Park Campus School - Creative Perspectives - $500
  • Mihoko Wakabayashi - Fellowship - $5,000
  • Stephen King - Fellowship - $5,000
  • Mike Christian - Beatles For Sale The Tribute - $299
  • Michelle Memnon Memnon - 2nd Annual Summer Gospel Fest - $3,000

Worcester Arts Council 

The Worcester Arts Council is a municipal body consisting of nine members appointed by the city manager. The council is charged with promoting the cultural affairs of the City of Worcester and allocating funds received by the Council for cultural projects and programs. 

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