Cultural Council





The Holden Cultural Council dispenses state funds to promote artistic endeavors within the community. Funds are dispensed to organizations based on applications submitted annually.

In Massachusetts, public funding for the arts, humanities, and sciences is provided through a central state agency, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and through a network of Local Cultural Councils that serve every city and town in the state. The mission of the Massachusetts Cultural Council is to promote excellence, education, diversity, and inclusion in the arts, humanities, and sciences to foster a rich cultural life for all Massachusetts residents.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council distributes funds through two channels:

  1. Direct grants to individuals and organizations, available through statewide competitive grant processes; and
  2. Distributions to Local Cultural Councils, which then re-grant funds to individuals and organizations in their own communities.

The Holden Cultural Council is made up of volunteers who are appointed by the Board of Selectmen. The Council is responsible for making decisions on how it will award monies granted to the Town by the Massachusetts Cultural Council in ways that will serve Holden’s cultural needs.

Applications and guidelines are available at

Board Members

Name Title
Jessica Milliken Chairman
Mary Copeland Member
Nancy Rocheleau Member
Ana Gregory Member
Vanessa Bumpus Member
Maria Marrero Member