Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council 2017 grant recipients’ reception

The film center will be screening Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth’s new documentary, "Keepers of the Light." —Courtesy MVCC

The Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council (MVCC) will host a reception in honor of its 2017 grant award recipients on Tuesday, May 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center at 79 Beach Avenue, Vineyard Haven.

According to a press release, Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth of Film-Truth Productions will present a special preview of select scenes from their new documentary, “Keepers of the Light: The History of the Gay Head Lighthouse.” This is a sneak peek before the film is released to the public. The presentation will include a conversation with the filmmakers about the filmmaking process and their plans for releasing the film.

All are invited to this free, accessible event. Light refreshments, prepared by Uma Datta, will be available. Other donors include Chilmark Chocolates, Cronig’s Market, Grey Barn Farm, Our Market, Scottish Bakehouse, Stop and Shop, and Vineyard Cash and Carry.

“Help us celebrate the public value and benefit of our community’s investment in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences with fine food and a preview of this important film,” said Robert Hauck, chairman of the MVCC. “This is a chance to honor the work of Vineyard artists and art organizations. We are particularly excited about the range and quality of MVCC-funded projects this year. Each project was chosen because of its substantial public benefit for the residents of the Island.”

The Martha’s Vineyard Cultural 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 Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. In addition, each of the Island’s six towns make major contributions to the funds distributed here.

This year, the MVCC funded 42 grants, using $41,000 in funds. The MVCC Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall. Information and forms are available online at Applications are due Oct. 16, 2017.

This year’s grant recipients include the following:

  • MV Playhouse, Shakespeare for the Masses
  • Abby Bender, Built on Stilts
  • Nathan Luce, Oak Bluffs African-American Literature and Cultural Festival
  • Marine and Paleobiological Research Institute, National Fossil Day Celebration
  • MV Environmental Educators Alliance
  • Aquinnah Cultural Center, Annual Native American Artisans Festival
  • Martha’s Vineyard Film Society, International Film Festival
  • Emma Young, “The Book: From Scratch”

For more information about the grant reception or the MVCC, contact Lori Stone at