Mission Statement 

“To support public programs that promote excellence. To distribute funds with a focus on developing and promoting an artistic, humanist and scientific community and help those individuals enrich Newton residents’ lives with their work.”


The Newton Cultural Council is supported by the City of Newton, and the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Newton welcomes applications from both non-profit organizations and informal associations formed for a cultural purpose as well as from individual artists, primarily Newton-based. Funds may be applied to the development and exploration of an artist’s work without any specific project involved, or for a special project. Newton always looks to make grants where there will be a community benefit. Projects might involve a performance, lecture, reading, open studio or a slide show at a public space open to all. A confirmed location for any project must be identified – including online – at the time of the grant submittal and budgets must balance. ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE. PAPER APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Submissions after the deadline will not be considered.

Members of the NCC

Christopher Pitts (Co-Chair)
Emily O’Neil (Co-Chair)
Kathleen Wright (Treasurer)
Jane Feigenson (Secretary)
Rebika Shaw Bendayan
Rakashi Chand
Patrick Costello
Rich Frost
Kathy Hassinger
Grey Held
Lakshmi Narayan Kadambi
Jen Kaplan
Amelia LeClair
Kristine Munroe
Paula Gannon – non-voting member

Contact the NCC

Meetings and Minutes

Join the NCC

If you would like to be considered for the board of the NCC, please click on this link: Joining the NCC Board