Cultural Council

The Salem Cultural Council is part of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency that supports public programs and educational activities in the arts, sciences, and humanities. The Salem Cultural Council is responsible for designing local funding criteria for the grants and granting preliminary approvals. The Massachusetts Cultural Council has final approval and awards funding drawn from appropriations from the state legislature.

The Salem Cultural Council places an emphasis on locally-based artists and programs. We are looking for works and presentations that will have the greatest impact on the Salem Community and promote the history, diverse culture and positive attributes of the North Shore area.

We will not fund applications from out-of-town artists unless they have secured a clear invitation from a Salem based organization and a venue to perform.

For more information on who we are and the types of activities we are involved in, please contact us by email, or read more at our website.

Staff Contacts

Board Members

Name Title
Liz Polay-Wettengel Chair (6/23/2020)
Matthew Cornell Member (6/23/2020)
John Dobroski Member (6/27/2020)
Robyn Giannopolo Member (6/27/2020)
Kristen Linnenbank Member (6/27/2020)
Liam McCarthy Member (7/21/2019)
Courtney Porcella Member (6/27/2020)