search the site:  | site map
Hingham Massachusetts, Incorporated 1635, History & Pride

Town Government &


Committees: Cultural Council

Hingham Cultural Council

The Hingham Cultural Council is a group of interested residents whose purpose is to support community based projects in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences.  We are a group of citizens who are appointed by the selectman to dispense public funding by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Artist, musicians, non-profit community groups and schools with a cultural project may apply for funding by writing a grant proposal during the grant cycle. The application process begins in September and all grants must be submitted to the Selectmen's office by October 15th of the given year, for consideration. Grant applications are available at various locations around town including the Selectmen's office.  The council reviews each grant during several meetings held each fall. Each project is discussed in detail and based on our current guidelines, we select the appropriate projects for funding. 

Before applying for a grant, please visit Massachusetts Cultural Council for more information.

Our Mission Statement

The Hingham Cultural Council's primary purpose is to ensure that Hingham's share of funds from the Massachusetts Cultural Council is administered fairly and equitably in the best interests of the Hingham Community.  It is also the Council's mission to seek out and encourage enterprising and innovative activities in the arts that can benefit and add to the quality of life in Hingham.  These activities should expose a wide range of audiences to fresh, stimulating and culturally enriching experiences. The goal Of the HCC is to raise awareness and encourage individuals, groups and organizations to apply for support toward presenting programs that will benefit Hingham and its citizens.

2011 Annual Report

The Hingham Cultural Council awarded $4,125 in 2011 to support the arts and artists in our community.  Eleven grants, ranging from $100 to $1000, were awarded.  Recipients include:

  • Hingham Downtown Association 
  • The South Shore Conservatory,
  • North River Arts Society
  • Old Ship Church Concert Committee
  • Second Parish Junior Art Show
  • Satuit Concert Band
  • Broad Cove Chorale/Unicorn Singers
  • Hingham Historical Society
  • South Shore Art Center,
  • John Root, Naturalist
  • Second Parish Concert

This year The Hingham Cultural Council had a booth at the Downtown Arts Walk.  Council members were on hand to explain what the council does and what type of organizations have received grants.  The Council made “Be smART” buttons to give to donors and interested visitors.  This venture increased the public’s knowledge of our purpose and also added to our revenue.  These donations and the state allotment funded this year’s grants. The Hingham Cultural Council’s guide lines are as follows:

  • All grant applications must benefit the community, and promote the arts, humanities or interpretive sciences.
  • All grant applicants must have a local sponsor.
  • Priorities include arts and cultural events held within Hingham or the immediate area to benefit Hingham residents.

We welcome any suggestions that would improve these guidelines.

Jane Shute, Chairperson
Sandy Asher
Trish Baggott
Marlie McManus
Gary Nisbet
Jill Powell
Kim Preveza


(Appt. By Selectmen, MGL C10, S35C)

Term Expires

Deanna Maria Costa, Chair


Trish Baggot, Treasurer


Marlie McManus


Carol Moss


Jean Roberts


Janine Suchecki