Cultural Council

Carlisle Cultural Council logo - July 2018

2nd Annual Carlisle Music Festival @Old Home Day

3 Days of Amazing Hometown Talent!

Old Home Day Weekend

Friday June 23, Saturday June 24 & Sunday June 25, 2023

Family-friendly  Carlisle musicians  Diverse styles  Food & fun

Find all the details here

Cultural Council 2023 Community Survey

We want your input to help guide our decisions about programs and grant funding. The survey will be open from Monday May 1 through Friday June 16. Take the survey here.

Thank you to all the Carlisle residents who responded to our 2020 survey. See a summary of the results here.

About the Carlisle Cultural Council

The Carlisle Cultural Council (CCC) promotes and advocates for the arts, music, history, culture and the humanities in Carlisle. Appointed by the Select Board, we serve the community by supporting and producing both participatory and audience-based cultural and arts activities.

The CCC supports local cultural initiatives through an annual grant award process established and funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, that helps deserving organizations and individuals offer a variety of cultural experiences to the people of Carlisle. The Council can also raise money independently in order to support additional cultural programs produced by the Council or other organizations. 

What we mean by culture: music, dance, theater, fine art, pop art, sculpture, photography, multimedia, fiber arts, ethnic customs, culinary arts, humanities, literature, poetry, nature, gardening, woodworking, ceramics, storytelling, history, science, language and more…

The Carlisle Cultural Council is part of the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program. Each year, LCCs award more than $5 million in grants to more than 6,000 cultural programs statewide, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities.

Read more about the Cultural Council

Like us on Facebook! We regularly post about local cultural programs and related topics.

Check out our Grant Recipients!

Take advantage of all the great programs and events that our grantees produce for Carlisle.


Help Cultivate Culture in Carlisle!

Help us deliver a more robust calendar of cultural events and provide even more support to the cultural organizations and individuals who deliver great cultural programming to Carlisle. 

We support and advocate for culture in Carlisle by

  • Providing modest cultural program grants to Carlisle organizations and individuals, funded by the Mass Cultural Council 
  • Co-producing the Carlisle Music Festival @Old Home Day
  • Curating, a virtual cultural showcase 
  • Advocating for COVID-19 recovery funds, public cultural spaces, and more

The Cultural Council receives no operating funds from the Town budget 

With private community support, we can: 

  • Produce more programs – Carlisle Music Festival, Art Showcase, etc.
  • Fully fund deserving local grant requests
  • Support ad hoc and off-cycle program initiatives 

Please consider a tax-deductible contribution of any amount! 

Mail your check to: 

Carlisle Cultural Council 

c/o Carlisle Town Hall

66 Westford Street

Carlisle, MA 01741

Thank you!

Council Members Wanted!

The Cultural Council is always open to new members who want to help create and run programs, collaborate with other cultural organizations, and participate in the annual grant funding process. Members are appointed by the Select Board for 3-year terms. If interested, please email

Questions? Contact

Members Terms
Alain Bojarski, Treasurer
Mark Levitan, Chair 2025
Dan Lennon, Vice-Chair
Jenn Albanese, Clerk 2023
Deborah Bentley 2024
Preston Holleman 2025
Ann Quenin 2025