Cultural Council

The Virtual Arts and Culture Showcase Is Online!

Carlisle is jam-packed with talent and the Carlisle Cultural Council has created a way to share it! Carlisle’s Virtual Showcase is the place for any and all Carlisle residents to share their talents with the community in a time when we cannot share in person.

Carlisle artists of all ages and abilities (professionals included) are encouraged to submit pictures, videos or writing in these categories: music, dance, photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, prose, poetry, video/filmmaking, fiber arts, nature, multimedia, storytelling, or create your own category. 

Submissions must have been created since the time of the Mass. COVID-19 lockdown (from March 17). 

Visit for more information and to submit your work.

Cultural Council 2020 Community Survey

Thank you to all the Carlisle residents who responded to our survey.

New Council Members Needed!

The Cultural Council is currently looking for new members 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


The Carlisle Cultural Council (CCC) consists of 5 to 22 Carlisle residents who are interested in the arts, music, history, education and culture. The CCC supports local cultural initiatives through a grant award process, established by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, that provides funds to deserving organizations and individuals to offer a variety of cultural experiences to the residents of Carlisle. The Council also produces its own programs.

The Carlisle Cultural Council (CCC) Is part of the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council’sLocal Cultural Council (LCC) Program. Each year, LCCs award more than $3 million in grants to more than 6,000 cultural programs statewide. 

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We encourage new applicants for arts and culture programming or participatory activities to check back in the fall to apply for FY 2021 grants.  To learn more about the CCC’s grant guidelines, please read the Grants Information Page.

Applications are available on line at:

Questions? Please contact

Carlisle Cultural Council logo - July 2018

Members Terms
Caren Ponty 2020
Alain Bojarski 2020
Jill Henderson 2020
Carren Panico 2020
Jennifer Sagalyn, Co-chair 2022
Abby Zimmerman 2021
Mark Levitan, Co-chair 2022