2021 Grantees

The Andover Cultural Council approved grants for the following programs for 2021.

All 2021 grantees are invited to share additional publicity information per an email sent March 8, 2021.

Andover Choral Society
Voices Diverse and Beautiful – Music of the Merrimack Valley

The Andover Choral Society is working with many performing arts organizations across the Merrimack Valley.  The list of participants is not finalized yet but the following groups have confirmed their participation.

  • Acting Out
  • Free Christian Church – Andover
  • Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra
  • New England Classical Singers
  • Spotlight Playhouse
  • Synai Ministries
  • Third Baptist Church – Lawrence
  • Voices of Hope

This concert will provide our community with music to uplift them during the pandemic with performances from musicians and singers from the Merrimack Valley.

The Spring 2021 concert will be aired on community access TV in Andover, Lawrence, North Andover, Haverhill and Derry NH.  We also post our concerts on our YouTube channel and our website, and distribute CDs to area assisted living facilities for the enjoyment of their residents.

Andover High School
Custom Creations for Clubs

Andover Senior Center
Hanging Display for Community Art Shows

Our project is a Capital project with the purchase of the Walker Art Display System.  We are matching the funds received from the Cultural Council with donations from the Andover Senior Community Friends to purchase this system. This will allow the Robb Center (Senior Center) to be a venue for art shows. Groups of all generations and cultures will be invited to display works of art in varying mediums. 

Delvena Theater Company
Jack the Ripper

Francesca Lionetta
What is Opera Anyway? Podcast

Production Team:

  • Josh Lau, Host
  • Jeremy Lopez and Noah Sesling, Production Team
  • Reagan Casteel, Overture Composer
  • Francesca Lionetta, Director 

Our logo is designed by Francesca Lionetta and Hannah Stokes

Our podcast is designed for lifelong learners who are interested in learning more about opera! Through diverse programming, listeners will learn many ways to answer the question: “what is opera, anyway?”.

What is Opera, Anyway? offers a virtual after-school program for students ages 8-18 and will continue to expand our youth and adult education programming in the coming months. Interested parties can subscribe to our website or follow us on social media for updates!

Friends of Memorial Hall Library
Virtual Art Afternoons with Jane Oneail of Culturally Curious

Recordings of the lectures will remain available at https://mhl.org/videos#art

This project was a collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and Andover Elder Services.

Katie Simko
First Sight

Lead artists: Katie Simko, Lance Riley and Jordan Scuh

“First Sight” is singer/songwriter Katie Simko’s latest single, and her first remote collaboration with her longtime guitarist Lance Riley. 

Listen to the song on Youtube 

Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild
Collaboration with Andover High School Drama

Natural Deathcare Collaborative
Making Art While Grieving Death: Community in Isolation

Lead artists: Ruth Faas, Heather Massey, & Jasmine Tanguay, of the Natural Deathcare Collaborative

Art-making has long helped humans reckon with death, and is even more vital in current times. Our two-part program addresses cultural, artistic, and practical responses to mortality and loss.

The extraordinary circumstances of the pandemic have left us afraid, isolated and unable to connect with each other in traditional ways. We hope to empower the community with innovative pathways to strengthen personal and social resources during times of loss.

Nicolette Nordin Heavey
The Advisor Within: A Cross Cultural Collaboration

The Spotlight Playhouse
2021 Production

Timothy Kane
All Together Drumming

West Elementary School
Virtual Visit with Author Dan Gutman

West Elementary Readers and Writers Conference (WERAWC)

Virtual Writers’ & Readers’ Conference: April 28, 2021

Best known for his “My Weird School” series, which has sold more than 27 million books, children’s book author Dan Gutman will present to West El from NYC via Zoom, as well as run grade-level workshops. Students have also participated in projects related to this visit, such as designing bookmarks and writing their own stories.

Image of Mary French Reservation site marker.

Wonderland Spectacle
Mary French Reservation and Ward Reservation | Wonderland Spectacle Co. Art and Nature Videos for Kids

Lead artists: Kari Percival and Greg Cook

The videos invite viewers on family hikes into Mary French Reservation and Ward Reservation, to explore the bog and swamp, and to learn about the frogs, dragonflies and other wildlife of the areas.