GRAFTON, Mass. — The Grafton Cultural Council has announced its grants for 2012, honoring 13 programs from Grafton organizations.
The group received 21 grant requests this year for funds allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, said Fay Morrison, chairman of the Grafton Cultural Council. Both individuals and groups are eligible for funding.
"The council looks for diverse programs that offer creative and new forms of cultural involvement," she said.
Grants awarded include:
• PAWSing to Read, a reading enrichment program at the Grafton Public Library, which uses therapy dogs as listeners for young readers;
• The Grafton Historical Society will construct a three-dimensional model of the Historic Grafton Center to tell the story of shoemaking in 19th-century Grafton;
• Willard House and Clock Museum is preparing an introductory video emphasizing the role and significance of the Willard family clockmakers and the development of the clockmaking industry in Massachusetts;
• The Grafton Land Trust held a live presentation of "New England Animals" over the winter;
• John Root's program about wild edible plants, in which he led participants on a walk to learn to identify and prepare wild plants for food and drink;
• The Upton Open Space Committee will present a program by author and environmental educator Tom Wessels at the Brigham Hill Community Barn on Oct. 28, which will conclude with lunch and a guided tour of the Upton State Forest;
• The Assabet Valley Mastersingers 2012 concert series;
• Grafton Recreation Commission's Concert on the Common series;
• Apple Tree Arts to hire professional musicians for the Holiday Concert on the Common;
• Grafton High School had a bullying prevention speaker;
• Touchstone Community School held a fiction writer's workshop with a guest author;
• Grafton Middle School took all seventh-graders to Hanover Theatre to see "A Christmas Carol" after classroom lessons on the story; and
• South Grafton Elementary School's PTG held two performances of "Jack and the Beanstalk" by the No-Strings Marionettes.
The Grafton Cultural Council is seeking volunteers interested in becoming members. For more information, contact Fay Morrison at 508-887-9969.