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About the Council


We are a Local Cultural Council (LCC), one of 329 LCCs throughout the state of Massachusetts. This program, established in 1982, empowers towns and municipalities to provide financial support to artists, creators, educators, and cultural influencers in their own communities. The Massachusetts' LCC program is the largest of its kind in the country. 

The Amesbury Cultural Council is a group of local volunteers, appointed by the Mayor, who come from all walks of life to help promote and facilitate cultural activities and the arts in Amesbury.



The Council oversees the distribution of Massachusetts Cultural Council grants, organizes the annual Amesbury Open Studios, supports and promotes public art projects and events throughout the town, manages the quarterly Art@City Hall exhibit, and more. We are entirely run by volunteers — outside of the grant cycle, we fund, staff, execute, and manage all of our own initiatives.


Take a look around our site to learn more about our programs and local cultural community. Better yet, join us at our next meeting!

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Get Involved

The Amesbury Cultural Council is actively recruiting new members! Find information on our Join page, or on the City's website here. We love volunteers as well! 


Email us at if you would like to lend a hand.

Council Members


Margaret Leahy, Chair

Erika Didrikson, Treasurer

Laura Kozlowski, Secretary


Randy Herman

Euthemia Gilman

Stephanie Martin

Bryan Riley

Amy Vander Els

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