The Framingham Cultural Council hosts an annual awards reception

The following is a press release submitted by Anita Danker, Clerk of the Framingham Cultural Council. All opinions expressed are those of the author.

FRAMINGHAM, MA – The Framingham Cultural Council held its 2022 Awards Reception on June 8 at the Framingham Public Library.

FCC President Mauricio Perea welcomed guests to a celebration of the individuals and groups contributing to the arts and culture of the community this year. Mayor Charlie Sisitsky, State Representative Jack Lewis, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Tremblay, and Ricardo Guillaume of the Massachusetts Cultural Council were among the attendees.

The Rita and Bill Collins Memorial Arts Fellowships were awarded to Jake Coutu (photography), Kathleen Najarian (theatre) and Chelsea Perreault (ceramics). The scholarship is awarded to one or more seniors of Framingham High School who will study the arts while pursuing their higher education.

Dr. David Smailes of Framingham State University and Dr. Frederic Wallace, the town historian, received special recognition awards. Smailes was praised for his outstanding lectures for the Framingham Adventures in Lifelong Learning programs, while Wallace was praised for his commitment to preserving and passing on the community’s history.

Najarian presented “Competing Monologues” and Abby Rogers of Metrowest’s Performing Arts Center provided musical entertainment. A number of representatives from organizations that received FY22 Cultural Council grants spoke about their various projects and expressed their thanks.

Perea concluded the program by recalling that Framingham has a diverse culture which serves to unite the community.

James C. Tibbs