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Arts, sciences and humanities build healthier, more livable, vital communities. They are essential to a strong education system. They contribute enormously to our economy.

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Town of Ashland
Massachusetts
Cultural Council

Welcome to Ashland

The Town of Ashland's ideal location is midway between Boston and Worcester. Ashland was, in earlier times, a stopping point on a major Indian trail which later became known as the Bay Path, connecting Cambridge and Connecticut. It was here that a community of Natick Indians was established as the Village of Magunkaquog in about 1659. Once the original starting point of the world famous Boston Marathon, which still runs through Ashland, the town is also known as the site of Henry Warren's invention of the electric clock, later manufactured here under the Telechron name.

Businesses, residents and visitors look forward to "Ashland Day", a not-to-be-missed annual celebration of traditional New England spirit!.

Town of Ashland is committed to promote and fund community cultural activities to enhance the quality of life for Ashland residents through our Ashland Cultural Council and the support of the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Local Cultural Council Program.

Massachusetts Cultural Council

The Massachusetts Cultural Council's Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program is the largest cultural funding network in the nation supporting community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences.

The MCC distributes funds to local and regional cultural councils, who then regrant funds to arts, humanities, and interpretive science projects in their own communities. A hallmark of the Local Cultural Council program is the emphasis on local autonomy and decision making. A minimum allocation is set so even small communities receive a significant amount of money. The legislature establishes a local aid formula each year to determine our fund allocation.

Administered by appointed volunteers serving all Massachusetts cities and towns. LCC projects take place in schools, community centers, libraries, elder care facilities, town halls, parks, and wherever communities come together.