Westport Cultural Council (WCC)


 8th Annual Westport Cultural Council 2019 FILM SERIES

The Westport Cultural Council will host its eighth annual film series on three consecutive Wednesdays this summer - August 14, 21, and 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm.  It will be held at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery, 1 Partners Lane, Westport, MA.
The film series, free and open to the public, is made possible through a grant from the Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust. 
This year, the Council presents three documentary films with the theme “A Potpourri of Characters” highlighting stories of amazing artist’s lives and their powerful achievements.  Each film will be introduced by a guest speaker or Council member, with a question and answer period to follow each showing.  

Wednesday August 14, 2019 "Jean-Michael Basquiat: The Radiant Child"
Directed by: Tamra Davis, 2011, 88 Minutes.
Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon.  He became notorious for his graffiti are under the moniker “Samo” in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side scene, sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for $200 and became best friends with Andy Warhol.  Basquiat’s art and process has influenced many contemporary artists.  
Guest Speaker: Bryan McFarlane was born in Moore Town Portland, Jamaica. He studied at The Edna Manly College of Art in Kingston and completed his MFA Degree at Massachusetts College of Arts and Design. He is a “Tenured Professor” of Painting and Drawing at U. Mass Dartmouth . Bryan has worked on projects relating to his art with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Center, M.I.T., the New Bedford Art Museum and the Museum of Science, Boston. His art has been exhibited widely.

Wednesday August 21, 2019 “Love, Gilda
Directed by Lisa D’Apolito, 2018, 86 Minutes.
Love, Gilda is a unique window into the world of Gilda Radner.  Director Lisa D’Apolito unearthed a collection of diaries and personal audio and video tapes documenting her childhood, comedy career, relationships and her struggles with cancer.

Wednesday August 28, 2019 “Meow Wolf: Origin Story”  Directors Morgan Capps, Jilann Spitzmiller, 2018, 88 Minutes.
When a group of young, DIY artists in Santa Fe can't find a door into the art world, they open an entirely new portal from with their gift, passion, and tenacity.  Within just a few short years and a little help from George R.R. Martin, this group ultimately hits a cultural nerve and unexpected success with their exhibit, House of Eternal Return. 
Guest Speaker: Rebecca Uchill  has been the organizing curator of exhibitions and programs at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, MASS MoCA, among others. She is a faculty member in Art Education, Art History, and Media Studies at UMass Dartmouth. She visited Meow Wolf during a family trip through the Southwestern United States to view Land art. 

 The Westport Cultural Council awarded over $29,000 in grants to fund 21 community projects for 2018-2019. WCC is proud to receive continued support from the Helen E. Ellis Trust to help and support  Westport organizations and programs.

Supporting Artists,
Non Profit Organizations
and Education
through grants that
help make
Westport a vital and lively community for all.


    Westport Cultural Council LCC  grants for 2018 = $4385  will benefit the people of Westport this coming year





Westport River Watershed Alliance

Winter Art Show - Oars & Paddles



Kristin Tucker

Zeiterion Theater Cultural Performance



New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!

Teen Artist Internship Program



The Arc of Greater Fall River

The Kids on the Block Junior Puppeteer Program



Westport Historical Society

Family Activities at the Handy House



Ruth Harcovitz




New Bedford Whaling Museum

Museum Access for SouthCoast Youth



New Bedford Festival Theatre, Inc.

2018 Production of West Side Story & Summer Academy



Westport Free Public Library

Libraries Rock!



New Bedford Symphony Orchestra

Learning in Concert: The Orchestra as Ecosystem



Zeiterion Theatre, Inc.

New Bedford Folk Festival



The Art Drive - 11th Annual Open Studio Tour

The Art Drive - 11th Annual Open Studio Tour



Massachusetts Audubon Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

Native Plant Events with Mass Audubon



Paskamansett Bird Club

Marla Isaac Raptor Show



Susan Viveiros

Children's Authors



Korey Pimental

Shakespeare in Buttonwood



  Congratulations to all and thank you for your contributions to the cultural and educational life of our town.






2018 was the 25th Anniversary of the

HELEN E ELLIS CHARITABLE TRUST and contributions from Miss Ellis to the Westport Community

Information about Helen E. Ellis - Click Here

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Staff Contacts

Council Members

Name Title
Gay Gillespie Chair
Rud Lawrence Member
Ned Daniels Member, Treasurer
Lisa Arnold Member
Laura Bennett Member
Laurie Bullard Member
Ruth Bournes Member
Rosemary Melli Member
Alexandra Whitney Member