The Lynnfield Cultural Council (LCC) is a group of local volunteers appointed by the Town Selectmen to re-grant funds provided to us by the Mass Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency that receives funding from the Massachusetts State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

The MCC's Local Cultural Council Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation. 329 local councils like ours serve all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns. This makes us just a few of the 2400 locally appointed volunteers who distribute more than $3 million in grants each year across the Commonwealth, bringing community-based Arts, History, Science, Literature, and Ethnic Diversity programs to all.

Our active LCC is committed to enhancing the cultural offerings within Lynnfield in many other ways. We are here to help promote events and to encourage cross-collaboration between in-town organizations. We aim to build and support a community of local artists. Finally, we hope to find innovative ways to celebrate the many diverse cultures that are represented within our town.


Chair:  

Diana Ellis

Diana has been a resident of Lynnfield for almost 15 years. She has worked as a speech therapist in both the Lynnfield and Wakefield public schools and was the enrichment coordinator at Huckleberry Hill for two years. She is the mother of a seventh grade boy and a fifth grade girl. One of her council missions is to build strong partnerships with the existing Lynnfield organizations in order to provide support to their town cultural events. Diana is passionate about increasing multicultural understanding through celebrating the diversity in our community.

Members: 

Vasu Ganju

Erin Howard

Erin grew up next door in Wakefield. After graduating from Wakefield High School, she earned her B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and her J.D. from Boston College Law School. She was a practicing lawyer for ten years, primarily defending lawyers and companies in civil litigation cases. She also provided employment training and advice to companies. Most recently, she was a partner at the Boston office of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. She is currently spending time at home with her two kids, ages 5 and 9 months. 

Barbara White

Katy Williams

Katy has been a Lynnfield resident for over a decade. She is a writer of fiction and nonfiction with a particular interest in STEM education. She works as a digital and media specialist. 

Advisory Member:

Amber Vaccaro

Amber is a compassionate creative who lives life with purpose and dedication. In addition to her prior work as Chair of the LCC, she volunteers as a METCO host family and most recently started working at Lynnfield elementary schools as a substitute teacher. Prior to moving to Lynnfield in 2007, she worked as a Business Development Manager for both Marietta Power in Marietta, Georgia, and The Priory Hospital in Nottingham, United Kingdom. She holds an MBA in International Business and Marketing from St. Bonaventure University. Passionate about culture, cooking, and family, Amber has volunteered in Vietnam and in Africa with her husband Craig and daughter Juliette.