Cultural Council

Contact: Jeanne Randorf
Address: One North Main Road, Otis, MA 01253
Phone: 413-329-8713
Meeting  3rd Wednesday 6:00 pm
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Jeanne Randorf
ChairJune 30, 2024
Arlene TolopkoMember
June 30, 2023
Deborah FogelMemberJune 30, 2023
Mary Jo EngelsMemberJune 30, 2023
Margherita BragagnoloMemberJune 30, 2024
Carol LombardoMemberJune 30, 2024
Shannon AlbeeMember
June 30, 2022
Carole BurkeMemberJune 30, 2024


2022 Season of Programs from the Cultural Council


Last November, our committee sifted through 36 applications for grants to fund various projects. We picked 23 that provide fun, culture, and educational opportunities for everyone in our Otis community. Following is a list of those we selected.


– Four programs at the Farmington School: a field trip, the Annual Community Arts program, a photography program, and a music enrichment program.


– A music composition program to accompany author Ty Allen Jackson’s book “When I Close My Eyes”.  Music to be performed for the entire Lee School community with reading by the author.


­– “Notice Otis” Series of virtual events about local art and literature.


– Three events to take place in Otis: “A Ukulele Show” family program at the library; A performance of Songs and Storytelling; and the “Magical Potter’s Wheel” demo to be held at a local event.


– Donations to 14 organizations for local events. They are:

“Nightwood at the Mount” by Lee Youth Association

Becket Arts Center – Free outdoor concerts

Bidwell House Museum’s Country Fair

Blandford White Church “Bel Canto Opera” and “Bad News Jazz & Blues Orchestra”

“The Black Legacy Project” by Music In Common, New Marlboro

SculptureNow at the Mount

“Berkshire Voices Playwright Reading Series” by Great Barrington Theatre

WAM Theatre Season 2022

“One Box at A Time” film production about food insecurity in the Berkshires,

produced by the Moving Arts Exchange

Hilltown Families, a website listing local cultural and educational opportunities

Osher Lifelong Learning series of events “Indigenous Peoples: We Are Still Here”

Berkshire Sings! and Berkshire Ukulele Band at Berkshire South

Women/Roots Music Series by Taproot Sessions, Dewey Memorial Hall


For more information about specific events listed, contact the sponsoring organizations above. And check our web page for additional details as they become available  ( council).


Jeanne Randorf