The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), which in turn, allocates funds to each community. The ACC then reviews and awards the MCC funds to those projects of quality that provide the greatest local benefit.  

We are committed to reaching all members of the Andover community through supporting a cross section of activities.  These include jazz and classical music concerts, vocal performances, live theatre, public art installations, storytelling, programs aimed specifically at families, schoolchildren, and senior citizens, and more.  We partner with other groups and organizations in town, to help promote a lively cultural atmosphere, and we serve as advocates for the arts through community outreach and publicity. 

Andover Cultural Council
Town Offices
36 Bartlet Street
Andover, MA 01810-3801

Current Members

The Andover Cultural Council is a group of volunteers, appointed by the Board of Selectmen for two consecutive, three-year terms. Members of the Council include people with a variety of experience. Some of us have backgrounds in the arts, humanities or interpretive sciences, but we all share a passionate belief in the importance of the arts and culture in our lives, and a commitment to enhancing the cultural vitality of our community. 

Linda Carpenter (secretary) is an active member of the Andover community. She received her B.A. from the University of Miami, Florida and her M.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Linda served on the Andover Conservation Commission and is a past President of League of Women Voters. She is the retired Director of Advancement of the American Textile History Museum (ATHM) in Lowell and is currently an ATHM trustee and a Board member of the Andover Garden Club.

Molly Foley (co-chair) has a background in the social sciences and librarianship. She believes that the arts are an integral part of our society and is passionate about ensuring a strong arts presence in Andover.

Rosemary Halloran is a passionate supporter of the arts and especially arts education in public schools. Trained as a singer, she has a BA from Smith College and attended SUNY StonyBrook and the Manhattan School of Music for graduate work in music performance. Rosemary is a long time active volunteer in Andover, serving terms on the board as well as President of the Friends of Memorial Hall Library  and the Andover Garden Club. In the schools, Rosemary helped found the Andover Vocal Music Association, successfully advocating for more music funding in schools, and is currently President of the Andover High School PAC. She continues to sing oratorio as a professional church musician and is the director and owner of the early childhood enrichment program Music Together Around the Towns, which has served Andover and surrounding communities for 16 years. 

Denise Johnson (treasurer) is currently the Executive Director of Andover Community Trust, a local non-profit that creates affordable housing for the Andover community. She has been involved in the arts for over 24 years at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, most recently as the Director of Museum Finance and Registration. She has acted as Chair and Treasurer of the ACC and served a variety of other non-profit organizations, including the American Alliance of Museums and the New England Museum Association. Denise received an M.B.A. with a concentration in non-profit management from Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School, a B.A. in Art History from Columbia University, and an A.A.S. in Accounting and Business Administration from the Lincoln School of Commerce.  

Nora Pelt  (co-chair) is the Executive Director of Mistral (a chamber ensemble) and Business Manager for a ballet studio. She has a Master's Degree in Arts, Entertainment and Media Management, a BFA in Dance and worked for the Illinois Arts Council. She is passionate about administrative support for the arts. 

Lenore Price has worked in both the nonprofit and for profit worlds.   She received her BBA from the College of William and Mary and her MBA from the Yale School of Management. She has always loved the arts and has studied, enjoyed, and supported them throughout her life. She is also a board member of Andover Coalition for Education and is excited about bringing enrichment opportunities to families in Andover.

Lisa Primes has lived in Andover for 18 years.  She received her B.S. from the University of New Hampshire and M.B.A. from Rivier University.  She is currently a board member of the Ladies Philoptochos Society of the Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Andover.

Dr. Susan H. Smith is an educational consultant, adjunct college professor, former middle school language arts teacher, calligrapher, and Certified Zentangle Trainer. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Education from Ohio State University, a Master's degree in Education from Troy State University, and a doctoral degree in Language and Literacy from the University of Massachusetts/Lowell. Susan presents creative expression workshops for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and in the past for the Pacific Symphony Orchestra; she has been an educational consultant for over twenty years, and she was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Educational Advisory Committee. She is an Essex Art Center board member and teaches at Merrimack College. She presents seminars centered around creativity and literacy, and infuses her enthusiasm for the arts in her classes and workshops. 

Sally Matson received a B.S. from Northwestern University where she trained in acting, directing and teaching. As a member of Phi Beta, a Speech and Music fraternity, she and seven other women created a show that toured the Far East for the Department of Defense. Sally studied writing at Manhattanville College and the University of Virginia extension and continued acting and directing while moving from state to state with her husband. Arriving in MA in 1998, she was hired by the American Textile History Museum as teacher and guide. In 2002 she created a one-woman show as Susan B. Anthony-the Invincible! followed by Margaret Bourke-White, Courageous Photographer. She retired in 2016.

If you are interested in joining the ACC, 
we encourage you to fill out a talent bank form.