The Dartmouth Cultural Center is located in one of the oldest buildings in Dartmouth: the original Southworth Library Building on Elm Street, built in 1889. The building is in need of several significant upgrades.

Recently, the center has been awarded a $160,000 grant from Massachusetts Cultural Council, but there's a catch: the center must match that amount in order to receive the grant.

President Pauline Santos and Vice President and founding member Enid Silva joined Townsquare Sunday this week to talk about the fundraising campaign and an exciting art exhibit opening later this week

The fundraising is progressing, but according to Silva, the needs are many.

"We need to replace both the heating and air-conditioning systems, plus a need to make the building more accessible," she said.

If you wish to help the center in its fundraising campaign, you can visit the center's website or stop by when the center is open on Thursday, Friday or Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The next exhibit is scheduled for July 14, sponsored by the National Association of Women Artists.

"This is a national organization, but their local members from Massachusetts are already dropping off their art work," Santos said. "It's a variety of work, it's not just one type of painting, it's a combination of many styles."

The exhibit will run until August 25 with a reception on Saturday, July 15 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Visit the Dartmouth Cultural Center website for more information.

Townsquare Sunday is a community affairs program, airing Sundays at 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. on WBSM.

The program highlights individuals and organizations seeking to better the quality of life here on the SouthCoast.

If you would like your organization featured on Townsquare Sunday, please email the host at

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