For an individual or organization whose creative achievements
have uniquely enriched life in Massachusetts.
Williamstown Theatre Festival
For over half a century, the Williamstown Theatre Festival has been
a leading force in the American theatre, providing a catalytic environment
in which the nation’s best established and emerging theatre artists
develop, practice, and refine their craft in collaboration with
a loyal and sophisticated audience.
Williamstown Theatre Festival is widely regarded as the premiere
training ground for America's best emerging theatre artists, drawn
from the nation's top undergraduate and graduate theatre programs.
Students accepted into its highly-selective programs are immersed
in a potentially career-launching experience by having the opportunity
to work alongside renowned professional artists. Over the years,
57 Emmy Award winners, 23 Academy Award winners, and more than 115
Tony Award winners – many of whom started their careers as Williamstown
Theatre Festival apprentices – have graced the Williamstown stages
in various capacities.
While Williamstown Theatre Festival is perhaps best known for
its bold, innovative productions of the greatest works in the theatrical
canon, it is also one of the nation's most dynamic incubators for
new plays. With at least three fully produced world premieres each
season, works developed in Williamstown frequently have extended
lives beyond the Festival. Throughout its history, the Festival
has seen nine of its productions move to Broadway, 31 to off-Broadway
theaters, one to PBS, one to HBO, and countless others to regional
theaters around the nation.
The Festival is deeply committed to playing a lead role in the
cultural life of the Berkshires. In addition to the full festival
season, Williamstown Theatre Festival offers family-centered programming,
including the annual Free Theatre production, to introduce new,
and younger, audiences to live theatre. The Festival is also the
proud home of the Greylock Theatre Project, a celebrated arts mentoring
program for underserved and materially disadvantaged children from
Williamstown Theatre Festival respects its position as an important
economic engine for Williamstown and the Northern Berkshire region.
While Williams College generates significant economic activity during
the school year, summer activity created by the Festival is crucial
for the financial health of local restaurants, hotels, and retail.
They create jobs, both directly at the theater and in the surrounding
community. Furthermore, over 60 percent of the earned and contributed
revenue generated by Williamstown Theatre Festival comes from sources
outside the Commonwealth, much of which is then reinvested in Berkshire
For a city, town, or community-based organization that has demonstrated
the central role of arts and culture in building healthier, more
vital, more livable communities.
Launched in August 2005, Team Haverhill is an independent volunteer
group dedicated to making Haverhill a better place to live, learn,
work, and play. Its unique role in Haverhill's life is defined by
a distinctive mix of strategies—fostering civic dialogue, organizing
hands-on projects, and creating a more informed public through advocacy.
Team Haverhill has sponsored the creation and installation of 24
murals with local historic and cultural themes, including a technologically
innovative mural banner in the downtown arts district entitled "Connecting
the Community through the Arts." The group has also led innovative
arts festivals, including the 2009 "Soles of Haverhill Shoe-la-Bration,"
which generated community-wide support, participation, and pride.
Fourteen giant fiberglass shoe sculptures celebrated Haverhill's
past as the premier supplier of ladies fine footwear, while showcasing
the city as a place of enormous creative energy and artistic diversity.
This unique festival is slated to roll out again in 2012. Children
and schools have featured prominently in the Mural Project and Soles
of Haverhill: Team Haverhill has partnered with the Boys and Girls
Club, YWCA, Whittier Vo-Tech, Haverhill High School's Access Arts
program, Girls Inc. and the Discovery Club to involve children and
young people in the creation of public art works and exhibits.
Last year Team Haverhill took the initiative in planning a major
new river-oriented summer festival called River Ruckus. Residents
and business said the scale and quality of this event far exceeded
any festival in memory, and bucked economic trends by garnering
a record-breaking level of financial support from a broad base of
contributors. Planning has begun for the 2011 River Ruckus, with
ambitious new goals for promotion and attendance.
Team Haverhill's results stem largely from its commitment to community
dialogue and engagement. This network of dedicated citizens places
high priority on creating hospitable spaces where stakeholders encounter
each other as neighbors, discover common aspirations, and frame
realistic goals to accomplish together.
Falls RiverCulture Project
RiverCulture formed in 2006 when artists, organizations, business leaders and town officials came together to create programming around Turners Falls' diverse cultural offerings, scenic beauty, ecological and historical integrity. The partnership believes arts and culture significantly enhance quality of life and are vital components of a healthy community. RiverCulture works to cultivate creative endeavors to engender pride and a strong sense of place in the 19th century mill village of Turners Falls.
RiverCulture started with a marketing and branding program for the village that included a central website of cultural offerings, attractions brochures, walking tour booklets, and public artworks doubling as bulletin boards throughout town. The project emphasized bringing people back to the downtown with events like the annual Block Party and concerts in Peskeomskut Park. RiverCulture offered fresh perspectives on underutilized or poorly maintained spaces with thought-provoking art installations in downtown parks. And artists repurposed items on hand with the Recycled Fashion Show, which creates new designs from clothes left behind in the laundromat on Third Street.
A 2007 economic impact analysis conducted by UMASS Dartmouth Center for Policy Analysis (CPA) indicated cultural events in Turners Falls brought in 30,000 people and $785,400 into the local economy. A 2009 survey conducted by CPU indicated more than ninety-two percent of respondents report they have a more positive perception of Turners Falls because of RiverCulture. That translated into travel articles and features stories such as the Boston Globe's "Fossils and a funky arts scene share the spotlight in the tiny mill village of Turners Falls." Positive editorials in local papers supplanted police log entries and crime reports with headlines like "Turners Falls is a comeback town... a cause for celebration."
RiverCulture's incremental efforts over the past five years made 2010 a transformational one in positioning Turners Falls as an attractive and receptive place for culture and creativity. Groups and individuals other than RiverCulture began holding major events in the community. The first annual Montague Soapbox Races this summer drew over 1,500 people and the new Franklin County Pumpkin Fest brought an estimated 8,000 participants to the downtown, a number equal to the town's entire population.
Victoria Center for the Arts
A program of Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA), Villa Victoria
Center for the Arts is the largest and most significant Latino Cultural
Center in New England. The Center reaches over 20,000 people a year
with its mission to preserve, promote and celebrate Latino art and
create dynamic cross-cultural collaborations.
Villa Victoria presents the broad diversity of Latino and Latin
American cultural expression and using arts and culture as tools
for self-transformation and community building. The Center's programming
- New England's longest running Latino performance series, presenting
innovative Latino and Latin American music, performances and workshops
by outstanding artists.
- La Galería - The first gallery in New England focuses on art
created by Latinos and those commenting on the Latin American
- Festival Betances – The foremost and oldest Latino community
arts festival in New England offers three days of music, dance,
and cultural activities that celebrate Latin American and Puerto
- Special events like the Tito Puente Latin Music Series, free
outdoor concerts presented in partnership with Berklee College
of Music and the City of Boston.
- Free Community Arts – including arts education programming for
teens, free matinees to local elementary school children and weekly
music programming for community elders.
Awarded National Endowment for the Arts grants over the past three
years; Villa Victoria Center for the Arts has garnered numerous
honors from organizations that include: Berklee College of Music,
MetLife, Citizens Bank and the Boston Center for the Arts. In 2005,
the Center was selected as a National Finalist for LINC/Ford Foundation's
Arts in a Changing America program.
For an individual, school, or cultural organization that has
demonstrated the importance of creativity and innovation to student
achievement and success
Plimoth Plantation is a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum committed to
inspiring education through powerful and creative means. The museum
adheres to the philosophy, "You can't change history... but it can
Always engaging, playful and fun, yet meaningful, innovative and
transformative, Plimoth Plantation is a living history museum dedicated
to the dramatic story of the Native Wampanoag people and Colonial
English Pilgrims of 17th-century Plimoth Colony. Spanning four major
sites at two locations, Plimoth Plantation's interactive nature
has provided a truly unique, immersion experience that goes beyond
a traditional museum venue.
Not only the hearth of the local community and a Massachusetts
state treasure, Plimoth Plantation is a world-class living history
museum and an international travel destination, welcoming more than
350,000 visitors annually, from at least 80 countries around the
world. The multicultural significance of 1600s colonial New England
is not only meaningful, but globally applicable to the lives of
contemporary Museum-goers, as the Plimoth story puts life into perspective
with relevance for guests of all ages; thus creating an important
and positive economic impact on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Continuing with creativity and inspiring learning in 2011, Plimoth
Plantation will bring a love of Shakespeare to the town of Plymouth
and surrounding area with the innovative program: "One Play, One
Community: Romeo and Juliet." This exciting new book club-styled
series will invite the entire community, young and old, to put Romeo
and Juliet on their summer reading list. Partnering with the local
library, schools and PAC TV, Plymouth's community access cable television
station, Plimoth Plantation will lead the community on a journey
of Shakespearean discovery with group readings, live theater events,
and a whole host of Romeo and Juliet-inspired learning.
Barile, Revere High School
Nancy Barile has been teaching English at Revere High School for
sixteen years. Seventy-three percent of the students at Revere High
School qualify for free or reduced lunch. The school is truly multicultural:
46 languages are spoken, and many students do not speak English
as their first language.
In 2006, Nancy sought grant funding that allowed her to launch
the school's Culture Club. The Club was designed to provide students
with the cultural capital that they lack, so that they could become
more successful in today's world, by exploring arts and share culture.
RHS students have attended professionally performed ballets and
ten operas, area museums, and theatre performances. They designed
the front, back, and inside covers of the program for the national
performance of "Madama Butterfly," and wrote seven essays about
the opera. Students have also attended the American Repertory Theater,
and in each case, the dramaturge from the production worked with
the students so that they had a unique understanding of the research
and development of the plays they witnessed. The Club covers all
fees for these events so that students pay nothing to participate.
Nancy is also Advisor to Crossroads, Revere High School's literary
magazine, which features unifying themes and broad student participation.
It encourages a variety of literary forms, including nonfiction;
writing in languages including Serbo-Croatian, Arabic, Italian,
Vietnamese, Hindi, and Khmer; lyrics accompanied by musical scores;
as well as poems, short stories, and dramatic scripts. Nancy has
brought noted author, Michael Patrick MacDonald, to Revere High
to speak to her students after they read "All Souls" and "Easter
Rising." She works constantly to develop a classroom library that
includes complete sets of books — free for her students.
Nancy has published lesson plans on the National Council of Teachers
of English website ReadWriteThink for both "Hamlet" and "Death of
a Salesman," along with articles on poetry for the Massachusetts
Teachers Association and the National Council of Teachers of English.
In 2006 Nancy won the College Board Bob Costas Grant for the Teaching
of Writing, and was one of twenty teachers selected nation-wide
for the USA TODAY All-USA Teacher Team in 2007.
For an individual, corporation, or foundation that has made
lasting contributions to the cultural life of Massachusetts through
H. Cutler Family Charitable Trust
Ted and Joan Cutler have been instrumental in supporting and inspiring
the arts in the City of Boston for more than 25 years through their
family's charity. They helped lead the revitalization of the theatre
district with the renovation and re-opening of the Cutler Majestic
Theatre and the Paramount Theatre, both part of Emerson College,
where Ted now serves a Chairman Emeritus of the Board and Chair
of the Boston Committee for the Arts. In this capacity, he is also
part of a team to help the success of the Emerson theaters in the
downtown area and has been working diligently to launch a major
Boston arts festival.
The Cutlers have served as members of the board and on special
committees of many cultural organizations in Boston, including the
Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Boston, Boston Ballet, Citi Center for
the Performing Arts, Shakespeare on the Commons, A.R.T., the Huntington
Theatre Company, and the Berklee School of Music, among a myriad
of others. They are recipients of countless awards where their patronage
has brought attention to the varied talents that Boston has to offer
while expanding audiences to noteworthy performances.
The Cutlers' contributions to Boston's health and well being also
reach into civic and medical related concerns. They are credited
with helping to build the new Greater Boston Food Bank (located
at Ted Cutler Square), bring support to the Grow Clinic at Boston
Medical Center, talent and support the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical
Center, and discovery to research organizations such as the New
England Chapter of Crohn's & Colitis, which they founded over
40 years earlier, and Silent Spring Institute.
Ted lives in Boston with his three children and eight grandchildren.
Culture & Healing
Recognizes outstanding service by an individual or cultural
organization at the intersection of health care and the arts, humanities,
Founded in 1982, Longwood Symphony Orchestra began as the dream
of a few medical students and physicians and has since grown into
an orchestra distinctive for its musical dynamism and innovative
programming and recognized as a unique model of community engagement.
Drawn primarily from Boston's medical community, the members of
Longwood Symphony exemplify both dedication to music and a genuine
commitment to community service. In 1991, Longwood Symphony decided
to use its performances to raise both funds and awareness for medical
causes through its Healing Art of Music program. Since then, Longwood
Symphony has collaborated with 37 organizations to raise more than
$850,000 to aid Boston's medically underserved.
During the regular concert season, Longwood Symphony performs
four concerts in New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall. The orchestra
also performs an open-air concert every summer at the DCR Hatch
Shell on the Charles River Esplanade.
Recognizing the uniqueness of the orchestra, Artistic Director
Jonathan McPhee programs a musical repertoire that is equally distinctive.
Nearly every concert features an intriguing musical gem from the
20th century. Over the past ten years, Longwood Symphony has performed
three world premieres dedicated to the orchestra and at least one
Boston premiere each season.
Recognized for its dual mission of community service and musical
performance, Longwood Symphony received the 2007 League of American
Orchestras/MetLife Award for Excellence in Community Engagement.
The Wall Street Journal, the Catalogue for Philanthropy, and Symphony
Magazine have similarly praised Longwood Symphony for both its musical
excellence and its commitment to community service.
For the leader of a nonprofit cultural organization, school,
or community who has shown extraordinary commitment to serving the
Sloan, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Dr. Katherine "Kay" Sloan has led Massachusetts College of Art and
Design to unprecedented growth over the past fifteen years and has
fostered the development of its national and international reputation
as a leading college for visual arts. Her presidency has proved
to be one of the most exciting and prosperous periods in the history
of the college. Enrollment is at an all-time high, the endowment
has tripled, scholarship dollars are up. Moreover, students have
more global learning opportunities available, and the faculty is
The New Partnership for MassArt, a pioneering financial and governance
model which leverages strengths of both public and private higher
education, will probably be remembered as Kay's most important contribution
to the college. Yet the most visible signs of her leadership can
be seen in the campus itself. During her tenure, MassArt has added
a second residence hall and established the Pozen Center for Interrelated
Media. And she recently launched the largest fundraising campaign
in MassArt's history, a $140 million investment that will continue
to transform the college—physically and programmatically.
Perhaps what has meant the most to her personally, however, is
ensuring "the education of artists and designers as people who have
a sense of social responsibility." Since she first spoke about the
"citizen artist" in her inaugural address, Kay has nurtured and
promoted a culture of social responsibility. In 2004, she launched
the college's Center for Art and Community Partnerships to advance
this effort. And she has been actively involved in numerous organizations,
including the Boston Arts Academy, which she helped found and continues
to serve as chair, and the Colleges of the Fenway, which has opened
up vast new learning opportunities for MassArt students and faculty.
Kay has also helped broaden the definition of the creative economy
in Greater Boston to include the design industries, which employ
an estimated 44,500 people in Massachusetts and contribute to the
overall economic and cultural vitality of the region. In 2007, to
further her vision, Kay incubated the Design Industry Group of Massachusetts,
which brings civic and business leaders together to organize and
support design industry clusters through policy efforts, research,
and forums. And in 2008, Governor Deval Patrick recognized her leadership
by appointing her to the Creative Economy Council, charged with
developing a statewide plan to grow the creative economy.
Kay retires from MassArt in summer 2011, having established a
legacy of extraordinary leadership, unparalleled vision, and dedication
to civic engagement, which has positioned the college for continued
success in the coming years.
Nancy Jane Fitzpatrick, Co-chair,
Berkshire Creative Economy Council
In January of 2008, entrepreneur, community leader, and philanthropist Nancy Fitzpatrick, became chair of Berkshire Creative, a newly formed economic development and support organization serving the Berkshire County region of Western Massachusetts. Working with a distinctively active board and Director Helena Fruscio, Ms. Fitzpatrick has helped guide Berkshire Creative from a start-up to its current standing as a nimble, dynamic organization at the forefront of the creative economy development field.
Ms. Fitzpatrick is no stranger to community involvement. Her record of service reaches from Boston to the Berkshires and beyond, and includes organizations such as the Berkshire Museum, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Hancock Shaker Village, IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, MASS MoCA Foundation, and the Trustees of Reservations. Her philanthropic activity, as both a trustee of the Fitzpatrick family High Meadow Foundation and as a private individual, continues to leave an indelible mark both within and outside the county and the state.
Ms. Fitzpatrick is a second-generation hotelier whose family has owned The Red Lion Inn since 1968. For the last 18 years, she has overseen a hospitality business that includes The Red Lion, The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA, Elm Street Market, and most recently The Wigwam Cabins. The inns have been commended by National Geographic Traveler for their commitment to sustainability, eco-conscious practices and support for the community — activities all stemming from Ms. Fitzpatrick’s insistence that her businesses tread as lightly as possible on the earth while helping sustain their neighbors in Berkshire County. Ms. Fitzpatrick also serves as the Vice Chairman of The Fitzpatrick Companies, parent company of Country Curtains and Housatonic Curtain Company.
Through her role as a respected leader, businesswoman, creative individual and advocate, Ms. Fitzpatrick has brought creativity's role in the vitality of the region to the forefront of economic planning. She has set in place structures to leverage the culturally rich region's existing assets and fostered greater cohesion within the creative community. Thanks to her efforts, groundbreaking avenues of communication and collaboration between the traditional business and creative sectors now exist that will help ensure that the distinctive Berkshire Region will continue to grow, thrive and prosper.
Ms. Fitzpatrick is a graduate of Smith College. She is married to photographer Lincoln Russell, and has a son, Casey Rothstein-Fitzpatrick, and three stepchildren; they are Morgan Russell, Michael Rothstein and Sarah Eustis.
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