For an individual or organization whose creative achievements
have uniquely enriched life in Massachusetts.
Olympia Dukakis is an actress, director, producer, teacher, activist,
and author of the best-selling book, Ask Me Again Tomorrow.
She is the recipient of an Academy Award (Best Supporting Actress),
BAFTA Film Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Award, and Golden Globe
Award for Moonstruck. On Broadway: Rose (Drama Desk Nominee),
Social Security. London: Rose (Royal National Theatre), Credible
Witness (Royal Court). Off-Broadway: Singing Forest, The Marriage
of Bette and Boo (Obie Award), Curse of the Starving Class,
Titus Andronicus, A Man’s a Man (Obie Award), Electra
and Peer Gynt at the Public Theatre. She has performed
in over 130 productions Off-Broadway and regionally at theatres
including A.C.T., Shakespeare in the Park, Shakespeare & Co.,
and the Williamstown Summer Theatre Festival, where she also served
as Associate Director. She is the founding member and Producing
Artistic Director of the Whole Theatre in Montclair, NJ for 19
years; and also a founding member of the Actor’s Company and the
Charles Playhouse, both in Boston. She taught acting at New York
University (graduate school) for 14 years and teaches master classes
for colleges and universities across the country. Her film credits
include: Cloudburst (most recent), Mr. Holland’s
Opus, Steel Magnolias, Dad, Look Who’s Talking I, II & III,
and Mighty Aphrodite among many others. Television credits
include: Last of the Blond Bombshells (Judi Dench), Sinatra
(Golden Globe Nominee), Joan of Arc (Emmy Nominee), Tales
of the City, More Tales of the City (Emmy Nominee), and Further
Tales of the City, among many others.
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.
Still reflecting its settlement history as a small fishing village
that grew into a prosperous seaport in the nineteenth century,
Hyannis continues to be the regional transportation, jobs, service
and commerce center for all of Cape Cod. Hyannis is Cape Cod’s
Downtown. The Main Street and Harbor areas include a concentration
of cultural attractions - museums, performing arts space, studios,
and galleries, unique locally owned shops and restaurants. The
rich and varied commercial and maritime history of Hyannis is
evident as Colonial and Greek Revival sea captains’ homes reflect
the seaport history, small businesses occupy historic commercial
storefronts, and the Hyannis Harbor working waterfront set within
these cultural assets.
Streetscape improvements knit together these unique sites and
features visually and are designed to reflect the maritime heritage
of the village as they enhance the walkable, pedestrian-oriented
environment. The “Walkway to the Sea” guides visitors between
Main Street and around Hyannis Harbor. A new linear park, the
Kennedy Legacy Trail attracted several thousand visitors last
season. These public infrastructure investments reflect the Town’s
ongoing commitment to downtown Hyannis revitalization through
arts and culture related improvements. These investments, accompanied
by private investment and support from the business and arts communities,
make Hyannis one of Cape Cod’s most unique cultural destinations
- a sustainable, livable community enhanced by a growing creative
economy and a distinctive sense of place.
Additional arts and culture infrastructure established by the
Town remains the keystone in downtown arts programming. The Hyannis
Harbor Arts Center, a campus of Town-owned properties centrally
located on Pearl Street between Main Street and Hyannis Harbor,
supports space to live/work arts space, studio space and collaborative
opportunities to a community of artists who invite the public
to share in the experience. The Hyannis Harbor Arts Center includes
three Town owned buildings: The Guyer Barn, 50 Pearl, and the
Sarah Holl Artspace at 46 Pearl, a live/work space for the artist
In the last year, the Barnstable was delighted to receive Cape
Cod’s first designation as a Cultural District. The Hyannis HyArts
Cultural District focuses the Town and its partners on the common
goals to attract artists, cultural and creative enterprises; encourage
business and job retention and creation; further establish the
district as a tourist destination; preserve and reuse historic
buildings; enhance property values; and foster local cultural
As recently as the 1960s, when visitors came to the Village of
Shelburne Falls to stroll across the Bridge of Flowers and savor
the beauty of its garden of hundreds of varieties of annual and
perennial flowers, there was not much more that invited visitors
to stay in the town. It was during this time that local residents,
business leaders, and town officials made the conscious decision
to make the Village of Shelburne Falls a destination for lovers
of the arts, fine crafts, local cuisine, and history.
Today, Shelburne Falls—comprised of the towns of Buckland and
Shelburne—nestled within the beautiful hills along the Deerfield
River, is an internationally recognized New England treasure.
Each year, tens of thousands of people visit one of the “100 Best
Small Art Towns in America.”
Shelburne Falls gets it all right – preserving its historic small
town character while being open to the best of modern life. Our
thriving cultural community lives and works right in the heart
of a rural landscape of wooded hills, family farms, and winding
country roads. Visitors can enjoy world-class opera in 1898 Memorial
Hall Theater’s Met Live series, or discover eclectic art and crafts
galleries and working studios throughout the village. Mocha Maya’s
Coffee House offers live music year-round, and our fine restaurants
stimulate visitors’ palates with fresh, innovative local foods.
With all the working artists in the area, it’s no surprise that
Shelburne Arts Cooperative and the Salmon Falls Artisan Showroom
together feature nearly 150 artists from across the region. Lamson
& Goodnow is one of the oldest manufacturers of fine cutlery
in the nation, and still manufactures its high-quality products
here. Don’t miss L&G’s Factory Outlet. Ride the fully restored
Trolley No. 10, lone survivor of the streetcars the Shelburne
Falls and Colrain Street Railroad ran across the Bridge of Flowers
and up Main Street in the early 1900s. Visit Shelburne Falls Bowling,
the second oldest candlepin bowling alley in North America, where
they’ve been bowling since 1906. And experience the curious geological
formation known as the Glacial Potholes at the base of Salmon
Falls, a traditional fishing site for Native Americans.
Annual events include the Bridge of Flowers 10K Road Race, which
was run for the 34th time in 2012, and RiverFest, celebrating
the history and nature of the Deerfield River. The Iron Bridge
Dinner, held at sunset on a summer evening at long tables set
up on the 1890 Iron Bridge over the Deerfield. is an elegant fine
dining experience. Holiday season’s candlelit Moonlight Magic
rounds out this unique community’s celebrations of the arts, culture
and nature of Shelburne Falls.
For an individual, school, or cultural organization that has
demonstrated the importance of creativity and innovation to student
achievement and success
THE ERIC CARLE MUSEMUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART
The mission for The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit art museum in Amherst, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle creates educational programs that provide a dynamic and engaging foundation for arts integration and literacy.
Eric and Barbara Carle founded The Carle, the only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, in November 2002. The museum's resources include a collection of more than 10,000 picture book illustrations, three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. The museum travels its exhibitions here and abroad, and its educators offer outreach around the country.
Though The Carle is still a very young museum, it has established an innovative and fully integrated educational program that provides much-needed creative resources for early literacy. Through family-friendly programming that includes hands-on art studio offerings, age-appropriate gallery materials, interactive story times, films, and theater and music performances, the museum brings picture books to life, providing children an introduction to art, story, and general museum-going. As part of a new initiative to bring its resources to underserved communities, The Carle recently received grants to pilot its art and reading programs in Holyoke and Springfield for at-risk families and Title One schools.
The Carle is also a vital resource for educators eager to enrich their own literacy and art programs. Through lectures, professional development, and artist and author events, the museum demonstrates for teachers and librarians the many ways that picture books can be effectively used to enhance students’ critical and creative thinking. The museum has also established key partnerships with educational institutions: a collaboration with Simmons College offers graduate students an MA and MFA in Children’s Literature; and a joint partnership with Smith College and the acclaimed Pistoia Learning Centers of Italy offers educators study tours to Pistoia and national conferences on early learning in Amherst. These alliances are part of The Carle’s long-range plan to expand its educational reach and create a new generation of advocates who understand the unique and powerful ways that picture books will bring joy and understanding to future generations.
For an individual, corporation, or foundation that has made
lasting contributions to the cultural life of Massachusetts through
NEIL AND JANE PAPPALARDO
Jane and Neil Pappalardo have been among Boston's most generous
philanthropists for many years, providing major gifts to the Bostonian
Society, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella
Stewart Gardner Museum, Huntington Theater, WGBH, the Museum of
Science, and many other institutions. Neil Pappalardo is Chairman
and CEO of Medical Information Technology Inc. (Meditech), based
in Norwood. He is a life member of the MIT Corporation and has
served as an Overseer for the New England Aquarium. Jane Pappalardo,
who graduated from Boston University with a degree in music, is
a member of the MIT Council of the Arts. Meditech also has a long
history of supporting local artists, in part through the company’s
highly regarded Art Liaison program.
For the leader of a nonprofit cultural organization, school,
or community who has shown extraordinary commitment to serving the
Marvin Gilmore is a humanitarian, entrepreneur, political advisor, honored World War II veteran, musician, and family man, to name just a few of the many incarnations for which he is known both nationally and internationally. Mr. Gilmore has a resume as eclectic as his interests.
Mr. Gilmore was a co-founder of the Unity Bank and Trust Company in Roxbury in the late 1960’s, the first Black-owned and operated commercial bank in Boston. Later, he served on the Low Income Housing Commission, whose proposed legislation created the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency.
Since 1973, Mr. Gilmore has served as the President and CEO of Community Development Corporation of Boston, a community-based, private, non-profit economic development organization. The primary focus of the CDC has been to encourage businesses to develop sites in inner-city neighborhoods. Mr. Gilmore was a primary force in the economic development of the Southwest Corridor, and under his stewardship the CDC took the dilapidated buildings of the Newmarket Industrial District and turned them into a textbook example of successful urban revitalization. Mr. Gilmore spearheaded the development of industrial projects within the CrossTown Industrial Park in Roxbury/South End, including Digital Equipment Corp., Morgan Memorial headquarters, and Boston University’s biomedical laboratories. Mr. Gilmore is a trustee of Boston Local Development Corporation (BLDC.)
Mr. Gilmore has had a lifelong love affair with music that began in childhood, nurtured during his time at the Royal Scottish Academy School of Music, in Glasgow, Scotland, at the end of World War II, and blossomed with a degree in music from New England Conservatory of Music. For more than 35 years, he has owned and managed the Western Front in Cambridge, which has been home to some of the finest in live Reggae, Latin, Jazz, and Salsa music in the Greater Boston area. On November 6, 2004, the City of Cambridge honored Marvin by naming a Square at Memorial Drive and Western Ave in his honor, “Marvin E. Gilmore Square.” Mr. Gilmore is also the co-owner of Urban Realty Group, a licensed real estate broker located in Brookline, Massachusetts, specializing in commercial and residential real estate sales and rentals.
In 2000, Mr. Gilmore was featured by Tom Brokaw in an NBC Nightly News special on minority service in WWII. In celebration of the 2000 Day of Honor, Mr. Gilmore joined former President Bill Clinton at the White House with General Colin Powell and the late Senator Edward Kennedy. Mr. Gilmore also participated in the Laying of the Wreath of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National Cemetery.
On January 15, 2010 by a decree signed by the President of the French Republic, Marvin E. Gilmore Jr. was named a “Chevalier” of The Legion of Honor. On May 20, 2010 at the Massachusetts State House on the occasion of the 75th Annual Massachusetts Lafayette Day, Mr. Gilmore was honored for having been admitted France’s Legion of Honor by a distinguished assemblage of local, national and international dignitaries including; the Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick, who presented Mr. Gilmore with the Governor’s Citation “In recognition your dedicated service during world war II and being the first African American from New England to receive the Legion of Honor Medal”
Mr. Gilmore served in the 458th, Battery ‘A’ Anti-Aircraft Artillery (Automatic Weapons) Battalion and served on D-Day’s Normandy, Utah and Omaha Beaches. Although Mr. Gilmore was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal & Bronze Star Attachment (Quadruple), World War II Victory Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Button W. W. II, and Sharpshooter Badge & Rifle Bar, he had never actually received the medals. During the luncheon ceremony of Lafayette Day celebration the War Department of the United States of America represented by Sterling D. MacLeod, Colonel Field Artillery, Massachusetts Army National Guard, accompanied by the 54th Massachusetts Voluntary Regiment Honor Guard formally presented him with the medals he earned serving during World War II.
Mr. Gilmore serves on a number of boards including Univeristy of Massachusetts Board Visitors, Trustee of Boston Local Development Corporation, New England Conservatory Board Overseers, Longy Bard College, Asian American Civic Assocation, and The Roxbury Trust. He has established a foundation for scholarship at Brandeis University for African American and International Students named the Marvin & Lorna Gilmore Foundation. Mr. Gilmore also mentors to New England Conservatory and Brandeis Students.
For a member of the media or a media outlet that has demonstrated outstanding support of the cultural community in Massachusetts by telling its stories.
Jared Bowen is an Emmy-winning reporter with WGBH-TV’s nightly
news magazine program, Greater Boston with Emily Rooney,
and the host of Open Studio with Jared Bowen—a weekly
television show that examines art locally and nationally. He also
appears regularly on 89.7 during Morning Edition and
Boston Public Radio. Jared’s coverage takes him from breaking
news to politics to arts and culture. In his cornerstone arts
reporting, Jared covers the latest in the Boston area’s theater,
art, music, dance and film scenes. He is a member of the Elliot
Norton Awards Selection Committee recognizing achievement in Boston
theater. He also serves on the Board of Governors for the Boston/New
England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and
Sciences. Jared is also a guest contributor to Boston Common
In over a decade with WGBH, Jared has produced four news documentaries
for Greater Boston and he produced the first three seasons of
the station’s Eye on Education initiative. He’s won two
New England Emmy awards for his arts reporting.
Jared began his career at Dateline NBC in New York
and is a graduate of Emerson College where he also won several
Associated Press Awards.
THE BOSTON PHOENIX
Covering the arts is the heart and soul of The Phoenix.
The magazine is also well known for its political, news, and lifestyle
coverage. But its commitment to the creative community is what
has defined The Phoenix since it began 40-plus years
ago as a small weekly, then called Boston After Dark.
Over the years, as Boston’s reputation as a world-class city
grew, it was in no small measure due to the vibrancy and diversity
of the arts. Like a double helix, the role of The Phoenix
is interwoven in the DNA of the arts community.
Journalism, by and large, is a craft. It is artisanal. But Phoenix
writers and critics have time and again transcended narrow boundaries
by celebrating what was — and is — new and vital; by recognizing
the strengths of tradition and the pitfalls of the bogus; by bearing
witness as society defines itself through the arts.
The role of The Phoenix has been to communicate, to
inform, to criticize, and — yes — to entertain.
The Phoenix has never been a passive institution, content
to sit on the sidelines. From its earliest days, The Phoenix
has been an active player on Boston’s cultural stage.
It worked with the late Kevin White and Kathy Kane to bring
film and performance to the city — first to Boston’s neighborhoods
with “Summerthing,” and then Boston Common — and by doing so helped
set a valuable precedent in the diffusion and democratization
of the arts. Before Boston had a film community, The Phoenix
joined with commercial interests and connoisseurs to start the
Boston Film & Video Festival, which has since blossomed into several
local film festivals. Through its initial support of BosTix, it
has championed programs to bring discounted tickets to college
students and the broader community, entered into thousands of
partnerships with institutions of every stripe, and remains the
go-to source for the city’s internationally acclaimed music scene.
The Phoenix has advocated forcefully for taxpayer support
for the arts — not just because of the sound economic benefits,
but because The Phoenix has always believed that the
arts have an intrinsic, undeniable benefit in and of themselves.
The Phoenix has stirred controversy, as it did when
it stepped forward to sponsor the Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition
at the ICA when no other for-profit business would do so anywhere
else in the country the exhibit was shown. And its sense of social
responsibility remains acute, as illustrated last year by its
sponsorship of “Anonymous Boston,” a collaborative, community-based
gallery exhibit that took a tough look at the media’s role in
cycles of urban crime, and the effects of violence on victims’
As protean as the arts it covers, The Phoenix has changed
shapes and sizes over the years, now appearing as weekly magazine
with a growing presence online and in new formats, from web radio
to social media to mobile apps. But while the look has changed
and the mediums evolved, the values endure.
For an individual, school, or cultural organization that has successfully fused the arts and sciences for public benefit.
Established in 1825, the Worcester Natural History Society is the second oldest natural history organization in the country. Renamed the EcoTarium in 1998, the museum’s character remains rooted in the self-improvement and interdisciplinary learning of the Lyceum Movement. Located on 55 beautiful acres in urban Worcester, the EcoTarium is today New England’s largest science and nature center, which includes a museum building with three floors of interactive exhibits and Massachusetts’ first digital planetarium. Outdoors, visitors enjoy a number of wildlife exhibits, as well as interpreted trails through woodland, meadow and pond settings, a tree canopy walkway (seasonal), and a narrow gauge railroad.
With a mission “to contribute to a better world by inspiring a passion for science and nature through discovery,” the EcoTarium blends original historic collections with hands-on exhibits, indoor/outdoor experiences, educational programming, and community events. Always seeking to spark the imagination and curiosity of its visitors, the EcoTarium emphasizes family-friendly, life-long learning through permanent and changing exhibits in the fields of science, nature, math, and the environment. There is nothing like a visit to the EcoTarium!
Recognizes exceptional initiatives or programs that make arts and culture accessible and inclusive for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and other underserved populations.
COMMUNITY ACCESS TO THE ARTS (CATA)
Community Access to the Arts (CATA) is an award-winning nonprofit organization based in Great Barrington that nurtures and celebrates the creativity of over 500 people with disabilities in Berkshire County through shared experiences in the visual and performing arts.
Rated one of the top 50 disability organizations in the country, CATA offers over 1000 individual arts workshops annually in 30 different health and human service organizations, employing 22 local artists as faculty in many art forms including theater, dance, writing, juggling, drumming, visual art and set design. CATA also conducts workshops in its Great Barrington studio at the top of Railroad Street.
Now in its 20th year, CATA has many special anniversary initiatives planned including a poetry anthology, a performance for area school children, and a live television feed of the annual performance at Shakespeare & Company in May 2013.
Founded in 1993 by dance therapist, Sandra Newman, CATA is supported
by the Berkshire community, local businesses and foundations,
and some state and federal agencies such as the Massachusetts
Cultural Council and National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information, photos and videos about the organization,
staff, faculty, workshops, exhibits, and performances, visit www.communityaccesstothearts.org.
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