Mass Cultural Council 2nd annual Traditional Arts Showcase at Shalin Liu, Sept. 8

Mayor Romeo Theken shares Mass Cultural Council’s invitation to upcoming arts showcase in Rockport: The Mass Cultural Council presents Saturday, September 8, 7:30 PM 

MCC event at Rockport Crossing Customs: Immigrant Masters of Music & Dance

“The Mass Cultural Council is sponsoring our second annual Traditional Arts Showcase at the Shalin Liu on September 8. We would love for you to join us! Please share this invitation with your networks (via your newsletters, social media, online calendars, etc.) See details below regarding performers and ticket info. $20 general admission”

Event will celebrate music and dance: Gund Kwok Asian Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe; recent immigrants from Nepal will perform music of the Gandharvas; indigenous music of Greece led by Vasilis Kostas; salsa lesson from Eli Lady Pabon; and music from Latin Logic (photo above).

I wonder if Carlos Menenzes (Cape Ann Big Band;Jambalaya horns, O’Maley), Zach Gorrell, Docksiders, and other area artists and musicians know these groups and vice versa?

Continue below to see more information about the upcoming event and videos of the performers from MCC Press release:

Continue reading “Mass Cultural Council 2nd annual Traditional Arts Showcase at Shalin Liu, Sept. 8”

Gloucester Wins Award From MA Cultural Council

MCCawards5639wm MCCawards5645wm

I figured that if I could board the USCG Barque Eagle, I could visit the Massachusetts State House. I’m glad I did, because the City of Gloucester won the 2015 Commonwealth Award for “Creative Community” by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The ceremony was held in the capital’s Great Hall. About a dozen of us, elected officials and organizers from Gloucester’s two designated cultural districts, marched to the podium and onto the stage to accept the medal. Shown below, left to right, are: Anita Walker, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council; Ann Margaret Ferrante, our State Representative; Sefatia Romeo Theken, Mayor of the City of Gloucester; and Bruce Tarr, our State Senator. I was glad to be there and proud to have been part of our accomplishments.

ArtsBoston released in a new 2014 report on the economic impact of the arts in MA

Hi Joey,

Here’s some exciting data that ArtsBoston released in a new 2014 report on the economic impact of the arts in MA. See the link for the complete report and a couple surprising and intriguing slides.

image001 (10)

image002 (6)

For 40 years, ArtsBoston aims to connect everyone to MA arts. They have an active membership of 170-plus performing and visual arts organizations throughout Greater Boston. They weigh in with serious analysis and collective data and are a resource for best practices and collaboration. Last fall, GMG announced a podcast webinar from the Massachusetts Cultural Council on how to build audiences using ArtsBoston Audience Initiative which you can find on the MCC site.

image003 Excellent podcast webinar from the Massachusetts Cultural Council

Downtown Gloucester Cultural District Update


Happy New Year! The Massachusetts Cultural Council has reviewed the Downtown Gloucester cultural district application and let us know January 7, 2013 that we have “been moved to the next stage of the application process which is an MCC site visit”. We are sharing this good news and readying for the site visit at the end of February! The MCC will spend a day downtown in roundtable discussions, big walk around touring all-over, lunch, fun stops. Let’s do this Downtown!

Please Email: (or subject line DGCD) for info or to participate.

About the Downtown Gloucester Cultural District committee:

A volunteer- based steering committee made up of neighbors, stakeholders, property owners, business representatives, arts and culture representatives –committed to the establishment of a downtown cultural district designation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council by 2013. The DGCD will foster links between economic development and the arts, and will support the downtown Gloucester community. The Co-chairs: Judith Hoglander (Chair CFTA) and Robert Whitmarsh (Downtown Development and Historical Commissions)

Visit Website: Downtown Gloucester Cultural District website:

Visit DGCD news/updates:

First North Shore Mass Cultural Council Cultural Districts Information Session to be held in Gloucester City Hall June 6

seARTS new green banner

First North Shore Mass Cultural Council Cultural Districts Information Session to be held in Gloucester City Hall

seARTS and Gloucester Committee for the Arts invite Civic Leaders, Business Leaders, and the Community to Join 

What: Cultural District Information Session presented by the MCC

Who: Mass Cultural Council, the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts & Gloucester Committee for the Arts

Where: Gloucester City Hall, Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA.

When: Monday, June 6, 1:00-3:00 PM


Click here.

The Mass Cultural Council will hold its first North Shore "Cultural District" Information Session at Gloucester City Hall on Monday, June 6th from 1-3PM.  Mayor Kirk will open the meeting and the public is invited to attend.  All North Shore communities have been invited to this meeting.

The Cultural Districts Program was authorized by an act of the Massachusetts state legislature in 2010, and launched in April 2011. Cultural districts can help local arts, humanities and science organizations improve the quality and range of their public programs so that more local families can benefit from them. They can enhance the experience for visitors and thus attract more tourist dollars and tax revenue.  And they can attract artists, cultural organizations and entrepreneurs of all kinds — enhancing property values and making communities more attractive.  "For our local civic leaders, the arts and cultural organizations, individual artists, and businesses on Cape Ann, this offers a unique opportunity to position our arts districts for the future and we encourage anyone interested to attend this meeting so that we can be proactive as a community in moving this initiative forward," says James Caviston, seARTS President.

The statute that created cultural districts has specific goals. They are:

  1. Attract artists and cultural enterprises
  2. Encourage business and job development
  3. Establish the district as a tourist destination
  4. Preserve and reuse historic buildings
  5. Enhance property values
  6. Foster local cultural development

Any city or town in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is eligible to apply for designation of a cultural district. The city or town, after identifying a specific geographic area, must establish a partnership with other organizations and stakeholders. Cities or towns may apply for more than one cultural district but each designation must be applied for separately.

Prior to submitting an application, the city or town must form a cultural district partnership. The partnership must comprise a diverse mix of organizations that represents the interests of the district. The majority of organizations in the partnership must be located in the district.

At least one cultural organization that is incorporated in Massachusetts must be in the partnership. Cultural organizations located outside the geographic boundaries of the district may be involved in the partnership but must provide programming on a regular basis within the district’s boundaries. Organizations that represent artists in the community must be included as partners.

For more information on Cultural Districts, please visit the Mass Cultural Council website: Mass Cultural Council website. To attend this meeting, please register with the Mass Cultural Council at the address above.

Thank you.

The seARTS Board