Shelburne Falls and Lowell Named “Great Places in America”
The American Planning Association selected Lowell and Shelburne Falls as two of their 15 “2018 Great Places in America.” This honor distinguishes the neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces that make communities stronger and bring people together through good planning. The APA says that the awardees “illustrate how a community coming together creates lasting value.”
Congratulations to the two Mass Cultural Council-designated cultural districts – Lowell’s Canalway Cultural District and Shelburne Falls Cultural District – and their cultural communities!
Free Webinar Series
Each session consists of a 30-minute presentation followed by an open conversation among participants.
- By Artists, For Artists Report – October 17, 11am
Kathy Bitteti, artist, co-founder of Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition, and Lead Author of the By Artists, For Artists report, shares the outcome of their survey and next steps. The By Artists, For Artists project was designed to highlight the contributions and needs of those who make the Commonwealth a creative and dynamic place to live and to work.
- Raising Visibility through Festivals – November 21, 11am
Considering organizing a festival in your community? Hear how the Northborough and Belchertown Cultural Councils engaged their community and municipality on the planning of their festivals.
A Sense of Place
Culture elevates the quality of life and well-being in our communities. It is also vital to a “Sense of Place,” our deepest connections to the places where we live, work, and visit. Watch Giles Li, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center Executive Director, discuss “A Sense of Place” at the Mass Cultural Council Institute earlier this year. (Video of the entire session is also online.)
Online applications for Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund grants open on October 12, 2018.
MassInc hosted its Sixth Annual Gateway Cities Innovation Institute Summit & Awards Luncheon in New Bedford on October 17, 2018. This year’s theme was Pioneering Strategies for 21st Century Growth. Learn more.
ArtWeek exploded statewide last spring with over 525 creative experiences in 130 towns and neighborhoods, working with cultural districts and local cultural councils to celebrate the our creative Commonwealth. The next ArtWeek is April 25 – May 6, 2019, and every community is invited to get involved. Want to explore the possibilities? Go to artweekma.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
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Read Gail McCarthy article “Local group buys, plans art residency for sculptors’ estate” from the Gloucester Daily Times.
American artist Paul Manship (1885–1966) was internationally renowned since the 1920s. He maintained multiple homes and studios: two in the Unites States (New York and Gloucester, MA); Paris; London; and three in Italy. This very special purchase–the only one in the world of a Manship property– Starfield, in the Lanesville section of Gloucester, MA, was made possible by the incredible generosity of the Manship heirs, YOU- Gloucester and MA residents (City of Gloucester & the Commonwealth of MA monies were allocated to this initiative), foundations, businesses and private donations. Congratulations to Rebecca Reynolds and all involved. Early supporters included: the City of Gloucester; Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund (MassDevelopment in collaboration with the Massachusetts Cultural Council); the Boston Foundation; Essex County Community Foundation; McDonagh Family Foundation; Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation; National Trust for Historic Preservation; Massachusetts Cultural Council; New England Biolabs Foundation; and Essex National Heritage.
Read more about the funding here
Now that the property is purchased, there will be ongoing fundraising to maintain the property and its mission.
If ever there was a forever endowment match sought, this prestigious Manship opportunity would be one to grab!
Follow this link to see rare, original art by Paul Manship, John Manship and Margaret Cassidy that was recently made available FOR SALE to help raise money for this endeavor. Join to support the cause by donating on line through the website, Manship Artists Residency and Studios (MARS). Eventually the historic property will be open to the public and community, and will support working artists.
There are more than 15,000 historic house museums across the county, and just a few that were artists’ home and studios. One of the most influential is the Pollock-Krasner house in East Hampton, Long Island, established in 1988. A welcome recent addition is the Winslow Homer property in Portland, ME. Here’s hoping the Manship estate is a member on this Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios (HAHS) map soon. Currently, the Massachusetts sites include Daniel Chester French’s Chesterwood in Stockbridge, and the Frelinghuysen Morris home in Lenox.
Some great cultural events tomorrow with Gloucester ties.
May 18 – NEW BEDFORD
Governor Baker heads back to New Bedford for the reopening of the Seamen’s Bethel and Mariner’s Home. They’ll announce the 10th anniversary of the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund.
Mayor Romeo Theken shares this MCC news update
May 18 – METHUEN
Essex Heritage is hosting their Annual Spring Meeting on Thursday, May 18, from 8 – 10 AM, at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall. “The agenda will include updates on current initiatives, the announcement of the Essex Heritage Partnership Grant recipients, and more!” They are always kind to Gloucester and the Great Organ at the music hall is amazing.
May 18 – WORCESTER
The 2017 Massachusetts Smart Growth annual Conference is taking place in the DCU Center, Worcester, for the second year in a row.
I want this conference to come to Beauport Hotel next year.
Gin Wallace from Beverly’s Arts District will be participating in one of the breakout session panels. Can’t get to Worcester? LIVE STREAMING the morning plenary session on the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MASmartGrowth/
Morning Plenary. “Development in your Community: Are we asking the right questions” The Bottom Line: Local Fiscal Impact, Smart Growth and Regional Sustainability
- Governor Karyn Polito
- Chris Zimmerman, Vice President of Economic Development, Smart Growth America
- Julian Agyeman, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University and author, Just Sustainabilities & Sharing Cities
- Mary Skelton Roberts, Senior Program Officer, Barr Foundation
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