As the state re-opens and recovery from COVID-19 continues, Regional Tourism Councils will be a key partner in getting the creative economy back on its feet.
The governing board of the Mass Cultural Council has approved the Fall River Waterfront Cultural District. This state designation will help stimulate new arts and cultural activity and attract creative businesses for the City.
Creatives are finding ways to make and share their work with the world. These Local Cultural Council grant recipients in Central and Western Mass are no exception.
With most spring and summer festivals postponed or cancelled, festival producers, artists, and community stakeholders are coming together to process how that will impact the livelihood of towns and cities, and to explore new and creative ways of engaging audiences.
COVID-19 has devastated the arts and cultural sector. No more gigs. No more plays. No more gallery showings. Still, as they usually do, artists are finding ways to make and share their art with the world.
LCCs approved grants this year for nearly 7,000 community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Then COVID-19 hit.
During this challenging time, Cultural District managers are looking to not only provide technical services to individual artists, cultural organizations, and small businesses. They are also coordinating local efforts to continue providing cultural experiences to their communities.
Physically distancing ourselves from one another does not necessarily mean losing social connections. Rather, it gives us all an opportunity to think creatively about what we can do and how we can connect in different ways.
Mass Cultural Council is prioritizing five action items to help the cultural sector manage financial disruption associated with coronavirus.
We are all grappling with the unprecedented and rapidly changing challenges presented by COVID-19. Here are some steps Mass Cultural Council is taking.
Last week, Mass Cultural Council officially launched the CultureRx Initiative with a well-attended public briefing for legislators, staff, and cultural partners at the Massachusetts State House.
Examples of how LCCs have utilized grant receptions to strengthen relationships with their communities.
We are now accepting Expressions of Interest from cultural organizations that want to participate in our Social Prescription Pilot.
The Communities Team shared the power of culture and news of CultureRx with fellow state employees, elected officials, and policy-makers at Mass Municipal Association’s Annual Meeting & Trade Show.
Check out recent episodes of Creative Minds Out Loud, Mass Cultural Council's podcast, featuring:
- Kate Gilbert of Now + There
- Vijay Mathew of HowlRound Theater Commons
- Heather Cook of Three Match Creations
Today Mass Cultural Council and Massachusetts Health Connector joined state and local leaders, cultural organizations, and public health officials in Amherst to celebrate an innovative new partnership and launch ConnectorCare Card to Culture.
Inside an unassuming Victorian-era building, just west of downtown Holyoke, is one of the nation’s most distinctive creative community development initiatives: The Care Center. It is an example of what can happen when culture and creativity form the foundation to dismantle systemic barriers for individuals, as well as communities.
This month the Mass Cultural Council teamed up with our Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development Committee chairs in the state Legislature, Senator Edward J. Kennedy (D- Lowell) and Rep. Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham) to spread the word about our new partnership with the Massachusetts Health Connector, the ConnectorCare Card to Culture Program.
The weather on the Cape and Islands may be getting crispier than a bag of Cape Cod Chips but the arts and cultural happenings continue to heat up.
Join us on November 30 for events in Cultural Districts across the state as part of Fair Saturday, a global cultural movement with a social impact.