For the past 10 years, the United States has celebrated ‘Small Business Saturday’ on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local. Massachusetts played a major role in creating this now national movement with the help of then Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Massachusetts is in the forefront again as we become the first state in the US to participate in Fair Saturday.
Started in Bilbao, Spain, Fair Saturday is based on the open and participatory organization of artistic and cultural activities, each one in support of social projects. This year, Quincy, MA became the first US city to become an official partner and the Massachusetts state-designated Cultural Districts are following suit with 18 Districts participating so far. This means that, in our Cultural Districts and Quincy, one can support local businesses – and a local nonprofit – as they do their holiday shopping.
Greenfield’s Crossroads Cultural District: The Hive will host a Holiday Makers Market, featuring hand-crafted gifts from local makers. On-site wrapping will be provided by the Federal Street PTO with activities for kids – make-your-own bee antenna and temporary bee tattoos – all while supporting The Hive, shopping local, and supporting local artisans.
Arlington Cultural District: A special preview workshop will be offered for experienced crocheters in advance of the official project launch of Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture’s first Artist-in-Residence Project. Over the next seven months, sculptor Michelle Lougee — who will teach the preview workshop — will lead the community in making a collaborative sculpture with a message: Reduce plastic and protect wildlife and the environment.
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.
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