Thursday, May 6, 2010

I hope our Mayor takes the challenge!

I receive regular updates from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. I see this as an easy opportunity for Mayor Kennedy, especially if she teams up with the talented crew over at LynnCAM. Here's the info:

The MCC has launched the first ever Mayor's Arts Challenge. The Mayor's Arts Challenge will give city leaders across the Commonwealth a chance to showcase how arts and culture help make their communities better places to live, work, and visit. Massachusetts mayors are asked to submit a 2-3 minute video in which they speak to the role of the arts and culture in their community.

"The MCC has a longstanding history of providing funding and services to municipalities, nonprofits and schools. The Mayor's Arts Challenge is a wonderful opportunity for the mayors of the Commonwealth to promote the local art scene in their individual community," added Rob Dolan, Mayor of Melrose and President of the Massachusetts Mayors Association.
Participants must submit their videos to the MCC by October 1, 2010. Viewers will then vote for their favorite entry and the winner will be shown by the national advocacy group Americans for the Arts at its annual presentation at the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The MCC will also show a group of the best testimonials at the State House this January as part of the Commonwealth Awards, the state's highest honors in arts and culture.
"This friendly competition will give each of our mayors a chance to make their case to the Commonwealth and to their peers nationwide.” said Anita Walker, MCC Executive Director.
The MCC recognizes the pivotal role that arts and culture play in driving the economy and contributing to the quality of life in Massachusetts cities and towns. The nonprofit cultural sector has a $4 billion overall economic impact in the Commonwealth, supporting more than 37,000 jobs. MCC's Cultural Facilities Fund, Adams Arts Program, and Local Cultural Councils (LCC) fund projects that create jobs and income, revitalize downtowns, draw visitors, and promote community building.
Over the past 10 years the Adams Arts program has invested $7.4 million in 79 economic development efforts involving more than 650 organizations in such cities as Worcester, Pittsfield, and New Bedford. And the LCC program which serves all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns annually awards grants that support school field trips, afterschool programs, concerts, festivals, lectures, theater, dance, music, and film.

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