Tag Archives: Massachusetts Cultural Council

MOTT’s website added the Cultural Districts map … listings and events on massvacation.com

Cat Ryan submits-

Thanks Joey!

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The website for the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) is www.massvacation.com

So far, these 14 Gloucester businesses and organizations have added their listings– with pictures!

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ALMOST THERE–And these need a picture!

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Also check out EAT IMAGINE DISCOVER and send in press releases for their subcategories. You might be featured.

send to: Lisa Simmons, Communications Director, MA Office of Travel and Tourism lisa.simmons@state.ma.us

MOTT recently added the link for the Massachusetts Cultural Districts map. Click on EXPLORE from the home page and then select “ARTS”, and then “CULTURAL DISTRICTS”.

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I see that they’ve added the new “Art App Boston” – hopefully they’ll add links for the new Cape Ann Cultural District app and the ArtsApp Cape Cod soon.

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See what they’ve written about within each district.

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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. www.artsboston.org/artsfactor

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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.

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google map of MA Cultural Districts From Cat Ryan

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Hi Joey,

Here’s a google map of the towns in Massachusetts with cultural districts designated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as of 2014. Besides Gloucester, Barnstable now has 2 cultural districts.

If you’re traveling in MA–or anywhere across the US that has cultural district designations–they’re a good place to investigate ahead of time for planning.

The summer Butterflies exhibit at the Berkshire Museum that includes Kim Smith’s work is nearby 5 western ma cultural districts and ideally situated for visiting Tanglewood or whatever Berkshire art and trail you envision.

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A few Fred Bodin’s Photos of Harbortown Cultural District celebration

Catherine Ryan submits-

Hi Joey,

Here’s a few photos from Fred Bodin’s coverage of Tuesday’s May 28 kick off Celebration for the Harbortown Cultural District. The party was held in the Gorton’s gallery of Maritime Gloucester and it was packed! Check out the special cake –it very nearly covered a 4 x 6 table.

Gloucester from its water’s edge and beyond: the center for all! Like the “Harbortown” name, the cake was a mash up of two flavors, too. Lise Breen and Judith Hoglander worked with Jim’s Bagel and Bake Shoppe for this classic riff of Saul Steinberg’s famous 1976 New Yorker cover, a favorite motif for him.

Music filled the rooms and welcomed everyone. One of the Harbortown event’s surprises was the talent of musicians Zach Bridges & Steve Lacy from Henry Allen & The New Swingset. Here’s Henry Allen (on the steering committee for Harbortown) visiting with Mayor Carolyn Kirk and Karen Ristuben (Rocky Neck Cultural District) Gloucester ’s Rocky Neck Cultural District is a partner. Mayor Kirk spoke twice.

Leadership here and at the state level are advocating for the arts in a big way. The Harbortown Cultural District would not have happened without the support and commitment from Mayor Carolyn Kirk, Harbor Planning Director Sarah Garcia, Chief Administrative Officer James Duggan, all the Gloucester City Councilors, Senator Bruce Tarr, Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council representatives. The party filled up quickly. There was bountiful conversation and energy buoyed by appetizers and drinks thanks to so many wonderful partners and stakeholders. Here’s one of Fred’s crowd photos peeking through Maritime Gloucester’s display–what an apt framing for the themes of connection.

One of the first surprises on the evening’s program was a presentation from Harbortown partner, the Gloucester Public Schools. Teachers Kurt Lichtenwald’s  and John Barry’s S.T.E.A.M. (science technology engineering, Arts and mathematics) classes feature students’ and made, engineered musical instruments. David Puglisi came to the event and showcased his handmade plywood electric guitar see his youtube video!

Co-chair for Harbortown Cultural District, Judith Hoglander looks on.

Anita Walker, executive director for the Massachusetts Cultural Council gave a wonderful speech about Gloucester , this district, the arts and maritime connections. She spoke to the legacy of the continuous involvement of youth and fostering stewardship through generations. She took a moment to recognize a contribution completed for the application.

Fred captures the authentic spirit of Anita Walker in this one and sheer fun. The MCC is passionate about Gloucester and the arts across Massachusetts . Sarah Garcia surprised Walker with an iconic Gloucester southwester. They visited Nelsons on Main Street on the day of the site visit, and the classic yellow slicker hats and ancillary businesses of the fishing industry were obvious topics. To the left of Walker, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library Director, Carol Gray enjoys the moment.

 

More photos to come; David Cox, local media, and co-Chair Bob Whitmarsh were all snapping away at different points. By the way, one of the best Facebook pages in town, Fred Bodin may have some posted https://www.facebook.com/BodinHistoricPhoto

We’ll add some photos to our website http://www.gloucesterharbortown.org.

Thank you Joey and GMG for helping!

More photos from the Mass. Cultural Council meeting at Bodin’s gallery

I got there towards the end of the meeting last Thursday, but I got a few photos…

The meeting looked like a “who’s who of downtown Gloucester”!

Anita Walker sounded very optimistic about the establishment of the cultural district.

State Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante spoke for a few minutes while I was there too.

Joey obviously thought the whole thing was wicked awesome!

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Kudos to Joey and all those who have been involved in publicizing and promoting, organizing, recruiting support, writing proposals, etc., to make this happen! And thanks to Fred for being a great host and a fine gentleman, as always!

- Fr. Matthew Green

Massachusetts Cultural Council Takes Over Downtown Gloucester- Photos At Fred Bodin’s Gallery With More To Come

The Mass Cultural Council came to G-Town to listen to and observe what makes Gloucester so special.  There are no other towns that have more than one Cultural District.  Gloucester already has Rocky Neck.  If approved for Downtown Gloucester, Gloucester would stand as the only City with more than one Massachusetts Cultural District.

When sitting in the room and listening to the distinguished assembly of community people that showed up it was obvious about 10 minutes in that honestly Gloucester deserves this in spades.  There is no where anywhere that is as culturally diverse, enriched and vibrant as our community.

All the people had to do was speak the truth.  It wasn’t about selling Downtown Gloucester.  Downtown Gloucester, it’s merchants, it’s artists, its community and artistic organizations sell itself.

You’d have to be deaf, dumb and blind to not see it and I can assure you the representatives of the Mass Cultural Council that visited, Anita Walker, Meri Jenkins, Kylie Sullivan and Maren Brown are anything but deaf dumb and blind.

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Huge thanks to the Downtown GloucesterCultural District Steering Committee Catherine Ryan, Lise Breen, Judith Hoglander, Robert Whitmarsh, Anne Robinson, Ronda Faloon, Maggie Rosa and David Rhinelander for laying so much of the groundwork to make this meeting possible and also to Fred Bodin for hosting this momentous event at his Bodin Historic Photo Gallery.

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Melissa I love my new scarf.  You rock!

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STEP AWAY FROM THE CANNOLI – PUT YOUR ARMS UP AND STEP AWAY FROM THE CANOLLI!

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One More Week Until the Massachusetts Cultural Council Visits Downtown Gloucester

Catherine Ryan writes-

Hi Joey,

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There’s just one more week until the Massachusetts Cultural Council visits downtown Gloucester for their big 4 hour site visit on Thursday, FEBRUARY 21, 2013

We’re hoping your readers will help us reach out to all DOWNTOWN GLOUCESTER residents, businesses, organizations.

Help us Decorate by printing and displaying  Art Haven’s custom welcome poster!

Please print out and share this wonderful poster, a unique and custom welcome for MCC, designed by Art Haven, a founding cultural partner. We’re hoping residents, businesses, and organizations throughout the district at street level or above will put it in their window or door for that day. Founding partner, the  Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will disperse it to its members. Thank you GMG for posting.  Fred Bodin is also reaching out to his network to encourage printing/posting!

The proposed DGCD footprint very roughly spans from St.Peter’s/the Chamber side over  to Gortons, and from City Hall to Maritime Gloucester . This means it includes the Civic jewels, all of Middle, all of Main, all of Harbor Loop, our waterfront, and Rogers until Rose Baker.  It’s the same footprint used for decades and that we all know. We’ll be included in a select group that receive designation and will be marketed with 5 others on the North Shore . We will be the first town in the state with two cultural districts! It mirrors the HarborWalk’s,  the Chamber of Commerce’s, Discover Gloucester ,  and Maritime Trail mapsl, etc–everyone’s efforts to maintain the integrity of downtown and historic harbor area. It will likely increase what is already great and working. Our downtown works hard to offer residents, visitors and employees fantastic experiences!

Please contact us with any questions you may have. http://www.cultural district.zapd.net  &  https://sites.google.com/site/gloucestermadcd/home

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DGCD Co-Chair, Bob Whitmarsh Presents DGCD Binders to MCC

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Co-Chair, Bob Whitmarsh, adds a personal touch—

Bob hand delivered the Downtown Gloucester Cultural District required support material (two complete sets) to the Boston offices for the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), the last step in the application process. We hope Gloucester will be the first town in MA with 2 cultural districts and that the DGCD will soon join the other excellent cultural districts on the North Shore !

Please check out the photos of the binders being presented by Bob to Meri Jenkins and Kylie Sullivan of the MCC.

Next steps: The MCC will arrange a site visit and will go over our application in detail before a recommendation can be made to go forward with establishing the DGCD.

Downtown Gloucester Cultural District (DGCD)

contact: dgcdinfo@gmail.com

culturaldistrict.zapd.net

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Gloucester Art Community and Waterfront Development focus at SeArts Annual Meeting

Mayor of Gloucester Carolyn Kirk, Jay Paget, Mass Cultural Council Director and Susan Silberberg-Robinson, MIT Lecturer on Urban Planning and Design speak at the SeArts Annual Meeting to a large  audience.

Beauport Anthology

A COLLECTION OF DRAMATIC MONOLOGUES

OF HISTORICAL CHARACTERS FROM GLOUCESTER 1600 – 1900

Friday

June 4th 8pm

Unitarian Universalist Church

10 Church Street

Gloucester, MA 01930

Admission only $5.00

The research and scriptwriting process was funded in part through a grant fromThe Gloucester School Connection.

The production was funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council administered through the Gloucester Cultural Council.

Special thanks also to Stephanie Buck and Courtney Richardson of the Cape Ann Museum for their assistance in research and dialogue.



The Beauport Anthology features nine local professional and community actors performing dramatic monologues of 16 characters from Gloucester’s history .

Cast of characters in order of appearance followed by (actor’s names) is as follows:

John James Babson (Gordon Baird) – Wrote the first history of Gloucester (1860)Narrator : History of the Town of Gloucester ©1860

Masconomet, Sachem of Agawam (Jim Buhrendorf)

Captain John Smith (Duncan Nelson) New World explorerVoyages 1605

Lord Sheffield (1623) (David Adams) – granting of Cape Ann Charter

Abigail Sommes (1692) (Nora Messier) Gloucester woman accused of witchcraft

Thomasine (Tammy) Younger – (Tina Greel) A wily Dogtown character

Easter Carter (Talia Brown) – one of the last Dogtown denizens

Rev. John & Judith Sargent Murray  (Jay DiPrima/Nora Messier)        Founders of the first Unitarian Universalist Churches in the US.

Peg Wesson (Tina Greel) Left Dogtown to tend tavern bar – “witch tale”

Fitz Henry Lane (Jay DiPrima)- renowned painter & lithographer

Samuel Sawyer (David Adams) – philanthropist & Gloucester benefactor

General Benjamin Butler (Bradley Royds) – Civil War soldier, lawyer, entrepreneur, served as Massachusetts Congressman, Senator & Governor.

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward (Talia Brown) – writer, poet, prohibitionist, women’s rights advocate

Captain Eldridge (Gordon Baird) – sea captain, nautical chart expert (Recounts Kipling’s Captain’s Courageous 3 day visit to Gloucester)

Mason Walton (David Adams) – Hermit of Ravenswood

Howard Blackburn (Duncan Nelson) – “Fearless Fisherman,” Lone Voyager, philanthropist, builder/owner of Blackburn Tavern (now Halibut Point)

Song – Sea Serpent – a metaphor of fear vs. mystery & hope for Gloucester

Adapted and arranged by (Bradley Royds) from the children’s book – The Serpent Came To Gloucester, by M.T. Anderson © 2005.

Special thanks to Linda Stockman for costume design and construction!

BEAUPORT CAST BIOS (in order of appearance)

Gordon Baird (Babson/Captain Eldridge) was the co-founder and 25 year publisher of Billboard’s Musician Magazine.  He founded the West End Theater of Gloucester, the Gloucester Kids’ Theater Club and the cable TV comedy show Gloucester Chicken Shack. He is an Equity actor, singer and currently plays in the rock band, The Tide. A native New Yorker and an everyday sailor, Gordon writes a humor column for the Gloucester Times and lives on a seaside farm with three kids, a patient wife, an old tractor, 3 goats, 17 chickens and a very personable pig.

James Buhrendorf (Masconomet) grew up in a 1950s rural trailer park and a Levittown-style Cape Cod tract house, in a green Connecticut Valley town where he was allowed to drive tractors as a young farmhand. After 30 years in corporate public relations and publicity, he is now discovering he can sing, play and perform — everything from heartfelt alternative roots songs, Sufi-inspired instrumental compositions, and compelling stories drawn from personal and collective history.

Duncan Nelson (Captain Smith/Howard Blackburn) is an English Professor at UMass/Boston. Theater-wise this guy’s been tossed in a range of roles, from Malvolio to Poo-Bah, Carnes in O-klahoma, and Doc  West Side Story. Having reached his eightieth year he’s praying his crowning glory will be – to have learned, and been turned into, King Lear!

David Adams (Lord Sheffield/Sam Sawyer/Mason Walton) is a self employed arborist of Cape Ann.  He has been acting and dancing for more than 25 years.  His last role was as Antonio in Merchant of Venice

Nora Messier (Abigail Sommes/Judith Sargent Murray) has worked both on and off stage in various theatres including Gloucester Stage Company, the Boston Actors Theatre, The Firehouse in Newburyport, The West End Theatre, History Alive!, and the Boston Playwrights Theatre.  Some of her favorite roles she has enjoyed delving into are Jo March (Little Women), Lizzie Morden (Our Country’s Good), and Antonio (Twelfth Night).  Outside of the theatre she sings in a choir, dabbles on the piano, listens to her husband’s band practices, and is the residence director of a group home for adults with developmental disabilities.

Tina Greel (Thomasine Younger/Peg Wesson) grew up on the head of the harbor. She has been an actress, a visual artist and follower of the muse for many years in Gloucester. She has had minor roles in several area films and is the lead actress in the current Gorton’s commercial.

Talia Brown (Easter Carter/Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward) is a performing artist in the Boston area. Most recently she has enjoyed storytelling for children’s shows at Symphony Hall, Boston Children’s Museum and many of New England’s public schools. Talia currently teaches Theatre at O’Maley Middle School in Gloucester, MA.

Jay DiPrima (Rev. John Murray/Fitz Henry Lane) playwright and life long educator, Jay currently teaches performing arts and directs shows at O’Maley Middle School. Dr. DiPrima also teaches graduate courses in drama and education for Fitchburg State and Endicott College. One of his passions is to bring “history to life” through dramatization. Other historical dramas and monodramas that he has written include: Henry David Thoreau: Lyceum Lecturer, Mohandas Gandhi: His Majesty’s Hotel and Paul, the Aged (Apostle Paul). As an actor, he toured with the Guild Players for many years bringing historical figures and literary adaptations to school children throughout New England. Jay is most grateful to the Gloucester School Connection, the Gloucester Cultural Council and this remarkable cast for bringing these characters to life.

Bradley Royds (Benjamin F. Butler/musician) is a composer, performer, producer, sound designer and recording artist. Currently, his songs and sounds can be heard in television shows, commercials, theater, video games, and on the radio, Cd’s and the internet. He has a lifetime of accomplishment and professional experience in both the art and business of entertainment. Bradley has appeared as a guitarist in Stoneham Theater’s production of Tommy, and The New Rep’s Scapin. As General Benjamin Butler he draws on his Southern roots and Northern sensibilities. Bradley would like to thank Jay DiPrima and the entire cast!

Celebrate Shakespeare’s 445th Birthday

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cape ann Shakespeare troupe

Presnts

“A Shakespeare Celebration”

Directed by Ray Jenness

Scenes, Sonnets, Songs, Cake and Punch for the Bard’s 445th Birthday

With Special Guest Singing Group ‘Leven

April 25th at 8PM and April 26th at 6PM

Rockport Community House

58 Broadway

Donation: $15, General; $10, Student/Senior

At the door or reserve at cast2008@prodigy.net

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Rockport Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded and managed by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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