It’s baaaack! Announcing the 2016 Massachusetts Mayors’ Arts Challenge. How would you showcase Gloucester art chops in 1 minute video?
So the 2016 Mayors Arts Challenge to tape a video submission highlighting art and culture was announced September 26th.
The deadline is October 14th.
What’s a city to do?
The last Mayors’ Art Challenge was in 2010. You can view various submissions on the Massachusetts Cultural Council YouTube channel including Peabody (600 views), Pittsfield (3710 views), and Gloucester (24,877 views). Pittsfield won in 2010.
Guidelines for 2016:
- The Gloucester 1-3 minute video needs to be sent to the State by October 14, 2016
- October 17 – videos across the state go LIVE and voting commences
- November 1 – voting stops
- After November 1st – videos from 3 cities with the most “thumbs-up” are sent to the MCC selection panel. Winner announced soon thereafter and will be showcased at the State House February 17, 2017 as part of the Commonwealth Awards, the state’s highest honors in arts and culture. In 2015 Gloucester and Plymouth received Commonwealth Awards as creative communities “that demonstrated the central role of arts and culture in building healthier, more vital, more livable communities.” Gloucester was honored specifically “for providing leadership, funding and infrastructure to places where art and culture are presented.”
Gloucester is huge on enjoying, boosting and celebrating creative folks working here. Everyone has a phone. Help your artist-friend, or business, restaurant, or organization that’s big into the arts. Snap a photo, shoot some video. Instagram. Facebook. Twitter. No matter what but tag it #MaMayorsArtChallenge #GloucesterMA then share, share, share before October 7th, one week prior to the State’s final deadline. Those tags –or one of them– could be a video.