Gloucester to Receive 2015 Commonwealth Award For Leadership in Arts and Culture

The City of Gloucester was pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) will recognize the community’s leadership in promoting arts and culture with the 2015 Commonwealth Award in the Creative Community category.  The Commonwealth Awards, which honor exceptional achievement in the arts, humanities, and sciences, will be presented on Tuesday, February 24th at a State House ceremony.

Rocky Nect gallery

(image courtesy of Rocky Neck Cultural District)

“Gloucester is extremely proud of its fishing identity and maritime heritage. We are equally proud to be recognized as a community that promotes and supports arts, culture, and the important contributions that artists make to our growing creative economy,” said Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken. “From the new Cultural Center at Rocky Neck to the renovation of the Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester has emphasized cultural revitalization as a centerpiece of the City’s past, present and future.”

Waterfront skyline sunset

(image courtesy of Rocky Neck Cultural District)

In 2012 Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District became one of the first cultural districts designated in Massachusetts.  The same year, the Gloucester HarborWalk was unveiled as a showcase for the city’s working waterfront, beloved cultural institutions and world-class artists. In 2013, Gloucester became the first community in Massachusetts to be granted two cultural district designations with unanimous approval of the Gloucester Harbortown Cultural District by the MCC. Gloucester received the prestigious designations because of its unparalleled setting along the boundaries of the working waterfront and its rich concentration of museums, performing arts spaces, studios, galleries, and unique locally owned shops and restaurants.

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(image courtesy of Rocky Neck Cultural District)

Presented biennially since 1993, the Commonwealth Awards honor the extraordinary contributions made by the arts, humanities, and sciences to education, economic vitality, and quality of life in Massachusetts. Past winners include leading artists and scholars such as Yo-Yo Ma, Olympia Dukakis, and David McCullough; world-renowned institutions like Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the Peabody Essex Museum, and communities that have made arts and culture central to their revitalization efforts.

The Commonwealth Awards ceremony is a free event that is open to the public. To register, please visit http://www.massculturalcouncil.org.