WGBH Forum Network; 2007 MCC Commonwealth Awards
2007 MCC Commonwealth Awards Joyce Kulhawik, arts anchor, WBZ TV The Commonwealth Awards are presented by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency dedicated to promoting the arts, sciences and humanities in Massachusetts. The awards, given biennially, celebrate the state's unsung heroes, and recognize outstanding contributions made by artists and cultural organizations. The event celebrates the role that arts and culture play in building community, improving education, and strengthening the economy in Massachusetts. The Individual Achievement award is given for overall excellence in the body of work by an artist, humanist or interpretive scientist. This year's award is given to Peter O'Connell, one of the pioneers of history museum education. The Creative Economy award is given to an individual or group that has taken the lead in integrating arts and culture into successful efforts to spur new economic activity, create jobs, and generate income. This year's awards go to the Boston Cyberarts Festival which has been both as an economic engine and as a catalyst for creative industry. The Education award is given to an individual, cultural organization or school that has developed a model education program in the arts, humanities or sciences. This year's award goes to Express Yourself which has immersed such young people in the creative world of music, dance, and visual arts. With a focus on cultural diversity and collaboration, the organization has worked with marginalized youth from seventeen Department of Mental Health residential and inpatient facilities. The Community award is given to an organization or individual that has significantly integrated the arts, humanities or sciences into a community. This year, the awrad goes to the Revolving Museum. The Revolving Museum's trajectory has spanned multidisciplinary installations in Boston's Fort Point neighborhood, public art projects on the streets of Roxbury, and its now permanent home in the center of Lowell. The Revolving Museum has positioned itself at the center of Lowell's revitalization efforts providing a renaissance of community celebration. The Cultural Organization award is given for an organization's overall artistic excellence and its impact on public life in the Commonwealth. This year the awrd is given to Ploughshares: The Literary Journal at Emerson College. Ploughshares is one of the most influential and respected literary publications in the United States. Its list of guest editors is a virtual 'Who's Who' of American letters. Since its founding in 1971, Ploughshares has become what critic William Pritchard has called 'the major organ in the country where new talent-both in fiction and poetry-may be encountered.' Ploughshares is also known for its outstanding service to the field, with its staff editors acting as generous sources of information and encouragement to many other literary journals and organizations.
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2007 MCC COMMONWEALTH AWARDS JOYCE KULHAWIK, ARTS ANCHOR, WBZ TV
THE COMMONWEALTH AWARDS ARE PRESENTED BY THE MASSACHUSETTS CULTURAL COUNCIL, A STATE AGENCY DEDICATED TO PROMOTING THE ARTS, SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES IN MASSACHUSETTS. THE AWARDS, GIVEN BIENNIALLY, CELEBRATE THE STATE'S UNSUNG HEROES, AND RECOGNIZE OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY ARTISTS AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS. THE EVENT CELEBRATES THE ROLE THAT ARTS AND CULTURE PLAY IN BUILDING COMMUNITY, IMPROVING EDUCATION, AND STRENGTHENING THE ECONOMY IN MASSACHUSETTS.
THE INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IS GIVEN FOR OVERALL EXCELLENCE IN THE BODY OF WORK BY AN ARTIST, HUMANIST OR INTERPRETIVE SCIENTIST. THIS YEAR'S AWARD IS GIVEN TO PETER O'CONNELL, ONE OF THE PIONEERS OF HISTORY MUSEUM EDUCATION.
THE CREATIVE ECONOMY AWARD IS GIVEN TO AN INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP THAT HAS TAKEN THE LEAD IN INTEGRATING ARTS AND CULTURE INTO SUCCESSFUL EFFORTS TO SPUR NEW ECONOMIC ACTIVITY, CREATE JOBS, AND GENERATE INCOME. THIS YEAR'S AWARDS GO TO THE BOSTON CYBERARTS FESTIVAL WHICH HAS BEEN BOTH AS AN ECONOMIC ENGINE AND AS A CATALYST FOR CREATIVE INDUSTRY.
THE EDUCATION AWARD IS GIVEN TO AN INDIVIDUAL, CULTURAL ORGANIZATION OR SCHOOL THAT HAS DEVELOPED A MODEL EDUCATION PROGRAM IN THE ARTS, HUMANITIES OR SCIENCES. THIS YEAR'S AWARD GOES TO EXPRESS YOURSELF WHICH HAS IMMERSED SUCH YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE CREATIVE WORLD OF MUSIC, DANCE, AND VISUAL ARTS. WITH A FOCUS ON CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND COLLABORATION, THE ORGANIZATION HAS WORKED WITH MARGINALIZED YOUTH FROM SEVENTEEN DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH RESIDENTIAL AND INPATIENT FACILITIES.
THE COMMUNITY AWARD IS GIVEN TO AN ORGANIZATION OR INDIVIDUAL THAT HAS SIGNIFICANTLY INTEGRATED THE ARTS, HUMANITIES OR SCIENCES INTO A COMMUNITY. THIS YEAR, THE AWRAD GOES TO THE REVOLVING MUSEUM. THE REVOLVING MUSEUM'S TRAJECTORY HAS SPANNED MULTIDISCIPLINARY INSTALLATIONS IN BOSTON'S FORT POINT NEIGHBORHOOD, PUBLIC ART PROJECTS ON THE STREETS OF ROXBURY, AND ITS NOW PERMANENT HOME IN THE CENTER OF LOWELL. THE REVOLVING MUSEUM HAS POSITIONED ITSELF AT THE CENTER OF LOWELL'S REVITALIZATION EFFORTS PROVIDING A RENAISSANCE OF COMMUNITY CELEBRATION.
THE CULTURAL ORGANIZATION AWARD IS GIVEN FOR AN ORGANIZATION'S OVERALL ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE AND ITS IMPACT ON PUBLIC LIFE IN THE COMMONWEALTH. THIS YEAR THE AWRD IS GIVEN TO PLOUGHSHARES: THE LITERARY JOURNAL AT EMERSON COLLEGE. PLOUGHSHARES IS ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL AND RESPECTED LITERARY PUBLICATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES. ITS LIST OF GUEST EDITORS IS A VIRTUAL 'WHO'S WHO' OF AMERICAN LETTERS. SINCE ITS FOUNDING IN 1971, PLOUGHSHARES HAS BECOME WHAT CRITIC WILLIAM PRITCHARD HAS CALLED 'THE MAJOR ORGAN IN THE COUNTRY WHERE NEW TALENT-BOTH IN FICTION AND POETRY-MAY BE ENCOUNTERED.' PLOUGHSHARES IS ALSO KNOWN FOR ITS OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE FIELD, WITH ITS STAFF EDITORS ACTING AS GENEROUS SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO MANY OTHER LITERARY JOURNALS AND ORGANIZATIONS.
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