Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Commonwealth Awards winners announced

The Massachusetts Cultural Council just announced the winners of the 2009 Commonwealth Awards, the “state’s highest honors in the arts, humanities and sciences.”

Worcester Cultural Coalition and Salem’s Peabody Essex Museum share the “Creative Economy Catalyst” prize. The “Creative Community” award goes to the city of Pittsfield, led by Mayor James Ruberto. Composer and conductor Gunther Schuller will be honored for “Individual Achievement.” The Barbara Lee Family Foundation in Cambridge and the Behrakis Foundation of Lexington win the “Cultural Philanthropy” award. Louis Casagrande, who is stepping down this summer after 15 years as president and CEO of Boston’s Children’s Museum, wins the “Leadership” prize. Codman Academy Charter Public School in Boston and Thonah Ep, a former student at Lynn’s Raw Art Works and now a teacher and gallery coordinator there, get the “Creative Learning” award.

The awards will be presented during a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House on Jan. 13. To attend, register here.


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