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Enchanted Circle Theater to receive a 2015 Commonwealth Award: Massachusetts’ highest honor in arts, humanities, and science

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Today the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) announced the winners of the 2015 Commonwealth Awards, Massachusetts’ highest honors in the arts, humanities, and sciences. The Commonwealth Awards will be presented Tuesday, February 24 at a State House ceremony.

“Once again the MCC is honored to shine a spotlight on the extraordinary institutions and individuals who make the Commonwealth’s cultural life the envy of our nation,” said MCC Executive Director Anita Walker. “Their achievements remind us that expanding the quality and availability of arts and cultural experiences to our citizens doesn’t happen by accident. It takes leadership, generosity, and a commitment to excellence.

Enchanted Circle Theater, in partnership with the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, will receive an award in the category of STEM TO STEAM for collaborating to deepen students’ understanding of science and the arts in the Holyoke Public Schools and elsewhere.

Congratulations to our good friends at WGBY, Springfield, who won in the MEDIA category for placing arts and culture at the core of its television coverage for audiences in Western Massachusetts and beyond.

State government leaders will be on hand to present the Commonwealth Awards 

Tuesday, February 24 at the Massachusetts State House

1 to 4 p.m.

PLEASE JOIN US!

Register here to attend the Commonwealth Awards.

About the Awards:

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. The Commonwealth Awards ceremony also bring leaders from the nonprofit cultural sector together to assert the sector’s value and make the case for public investment in its work. 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 like Pittsfield, Barnstable, and Lowell that have made arts and culture central to their revitalization efforts.

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