Tuesday - June 18, 2024
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The MMA will host two webinars this spring with the Mass Cultural Council discussing how arts and culture can drive growth and enrich municipalities.

The first webinar, on May 28, will discuss the mission, vision and impact of the Mass Cultural Council. Panelists will discuss how communities can support and promote the arts by appointing staff to a local cultural council, and how they can build cultural districts through community initiatives, such as planning and zoning.

The second webinar, on June 18, will highlight how arts and culture contribute to a vibrant and creative community. Officials from municipalities with thriving cultural communities will share how they have used arts and culture to increase their community pride. Panelists will discuss how to build public support for culture, celebrate different traditions and talents, and promote economic opportunity within cities and towns.

Speakers from the Mass Cultural Council will include:
• Executive Director Michael Bobbitt
• Lisa Simmons, program manager, Communities Initiative
• Carolyn Cole, program officer, Communities Initiative
• Timothea Pham, program officer, Communities Initiative, Festivals and Projects

May 28
• Chicopee Mayor John Vieau
• Falmouth Select Board Member Doug Brown
June 18
• Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller
• Fitchburg Cultural Alliance President Joe Bowen
• Franklin Cultural District Member Pandora Carlucci
• Franklin Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Director Cory Shea

Appointed and elected municipal officials may register for each webinar using the links below:
• Tuesday, May 28, 12-1 p.m.: Mass Cultural Council: Embracing Culture in the Commonwealth
• Tuesday, June 18, 12-1 p.m.: Building Vibrant and Creative Communities Through Arts and Culture

Only MMA members may register for these webinars. Members include appointed or elected officials from MMA member communities across the state. Media members are not permitted to attend.

Contact
Contact MMA Education and Training Coordinator Lily Rancatore, lrancatore@mma.org

Registration
Register

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