Luminarium’s “Night at the Tower” to receive prestigious MA Cultural Council Gold Star Award!

Photo - LuminariumLuminarium Dance Company’s “Night at the Tower,” funded by the Arlington Cultural Council, has been selected by parent Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) to receive a Gold Star Award. The MCC explained that the “Night at the Tower” project received this distinction because of its success in integrating the arts into the Arlington community. Collectively, Gold Star winning projects like theirs tell the story of how culture contributes to the quality of life in cities and towns across Massachusetts. This award marks the second year running for Arlington Cultural Council-MCC grantees. Last year it was the Arlington International Film Festival.

The Gold Star Program annually recognizes model community arts, humanities and science projects funded by the 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCCs) across the state. These projects celebrate diversity, foster collaboration, showcase artistic excellence and provide learning experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Gold Star awards are nominated by Local Cultural Councils and are evaluated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council based on a variety of criteria including: artistic quality, success in reaching out to underserved constituents, educational value, and ability to engage with the community. The LCC Program is the largest volunteer-run, grassroots arts funding program in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences annually.

The Arlington Cultural Council recently announced its 2015 grant awards to 19 projects, chosen from thirty-one competitive applications. The Press Release can be found at http://www.arlingtonma.gov/town-governance/all-boards-and-committees/cultural-council, https://arlingtonculturalcouncil.wordpress.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/ArlingtonCulturalCouncil.

About the Massachusetts Cultural Council

The Massachusetts Cultural Council promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences, in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.

The MCC is committed to building a central place for the arts, sciences and humanities in the everyday lives of communities across the Commonwealth. The Council pursues this mission through a combination of grant programs, partnerships, and services for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and individual artists. The MCC receives an annual appropriation from the state Legislature and funds from the NEA, the Wallace Foundation, and other sources.

Visit Luminarium Dance Company’s website – http://www.luminariumdance.org/.

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