The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) has announced the winners of the 2013 Commonwealth Awards, honoring exceptional achievement in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Worcester's EcoTarium, the region's leading science and nature center, received the award for Art/Science Collaboration. The Commonwealth Awards will be presented Tuesday, February 19 during a Massachusetts State House ceremony. The winners include:
- Achievement: Olympia Dukakis, Lowell
- Art/Science Collaboration: The EcoTarium, Worcester
- Access: Community Access to the Arts (CATA), Great Barrington
- Creative Community: Barnstable; Shelburne Falls
- Creative Learning: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst
- Cultural Philanthropy: Neil and Jane Pappalardo, Boston
- Leadership: Marvin Gilmore, Boston
- Media: Jared Bowen, WGBH; The Boston Phoenix
"This extraordinary group of institutions and individuals beautifully represents our state's unique cultural fabric and tells a powerful story of the great public value of the arts, humanities, and sciences," said MCC Executive Director Anita Walker. "Their collective and individual achievements have contributed enormously to the quality of life in Massachusetts, and I am delighted to honor them at our Commonwealth Awards ceremony in February."
"We are thrilled that the EcoTarium, with its 188-year history of inspiring a passion for science and nature in learners of all ages, is recognized with a Commonwealth Award," said EcoTarium President Joseph P. Cox. "We couldn't be prouder to be part of our state's amazingly collaborative and supportive cultural community."
Three categories, Media, Art/Science Collaboration, and Access, are new to the Commonwealth Awards this year. During the Awards ceremony MCC will also recognize The Boston Children's Museum, celebrating its centennial, and the American Antiquarian Society, which celebrated its bicentennial in 2012. Full profiles of each of the awardees can be found on MCC's website.
About the Massachusetts Cultural CouncilThe 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.
MCC is a state agency committed to building a central place for arts and culture in the everyday lives of communities across the Commonwealth. It pursues this mission through a combination of grants, services and advocacy for cultural organizations, schools, communities and artists. MCC receives an annual appropriation from the state Legislature and funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. Learn more at www.massculturalcouncil.org.
EcoTarium is New England's leading science and nature center, an indoor-outdoor venue dedicated to inspiring a passion for science and nature in visitors of all ages. The center offers a museum building with three floors of interactive exhibits and is home to live animal habitats, interpretive nature trails through forest and meadow, the Alden Digital Planetarium, a tree canopy walkway (seasonal) and a narrow-gauge railroad.
The EcoTarium, located at 222 Harrington Way in Worcester, Mass., is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 12 to 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $8 for children 2-18, $10 for seniors 65+ and students with ID. WOO card holders receive $2 off one adult admission and $1 off one planetarium show. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.ecotarium.org.
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