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Massachusetts Cultural Council

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The Phoenix makes history

The Massachusetts Cultural Council announces its first-ever media award.

By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 25, 2013
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Somerville's first artshare delivers

Instead of buying into harvests of organic fruits and vegetables, shareholders pay a one-time fee of $300 for nine original pieces by local artists.
Fresh paint
By LIZ PELLY  |  September 16, 2011
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Don't shortchange the arts

Building a state budget in these challenging economic times is a thankless task. So much needs to be done, and there is so little cash with which to do it.
Plus: DeLeo's welcome health-insurance fix, and bicycles and burritos — only in Boston
By EDITORIAL  |  April 29, 2011
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Let's get serious

The odds are that casino gambling is coming to Massachusetts. The state’s big three — Governor Deval Patrick, State Senate President Therese Murray, and House Speaker Robert DeLeo — are all in favor.
Gambling is front and center on Beacon Hill
By EDITORIAL  |  April 16, 2010
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The Cultural Caucus's big gamble

The recently formed Cultural Caucus, a loose, formal coalition comprising a dozen arts-friendly state legislators, appears poised to christen its political life by inserting itself into what could be the most intense statewide political battle of the spr
Formed to be a savior of the arts in the Bay State, a political coalition is playing high-stakes poker by putting casinos in its sights
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 05, 2010
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Willy Wonka in Smellovision

If you'll imagine the New England Confectionary Company in Revere to be Willy Wonka's magical estate, then Union Square would be the analogous working-class outskirt from where Charlie Bucket hails.
Scent of the Times
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 11, 2009


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Patrick's patchwork

The folks on Beacon Hill deserve credit for crafting a budget in this extraordinarily challenging fiscal climate that will hopefully sustain services at a level just short of disastrous.  
Plus, Massachusetts needs a DNA-testing law
By EDITORIAL  |  July 03, 2009

Art appreciation

The recent Phoenix editorial on state-government funding for arts and culture highlighted many of the challenges we face as we try to meet our aspirations as a community amidst a very difficult economic environment.
Letters to the Boston Phoenix editor, June 12, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  June 12, 2009
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A self-inflicted wound

Layoffs, salary reductions, and budget cuts have become distressingly commonplace.
Why massive cuts to cultural spending are counterproductive
By EDITORIAL  |  May 22, 2009
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Super Sonik

When Cambridge native Caleb Neelon talks about how he got hooked on graffiti, he often recounts a trip he took to Germany with his mom in 1990.  
Graffitist Caleb Neelon is a street survivor
By GREG COOK  |  February 18, 2009
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Year in Art: Beyond the gloom

The Boston art scene felt muted for much of 2008, with 10 galleries closing and the death of two local icons: Harriet Casdin-Silver and Jules Aarons.
Continuing cheer in dark times
By GREG COOK  |  December 22, 2008


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The folk and the fine

Here in Massachusetts, our old ways tend to reside in ethnic islands and pockets. They may be famous on their street or in their neighborhood or town, but they’re often unheard of outside it.
‘Keepers of Tradition’ and Alexis Rockman
By GREG COOK  |  June 16, 2008
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A certain kind of disorientation

Home-grown new sculpture is alive and well right here right now, as Boston Sculptors Gallery regularly reminds us.
Anish Kapoor at the ICA, MCC Award Winners at Boston Sculptors, And ‘8 in ’08’ at Massart
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  May 20, 2008
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Shuffle mode

The news of the Allston Skirt Gallery closing turned out to be the first sign of a major gallery shake-up involving a number of Boston’s most prestigious venues.
Shake-ups on the gallery scene
By GREG COOK  |  April 01, 2008
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What can Iowa teach the MCC?

The state’s top public promoter of art and culture, the quasi-governmental Massachusetts Cultural Council, has a new executive director: Anita Walker.
Under new leadership, the arts and humanities comes into focus
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 02, 2007
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Your tax dollars at work

This isn’t the sort of government-funded art rife with smut, perversion, and blasphemy that sparks legislative hearings — unfortunately.
Spook show at Boston Sculptors Gallery, plus Shira Avidor
By GREG COOK  |  June 14, 2006