Saturday, February 28, 2015

Holyoke Latin Jazz Fest Honored as Outstanding Community Arts Project

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) has announced that the Holyoke Latin Jazz Fest has been honored with a Gold Star Award for excellence in community arts and culture.

The Holyoke Latin Jazz Festival is an annual musical festival which includes live Latin jazz and salsa music performances by regional and local performers. The third annual Latin Jazz Festival was put on by the Holyoke Local Cultural Council and was a part of Passport Holyoke’s weekend long Next Stop: Holyoke event. Over 250 people attended and enjoyed this unique part of Holyoke’s diverse cultural community.

“I am so glad to see the hard work of the volunteers who made the Holyoke Latin Jazz Festival a reality and a success be recognized for their effort. We are lucky in Holyoke to have such a great Local Cultural Council,” State Representative Aaron Vega said. “I thank the MCC for their continued support of the arts throughout the Commonwealth.”

"I am proud of the efforts Local Cultural Council and excited that the MCC has honored their efforts. The Holyoke Latin Jazz Fest is a wonderful event that showcases what a special place Holyoke is," Mayor Morse said. The Holyoke Latin Jazz Fest is one of 3 programs throughout the state to earn a Gold Star designation. Funding from the Holyoke Local Cultural Council helped support this initiative.

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.

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.

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