Leadership Circle Awards
Since 2004, the MCC Leadership Circle Awards have recognized LCC volunteers for their outstanding work in support of the Local Cultural Council Program. The MCC honors the award-winning volunteers at the LCC statewide assembly every other year. In the alternating years when there is no statewide event, a series of local award ceremonies are held in partnership with the nominating LCCs across the Commonwealth with local cultural councils, community members, municipal officials, state legislators, and the public.
Honoring Leadership Circle Award winners helps LCCs gain the attention of future applicants and council members, improves local efforts to advocate for the arts, increases community pride, and provides an occasion for extra media coverage.
About the Leadership Circle Awards
LCC members are invited to submit nominations for the outstanding volunteers. The LCA honors LCC members who have demonstrated a commitment to the ideals of the LCC program, as evidenced by a high quality of involvement in a number of council activities. This is an opportunity to recognize members of councils who have made significant contributions to their LCCs and demonstrated leadership in promoting arts and culture in their community. It is also an opportunity to gain greater recognition and public support for the work of local cultural councils.
In fiscal year 2013, the Leadership Circle Award was given to Barbara Estabrook, Chair of the Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council.
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Nominate a Volunteer
Nominees do not have to be current council members, but must have served on the LCC within the past three years. To nominate an LCC member for a Leadership Circle Award please complete the following:
- Nomination form (required).
- A letter of recommendation endorsing this candidate's work as a council member (required).
- Any newspaper articles or other publicity, or other materials to support this candidate's work as a council member (not required, but highly recommended).
Deadline for Leadership Circle Award submission: Thursday, November 7, 2013
Completed nominations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail them to:
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Attn: Leadership Circle Awards
10 St. James Ave. 3rd floor
Boston, MA 02116
For questions, please contact email@example.com.
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Meet the 2013 Honorees
Chair, Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council
Barbara Estabrook has been a member of the Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council since 2008 and currently serves as chair. Through the ABCC, she has collaborated on numerous projects including concerts, international cultural celebrations, ABCC's annual international film festival, short film nights (featuring talkbacks with the filmmakers), and the Art of Recycling initiative which includes a sculpture workshop, indoor/outdoor exhibit, and permanent installation of a recycled metal sculpture. She remains dedicated to maintaining a diverse council and invaluable partnerships such as an advisory group of high school students. Barbara is a staunch supporter of both visual and performing arts, and an enthusiastic amateur choral singer. She is also active with the Open Door Theater of Acton as a member of the board of directors, a crew member, and occasional ensemble cast member. A resident of Massachusetts for forty years, Barbara and her husband have two grown children, and she manages health behavior research projects at UMass Medical School in addition to being a certified health education specialist.
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