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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. Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council 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 2014, the Leadership Circle Award was given to Wendy Jensen of the Monterey Cultural Council and Carol Vidal of the Westport 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: Friday, November 7, 2014

Completed nominations should be sent to, or mail them to:
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Attn: Leadership Circle Awards
10 St. James Ave. 3rd floor
Boston, MA 02116

For questions, please contact

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Meet the 2014 Honorees

Wendy JensenWendy Jenson
Chair, Monterey Cultural Council

Wendy G. Jensen has been an active member of the Monterey Cultural Council since 2009, and is currently serving as Chair. For the last five years she organized and facilitated the town-wide Monterey Makers Studio Tour. Wendy is also an award-winning professional basketmaker, teaching workshops at museums, crafts schools, conventions, and in her studio. Her work can be seen at several juried craft shows and gallery exhibits around the eastern United States. Most recently, her work was published in "500 Baskets" by Lark Books, and a piece was on display on the White House Christmas tree.

Carol VidalCarol Vidal
Treasurer, Westport Cultural Council

As a dedicated member of the Westport Cultural Council, Carol Vidal has served many roles throughout her tenure on the council - Secretary, President, and currently Treasurer. Carol graduated from Bridgewater State College with a bachelor's degree in history. She is retired from her position as Registrar for the Southern New England School of Law (now the University of Massachusetts School Of Law) in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. She enjoys art and music, and has travelled all over the world - from Antarctica to New Zealand. In her free time she enjoys reading, dollhouse miniatures, and most recently, participating in 5K road races.

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