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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 2015, Leadership Circle Awards were given to Maria Daniels of the Medford Arts Council, Katie Duff of the Hanover Cultural Council, Bob Kadis of the Agawam Cultural Council, and Jean Mineo of the Medfield 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 6, 2015

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

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Meet the 2015 Honorees

Maria DanielsMaria Daniels
Former Chair, Medford Arts Council

Maria served two terms on the Medford Arts Council in roles including chair, co-chair, and treasurer. She now serves as treasurer on the board of CACHE, the Coalition for Arts, Culture, and a Healthy Economy in Medford. Maria works in the field of nonprofit communications, currently at Hunt Alternatives in Cambridge. She spent nine years at public broadcasting station WGBH as director of new media for the PBS history series, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. Her first "real" post-college job was at the Perseus Project, Tufts University, producing innovative digital library tools in collaboration with over 70 museums worldwide. She holds an undergraduate degree from Brown University and an MFA in photography from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Maria has taught photography at the Boston Architectural College since 1998.

Katie DuffKatie Duff
Treasurer, Hanover Cultural Council

Katie has been an active member of the Hanover Cultural Council for 11 years. During her tenure Katie helped establish Hanover Day, which is a yearly celebration that highlights arts, music, and local businesses and craftsmen. Katie chairs a group of dedicated volunteers who work to make this June event a fun way to build community. Over the past three years the event has raised more than $50,000 to be used to give additional grants to worthy projects in Hanover and surrounding communities. Katie graduated from UMass Lowell with a degree in Music Performance/Music Business and has been a professional singer and theater actress for over 25 years in the Boston area. She currently works as a Realtor with William Raveis Real Estate in Norwell. She resides in Hanover with her husband John and her children Aria, John, and Ella.

Bob KadisBob Kadis
Chair, Agawam Cultural Council

Bob arrived in Agawam in October 2002, having moved from Peabody. Wanting to get involved in his town and become a part of the local scene, he joined the Agawam Cultural Council (ACC) and has served as its Chair for more than 10 years. The ACC Applause Series , now in its 11th year, has been one of his passions. The Applause Series continues to be a very popular program, with attendance numbering in the hundreds at some events. With his interest in the arts, he created and has chaired three different Open Juried Shows for the Friends of the Agawam Public Library. The Fine Art Juried Show is in its 7th year, the Photography Juried Show is in its 5th year, and a new 3D Juried Art Object Show will take place June 12 and 13, 2015. Bob is also a board member of the Council on Aging, the Friends of the Agawam Senior Center, and the Friends of the Agawam Public Library. He is a retired computer programmer and enjoys organizing help sessions at the Agawam Senior Center.

Jean MineoJean Mineo
Former Chair, Medfield Cultural Council

Jean served on the Medfield Cultural Council from 2008-2014. In her last two years as Chair, Jean successfully led the process to secure funds from the town to match the Massachusetts Cultural Council's allocation. She also created the volunteer-led Art in Public Places, to enhance Medfield's public spaces through temporary or permanent art works, installations, or programs. Her council-supported public art project Vision and Voices was one of four winners of a national competition in the CommunityMatters "Successful Communities Contest." Mineo also serves on the steering committee to create a Cultural District in her town, and the new Medfield Cultural Alliance. In her consulting, Jean has managed seven permanent public art installations in Boston and beyond in recent years. She currently manages the Boston Sculptors Gallery, and previously led the Jamaica Plain Open Studios and the New Art Center in Newton.