The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) has recognized 39 Massachusetts artists for creating work of exceptional quality in the disciplines of choreography, fiction/creative nonfiction, and poetry. The MCC's Artist Fellowship Program has awarded $7,500 unrestricted grants to 21 artists, and distinguishes 18 others as finalists with $500 grants.
Jamie Cat Callan of Mashpee won a grant for $7,500 in fiction/nonfiction for her story Welcome to the Winter Club.
She will be part of a breakfast reception and celebration at the Massachusetts State House in Boston on Thursday, November 18, 2010 where state political leaders will have an opportunity to get to know the artists whom MCC has singled out for excellence. Other artists to win awards include writers Pagan Kennedy and Alexander Chee and the poet Kevin Young. Past winners include the poet Mark Doty, and fiction writers Tim O'Brien, Tom Perrotta and memoirist Mary Karr.
Jamie Cat Callan is the author of French Women Don't Sleep Alone and the forthcoming Bonjour, Happiness! (Citadel April 2011). She is also the creator of The Writers Toolbox and has taught creative writing at the Falmouth Community School and the Truro Center for the Arts.
MCC's Artist Fellowships recognize the unique contribution made by artists to the cultural vitality of the Commonwealth. The fellowships provide direct assistance to Massachusetts artists to recognize excellence and creative ability, and to support further development of their talents. MCC chronicles the impact of these awards in the Fellows Notes section of its ArtSake blog. Over the years, many artists of national and international prominence have won state fellowships.
"Massachusetts has a long, storied history of creative innovation, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the work of our individual artists," said MCC Executive Director Anita Walker. "We are proud to honor these remarkable artists for advancing our state's cultural heritage."
Courtesy of the MCC.
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.
MCC is a state agency committed to building a central place for arts and culture in the everyday lives of communities across the Commonwealth. It pursues this mission through a combination of grants, services and advocacy for cultural organizations, schools, communities and artists. MCC receives an annual appropriation from the state Legislature and funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources.