On February 19 at the State House in Boston, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) will present the 2013 Commonwealth Awards. The Town of Barnstable will be sharing the award for Creative Community with the Town of Shelburne Falls.
The awards are presented every two years and according to MCC, "shine a spotlight on the extraordinary contributions the arts, humanities, and sciences make to education, economic growth and vitality, and quality of life in communities across Massachusetts."
The Creative Community award is presented to a "city, town, or community-based organization that has demonstrated the central role of arts and culture in building healthier, more vital, more livable communities."
According to MCC, Barnstable is being celebrated for its ability to balance history, commerce and transportation with artistic and cultural flare. MCC calls Hyannis "Cape Cod's Downtown" and applauds Main Street and the harbor area as a cultural center featuring museums, the Kennedy Legacy Trail, the Walkway to the Sea and the Hyannis Harbor Arts Center.
Other recipients this year include Olympia Dukakis, originally of Lowell, for Achievement, The Ecotarium in Worcester for Art/Science Collaboration and the Boston Phoenix for Media, among others.
A ceremony, free and open to the public, will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the State House. Registration for the event is open here.