The Massachusetts Cultural Council issued a friendly challenge to Bay State mayors: sing it. Sing the praises of your city’s arts and culture, and testify to the way art impacts your communities.
Sixteen mayors responded to the challenge, posting videos on MCC’s Mayors’ Arts Challenge YouTube channel celebrating, touting, even offering some roving reportage about how the arts make their cities better, more vibrant, more livable places.
Here’s where you come in. Go to the Mayors’ Arts Challenge channel and vote for your favorites by hitting the Like button. The three most Liked videos will be in contention to win the Mayors’ Arts Challenge (determined by an MCC panel). The winning video will be shown at the Commonwealth Awards and at the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Things you’ll learn in the mayors’ videos…
- Somerville has the most artists per capita of any city outside New York City
- An abandoned shoe factory, rezoned for artists’ housing, has helped spark a Haverhill renaissance
- At 93 years, the Melrose Symphony is the oldest volunteer symphony orchestra in the nation
- Painter James McNeill Whistler, poet Lucy Larcom, actress Bette Davis, and writer Jack Kerouac all lived for a time in Lowell
- Salem’s Peabody Essex Museum evolved from a spice merchants’ cabinet of curiosities
- Bono was here
Vote by Oct. 29, 2010.