MCC Leadership Circle Award for 2015

January 12, 2015
Medford, Massachusetts

The Medford Arts Council congratulates Maria Daniels, former member and chair from 2008 to 2014, on being selected to receive the 2015 Leadership Circle Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. This prestigious award is a well-deserved acknowledgment of Maria’s significant contributions to the Medford community and a tremendous honor for the Medford Arts Council.

The Medford Arts Council is one of 329 Local Cultural Councils in Massachusetts that distribute grants and support broad-based public engagement in the arts, the humanities, and diverse cultural activities in our communities. The Leadership Circle Award is given to outstanding volunteers who demonstrate a sustained commitment to the ideals of the statewide LCC program. “The MCC is pleased to recognize Maria Daniels for her exceptional leadership and dedication to the cultural life of Medford,” said Anita Walker, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. “Maria embodies the best qualities of our LCC volunteers: a passion for arts and culture, and a desire to share all they have to offer with her fellow citizens.”

Maria’s community leadership over many years and contribution of new ideas and strategies have benefited countless Medford residents and enabled the work of the Medford Arts Council to have a greater impact on our creative economy. In 2013, she led the Council in organizing a successful public effort to make the case for greater local funding for the arts, which resulted in the Medford Arts Council receiving an unprecedented and hugely important allocation from the city that increased its budget by more than 70%. This crucial funding was renewed for a second year, indicating an ongoing commitment to arts and culture in our city.

“We thank the Massachusetts Cultural Council for recognizing Maria’s service,” commented Gary Roberts, the current chair of the Medford Arts Council. “She has set a high standard for civic leadership on behalf of the arts and humanities in our city. We’re fortunate in Medford to have many such dedicated volunteers who really care about making our community a more vibrant place. We owe a debt of gratitude to Maria and everyone who works so hard to bring performances, lectures, visual arts, and more to our city all year-round.”

The Medford Arts Council is a city-appointed agency of volunteers working to promote excellence, access, diversity, and education in local arts and cultural programming. The Council offers grants to artists, writers, performers, and cultural organizations seeking to engage the Medford public in diverse and exemplary ways. The Medford Arts Council has provided funding for high-profile public events like the Arts Across Medford festival in October, West Medford Open Studios, and dozens of concerts, classes, field trips, performances, and other activities in disciplines including dance, theater, music, science, history, literature, and the visual arts. The Council also helps develop new public arts initiatives in Medford.