Hinds recognized for arts and culture leadership


Recorder Staff
Published: 6/5/2018 10:10:04 PM

State Sen. Adam G. Hinds received Art/Learning’s 2018 Legislative Leadership Award this year.

The Pittsfield Democrat, who represents much of Franklin County, received the award during the organization’s 31st Annual Champions of the Arts Advocacy awards ceremony in Framingham.

“In western Mass. we see firsthand the impact of investing in the arts and artists,” Hinds said upon receiving the award. “With a strong creative economy, we also understand the importance of arts education. That is why the mission of Arts/Learning, the programs administered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and strong advocacy overall for the arts are critical for the commonwealth.”

Arts/Learning supports the inclusion of a complete arts education for every K-12 student in the state. The non-profit believes that when the arts are at the center of the core curriculum, students develop the 21st-century skills they need to lead fulfilled lives.

“This award honors a Massachusetts legislator for demonstrating distinguished leadership, support and commitment in the areas of arts, culture, and arts education,” said Jonathan Rappaport, executive director of Arts/Learning. “Certainly Senator Hinds epitomizes the very definition of this Champion of Arts Education Advocacy Award with his strong support of the arts and cultural sector of the Massachusetts economy. We look forward to his continued leadership in supporting the arts and arts education.”

Hinds, who is serving his first term in the Massachusetts Senate, is the Senate chairman of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development. The committee is tasked with reviewing all legislative proposals concerning tourism, arts and cultural development in the state.

As chairman of the Tourism Committee, Hinds championed an amendment through the Senate’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget debate in May to increase the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s (MCC) funding by $2 million, bolstering Senate funding for programs that support arts, humanities, and sciences in the coming fiscal year. Hinds’ amendment, which funds the MCC at $16 million, represents a 15 percent increase for state support of the nonprofit cultural sector. The MCC is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences, to improve our quality of life and contribute to the vitality of our communities. The agency pursues this mission through grants, services and advocacy for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists.

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