Thank you all for participating in the Mass Cultural Council Institute – Unleashing the Power of Culture - on March 17th. Five hundred of you came from cities and towns across the state to meet your colleagues, learn from others and understand your importance as an economic driver in your communities. What incredible energy you brought with you and we here at the Mass Cultural Council are so inspired by the work that you are doing day in and day out to weave the Power of Culture into the fabric of your communities. Thank You!


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Saturday, March 17 • 10:45am - 11:45am
Breaking into City Hall

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Where do I go to get the permit for my public event? Who should I contact to invite the select board to an event? Does the Mayor know what we are doing? Working with municipalities to help move your cultural agenda along can be difficult, but knowing the right approach and who to talk to can make a world of difference. This session will give you tips and tools to better navigate City/Town Hall, and get you working more collaboratively with your municipal officials.

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Joseph Curro

Chair, Board of Selectmen, Town of Arlington
Joseph A. Curro, Jr. is Chair of the Arlington Board of Selectmen, on which he has served since 2012. During his time on the Board, Curro has: authored bylaws pertaining to street entertainment and establishment of a Poet Laureate; worked on the establishment of the Arlington Cul... Read More →
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Liz Hartsgrove

Consumer Affairs Supervisor, Town of Barnstable
Elizabeth (Liz) Hartsgrove is the Consumer Affairs Supervisor for the Town of Barnstable; creating Park Happy, the Gateway Greeter program, Discover Barnstable Program, and works with numerous organizations that seek permitting assistance with events held in the Hyannis HyArts and Barnstable Village Cultural Districts and throughout all seven villages in town. Liz has 15 years of professional experience working for municipalities on Cape Cod, with Town Managers and Regulatory Departments crafting and streamlining policies, regulations, forms and processes for business and special events.In her “former life... Read More →
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Greg Liakos

Communications Director, Mass Cultural Council
Greg Liakos has served as Communications Director for the Mass Cultural Council since 2004. Part of the agency’s senior staff, he manages long-term, broad-based advocacy campaigns for the nonprofit arts, humanities, and sciences. He leads Mass Cultural Council’s communication... Read More →
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Linda Tyer

Mayor, City of Pittsfield
Linda M. Tyer was inaugurated as Mayor of the City of Pittsfield in January 2016, and is the first mayor to be elected to a four-year term in the city’s history.Mayor Tyer’s depth of understanding comes from her cumulative experience honed from her work in law firms, school systems, and city government. Her previous role in the Lenox Public School district established a fervent interest in government and its responsibilities to the people. But for Mayor Tyer, Pittsfield was where she wanted to offer her talents. Her family’s roots are in the city, and date back to her great-grandparents, one of whom was a Pittsfield police officer. It is their legacy of a strong work ethic and community pride that has influenced Mayor Tyer’s work through the years.Her elected roles in the City of Pittsfield included that of City Clerk and Ward 3 City Councilor, positions for which Mayor Tyer demonstrated a deep commitment and was reelected several times. During this period, Mayor Tyer served as a member of the City Council’s committee on Ordinances... Read More →

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Saturday March 17, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Meeting Room B

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