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Grafton Fine Arts and Music Festival honored with cultural excellence award

From left to right: Charles Washburn, Executive Director of VSA Massachusetts; David Kmetz, Chair of ValleyCAST Board; Harry Whitin, Katy Hannigan of MassCreative; and Grafton Fine Arts and Music Festival committee members Anna Howard, Jim O’Connor, Danielle Miller, Steven Howard, Lauren Bavosi, and Jim Bavosi. Also on the committee, but not in the photo are Donna Blanchard, Reina Rago, Charlotte Eckler, Jeff Miller. Photo/Submitted

Grafton – The Grafton Fine Arts and Music Festival committee received the Priscilla Mason Award for Cultural Excellence at a reception held Nov. 15 at the G.B. and Lexi Singh Performance Center at the Whitin Mill. The event was hosted by Alternatives Unlimited, Inc., the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a local community arts and culture coalition called ValleyCAST, which stands for Culture, Arts, Science Together.

Harry Whitin, a cousin of Priscilla Mason and descendent of the Whitin family, which built the Whitin Machine Works empire in Northbridge, presented the organizing committee of the Grafton Festival with the award, an original drawing and letter-art plaque by Whitinsville artist Maria Thomas.

“When asked to propose a nominee exhibiting ‘cultural excellence’ for the Priscilla B. Mason Award, the Grafton Cultural Council unanimously voted and nominated the Grafton Fine Arts and Music Festival Organizing Committee for their dedicated effort to present a three-day event featuring hundreds of artists and musicians from Grafton and the Blackstone Valley,” said Fay Morrisson, Chair of the Council. “This annual event brings thousands of people to view the art and listen to the music and we were delighted to make this nomination and pleased that they were chosen to receive this honor.”

The mission of the Annual Grafton Fine Arts and Music Festival is to encourage, celebrate and promote artists and musicians from Central Massachusetts, Southern Worcester County, the Blackstone Valley and beyond.

Preparation for March 2013 festival is underway. If you are interested in joining the organizing committee, email graftonfineartsmusicfestival@gmail.com.

More information is available on festival’s website, www.graftonartsfestival.org. Also, find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/graftonfineartsmusicfestival.

 

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