2005 NEA National Accessibility Leadership Award

Massachusetts Cultural Council

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Charlie McDermott holding the award citation

Charlie McDermott of the Massachusetts Cultural Council receives the award and a $30,000 grant.

The NEA presented its 2005 National Accessibility Leadership Award to the Massachusetts Cultural Council at the NASAA conference in Boise. Their program, The Healing Arts: New Pathways to Health and Community, is a partnership with the Vermont Arts Exchange and a consortium of local arts and healthcare providers that uses the arts to improve the quality of life for adults and elders living with chronic illnesses in rural and urban healthcare facilities in New England. Through high-quality artist residencies and intergenerational arts programs, Healing Arts integrates dance, writing, music composition, filmmaking, ceramics, painting, photography, and printmaking into participants' care, and provides training and wellness programs for healthcare staff. The award is sponsored by the NEA and NASAA.