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MCC Board Approves Boston Literary Cultural District

August 19, 2014

BOSTON, Aug. 19 -- The Massachusetts Cultural Council issued the following news release:

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) Board voted unanimously today to approve the designation of the Boston Literary Cultural District. This is Boston's second state-designated cultural district - the Fenway Cultural District was designated in 2012 - and the first Massachusetts Cultural District to focus specifically on one art form.

The effort to establish the district was led by GrubStreet Founder and Executive Director Eve Bridburg. GrubStreet's headquarters are located in the district which runs from Copley Square to Downtown Boston and is also home to the Boston Athenaeum, Boston Public Library, and the annual Boston Book Festival.

"I'm thrilled to announce the designation of Boston's second Cultural District," said MCC Executive Director Anita Walker. "We recently celebrated the designation of the first 25 Massachusetts Cultural Districts and I'm delighted to add the Literary Cultural District to this extraordinary group of communities."

A cultural district is a compact, walkable area of a community with a concentration of cultural facilities, activities, and assets. MCC's Cultural Districts Initiative grew out of an economic stimulus bill passed by the Massachusetts Legislature in 2010.

It is designed to help communities attract artists and cultural enterprises, encourage business and job growth, expand tourism, preserve and reuse historic buildings, enhance property values, and foster local cultural development.

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