Boston University Alumni to Receive 2013 Commonwealth Award

in Alumni, CFA
February 7th, 2013

Brooke MacKinnon |
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Boston University Alumni to Receive 2013 Commonwealth Award
Massachusetts Cultural Council ceremony to recognize Olympia Dukakis and others

Boston, MA – Boston University alumni have been named as 2013 Commonwealth Award recipients including Olympia Dukakis (SAR ’53, CFA ’70), Neil and Jane Pappalardo (CFA ’65), and Stephen (CFA ’65). Awarded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the 2013 Commonwealth Awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, February 19, 1–4pm, at the Massachusetts State House, Boston.

Given every two years by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Commonwealth Awards celebrate the extraordinary achievements of the cultural organizations, artists, leaders, and philanthropists who make Massachusetts a better place through their creativity and commitment.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council recognizes Olympia Dukakis (CFA ’63) for Achievement. The Academy Award-winning actress, director, producer, teacher, activist, and author of the best-selling book, Ask Me Again Tomorrow, will receive the 2013 Commonwealth Award for her creative achievements that have uniquely enriched life in Massachusetts, in particular, Olympia Dukakis’ role as a founding member of the Actor’s Company and the Charles Playhouse.

Long-time philanthropists Neil and Jane Pappalardo (CFA ’65) will receive the 2013 Commonwealth Award for Cultural Philanthropy. The Pappalardos have provided major gifts to the Boston Society, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Steward Gardner Museum, Huntington Theatre Company, WGBH, and the Museum of Science, among others. Additionally, Jane Pappalardo is a member of the MIT Council of the Arts, and Neil Pappalardo is Chairman and CEO of Medical Information Technology Inc. (Meditech), which has a long history of supporting local artists, in part through the company’s highly regarded Art Liaison program.

Lastly, Stephen Mindich (CFA ’65) on behalf of The Boston Phoenix, will accept the 2013 Commonwealth Award for Media as an outlet that has demonstrated outstanding support of the cultural community in Massachusetts by telling its stories. For more than four decades, covering the arts has been the heart and soul of The Phoenix. Advocating for taxpayer support for the arts, and demonstrating its sense of social responsibility, The Phoenix stepped forward last year to sponsor the Robert Mapplethorpe’s “Anonymous Boston”, a collaborative, community-based gallery exhibit that took a tough look at the media’s role in cycles of urban crime, and the effects of violence on victim’s families, and therefore proving that as The Phoenix takes on new formats and mediums, the values endure.

About the Commonwealth Awards
Given every two years by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Commonwealth Awards shine a spotlight on the extraordinary contributions that the arts, humanities, and sciences make to education, economic vitality, and quality of life in communities across the state. The Awards ceremony is also a chance for the Massachusetts nonprofit cultural sector to come together, assert its value, and make the case for public investment in its work.