Town of Adams and Adams Arts Advisory Board receive state-wide award, Kolis says
"This award in many respects acknowledges the effectiveness of the AAAB in fulfilling its stated goal of "Using the arts to advance the vitality and economic prosperity of the Berkshires." More importantly, it stands as a testament to the ability of a town's citizens--through hard work and selfless dedication--to dramatically alter not only the quality of life in their community, but also fundamentally alter and improve its basic economy.
"The background facts leading to the issuance of this award are both intriguing and entertaining. In several short years, Adams, a town which seemed to have long ago missed the opportunity to jump onboard the cultural economy bandwagon, has not only done so, but given its size has truly become the "mouse that roared." In the past few years a group of "creatives" for one reason or another decided to make Adams their home. Not long thereafter they found one another, got together and started to share their thoughts regarding the art they love and the town they had made their home.
"Eventually some members of the group wandered across Park Street and into the Adams Town Hall to meet Tony Mazzucco, the new Town Administrator. Over time and little by little magic started to happen. To preserve and promote this magic the creatives--under the auspices of the Town of Adams--formalized their ad hoc group into the Adams Arts Advisory Board and the magic sprouted wings and took to flight. "