The Eleventh Annual Artists Under the Dome Event 2017


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8th, 2017 from 9:30am to 2pm

Massachusetts State House's Great Hall

It is a Free Annual Event for Massachusetts Artists Working in all Disciplines

For the eleventh time, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts invited Massachusetts artists working in all disciplines (visual arts, literary, performing, crafts, new media, etc.) to the State House on Wednesday, November 8th, from 9:30am to 2pm in the State House's Great Hall to thank them for all they contribute to our state's economy and quality of life. The entire event was free and open to the public.

Massachusetts is the only state in the country to have such an event!

The morning speaking program featured remarks by State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, Assistant Majority Whip Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, Representative Mary S. Keefe of the Joint Committee of Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, Representative Denise Provost, Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development & International Trade, and Anita Walker, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

At last year's event, MALC inaugurated its "Champion of Artists Awards". This is an annual award given at the Artists Under the Dome event. As part of the morning part of the program (10-11am), MALC gave its "Champion of Artists Awards". The five awardees for 2017 are: State Representative Chris Walsh; Danielle Legros Georges, Boston’s Poet Laureate; Ashleigh Gordon, viola and Co-Founder of Castle of our Skins; Jonathan C. Rappaport, musician, conductor, composer and Executive Director of Arts Learning; and Erin Williams, playwright, theater director, dramaturge, Cultural Development Officer for the City of Worcester and Executive Director of the Worcester Cultural Coalition. (Bios of Awardees)

The 2017 event was brought to you by The Massachusetts State Treasury, the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition, the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Special thanks to Chairwoman Representative Cory Atkins and Joanne Muti from her office for all their help and support reserving the Great Hall and all their help with logistics and the artist welcome packets. A big thank you to Treasurer Goldberg and her team- Mary Jo O’Leary, Lizandra Gomes, Jacquetta Van Zandt, Maryalice Gill and Frank McNealy. Their help with the registration, name tags, and promotion of this event is deeply appreciated. And to the Mass Cultural Council-thank you for all you do for artists- Anita Walker, Greg Liakos, Dan Blask, Kelly Bennett, Meri Jenkins, and the rest of that amazing team. Special thank yous to Nicole Venguer from Representative Chris Walsh's office for her help with the morning coffee logistics and to Greg Cook, Bob Stegmaier and Paula Bitetti for their help with the check in table. We would like to thank Tony Toledo for his storytelling and Juice for his music at the Networking Brown Bag Lunch. And finally a big thank you also to the MALC Steering Committee for all of their help with this event.

The Event Schedule

How to prepare for this State House Event and what to bring

I can't attend the State House event...Can I still participate some other way?


State House Directions and Parking Information:

The State House is a public building and you can visit it during its public hours anytime you want to! There are free public tours of the building.

The street address of the State House is 24 Beacon Street Boston MA 02133. It is the building with the large gold dome as pictured on this website. Due to the lack of parking, the use of public transportation is encouraged.


There are three public entrances to the State House: (1) Hooker entrance on Beacon Street at the front of the building (2) Bowdoin Street entrance (handicapped accessible) in front right corner of the building (3) Ashburton Park entrance (handicapped accessible) off Bowdoin Street near rear of building. We are asking artists (who can use stairs) to use the Hooker entrance.

For parking information at Ashburton Place (note One Ashburton Place is just across the street from the State House)

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