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Mass Cultural Council Executive Director to Tour Western Mass. Today

NORTHAMPTON — Today, Sept. 10, the Mass Cultural Council’s new executive director, Michael Bobbitt, will spend the day touring Western Mass. arts and culture sites and meeting with arts and culture leaders.

“I am so looking forward to visiting cultural assets in the Franklin and Hampshire region and truly appreciate this invitation,”Bobbitt said. “Touring these communities and meeting with grantees, arts leaders, and cultural stakeholders provides a wonderful opportunity to learn and see firsthand how the power of culture is being deployed across Western Mass.”

Bobbitt has dedicated his professional career to arts leadership. He is a theatre director, choreographer, and playwright. On Feb. 1, he joined Mass Cultural Council as executive director, becoming the highest-ranking cultural official in Massachusetts. Upon joining the council, he was invited and agreed to serve on the New England Foundation for the Arts board of directors.

Today, starting at 10 a.m. and continuing throughout the day, Bobbitt will visit the David Ruggles Center, the Academy of Music, A.P.E. Gallery, 33 Hawley, and Historic Northampton, all in Northampton; the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, the Yiddish Book Center, the UMass Fine Arts Center, and Jones Library, all in Amherst; Shea Theater in Montague; and Double Edge Theater in Ashfield.