The Commonwealth Awards is a ceremony that is designed to display appreciation for those devoted to the arts and culture within the state of Massachusetts. The award ceremony was quite memorable; with what seemed to be hundreds of people and an appearance by Pittsfield native, Elizabeth Banks, the Massachusetts' State House almost felt overwhelming. There was music, dancing, and delicious bite-size cannolis! However, despite the impressive performances of both the O'Shea-Chaplin Academy of Irish Dance and the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the real highlight for members of the Pittsfield community was when Mayor James Ruberto received the Creative Community Award on behalf of the City of Pittsfield. It was a proud moment indeed for both Mayor Ruberto and the Director of Cultural Development, Megan Whilden.
Mayor Ruberto's speech personified the promise and determination of the City of Pittsfield that has been present these past few years.
View the opening and closing of Mayor Ruberto's acceptance speech below: