FRAMINGHAM — The Framingham Cultural Council recently awarded local residents, including Contributor of the Year awarded to Dr. Yumi Park Huntington and the Lifetime Achievement Award awarded to Joel Winett.
The 2021 Contributor of the Year award was given to Huntington, Associate Professor of Art History at Framingham State University and chair of the Arts & Ideas Series.
Huntington creatively put together an interdisciplinary program, open to the Framingham community during the pandemic, under the theme “The Public Self: Citizen as Change Agent” with a team of speakers and performers. There were lectures about politics and social justice, screenings of worldwide recognized movies and local documentaries, performances by queer, Black and Latino poets, workshops on creativity, and conversations with Pulitzer winner authors. She chaired the program with care and amazing organization skills, from the call for proposals, to budgeting, promotion and hosting of events.
On this his 12th year on the Framingham Cultural Council, one as treasurer, six as clerk, and five as chair, Winett is honored with the first ever Framingham Cultural Council “Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Winett’s history on the council along with his community participation, enabled him to keep the FCC on track, especially as it transitioned during the COVID 19 pandemic during 2020 and 2021, he rose to the challenge with his wealth of experience and attention to detail.
An avid member of Framingham town and now city programs, Winett has been at the forefront of the Seal Committee and the Cultural District Committee in which he continues to be involved up to the present.
He was a dedicated town meeting member for nearly 43 years, was moderator from 2006-2008, and chaired the Town Meeting Rules Committee multiple times. He currently continues with his contribution to the City Rules Committee and stays current with the City Council and related government meetings.
Winett’s contributions to the Cultural Council and decades of commitment to the community positioned him well for this award.
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