Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) presented the Morton R. Godine Medal to the Honorable Thomas Menino, Mayor of Boston, and First Lady Angela Menino on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. MassArt's Godine Medal recognizes professional and personal dedication to the advancement of arts and culture in society.  The presentation of the Godine Medal is one of the keystone events kicking off MassArt's 140th Anniversary celebration.

"The Mayor and First Lady created an enormous legacy of arts and community advocacy," said MassArt President Dawn Barrett. "From theatre to public art to architecture, the Menino's impact on the cultural landscape in the City of Boston cannot be overstated.  Their tireless efforts on behalf of the arts community truly embody the spirit of the Godine Medal."  She added, "Mayor Menino's exemplary work advocating for increased public funding for arts education is of special significance to us. As the oldest and only publicly funded arts college in the country, we are indebted to Mayor Menino for his advocacy on behalf of public school arts education, and for encouraging public-private partnerships that expand access to high quality arts education. Mayor Menino has been an outstanding supporter of the arts and arts education in our city.   We are grateful to have this opportunity to thank both Tom and Angela Menino for reinvigorating the arts community in Boston over the last 20 years."

The MassArt Godine Award for Service to the Community was established by Dr. Morton R. Godine, a former Vice President of Administration and Finance, former chairman of the MassArt Foundation, and former MassArt Board of Trustee member.  Past recipients include Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Director Anne Hawley, former Governor Michael Dukakis and his wife Kitty as well as art patron Pat Stavaridis.

As both a City Councilor and as Mayor, Thomas M. Menino has championed the arts in Boston.  Whether attending Open Studios in the South End, creating affordable housing for artists, or leading the renovation of the Strand Theatre in Dorchester, Mayor Menino has been committed to the arts and culture in Boston.  A national leader on neighborhood issues, Mayor Thomas M. Menino believes that government is about helping people. Elected five times as Mayor of Boston and five times as a City Councilor from Hyde Park, he has spent a lifetime building a better Boston for residents and businesses.

Angela Faletra Menino, First Lady of Boston, has a long history of public service and is a passionate advocate for community programs benefiting girls and low-income women.  She was a founding member of the City of Boston Women's Commission and the Massachusetts Commission on the status of Women, and serves on the Boston Women's Commission. Ms. Menino has received several honorary degrees, including the first ever honorary degree offered by Urban College of Boston in Early Childhood Education, a Doctor of Humane Letters from Emmanuel College, and a Doctor of Humanities degree from the New England School of Law.