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For immediate release - November 15, 2005
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Boston Cyberarts Chosen for 2005 Massachusetts Catalogue for Philanthropy

Boston, MA — Boston Cyberarts has been selected as a Massachusetts 2005 Catalogue for Philanthropy charity. This year’s edition of the Catalogue profiles 72 of Massachusetts’ outstanding cultural, environmental, and human service agencies as “examples of excellence” in Massachusetts philanthropy. Boston Cyberarts was chosen from a total applicant pool of over 250 organizations.

Boston Cyberarts is the organizer of the biennial Boston Cyberarts Festival — the first and today the foremost festival of its kind in North America, the largest collaboration of arts institutions in New England, and the pre-eminent festival of new media art in the United States. The organization was formed in 1997 as a way to demonstrate how the region’s exceptional arts, sciences and technology communities could collaborate to create leading technology-informed art. Past Festivals have involved around 60 arts institutions and featured visual and performing arts; film and video; educational programs; lecture/demonstrations, and symposia. The Festivals have attracted artists, visitors, and media attention from throughout the US and around the world.

The Catalogue for Philanthropy, the first of its kind anywhere, was created by a group of leading foundations in 1997 to help close the gap between Massachusetts’ ranks in income and in charitable giving — then the largest such disparity in the nation. According to George McCully, President of the Catalogue, “The Catalogue is designed as a showcase for Massachusetts philanthropy, and a one-stop shop for a family’s charitable giving. A single check, electronic transaction over the web or stock transfer can be allocated to as many charities as the donor pleases, and because the Catalogue is sponsored and paid for by its philanthropic sponsors, 100% of every donation goes to the designated charities.”

George Fifield, founder and director of Boston Cyberarts, said: “We are honored to have been chosen to be included in this year’s Catalogue of Philanthropy, in the company of such an array of fine institutions. We hope that the visibility that the Catalogue provides will enable us to reach many more prospective donors and encourage them to invest in our organization, which has been shown to have such a positive impact on the economy and quality of life in Massachusetts.”

The Catalogue Project is widely recognized as a national leader in donor education. There are now similar Catalogues in Washington, DC, and St. Louis, MO, and others are being planned in several other markets. In addition to the annual Catalogue itself, the project developed the nationally-known Generosity Index™, a website
“Giving Massachusetts Day” proclaimed since 2001 as the day after Thanksgiving by Governors Swift and Romney, and many other “donor-friendly” activities.

Boston Cyberarts was chosen in rigorous competition by professional grantmakers, private donors, fundraisers and executive directors of charities. “Charities are selected for general excellence, cost-effectiveness, and teaching value about philanthropy,” McCully said.

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The Boston Cyberarts Festival is an international biennial festival that brings together artists in all media who are using computers to advance traditional artistic disciplines and to create new interactive worlds. The 2007 Festival will take place at museums, galleries, theatres, educational institutions, and public spaces in and around Boston from April 20 to May 6, 2007, and on the Festival’s website. For further information about the Festival, call 617.524.8495 or visit bostoncyberarts.org.

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