1951-1961The Cape Ann Festival of the Arts was celebrated annually.Arts and Culture, Events & Anniversaries, Celebrations & Anniversaries, Art

James B. Connolly received the key to the city from Mayor Joseph Grillo at the Cape Ann Festival of the Arts, July 24, 1952. Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 22445
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The Cape Ann Festival was an important site for Rocky Neck’s modernist artists. In 1961, Albert Alcalay wrote an essay for the Festival’s exhibition catalog, writing that modern thinkers and artists should accept that the world had transformed. The Festival was initiated by former Gloucester Mayor Joe Grillo and organized and funded through a partnership between the City and local businesses. It included a month-long show of art at the high school gym, a poetry reading by Robert Frost, and a performance by Duke Ellington’s band. Local and national jazz musicians performed over the years. For at least three summers, actor Russell Crouse awarded a prize cup to the author of the best full-length play about Gloucester, which was presented at the high school.

The Cape Ann Festival of the Arts 1952-1961 Collection, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Gloucester, MA. “Works of Albert Alcalay.” Cape Ann Museum, https://www.capeannmuseum.org/collections/artists/albert-alcalay/.
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