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Charlestown resident honored by Celtics for work with arts, theater

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  January 7, 2013 10:40 AM

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From left:Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley, director of compliance and audit for the Mass. State Lottery Brian Taylor, Heroes Among Us award winner Joe Spaulding, and Brooklyn Nets forward Jerry Stackhouse pose at center court of the TD Garden before the Celtics home game against the Brooklyn Nets on November 28.

A Charlestown man has been honored as a local hero by the Boston Celtics for his work helping to revitalize Boston’s Theatre District and promoting accessible arts education.

Joe Spaulding, a Charlestown resident and president and CEO of Citi Performing Arts Center, received the Celtics’ Heroes Among Us award at the team’s home game against the Brooklyn Nets on November 28.

The Heroes Among Us program was established in 1997 to recognize people who have made lasting contributions to their communities. Since then, more than 550 people have received the Heroes Among Us award, which is presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery.

According to the team’s Heroes Among Us program, Spaulding has worked to protect and support arts in public schools, community centers, libraries and other public spaces, and has helped raise more than $15 million to support the arts and provide over 200,000 children, teens, and families with free arts education programs.

Spaulding was also recognized for his work to revitalize Boston’s Theatre District over his 25 years tenure with Citi Performing Arts Center.

E-mail Kaiser at Johanna.yourtown@gmail.com. For more news about your city, town, neighborhood, or campus, visit boston.com’s Your Town homepage.

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