As we celebrate International Literacy Day, during National Literacy Month, we were pleased to learn that Boston became the first city to designate an official literary cultural district in the United States. According to the guidelines of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), the cultural districts established within Massachusetts are defined as a “specific geographical area in a city or town that has a concentration of cultural facilities, activities, and assets. It is a walkable, compact area that is easily identifiable to visitors and residents, and serves as a center of cultural, artistic, and economic activity.” The Literary Cultural District represents one of about two dozen other cultural districts.
Boston is home to many of America’s great writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Henry David Thoreau. This city is dubbed the “Athens of America” and the “Broadway for writers.”
International Literacy Day highlights the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. Each year, UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) reminds the international community of the status of global literacy and adult learning. On November 17, 1965, UNESCO proclaimed September 8th as International Literacy Day. Click here to learn more about UNESCO’s literacy and sustainable development. How can you help fight illiteracy in your community?
“Literacy is a key lever of change and a practical tool of empowerment on each of the three main pillars of sustainable development: economic development, social development and environmental protection.”
– Former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan