Ted Cutler, Patron of the Arts in Boston (1930- 2017)

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Ted Cutler, patron of the arts, advocate for education, supporter of the parks and friend of the needy in Boston, died Thursday, March 30, 2017 at age 86.

Governor Charlie Baker said, “His legacy will continue to live on through his many philanthropic contributions and his deep commitment to the people of the Commonwealth. His kindness, generosity and compassion will be sorely missed.”

Mayor Martin J. Walsh said, “Boston has lost a philantropic giant. We will work to ensure his legacy continues to shine a light on the city of Boston.”

One of Boston’s leading philantropists, Ted Cutler’s generosity ranged from helping to feed the hungry to underwriting the holiday lights on Commonwealth Avenue Mall. His main passion was for the performing arts and for Emerson College, his alma mater.

Among his most recent contributions to the people of Massachusetts was the free, outdoor festival, Outside the Box on Boston Common, which featured hundreds of performing artists, musicians, dancers, comedians, magicians and actors. The annual festival was popular with residents and tourists alike.

Read more about the vision for Outside the Box here, and also tributes to Ted Cutler from his friends and admirers.