Tuesday, May 1, 2018

In the News: ArtWeek continues through Sunday; Downtown Partnership looking for new members

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Just like the waxing moon, Franklin waxed full of arts over the weekend, making for a successful kick-off to the town’s first ArtWeek celebration. 
An evening featuring a sampling of mini performances at the Franklin Historical Museum on Friday blossomed into a full day of creativity at various locations around town the next day, with a multi-media watercolor workshop, a chalk art event, creation of origami cranes, rendering of live performances into sketches and water color paintings, a fairy tale-based comedy, a family paint session, a dance performance and a musical theater concert. 
It all continued on Sunday afternoon, with a performance by the Prolatio Singers and a concert by classical pianist Diana Fanning.
And that was just the start. The week-long celebration of the visual and performing arts, which the Franklin Cultural Council has organized in collaboration with Boston’s annual festival, runs through this Friday.

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sidewalk chalk art at the Town Common
sidewalk chalk art at the Town Common

"The Franklin Downtown Partnership invites businesses, groups and residents to join the organization to help revitalize town center and support local Franklin businesses. 
The Partnership is well known for its popular community events, including the Strawberry Stroll, the Harvest Festival and the Holiday Stroll, but the non-profit group is involved in many more endeavors. 
Franklin Downtown PartnershipFor the past 16 years, the Franklin Downtown Partnership has played a significant role in the town’s revitalization projects. The FDP has assisted with design and infrastructure improvements like signage, downtown green space and patios, the Historical Museum sculpture, the Horace Mann sculpture, spring flowers, holiday decorations, and many economic development and marketing initiatives. 
“We currently have nearly 250 members and we would love for more people to join, get involved and be a part of our long-term success,” says Executive Director Lisa Piana. “We are a group of individuals focused on creating a vibrant community for our businesses, our neighbors, and our visitors. Our focus is to encourage people to shop locally and support Franklin businesses.”

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