December 18, 2020
Dear Cultural District Partners,
As 2020 draws to a close the Franklin Cultural District Committee looks back with gratitude on some of the brighter spots in a challenging year. Since March we have been amazed at the creativity of our Cultural District Partners. We were inspired as partners developed a variety of virtual performances for members of the community. When spring arrived, many outdoor spaces were transformed into performance venues and casual dining spots. Circles were drawn on the Franklin Town Common so that families could gather safely at a social distance to enjoy some fun summer concerts and movies. When the cold weather returned many restaurants re-designed their indoor spaces to comply with the state's guidelines. The Franklin Public Library has transitioned many of their existing programs online and created many new digital classes and events for young students as well as adults.
The Franklin Cultural District would like to thank all of the partners for your creative work throughout this COVID pandemic. While this year has been very different than any year we have known before, we are grateful for the many wonderful cultural opportunities you worked hard to provide for all to enjoy right here in Franklin.
The FCDC is looking forward with excitement to the new year. On January 11th we will be having the first 2021 Franklin Cultural District Partners' meeting, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. At this meeting we will be discussing plans for the Cultural District and laying the groundwork for the future. Our guest speaker for the January FCD Partners' meeting will be Athena Pandolf. Athena is the Executive Director of the Natick Center Cultural District. Athena will speak about some successes and challenges of the Natick Center Cultural District, as well as some of the exciting projects they are currently working on. We hope that you will all attend to meet Athena and to share your thoughts and ideas.
On behalf of the Franklin Cultural District Committee (Nancy Schoen, John LoPresti, Pandora Carlucci, Amy Adams, Jamie Barrett, Evan Chelman, Roberta Trahan), I would like to wish each of you a very happy, healthy and safe holiday season. We hope that you will have time to relax and enjoy some special times with your families. We look forward to working together with you in the New Year.
Chair, Franklin Cultural District Committee
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