Showing posts with label Arts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Arts. Show all posts

Monday, July 12, 2021

MA News: the digital divide; help for MA arts organizations

"Tracking the digital divide - We can't close it without first documenting it "
"OVER THE PAST YEAR, schools, workplaces, health care providers, and other basic services have moved online. In doing so, the centrality of the internet to modern life became crystal clear to everyone in the country. But for people and families without broadband access, the pandemic has only exposed and exacerbated the digital divide—putting resources like telework, virtual learning, and telehealth out of reach for millions of people. 
Even before the pandemic, many people lacked access to high-speed broadband across Massachusetts. According to the ACLU of Massachusetts Data for Justice project, Census estimates show that more than 1 million Massachusetts residents—about 15 percent of the state’s population—do not have a fixed broadband internet connection. Our Census analysis also shows that internet and computer access correlate with income, such that lower income communities are disproportionately left unconnected."
Continue reading the article online

"Long-awaited arts funding finally arriving"
"MASSACHUSETTS ARTS appear to be big beneficiaries of $16 billion in federal relief aid that is finally starting to be released after a delayed start and an arduous review process.

According to federal data on the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, 123 Massachusetts arts organizations have received more than $100 million so far, the seventh-highest amount of any state in the country."
Continue reading the article online

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Escape to the Arts! Saturday, June 12

Escape to the Arts! Saturday, June 12 continues Franklin's ArtWALK Celebration
For the complete schedule of events and activities for the ArtWALK


Escape to the Arts! Saturday, June 12
Escape to the Arts! Saturday, June 12

Franklin's ArtWALK Celebration June 11-12-13
Franklin's ArtWALK Celebration June 11-12-13

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Escape to the Arts: Listen to hear about the ArtWALK Celebration scheduled for June 11-12-13

Listen to Franklin Public Radio ( - from any browser) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial. 

Two interviews are combined to be shared on the air today. 
  • Cultural District Committee Chairperson Nancy Schoen talks about the origins and planning for the event. 
  • Then a panel of artists  and and business folks have a fun-filled conversation about the collaboration involved bringing art into the business area to showcase. Melanie Hamblen (Agway), Chris Blue Lamb Toubeau (artist), Laurel Katsaros (Rockland Trust) and Walter Spencer (artist).

Listen => Wednesday at 9:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 6:00 PM, and again Saturday at 9:00 AM

Find the complete schedule of events for the ArtWALK online

If you miss the broadcast, the podcast version of these can be found on iTunes, Google Podcast, Spotify or your favorite podcast app.

The first part (interview with Nancy Schoen) can be found online

The second part is available (updated 6/3/21) will be available Thursday (6/3/21)

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Summer Arts Series Presented by Phipps and MAPFRE Insurance - Hopkinton

Live arts are back!
Summer is around the corner and the HCA is kicking it off with our biggest season ever! 21 FREE outdoor music concerts, three art exhibits, theatrical performances, and even a salsa night!

This is the HCA's 10th year bringing the arts together under one roof and we are here and ready to celebrate with you. Bring your family or join a friend you haven't seen in awhile. Everyone is welcome.

Please note that tickets are required for entry to all events, including free concerts. Reserve yours now at the link below and don't miss one minute of summer fun!
Hopkinton Center for the Arts | 508-435-9222

Hopkinton Center for the Arts | 98 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748

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Monday, May 10, 2021

"the arts are an incredible motivator to increase engagement"


"A NEW STUDY says an effort to increase arts programming in the Boston Public Schools has helped boost student attendance and promote student and parent engagement with schools, outcomes that arts supporters say provide added rationale for maintaining or enhancing the role of arts in the schools. 

For students receiving arts programming, the study found that school attendance increased by roughly one-third of a day over the course of the school year compared with students not in art courses. The gains were greater for students with individualized education plans (IEPs) and those who had previously been chronically absent, defined as missing 10 percent or more of school days. For students with IEPs, arts programming was linked with increased attendance of 0.7 days, while for those with a history of chronic absenteeism the gain was about 1.1 days per year. 

The study, which was released Monday morning, also found that teachers observed greater student and parent engagement at schools with arts programming."


Background on Edvestors, the publishers of this study -

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Arts and Creatives Survey Reminder: if you haven't yet replied, please do so

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council is continuing to collect data to help towns respond to the impact of Covid-19 on the arts, artists and cultural organizations.

They are hoping to hear from as many artists, performers, musicians and cultural institutions as possible. Thank you very much to all who have already completed this survey. If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to complete the survey which can be found at the following link:

Thank you all for your help with this.


Nancy Schoen
Chair, Franklin Cultural District Committee 

Arts and Creatives Survey Reminder: if you haven't yet replied, please do so
Arts and Creatives Survey Reminder: if you haven't yet replied, please do so

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Franklin Arts Academy - Info Night - Jan 13, 2021

The FAA is a rigorous, 3-year interdisciplinary pathway offered at Franklin High School for grades 10, 11, and 12. Using multiple intelligence and interdisciplinary teaching models, students experience their academic courses (English, History, Science) with strong connections to architecture, design, music, theatre, visual arts, and video production.

The Franklin Arts Academy prepares a diverse community of aspiring scholars and artists to be successful in their college and professional careers and to be engaged members of our democratic society. The FAA operates as a focused learning community within the comprehensive school system of Franklin High School. The FAA offers both Honors and College Preparatory course levels. 

Entrance to the FAA for upcoming 10th and 11th graders  through an application and review process.

To find out more, join us at our Info Night!

For the complete notification flyer

Franklin Arts Academy - Info Night - Jan 13, 2021
Franklin Arts Academy - Info Night - Jan 13, 2021

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Reminder: Arts and Culture Roundtable - Nov 21

Franklin Cultural District Partners and Franklin residents and business owners are invited to join the Franklin Cultural District Committee (FCDC), the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in discussing culture, arts, the humanities, and economic development in Franklin’s Cultural District. 

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 21 at 7 PM at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street.

Luis Edgardo Cotto, Cultural Districts Program Manager for MCC, and Annis Whitlow Sengupta, PhD, Assistant Director of Arts & Culture for MAPC, will be the featured speakers. Their presentations will focus on the mission of Franklin’s Cultural District. They will provide information about contributing to culture, arts and the humanities and supporting economic development in Franklin.

For questions and/or additional information, please contact Nancy Schoen, Chair, at

Reminder: Arts and Culture Roundtable - Nov 21
Reminder: Arts and Culture Roundtable - Nov 21

Sunday, November 3, 2019

FPS Visual Arts Newsletter - Nov 2019

The FPS Visual Arts Newsletter can be found here
Check out all the amazing and creative work and events happening in Franklin Schools! #create #artsmatter #FantasticFPS @FPS_FAA

FPS Visual Arts Newsletter
FPS Visual Arts Newsletter

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

School of the Arts at Dean College: "Arts Mosaic" - Nov 8 and 9

The School of the Arts at Dean College will perform "Arts Mosaic", Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9, 2019.

Enjoy two evenings of select student and faculty works integrating dance, theatre, music, film and much more. Join us as we enjoy and celebrate the diversity of the arts on the Dean College campus.

The Dean College production of Arts Mosaic will take place in the Guidrey Center in the Campus Center at Dean College, 109 West Central Street, Franklin at 8:00 PM both nights. General admission is $22, Seniors $12 and Children $7.

To learn more and purchase tickets, visit

School of the Arts at Dean College: "Arts Mosaic" - Nov 8 and 9
School of the Arts at Dean College: "Arts Mosaic" - Nov 8 and 9

Thursday, March 14, 2019

FREE funding workshops at Community Arts Advocacy Day - Mar 30, 2019

FREE funding workshops at Community Arts Advocacy Day - Mar 30, 2019

Register now for Community Arts Advocacy Day 2019!

Our recent survey of area arts and cultural organizations revealed that funding is the number one issue the creative community is facing, so we've added two brand new funding workshops to this year's program. Register now!

Action & IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day 2019 is a multi-town event bringing arts & cultural organizations together with legislators for advocacy and education.

  • The "How To's" of Arts Advocacy, with MA Representative Jeff Roy
  • Fundraising Strategies for Small Shops
  • Getting to the HeART of Public Art
  • Funding through Sponsorships & Grants
  • Shoestring Marketing for Arts Organizations
  • Thinking Out of the Box for Opportunity
8:00 - 9:00          Registration, Breakfast & Networking
8:30 - 9:00          Meet and mingle with legislators
9:00 - 9:15           Welcome Address by Senate President Karen E. Spilka
9:15 - 10:00         Legislative panel: The Value of Arts, Creativity & Culture in the Commonwealth with Senate President Spilka, Senator Rausch, Rep. Roy & Rep. Murray
10:00 - 10:15       Community Stories: Impact of the Arts, Arts Funding and Cultural Initiatives
10:25 - 11:25        Educational Workshop Session 1
11:35 - 12:15         Creative Break to Advocate … grassroots advocacy activities
12:15 - 1:15           Lunch
1:25 - 2:25            Educational Workshop Session 2
2:25 - 2:30           Wrap Up
Register Now
Taste of ArtWeek on April 27

Save the Date
for Taste of ArtWeek on April 27...our big kick-off for ArtWeek (April 26 - May 5). Taste of ArtWeek will be a huge festival on the Frankin Town Common with food trucks, a beer & wine garden, free live dance and musical performances, a craft fair, and a fine art exhibition! April 27 from 4-8 PM with a rain date of April 28. Hope to see you there!

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Hearts Take Flight - Feb 9 - art workshop for students 6 - 12

The leadership of the Franklin Arts Academy is thrilled to offer this amazing art opportunity to our Franklin students, aged 6 through 12! In this four hour workshop, the children will create and mail three incredible valentines to family members of your choice! 

They will also learn about the history of Valentines in Massachusetts and create one more Valentine-themed project. A pizza lunch with a decorate your own cupcake bar and games will round out the day. The cost per child is $40.

extra-curricular programming for the Franklin Arts Academy - an academic, arts-integration pathway within Franklin High School.

The workshop will be run by students is the Franklin Arts academy supervised by FPS Visual Arts Director, Carolann Tebbetts. Space is limited to 24 children so sign up early! 

Print the form below and send in with a check made to “FAA BOOSTERS” - payment and form must be received by Wednesday, February 6th! 

You can also email Mrs. Tebbetts to reserve your child’s spot in the workshop: 

Confirmation of registration and drop-off instruction will be sent when payment is received.

The fine print: We will be working with paint, pastels, glue, and glitter! Children should come dressed in comfortable clothes appropriate for art-making. Three names/addresses should be sent with your child or attached to the registration form (or emailed to Mrs. Tebbetts) so the Valentines can be mailed in time to arrive for Valentine’s Day. You can also send photos of your child if you would like to include them in the artwork for a personal touch!

Hearts Take Flight - Feb 9 - art workshop for students 6 - 12
Hearts Take Flight - Feb 9 - art workshop for students 6 - 12

Registration Form:

Registration Form:

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Town of Franklin Applies for Cultural District Status to the State of Massachusetts

Thanks to a multi-year effort by the Town of Franklin and a group of its citizens, an official application to establish a Franklin Cultural District was submitted to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through the offices of the Massachusetts Cultural Council on June 8, 2018. The Franklin Cultural District (FCD) will be a demarcated region within the town that encompasses the cultural facilities, activities, and assets that lie in a compact, walkable area. 

Franklin’s vibrant cultural atmosphere is already home to the nation’s first public library, the Franklin Historical Museum, Dean College School of the Arts, over 25 other performing and visual arts and dance studios, and a variety of restaurants and cafes. Establishment of the FCD will likely attract additional arts and cultural organizations in the future, driving economic development.

Cultural District status will make the FCD eligible for a variety of state grant programs, state economic development opportunities and monies, strategic planning and historic preservation assistance, and marketing through the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.

"Arts and Culture have become an extremely important and vibrant economic engine for the Town of Franklin," says Deputy Town Administrator Jamie Hellen. "Designating the Town as an official Cultural District will only enhance those opportunities and establish Franklin as the premier arts and cultural hub in the southern MetroWest region.”

This effort has been years in the planning, beginning with the Franklin Cultural District Steering Committee, who were tasked with gauging interest in the project and starting the organizational efforts necessary to begin the application process. The Steering Committee met with potential partners, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and Town of Franklin administrators to determine the needs, geographic area and types of businesses to be included, and the roles and responsibilities of the District itself. 

That Committee went on to create the Franklin Cultural Festival, which ran for three years and created a strong basis amongst the partners and evidence for the State of the vigor of the arts and culture community in Franklin. A preliminary site visit with the MCC and the Town resulted in a decision to move forward with the formal cultural district application.

On June 28, 2017, the Franklin Town Council passed Resolution 17-45, which endorsed the FCD’s cultural district goals, namely to “attract artists and cultural enterprises; encourage business and job development; establish the district as a tourist destination; preserve and reuse historic buildings; enhance property values; and foster local cultural development.”

In November 2017, seven Franklin residents were appointed to the Franklin Cultural District Committee, an official Town committee which took over for the initial Steering Committee, to make the formal application to the State and then oversee the new district. Part of the application included letters of endorsement and intent from the many cultural assets in town, establishing them as official partners of the District, including the Franklin Public Schools, Dean College, Franklin Downtown Partnership, the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, Franklin Performing Arts Company/THE BLACK BOX, the Franklin Historical Museum, the Franklin Art Association, the Franklin Cultural Council, and many more. Some of the partners were involved in the FCD initiative from the very beginning, others, such as Drummer’s Studio, Encore Music Academy and Feet in Motion School of Dance, have signed on more recently as the momentum for establishment of the District increased.

During the first quarter of 2018, the Franklin Cultural District’s Goals were refined during Cultural District Committee public meetings. These Goals combine the aims for the State's cultural districts, existing planning initiatives (including Franklin’s 2013 Master Plan cultural resources goals and objectives), and input from Committee partners. The FCD partners will meet with the Committee quarterly, starting June 19, to discuss marketing, cross-promotional events between the partners, and ways to enhance the District. An FCD website, complete with a local arts calendar, is being established to provide a single source of arts and cultural information for town residents and visitors.

The application filed on June 8, 2018, included narrative on the FCD's goals, marketing plans, partners, cultural assets, and State-required metrics to measure the FCD's impact, as well as the official FCD map. In addition, hundreds of pages of supplemental materials were submitted showing examples of arts and cultural events and programming within the proposed District.Once the MCC has reviewed the application, a site visit will be scheduled with the Town, the FCD committee and the FCD partners. Only then will the State render a verdict on the application.

To learn more about the Franklin Cultural District, their partners, and upcoming activities and events, visit their website at, or follow them on Facebook(, Twitter (@FranklinCulture), and Instagram(@franklinculture).

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Franklin ArtWeek events daily through May 6

Franklin ArtWeek


There is so much going on in Franklin this week, we barely know where to start! Over 50 unique events will be held town-wide between April 27 - May 6, including dance, music and theater performances, art projects and classes, historical and cultural talks, and more! For a complete searchable database of ArtWeek events, click on the link below. For a printable calendar of those events in Franklin, click HERE.

A few highlights of the week include:
Fri, April 27: Taste of ArtWeek kick off at the Franklin Historical Museum from 6-7:30 pm, with free mini dance, improv and musical performances, along with "tastes" from area restaurants

Sat, April 28: Art in Motion Live Art Event at the Franklin Public Library from 2-4 artists sketch live dancers, musicians and actors as they perform, and try your own hand at drawing

Sun, April 29: 1,000 Cranes for Franklin at the Franklin Public Library will be going on all week...write your wish for the town on a piece of paper, then learn to fold an origami crane to create a crowd-sourced art installation

Mon, April 30: U.S. Air Force Jazz Band Airmen of Note at Franklin High School offers a jazz clinic at 5 pm and performance at 7 pm

Tues, May 1: Empty Bowls Dinner and Fundraiser to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry from 6-8 can also make a bowl of their own

Wed, May 2: Taste of Israel by Temple Etz Chaim at the Franklin Public Library from 6:30-8 pm. Take a virtual trip to Israel with food, metal crafting, dancing, and more!

Thurs, May 3: The Art of the (Wine) Label at Pour Richard's Wine and Spirits from 6:30-8:30 tasting while creating an artistic wine label of your own

Fri, May 4: Found Poetry Teen and Adult Zentangle at the Franklin Rec Dept from 6-8 pm

Sat, May 5: Noteable Blend Chorus at the Franklin Historical Museum from, free barbershop concert

Sun, May 6: Art + Music Family Concert from 3-4:30 pm at Franklin High School. The Worcester Chamber Music Society is coming to Franklin for a multi-media show of classical music paired with artwork created by Franklin's school children and dancers from Festival Ballet Providence

And much, much more!!
Click here for ArtWeek Calendar
Franklin ArtWeek continues through May 6

ArtWeek is brought to you by the Franklin Cultural Council. "Like" us on Facebook for up-to-date listings of arts and cultural events in town.

Franklin ArtWeek continues through May 6

ArtWeek, a state-wide arts festival, will be held April 27-May 6. Find an ArtWeek event near you at

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The ArtWeek calendar for Franklin can also be found