Showing posts with label Mass Cultural Council. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mass Cultural Council. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Get your Strawberry shortcake and enjoy your Stroll on Main St this Friday, June 10

The Franklin Downtown Partnership (FDP) is thrilled to be able to bring back its annual Strawberry Stroll this year, after a two-year break due to the pandemic. Enjoy a taste of summer with mouth-watering strawberry shortcakes while enjoying entertainment, fun activities, and more than 90 vendor booths at the annual Strawberry Stroll in downtown Franklin on Friday, June 10 from 4 PM to 8 PM.  The rain date is Saturday, June 11 from 4 PM to 8 PM.

"We are excited to hold the first Strawberry Stroll since June of 2019, said Kevin Johnson of Edward Jones and this year’s Strawberry Stroll chair. “This is our opportunity to invite everyone to come together downtown and experience the local businesses. The mix of entertainers, vendors, and activities will make it a special evening for all ages."

Dean Bank’s staff will be serving the signature strawberry shortcakes under the tents in front of the bank. Strawberries donated and cut by Dean College will be piled on top of hundreds of shortcakes and topped with whipped cream. Proceeds from the sale of strawberry shortcakes are allocated to the FDP to help fund the event.

Plenty of entertainment will be available during the Strawberry Stroll. Dean Bank will host Dancing on Dean that will feature the band Scott Brown and the Diplomats from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the corner of Dean Avenue and Main Street. MyFM 101.3 will be broadcasting live from the top of Main Street. On the Birchwood Bakery patio, Dom DeBaggis will perform from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m., Heath Nesbitt will perform.

A variety of activities will be offered that will appeal to young and old. The weekly Farmers’ Market which starts at 2 p.m. will continue until 6 p.m. on the common. Additionally, during the Stroll at 6 p.m., the FDP will unveil the Ladybug Cultural and Historical Trail which uses ladybug sculptures to tie approximately 25 historical and cultural sites together in downtown Franklin. Visitors can receive their Ladybug Cultural and Historical Trail maps at the FDP booth or by visiting the Franklin Historical Museum.
Get your Strawberry shortcake and enjoy your Stroll on Main St this Friday, June 10
Strawberry Stroll on Main St, Franklin June 10

The Franklin Art Association (FAA) is having an exhibit during the Strawberry Stroll on June 10 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Rockland Trust Annex. The show is open to all members of the FAA and is being judged with ribbons awarded for first, second, third place and honorable mention recognition in four categories.

There will also be small works for sale in the show. The FAA will also have a booth on Main Street in front of the Rockland Trust Annex and it will feature a fundraising raffle of donated art and photography to raise funds for the support of FAA ongoing expenses. The tent and display panels and booth supplies were purchased with a grant from the Franklin Cultural Council and Franklin Cultural District. 

“FDP’s Strawberry Stroll celebrates all that is downtown Franklin, showcasing businesses, restaurants, organizations, institutions, town government, and culture and the arts. Join the fun and ‘Stroll’ Main Street Franklin on June 10,” said Pandora Carlucci of PGC Associates LLC. Carlucci and Roberta Trahan are vendor relations coordinators for this year’s Strawberry Stroll.

The Strawberry Stroll Committee encourages people in attendance to visit the downtown businesses and restaurants, especially the six new shops: Birchwood Bakery and Kitchen, Briller Boutique, Escape Into Fiction, Greco Design Co., I Have Coins and Collectibles, and Zuzu’s Petals & Cafe.

The Strawberry Stroll is made possible by the support of local sponsors. The event’s Platinum Sponsors are Dean Bank and PhysicianOne Urgent Care. Gold sponsors are Dean College, Middlesex Savings Bank, and Mosquito Mary’s. Silver sponsors are Camford Property Group, Inc., and Fenton Financial Group. Bronze sponsors are Beaux Regards Photographic Art, Grove Street Auto Repair, Keefe Insurance, Mint Dental of Franklin and LeafFilter.

Entertainment is supported in part by grants from the Franklin Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

For more information about the Strawberry Stroll, please email fdpevent@gmail.com.

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a non-profit 501©3 organization made up of more than 350 residents, business owners and community leaders working to revitalize downtown Franklin. The Partnership manages events like the Strawberry Stroll and Harvest Festival, and initiatives such as the Ladybug Cultural and Historical Trail, beautification, streetscape design, greenspace and sculpture projects. For more information go to www.franklindowntownpartnership.org.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Expressions Enrichment offers 2 free class for ArtWALK weekend

FREE Adult Paint Night, Thursday, June 9, 7-9 PM

"Expressions is collaborating with the Town of Franklin and the Mass Cultural Council to offer this free event. This will be an adult paint night taught by Toni Carbone. 
Toni teaches a meditative painting practice that uses sacred symbols and a super easy layering painting process that activates the right side of your brain which brings your whole being into a new state of balance. 
In this class, Toni will take us on a painting journey. We will do a short meditation and then we will be guided through the layers as we paint our own mandala which is an ancient symbol that encourages introspections and awareness that allows for peace of mind."

Free Paint Class for Kids, June 11 1-3 PM 
"This is a drop off class. We are collaborating with the Town of Franklin and the Mass Cultural Council to offer this free event. Dana Matthews, local Franklin artist, will be teaching this paint on canvas class for children in grades K-6. 
Dana Matthews, local Franklin Artist, will teach this workshop allowing her
students to be in touch with feelings that many times words cannot express. She will encourage them to create landscape scenes that can allow them to feel empowered and with the use of vibrant colors and being one with nature."

Register -> https://www.expressions-enrichment.com/services/p/kidspaintworkshop

Expressions Enrichment offers 2 free class for ArtWALK weekend
Expressions Enrichment offers 2 free class for ArtWALK weekend


Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Franklin Cultural Districts completes grant announcements for Fiscal Year 2022 awards

The Franklin Cultural District Committee closed out its round of grant awards for Fiscal Year 2022 with the announcement of three recipients. The award amounts complete the utilization of the Cultural District Initiative grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for Fiscal Year 2022.


  • Franklin Veterans Services = a $1,350.00 grant. The grant will pay for the reconditioning and restoration of the Persian-Gulf war monument located on the Town Common.

  • Franklin Performing Arts Company = a $1,000 grant. The grant will assist FPAC with the production of the musical Sweeny Todd at THE BLACK BOX scheduled for June 2022.

  • Escape Into Fiction = a $400 grant. The grant will enable the purchase of 20 folding event chairs that will allow the bookstore to be utilized as a small venue to hold a variety of arts and culture events, including local author events, art classes, and opening nights


The Franklin Cultural District Committee endeavors to support arts and culture in the Cultural District and beyond through partnerships with the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), the Franklin Cultural Council, and the Town of Franklin.


The Franklin Cultural District Committee thanks the individual businesses and organizations for working collaboratively with them to utilize the MCC grant money and to further enhance arts and culture in the Town of Franklin.


Franklin Cultural Districts completes grant announcements for Fiscal Year 2022 awards
Franklin Cultural Districts completes grant announcements for Fiscal Year 2022 awards



Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Something for everyone as #ArtsHappenHere in the Franklin Cultural District

The Franklin Cultural District outlook for events through Memorial Day continue the theme of #ArtsHappeningHere. A variety of events in and around the District are scheduled as shown in the listing below. Author talks, performing arts, informative symposium, and art shows are among the events listed.

Check the Cultural Calendar (https://www.franklinculture.org/things-do/pages/calendaror www.Franklin.news for updates.

Thursday, May 12

6:30pm - Poor Richard’s Women: a presentation from author Nancy Rubin Stuart - Franklin Public Library, https://www.franklinma.gov/franklin-public-library/bulletins/poor-richards-women 


Friday, May 13

1:00pm - Library Book Sale

6:00pm - Footlighters perform Annie Jr at Horace Mann Middle School (middle school performers)

https://www.onthestage.tickets/show/franklin-high-school-theatre-company/annie-jr-86745


Saturday, May 14

Arts & Culture Symposium9:00am - MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/metrowest-arts-culture-symposium-tickets-270070025717

9:00am - Library Book Sale

10:00am - Historical Museum (always free)

1:00pm - Library Bag Sale

3:00pm - Last Call: Maya Angelou’s Last Interview -- Franklin Public Library

https://www.franklinma.gov/franklin-public-library/bulletins/last-call-maya-angelou%E2%80%99s-last-interview-saturday-may-14-300-pm 

7:00pm - Footlighters perform Annie Jr at Horace Mann Middle School (middle school performers)  

Rising Stars Cabaret at THE BLACK BOX
Rising Stars Cabaret at THE BLACK BOX
https://www.onthestage.tickets/show/franklin-high-school-theatre-company/annie-jr-86745  

7:30pm - Rising Stars Cabaret at THE BLACK BOX  https://www.theblackboxonline.com/events.php?id=1566 



Sunday, May 15

1:00pm - Historical Museum (always free)


Empty Bowls simple supper
Empty Bowls simple supper
Thursday, May 19

6:00pm - FHS Film Fest

6:00pm - Empty Bowls simple supper 

https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E188424&id=47 

Friday, May 20
7:30pm - Fair, Yates, Betschart & McCrossan at THE BLACK BOX https://www.theblackboxonline.com/events.php?id=1556 

Saturday, May 21

4:00pm - Franklin Art Assoc reception, 7 member showcase of art at 67 Degrees through June

4:00pm - FSPA Spring Concert 2022, At Medway High School!

7:00pm - FSPA Spring Concert 2022, At Medway High School!

FSPA Spring Concert 2022
FSPA Spring Concert 2022

https://ci.ovationtix.com/36234/production/1112792 


Sunday, May 22 

1:00pm - FSPA Spring Concert 2022, At Medway High School!

4:00pm - FSPA Spring Concert 2022, At Medway High School!

https://ci.ovationtix.com/36234/production/1112792 


Monday, May 30 = Memorial Day

10:00am - Memorial Day parade, 3 ceremonial stops along parade route with finish on Town Common. Performance from all the middle school, and high school bands along with BFCCPS band


Sunday, May 8, 2022

Today is THE Last day to get your tickets for the MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium - May 14

"OF COURSE we have a selfie-station at the ready for the MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium! 
Today is May 8th! That means you've got TODAY to get your tickets! 
Saturday, May 14th! 9-1:30pm! Franklin High School! 
Music! Art! Speakers! (Michael Bobbitt!!) Inspiration! Friends! Food! What are you waiting for!?

*Gorgeous hand-made canvas made by artisan, Taylor McVay, of Norfolk, MA* "

Register here -> https://www.eventbrite.com/e/metrowest-arts-culture-symposium-tickets-270070025717

Shared from Instagram (with minor modification on date) 

Kaye Kelly, Cultural Council Chair, is an arts advocate. Are you?
Kaye Kelly, Cultural Council Chair, is an arts advocate. Are you?

Monday, May 2, 2022

MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium - register this week!


Last chance to register for the MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium!

Last week to register for MACS! We've got an amazing line up of arts, culture, discussion and lunch planned for you! Join us in the lobby as you arrive to the sounds of the Franklin High School Jazz Band serenade our guests! Head on over to our "Arts Advocacy" selfie station for some fun! Be sure to pick up a free MACS journal and pen before heading in to hear Executive Director of the Mass Cultural Council, Michael Bobbitt, address the audience.

Break out sessions afterwards include:
"Building Community Through the Arts" –Kelly Grill, Executive Director, Hopkinton Center for the Arts
"Equity and Access in Arts & Culture" –Cheyenne Cohn-Postell, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Mass Cultural Council
"Sharing your Arts Identity on Social Media" – Steve Sherlock, Social Media Practitioner, Franklin Matters/wfpr.fm
"Festivals and Community Celebrations " – Timothea Pham, Program Officer, Community Initiative, Mass Cultural Council

And finally, a boxed lunch by our local "Birchwood Bakery" where you are able to connect with regional supporters and leaders in the arts & cultural sector! There will be indoor and outdoor seating available for lunch. Masks and hand sanitizer will be on hand throughout the Symposium for your convenience.

Saturday, May 14th, 9am-1:30pm, Franklin High School
Registration is $15 and can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/270070025717

Looking forward to reconnecting with you!
Kaye Kelly
Chair, Franklin Cultural Council

MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium - register this week!
MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium - register this week!

Kaye Kelly talks about the MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium - 04/28/22 (audio)

FM #786 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 786 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Cultural Council Chair Kaye Kelly held on April 28, 2022. We had our conversation via virtual conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

We talk about the upcoming MetroWest Arts & Cultural Symposium scheduled for May 14 at Franklin High School. 

The recording runs about 17 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Kaye.

Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-786-cultural-council-kaye-kelly-04-28-22

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Tickets are available on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/metrowest-arts-culture-symposium-tickets-270070025717

Cultural Council page - https://www.franklinma.gov/cultural-council

Cultural District page - https://www.franklinma.gov/cultural-district-committee

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Kaye Kelly talks about the MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium - 04/28/22 (audio)
Kaye Kelly talks about the MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium - 04/28/22 (audio)

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Franklin Cultural District: Arts are happening here! Arts & Culture Symposium and multiple events coming up

MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium
MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium - May 14

Think music, art, drama, dining, shopping, and more … Franklin’s Cultural District offers many options for entertainment. To celebrate our cultural communities, the Franklin Cultural Council is hosting an event in partnership with the Franklin Cultural District called the MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium on Saturday, May 14 at 9:00 AM at Franklin High School.

Learn more about the event below and register here.

Arts & Culture Symposium
The Franklin Cultural Council hosts this signature cultural event in partnership with the Franklin Cultural District on Saturday, May 14 at 9:00 AM at Franklin High School. Join us for a fantastic morning of discussion, learning and networking!

The symposium features Keynote Speaker Michael Bobbitt, Executive Director, Mass Cultural Council. 

Additionally, participants will choose two breakout clinics to attend:

   Building Community Through the Arts” – Kelly Grill, Executive Director, Hopkinton Center for the Arts

   Equity and Access in Arts & Culture” – Cheyenne Cohn-Postell, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Mass Cultural Council

   Sharing your Arts Identity on Social Media” –  Steve Sherlock, Franklin Matters, Social Media Practitioner

    Festivals and Community Celebrations  - Timothea Pham, Program Officer, Community Initiatives, Mass Cultural Council                  

Lunch will be provided by Birchwood Bakery in Franklin, MA.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/metrowest-arts-culture-symposium-tickets-270070025717)!

 

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In addition to this exciting event, we have many events coming up at the end of April and throughout May. Here is the Arts Happen Here section for you to plan your weeks ahead! 

FRANKLIN | ARTS HAPPEN HERE | UPCOMING EVENTS


* Friday, April 29 at 5:30 PM
FHS National Arts Honor Society hosts the “Night of Arts Around the World” 
Free, kid friendly, and open to the public at Franklin High School.

 


* Friday, April 29 at 7:30 PM  
Electric Youth with special guests Future Shock! 
Offering high-powered family entertainment with music for all ages! Backed by an eight-piece band of world-class musicians, EY delivers high-energy music, including contemporary pop, classic rock and country hits. 
At THE BLACK BOX


Letters from Red Farm: The Untold Story of the Friendship between Helen Keller and Journalist Joseph Edgar Chamberlin - Apr 30
* Saturday, April 30 at 3:00 PM

Letters from Red Farm: The Untold Story of the Friendship between Helen Keller and Journalist Joseph Edgar Chamberlin with Author Elizabeth Emerson  at the Franklin Public Library




* Sunday, May 1 at 3:00 PM 
       
Broadway in Franklin 
The magic of 42md Street comes to Boston’s MetroWest suburbs as stars and students share the stage! At THE BLACK BOX



T.3* Friday, May 6 at 8:00 PM    

T.3   

THE BLACK BOX presents viral a cappella sensation T.3! T.3 is a New York based vocal group composed of Liam Fennecken (School of Rock), Jim Hogan (Waitress) and Brendan Jacob Smith (The Simon & Garfunkel Story).


* Friday, May 20 at 7:30 PM

Fair, Yates, Betschart & McCrossan 
50th Anniversary   

For this 50th Anniversary night at THE BLACK BOX, they will present some guests from the early years and cover a vast eclectic mix of classic and modern rock spanning five decades. It’s an event not to be missed …

Tickets for events at THE BLACK BOX can be purchased online    https://www.theblackboxonline.com/   or by calling the box office (508) 528-3370


Franklin Cultural District: Arts are happening here!
Franklin Cultural District: Arts are happening here!