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

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Date set for Franklin’s 2nd Annual PorchFest - June 7, 2025

Franklin’s PorchFest Committee is pleased to announce that Franklin’s first ever PorchFest was an enormous hit! Mark your calendars as we have secured a date for Franklin PorchFest 2025.

Please join us on Saturday, June 7, 2025 for Franklin’s 2nd Annual PorchFest. As this 2025 date approaches, use our website at Franklin.PorchFest.Info to register your Band, Porch or sign up to volunteer.

The Franklin PorchFest Committee would like to extend our sincere thanks to the porch hosts for welcoming both bands and residents to enjoy music on their porches. And to the performers whose talent is unbounded, we can’t thank you enough for sharing your talent with the residents of Franklin. And to all who helped bring PorchFest to Franklin we say THANK YOU!

We’ll see you in 2025!

Date set for Franklin’s 2nd Annual PorchFest - June 7, 2025
Date set for Franklin’s 2nd Annual PorchFest - June 7, 2025

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Did you miss the chamber opera Mary Anning: Fossil Hunter? (video)

Franklin TV recorded the performance on Sunday, June 9, 2024 and you can view it here ->

Listen to the interview previewing the world premiere production with the composer and conductor ->

Photos of the production ->

scene from the chamber opera Marry Anning: Fossil Hunter
scene from the chamber opera Marry Anning: Fossil Hunter

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Dean College: "Center Stage with Michael J. Bobbitt"

On Saturday, May 18th, 2024, Michael J. Bobbitt delivered the keynote address at Dean College’s 158th Commencement Ceremony, where he told the new graduates that “the world is waiting for your creativity, your passion and your leadership. What you are given today—what you have worked hard for—is something only a few people have access to. Do great things with it.”

President Kenneth Elmore also presented Bobbitt with an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at the ceremony in recognition of his distinguished career and activism.

Bobbitt currently serves as the Executive Director of the Mass Cultural Council, and in this capacity is the highest-ranking public official in Massachusetts state government focused on arts and culture. Governor Maura Healey recently appointed Bobbitt to serve on both the Governor’s Advisory Council on Black Empowerment and the newly established Massachusetts Cultural Policy Development Advisory Council.

Continue reading the interview with Michael Bobbitt ->

Dean College: "Center Stage with Michael J. Bobbitt"
Dean College: "Center Stage with Michael J. Bobbitt" (Dean photo)

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Franklin PorchFest extends registrations to April 30. More than 24 bands registered so far!

Franklin PorchFest … the momentum is building and we are thrilled with the initial response! We are up to 24 bands and counting. Local businesses are getting in on the excitement; for example, Intermission will be open during the entire event for anyone looking for a bite to eat between performances. Other eateries are hosting musicians and extending service to outside areas. There has also been tremendous interest in hosting musicians.

To accommodate so many requests, we are extending our registration through April 30th for both porch hosts and performers. If you are interested in participating you still have time to sign up.

If you would like to host a band or performer on your Porch or if you have a band or are a performer and would be interested in performing at Franklin PorchFest, go to our website and register for the event. All the information you need to register is on our website. Also on our website you will find links so you can follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Franklin PorchFest is made possible with funds granted from the Mass Cultural Council through the Franklin Cultural District Committee. The Franklin PorchFest Committee is thankful for the support it has received from the Cultural Council, the Cultural District and the Town of Franklin.

Franklin PorchFest will be held Saturday, June 1st from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM with a rain date of June 2nd. Save the date . . . we look forward to seeing you!

Made possible by a grant from Mass Cultural Council through the Franklin Cultural District Committee
Made possible by a grant from Mass Cultural Council through the Franklin Cultural District Committee

Mass Cultural Council offers Operating Grants (yes, really!)

via Mass Cultural Council 

"Apply Now: Operating Grants for Organizations!

We are proud to announce our Operating Grants for Organizations, which offer multi-year, unrestricted operating funds to nonprofit cultural organizations and cultural affiliates that enrich cultural life across the Commonwealth. 
- Grant amounts start at $6,000 in FY25.
- Deadline: June 13, 2024.

Register for an information session on March 20, 2024 and/or office hours (through early June) to learn more."

Link for additional info -> 

Program guidelines ->


Mass Cultural Council offers Operating Grants (yes, really!)
Mass Cultural Council offers Operating Grants (yes, really!) 

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Franklin Cultural District Committee Accepting Grant Proposals through Dec 12, 2023

Dear Franklin Cultural District Partners, 

The Franklin Cultural District Committee (FCDC) has received a Cultural District Investment grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for fiscal year 2024.

The FCDC is reaching out to FCD Partners for grant proposals for cultural initiatives planned in the district. Attached, please find a Franklin Cultural District Funding Request form. If you have a project/initiative that will benefit and promote culture in our community and want to request some funding, please complete the form attached, and return it to Bryan Taberner, Director of Planning and Community Development, by December 12, 2023. Mr. Taberner's email address is:

The FCDC will discuss the proposals at its meeting on Thursday, December 14 at 7:00 PM scheduled to be held in-person at Franklin TV, 23 Hutchinson Street, Franklin. All funds awarded need to be spent by June 30, 2024.

 We look forward to hearing from you,

Franklin Cultural District Committee


Mass Cultural Council branding requirements:

Franklin Cultural District Committee Accepting Grant Proposals through Dec 12, 2023
Franklin Cultural District Committee Accepting Grant Proposals through Dec 12, 2023

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Mass Creative offering an Advocacy & Organizing Fellowship

via Michael J. Bobbitt (@mbobbitt
"Great opportunity for people want to deepen their arts advocacy knowledge. Apply for this fellowship."

Via Mass Creative

"We're happy to announce that we're relaunching the MASSCreative Advocacy & Organizing Fellowship! This is a stipended year-long leadership development cohort for artivists, creative workers, & emerging cultural leaders. "
"Applications are now open & close on September 22nd. Visit the link to learn more & apply today! "

Mass Creative offering an Advocacy & Organizing Fellowship
Mass Creative offering an Advocacy & Organizing Fellowship

Saturday, August 26, 2023

Mass Cultural Council's Strategic Plan FY24-26 (video)

Via Michael J. Bobbitt (@mbobbitt)
"So excited to launch Mass Cultural Council's Strategic Plan FY24-26 Launch Video created by Wesley Verge and a number of artists in Massachusetts.  
Pay no attention to my terrible acting!  LOL."

For more information on the Strategic Plan for FY 24-26

Friday, August 25, 2023

Worth catching your attention to, this is important!

Help design new MA state seal: Survey seeks input.

A governor-appointed commission (including a designee from @masscultural) is gathering public feedback on a new seal and motto for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
Please share your thoughts by completing their survey by Sept. 27, 2023.

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Paradise Flyer scheduled to perform at the Farmers Market - June 16 from 2 to 6 PM

Who is ready for another Friday? Can we collectively agree to do a rain dance so we can have 4 hours free from rain this week???

We are excited to have Paradise Flyer with us this Friday preforming from 2-6 PM in the gazebo. 
Paid for through a grant with Franklin Cultural Council and @masscultural

Paradise Flyer scheduled to perform at the Farmers Market - June 16 from 2 to 6
Paradise Flyer scheduled to perform at the Farmers Market - June 16 from 2 to 6

Saturday, April 22, 2023

"Aftersun" film opens the 3 film pilot at THE BLACK BOX, Apr 25 at 7 PM

Since the 2005 closure of the beloved Zeotrope Theatre, there has been an absence of steady programming for our local cinephiles.

With a generous Mass Cultural Council grant from the Franklin Cultural District, Town Councilor Cobi Frongilllo, in collaboration with THE BLACK BOX, is piloting a 3-film monthly series to assess the local appetite for more regular independent, arthouse, foreign, and classic film screenings! The films will show at 7 PM on the last Tuesday of April, May, and June; all three will be screened at THE BLACK BOX (15 W Central St, Franklin, MA 02038).

Our first film, Aftersun (2022), will be screened on Tuesday, April 25th. The moving coming-of-age drama from debut director Charlotte Wells explores the protagonist's memories of a childhood vacation with her father. It was named the best film of the year by The Guardian, IndieWire, and Sight & Sound, and earned Paul Mescal an Oscar nomination for Best Lead Actor.

Popcorn and other refreshments will be available for purchase. This is a pilot program, so we request some patience as we build out and improve the cinematic experience. 

Tickets will be sold at the door for a suggested $5 donation. All are welcome!

More about Aftersun can be found ->

"Aftersun" film opens the 3 film pilot at THE BLACK BOX, Apr 25 at 7 PM
"Aftersun" film opens the 3 film pilot at THE BLACK BOX, Apr 25 at 7 PM

Friday, April 21, 2023

Franklin's Event Outlook: April 21, 2023 to Apr 27, 2023

The Library book and bag sale is not affected by the potential for rain which had claimed the Sunday Earth event at DelCarte. It will be rescheduled for another date TBD. There is also a film show pilot commencing Tuesday night at THE BLACK BOX recently added to the full line up of events around town as #arthappenshere.

Friday, April 21

8:00am - Networking breakfast - Downtown Partnership (Dean College)

1:00pm - Book sale ($1/book) (Franklin Public Library)

1:00pm - Mobile Mini Golf  (Franklin Public Library)

5:30pm - David Penza (67 Degrees Brewery)

Saturday, April 22

9:00am - Book Sale ($1/book) (Franklin Public Library)

9:00am - Earth Day Clean up (Beaver Pond)

10:00am - Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

10:30am - Music at the Blissful Concert  (Franklin Public Library)

11:00am - Silent Saturday (free silent movie showing)

1:00pm - Bag Sale ($5/bag) (Franklin Public Library)

6:00pm - Elastic Five (Live music) (67 Degrees Brewery)

6:00pm - Rotary Comedy Night  (fundraiser, ticketed event)  (Franklin Elks)

7:30pm - Confounded Bridge (live music) (THE BLACK BOX)

Sunday, April 23

9:00am - Earth Day Celebration CANCELED - new date not yet available

12:00pm - The Kenny Hadley Big Band Brunch (live music) (THE BLACK BOX)

1:00pm - Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

Tuesday, April 25

7:00pm - “Aftersun” film (tickets at the door) (THE BLACK BOX)

Wednesday, April 26

1:00pm- Senior Scribblers (writing group)

7:00pm - Executive Function Strategies Workshop (Virtual)

Thursday, April 27

10:00am - Writer's Quiet Space

5:00pm - FHS Softball Boosters Fund Raiser

6:00pm - Open Mic Night



The Franklin Art Association Art Gallery remains open during business hours at Escape into Fiction (Main St, Franklin)

Find the full Community event calendar

The Cultural calendar displays only the cultural events

If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication:

The Town meeting calendar is found
The School district calendar is found 

Franklin's Event Outlook: April 21, 2023 to Apr 27, 2023
Franklin's Event Outlook: April 21, 2023 to Apr 27, 2023

Friday, February 10, 2023

An Artsy Box Project comes to Franklin! - Deadline for submissions is February 15

The Franklin Cultural District committee are thrilled to share that the Mass Cultural Council and Town of Franklin have provided funding to support a new form of public art on identified utility boxes! 

The Artsy Box Project invites you to share your interpretation of Franklin’s incredible beauty and diversity. 

Selected artists would receive a stipend between $500-$1,000 (dependent upon location) to cover time, transportation, supplies, artistic development and labor. 

Submissions will be reviewed and accepted until February 15 at 3 PM. Please follow this Artsy Box link to review the submission guidelines. We look forward to receiving your submissions. 

Three of the boxes are shown here: 

An Artsy Box Project comes to Franklin
An Artsy Box Project comes to Franklin

The Artsy Box Project guidelines & submission form ->

Sunday, January 22, 2023

2023 Franklin Cultural Council Grant Awardees

#1 - Janet Applefield, “Combating Hate and Prejudice”
This program will take place at Horace Mann Middle School and is a powerful educational program developed to raise public awareness of the atrocities of the Holocaust and to educate students, teachers and all learners about the importance of defending human rights, combating racism, prejudices and intolerance within our society. May 2023.

#2 - Deepa Bhaskar, “Bollywood Dance Party”
This program is held monthly at the Franklin Public Library and is geared for all ages in the community. Bollywood dance is a fusion of various Indian classical and folk dances. Ms. Bhaskar teaches 4-5 basic steps per class that can be used for many Indian dance songs. Monthly.

#3 - Charles River Chorale, Inc, “Charles River Chorale Organizational Support”
This grant award will provide funding for the Charles River Chorale concerts and organizational needs for 2023. Eight of the current members of the chorale are from Franklin.

#4 - Dean College, “Franklin Community Coffee House Series”
This grant award will support multiple events to engage the Franklin community on the Dean College campus including creative writing workshops, poetry events, interactive improv class, open mic night and an interactive music theater performance night.

#5 - Easton Community Access Television ECAT, Inc., “Hockomock Film Festival”
A competition based film festival, the Hockomock Film Festival encourages high school students to work collaboratively while creating unique films. Thirteen neighboring towns and their high schoolers participate in this competitive festival. June 2023.

#6 - Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School, “Diwali Celebration”
BFCCPS has been awarded a grant to support their large scale cultural celebration of Diwali. Funding will support multiple performances, a sari booth, mehndi booth, diyas booth and a rangolis booth. November 2023.

#7 - Franklin Area Moms, “Little Listeners”
Little Listeners is a sound installation project designed to be an interactive listening experience that encourages children to embrace diversity and inclusion. Three portable speakers with description card will be placed within the Franklin community for children of all ages to come listen to curated audio content. Through active listening, they will be able to experience and embrace different cultures. This project will be a monthly event in Franklin.

#8 - Franklin Art Association, “Guest Artist Demonstrations”
The FAA has been awarded support for their monthly guest series of demonstrations and lectures by visiting New England artists. Demos are held at their monthly meeting which are free and open to the public at the Franklin Senior Center. Monthly.
#9 - Franklin Cultural District, “Discovering Franklin’s Cultural District”
This grant award will fund a comprehensive bus tour/walking tour within the existing Cultural District in Franklin. Supplemental individual tours will also take place throughout the sites in the District. There will be seven stops on the tour with a guide at each location: Historical Museum, Horace Mann statue, Town Common & monuments, Public Library, Dean College, Main Street (with bookstore and art gallery) and THE BLACK BOX. June 2023.

#10 - Franklin Farmers Market, “Music for the Market”
Funding for this project will provide weekly funding for performers at the farmers market in Franklin. The market runs each Friday from June to October on the Franklin Town Common.

#11 - Franklin High School, “Night of the Arts”
Night of the Arts is a community art event run by the high school’s National Art Honor Society members and their advisor. NAHS invites students from the district to come to the high school to visit six country themed rooms. In each room, students listen to the designated country’s local music while engaging in an art activity related to that country’s featured artist. This event will take place March 24th, 2023 at FHS.

#12 - Franklin LGBTQ Alliance, Inc., “Celebrate with Pride”
Celebrate with Pride is the largest LGBTQ+ event in the Franklin area and is held during Pride Month. The event brings local artisans, community groups, and performers together to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and allies. June 2023.

#13 - Franklin Performing Arts Company, “FPAC Family Concert Series”
The FPAC’s Family Concert Series introduces families to the joy of live music. In an engaging and entertaining format, audiences experience the sounds of Classics4Kids and Jazz4Kids brought to life in an informal and intimate setting. Performances are free to the Franklin community and surrounding towns. Winter 2023.

#14 - Franklin Public Library, “Lotus Lantern Craft & Film”
Community members will be lead through making a Korean lotus lantern followed by a film on Korean culture and the significance of the Lantern Festival. May 2023.

#15 - Helen Keller Parent Communication Council, “Oge Mora; Get to Know an Author/Illustrator”
The Helen Keller PCC will host award winning author and illustrator, Oge Mora, for their students in the Spring of 2023. Ms. Mora will be speaking and working with each grade level in the school on the process of creating literature and how artwork can tell a story. Spring 2023.

#16 - Horace Mann Middle School, “Visiting Author”
The Franklin middle schools will welcome a young adult author for a three-day residency (one day at each middle school) to address the entire student body and conduct small group workshops. A evening event for families and community members will also be held to allow families to interact with their students and share a common experience by reading a book. Fall 2023.

#17 - Franklin High School, “The Empty Bowls Project”
High school ceramics students spend the entire year making 300-400 clay bowls with their grant funding. In May of 2023, they will partner with the Franklin Food Pantry and co-host a community dinner. All funds from ticket sales and the silent auction benefit the food pantry.
May 2023.

#18 - “SheGrooves; Using our Voices for Positive Change”
This is an inter-generational community event, equal parts performance and presentation and given by Berklee College of Music women. This 90-minute family friendly concert will be held at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse in Franklin on Saturday, April 1st. SheGrooves explores female representation and empowerment through original music as well as iconic female performers and writers such as Joni Mitchell and Aretha Franklin. April 2023.

#19 - LiveARTS, “The 2023 LiveARTS Concert Series”
LiveARTS, the renowned concert series based in Franklin, celebrates its twenty-first season with four performances in 2023. All concerts take place at the First Universalist Society in Franklin and feature nationally and internationally recognized artists. March-November 2023.

#20 - MA Educational Theatre Guild, Inc., “The MA High School Drama Festival”
On Saturday, March 4th, the Franklin High School Theatre will again host one of the rounds of the annual festival. The State-wide event features 120 participating schools. March 2023.

#21 - NoteAble Blend Chorus, “NoteAble Blend A cappella Concert”
A 20-member women’s barbershop chorus will perform a free concert at the Franklin Public Library. The concert will last approximately one hour and will have audience participation as well. April 2023.

#22 - SAFE Coalition, “Can you see me?”
This project will encourage students of the SAFE Vaping Diversion and afterschool program in Franklin to explore the duality of their social-emotional wellness needs. Teens will be able to express how they feel and explore through art.

#23 - Solutions Extended Day, “Social Emotional Learning Through Art”
How can repetitive mark marking (doodling) be used as a stress-management tool? Students will explore repetitive mark making, practice noticing and sharing about a work of art, learn how Chinese artists created landscapes with many types of marks and employ focus repeated mark making to create their own designs.
#24 - Southeastern Massachusetts Community Wind Symphony, Inc., “Band Concert”
In the summer of 2023 this 35-piece band will provide a high-quality concert to the Franklin Seniors and their guests. The band will play show tunes, big band numbers, patriotic songs, and other well-known pieces.

#25 - Celia Taylor, “Let’s Get it Started Dance Crew”
This project is a weekly adaptive dance class specifically geared towards adults with developmental and/or physical challenges. Adaptive dance encompasses creative expression, music appreciation and social skills as they pertain to cohesive group dynamics.

#26 - Town of Franklin, “Where’s the Toast Memory Café”
Memory Café’s will take place the third Wednesday of the month for 2023 at the Franklin Senior Center. These are safe and inviting spaces for those who are experiencing memory loss and their loved ones and caregivers. Music can trigger positive memories and bring feelings of happiness and provides space for “a little bit of normal” in what can be a heartbreaking diagnosis and journey.

#27 - Matt York, “Songs & Stories – The Highwaymen”
This is a musical program in which songs and stories about the country supergroup The Highwaymen is presented. Matt York will be performing at the Franklin Library on February 25th for the community of Franklin. February 2023.

#28 - Robert Zammarchi, “Elijah T. Grasshopper’s Rainbow Dance Party!”
This will be an interactive, live musical enrichment program with characters and puppets at the Franklin Public Library in August of 2023. Elijah T. Grasshopper & Friends are a favorite for our youngest community members and promote a message of social harmony and environmental consciousness. August 2023.

How were the grants determined? 

For FY23, the Franklin Cultural Council will give priority to grant applications for projects and programs that meet one or more of the following:
  • are held within the Town of Franklin and/or are of the greatest benefit to Franklin residents
  • are for events within the boundaries of the Franklin Cultural District
  • programs that are service-oriented and best meet the needs of our community
  • programs that elevate the voices and experiences of historically marginalized groups to create a more inclusive cultural sector in Franklin
  • programs that explicitly link the arts to emotional well-being in times of crisis, and contribute to personal and community resiliency

Applicant's project must be clearly related to the arts, humanities, civics, history or interpretive sciences, and embody the following values of the Massachusetts Cultural Council: Mass Cultural Council works to elevate our rich cultural life in Massachusetts. We partner with communities across the Commonwealth to expand access, improve education, promote diversity, and encourage excellence in the arts, humanities and sciences. Through our efforts, we make our state a better place to live, work, and visit for everyone.

Applicant's project must provide adequate public benefit for the Franklin community and provide adequate public access. Explanation of handicap accessibility of the venue, if applicable, must be included in application.

Applicant must have a clear, written commitment of event from sponsoring organization or venue. 

Funding for applicant's project must not substitute for or replace other public funding of programs in the arts, humanities, civics, history or interpretive sciences. 

Franklin Cultural Council funds are not intended to be used as the sole source of funding of projects.

Ticket prices for events will be taken into consideration during grant approval process and must be included in your application.

Applicants must take into consideration local and state COVID-19 guidelines in place at the time of their event. The Franklin Cultural Council acknowledges that the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and encourage applicants/applications that take this into consideration.

Acknowledgement of Franklin Cultural Council support must be given during the program or project and verification of such must be provided for grant payout.

2023 Franklin Cultural Council Grant Awardees
2023 Franklin Cultural Council Grant Awardees

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Franklin Cultural Council: Pamela Means (video)

If you missed the Circle of Friends concert in September 2022 featuring Pamela Means, you can view it via YouTube ->

The concert was sponsored by four local Cultural Councils (Franklin, Bellingham, Norfolk and Wrentham) as well as the Mass Cultural Council. The concert was live streamed and recorded by Franklin TV.

Franklin Cultural Council: Pamela Means (video)
Franklin Cultural Council: Pamela Means (video)

Note: This video is age-restricted and only available on YouTube

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Franklin Cultural District Partners to meet with Massachusetts Cultural Council - Oct 20

Greetings Franklin Cultural District Partners!

The Cultural District Committee (CDC) invites you to join us on October 20, 2022 at 3:00 PM at THE BLACK BOX (TBB), our Regional Theater, to meet Carolyn Cole and Guelmi Espinal, Program Directors from Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC). They will be in Town for a quick tour of the Franklin Cultural District (FCD) and to meet with the Cultural District’s Partners.

Please take time for this meet and greet, followed by some light refreshments and an FCD Partners meeting. This will be one of our Quarterly meetings for the year. We welcome you to come and share with the CDC ways that we can promote and share the arts with you. 

We have established goals for the FCD and hope you might have some thoughts on how these can assist you. 

As examples:

  • Coordinate resources to assist FCD Partners, local businesses and local artists and arts and cultural organizations to recover from negative impacts of COVID.

  • Work to increase economic activity and attract new businesses, including artists and cultural enterprises, to the Franklin Cultural Council.

  • Continue to strengthen the Franklin Cultural District Partnership, broaden ethnic diversity of the arts and culture in Franklin.

  • Continue to broaden our Social Media presence to help the FCD become more accessible and engaging on a level that will help us connect with and expand our audience as well as the diversity of our audience.

We hope you will be able to join us at THE BLACK BOX at 3:00 PM on Thursday October 20,  2022  to meet MCC Program Directors Carolyn Cole and Guelmi Espinal, and to discuss our common goals.

With appreciation, 

Roberta Trahan & Dr. Pandora Carlucci, Co-Chairs, FCDC

John LoPresti, Vice Chair, FCDC

Katherine Botelho, Clerk, FCDC

Amy Adams, Artist, Member FCDC 

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: We are back this Saturday with Pamela Means in a free concert at 8 PM

PAMELA MEANS - Power of the Protest Song
Saturday Sep 24 at 8:00 PM  
FREE with reservation
We are super excited to be presenting this free concert on Saturday.



Part performance and part presentation, this family-friendly public event will explore the origin stories and lineages of protest songs, how their meanings and impacts continue to transform through time and space, and how they have inspired – and continue to inspire – movements and cultural shifts within the realms of racial and social justice.

Pamela Means is a multi-talented performer, singer, songwriter, composer and producer,. Her multiple honors include being named Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's "# 1 Most Wanted New Artist," "Wisconsin Folk Artist of the Year," "Wisconsin Female Vocalist of the Year," and her politically provocative album, Single Bullet Theory, was voted 2004's "Outmusic Outstanding New Recording." Means's latest album, Precedent, elegantly addresses a range of themes from the state of the union to the state of the heart. Curve Magazine calls her "one of the fiercest guitar players and politically-rooted singer-songwriters in the music industry today."  

She performed at the last Franklin Cultural Festival in 2021 and has appeared at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse.

Proof of vaccination required. Masks strongly suggested.
This is a FREE concert but seating is limited.

Please email to reserve seats.

The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is a non-profit organization affiliated with Franklin's First Universalist Society.  Please visit for more information.

Pamela Means: Power of the Protest Song
Pamela Means: Power of the Protest Song