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Wednesday, July 30, 2014


The Space in Between: Art, Green Space and the Public Realm

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Art, Green Space and the Public Realm: 4 Speakers Featured at 2nd Symposium on Thursday, July 31

The Space in Between: Art, Green Space and the Public Realm
The second of three neighborhood-organized symposia features four speakers to share ideas that reimagine the public realm in Union Square.

Union Square Neighbors (USN) in collaboration with Union Square Main Streets (USMS) will hold the second of three neighborhood-organized events entitled The Space in Between: Art, Green Space and the Public Realm, on Thursday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. USN and USMS have asked members of the creative community in Somerville and around greater Boston to talk about projects that make public spaces delightful for all. Four speakers will give short 8-minute presentations about built work or work in progress followed by a small group discussion. This week’s speakers include:

Rob Trumbour, founder of Art Forming, a Boston-based collective of artists, educators and design professionals who are rooted in the conception, fabrication, and installation of multi-sensory public art and architecture intended to foster individual contemplation and open public dialog.

Jason Turgeon,a resident of Roxbury’s Fort Hill neighborhood and the producer of the free Greenway arts festival Figment. Jason is also a national expert on energy efficient sewage treatment, anaerobic digestion, and
the complexities of modern waste management.

Shauna Gillies-Smith, Founding Principal of Ground, a landscape design practice with a focus on artful landscapes and a specialization in urban projects and large-scale green roofs.

Peter Rose, Principal at Peter Rose + Partners, an internationally-recognized, award-winning architecture and urban design firm. The scale of his projects has varied from large urban design projects, such as the Old Port of Montreal Waterfront Master Plan, to smaller renovations and additions.

The first “Space in Between” symposium on July 24 drew approximately 30 people who live and work in Union Square. Participants generated diverse ideas on art and green space that help identify Union Square
and facilitate people’s participation in the space. Ideas included a discussion on the unexpected surprises, imagery, and functional infrastructure that give Union Square its character. Ideas for the future included pop-up installations, pocket gardens and rooms, human scale and auditory projects, and use of paths and alleys to create spaces that allow for interaction, participation, and interpretation.

USN and USMS welcome everyone to attend. The presentations and ideas generated in the symposia will be documented and available online through both USN and USMS websites as a resource for City planning efforts and the US2 master developer team.

The events will be held in Union Square at:
CrossFit Somerville
35 Prospect Street
Somerville, MA 02143

Upcoming Dates:
Thursday, July 31, 2014 7:30pm-9:00pm
Thursday, August 7, 2014 7:30pm-9:00pm

Speaker and Volunteer Opportunities:
For speaker and volunteer opportunities, please
contact Shu Talun at

About Union Square Neighbors:
Union Square Neighbors (USN) is a grassroots, independent neighborhood association dedicated to helping residents and stakeholders of Union Square shape the future of their community. Our vision is for a healthier, greener, and more vibrant Union Square that includes buildings and places that reflect the inventive, unique, and historic character that people loveabout our neighborhood. We seek to help inform and engage neighbors
in these issues, and to advocate to protect what make Union Square such a great place to live today while helping to bring an even better tomorrow.

About Union Square Main Streets: Union Square Main Streets creates a vibrant neighborhood by enhancing the Union Square business district and surrounding neighborhoods through active community collaboration. By highlighting the artistic and ethnic strengths of the neighborhood we seek to drive commercial and economic development. We celebrate food — local and international, our own eclectic creative sensibilities, and the dense, unique fabric of our New England square that blossomed before there was such a thing as smart growth.

Shu Talun,
Union Square Neighbors

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


(See below for your complementary PhotoShop training consultation, as well as the limited time offer to learn how you can benefit from drum scanning of film and original art.)

I would like to invite you to view my photography and printing services at First Friday Open Studios, this Friday, August 1st, from 5-9 pm, at 450 Harrison Ave., Studio 227, Boston, MA.

For the next 2 months, I am proud and excited to also host the photography of Stephen Lewontin, a photographer, engineer, painter, and former photojournalist who lives and works in the Boston area. I have worked closely with Steve preparing the photos for this exhibit, beginning with drum scanning his vintage slides and negatives and consulting on photo selection. I edited the images to emphasize and clarify his vision, reviewed the proofs with him, and did the final prints and framing. Those of you who have been in my studio over the last year will have seen proofs of his dramatic photos from Chile, Central America and around the world!

Monday, July 28, 2014


Upcoming Union Square International Market Tours!

As part of our ArtsUnion project, the Somerville Arts Council gives tours of Union Square international food markets. Join us and learn where to find ingredients like Nepalese timur (a fragrant spice used in pickles), squid ink pasta and Haitian akasan (a cornmeal drink). Beyond discovering the culinary exotica available in Union Square, we’ll learn about the history of these stores and how their clientele represents the cultural community of Somerville. Each tour visits three markets and we’ll point out others along the way. Featured markets include: Casa de Carne, Well Foods Plus Halal Market, La Internacional, Little India, New Bombay Market, Pao de Acucar & Brazilian Buffet and the Reliable Market. Without leaving Union Square, we’ll visit Brazil, Korea, India, Nepal, Guatemala and Haiti!
Remaining 2014 Market Tour Dates:

Wednesday, July 30th, 6:30pm-8pm
Thursday, August 7th, 6:30pm-8pm
Tuesday, August 12th, 6:30pm-8pm
Tuesday, August 26th, 6:30pm-8pm
Saturday, Sept. 13th, 1-2:30pm
Cost: Totally FREE!

How to sign up: send an email to letting us know what date and how many people you'd like to sign up!


Is anyone doing a project/s incorporating keys and need some?

I have around 100 keys (house key) size, and around 100 of the smaller cabinet size keys, weighing a couple of pounds.

If anyone could use these for a project, just email me at:

Or if no one wants them and has ideas on how to best recycle, also let me know.

Friday, July 25, 2014


Open House for Prospective Members!

Are you currently homeschooling? Interested in homeschooling? Looking for an alternative option for next year? If so, come by our open house next weekend to check out the Center for Semiconducted Learning, our year-round homeschooling center for kids who are looking for alternatives to school.

Open House @ Center for Semiconducted Learning
Parts and Crafts, 577 Somerville Ave, Somerville MA
Saturday August 2, 12-2 pm.

CSCL is a year-round immersive program for kids who want to make, build, play, and engage with a variety of traditional academic subjects in non-traditional ways. We run a community space with lots of tools, resources and projects, designed to meet a range of homeschooling needs. We'd love to meet you and your family!

RSVP HERE: CSCL Open House + Family Day

"Meet and Greet" Homeschooling Series

Starting in August 2014, we're offering a series of free community workshops to parents and families who are considering homeschooling / alternative education to network and build relationships with other homeschoolers in the Somerville area. Each workshop will highlight some topic in alternative education, with a short presentation and time and shared discussion.

Thursday August 7, 6-8 pm @ Parts and Crafts

Our first workshop will feature Kelly Taylor, who will be sharing her experiences in unschooling her oldest kid, as well as homeschooling parents who've opted to go this route with their kids. What is unschooling? How do you define it? How has it worked for you? Free and open to the public.

Thursday August 21, 6-8 pm @ Parts and Crafts

For parents who are planning to start homeschooling in the fall and want help writing up their plan for the local school board. We'll have some samples of different kinds of plans -- fully fleshed out, super skeletal -- and will hear from some parents on their experiences getting their plans authorized by the local school committee.

Thursday September 25, 6-8 pm @ Parts and Crafts

How much math to you want to be doing? Do you want to be doing math at all to start out? If yes, what curricula do you pick from? (there are so many!) We don't have the answers, but we do have a reasonable amount of experience helping kids transition from in-school to self-directed math work. In this workshop we'll introduce a couple of options we use at Parts and Crafts, share our experiences on the pros and cons of each, and hear from some homeschooling families on what's worked for them.

CSCL is currently enrolling for Fall 2014!

If you're interested in coming by for a visit, email contact@partsandcrafts to set up a time in August! Visiting hours are 3-5:30 (i.e. after camp hours) -- please call ahead and we'll arrange for a staff member to give you a tour and talk a bit about how the program works. Day visits are possible but need to be arranged in advance.



AUGUST PROGRAMS offered by Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation and the Cambridge Water Department

Saturday, August 2 – Wildflower Identification using Newcomb's Wildflower Guide

Saturdays, August 2 and 9 - Volunteer Adventures at Fresh Pond with Ranger Jean

Monday, August 4 – Tour of the Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility

Monday, August 4 – Fresh Pond Monarch Watch: Pod-a-Palooza!

Thursday, August 7 – Fresh Pond Monarch Watch: Caterpillar Check-up & Release Preparation

Every Thursday in August – Wake-Up and Weed!

Friday, August 8 – Experience Fresh Pond through Nature Journaling

Sunday August 10 – Preparing to Honk!

Monday, August 11 – Community Weed-out: The Grateful Dead-Head

Monday, August 18 – Fresh Pond Monarch Watch: Pod Patrol

Saturday, August 23 – Fresh Pond Monarch Watch: Butterfly Release Ceremony

Monday, August 25 – Composting 101

Complete descriptions with registration and meeting place information are posted on the Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation website at:

If you wish to attend a program, please sign up using the registration information included in the description for that program.

You can scroll down the webpage for links to other information:

· Cambridge Water Department volunteer opportunities and other 2014 programs.

· Grow Native Massachusetts Website

· Cambridge Recycling Website

Thursday, July 24, 2014


I am delighted to report my painting Change, Ballston Beach has been selected for the New England Collective V Juried Show at Galatea Fine Art. Here are the particulars...

Galatea Fine Art
460 Harrison Ave., Boston MA
August 1–30, 2014
Gallery Hours: Wed.–Fri. noon–6pm, Sat. & Sun. noon–5pm

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday Aug. 1, 6–8pm

Galatea Fine Art is among the group of galleries in SoWa on Harrison Ave and the opening reception will be part of the First Fridays festivities. I'd love to see you there!

To view more of my paintings:

Please watch for an interview with yours truly coming soon in the online literary magazine, Wilderness House Literary Review. Last I heard the interview would be in the Sept. issue.

Hope you are having a wonderful summer!

Monday, July 21, 2014


WMBR is looking for designs to use on fundraising swag.

WMBR is a college/community radio station affiliated with MIT. We are a local, non-commercial station, broadcasting at 88.1fm, and online at

We are 100% volunteer, with no paid staff. This is rare - even among other local college and public stations. Our only sources of income are listener donations and a small stipend from MIT.

Each November, we host a week-long fundraising drive to replenish our capital budget and keep the station on air for another year. Typically, we offer various wmbr-branded premiums to donors -- t-shirts, bumper stickers, and the like -- as our way of saying thanks and for them to wear in support of the station.

Each year we choose different designs for these premiums, which is where you come in! We are reaching out to the local artist community for logos or other images. While we can't provide cash payment, any designers whose images we use will receive publicity via on-air mentions and on our website, as well as ample samples of their work on the actual premiums. In addition, you'll be helping out one of the premiere radio stations in the region.

If you're interested in helping us out, please respond by Friday, August 22. Reply to us at

with a jpeg or link to your proposed design. Rough drafts are welcome if accompanied by examples of other finished work.

You can see examples of previously used artwork here:

(you don't need to have a facebook account to view these)

We've had a great response when we've reached out to this community in previous years. Thanks for your consideration and please feel free to pass this along to anyone you feel might be interested!

~Jon Bernhardt and the rest of the WMBR fundraising crew

Thursday, July 17, 2014


I am looking for volunteer artists to street-paint squares measuring 4' x 6' during Artbeat ( on Saturday, July 19th starting at 9am. These squares have been sponsored by individuals to benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute through donations made to the Pan Mass Challenge, which raises money for life-saving cancer research through an annual bike-a-thon.

During the Street Painting Festival Fundraiser, street painters will transform sections of DAVIS SQUARE using chalk-pastels on pavement to create vibrant and colorful, large scale images.

I am looking for interested individuals/artists design and chalk-paint the square with a hatch-themed image. The sponsors' name will be showcased at the top and artists are encouraged to sign their work. This is an interactive experience with the spectators of your artwork.

If interested please contact me directly at or (805) 458-2649. I can provide more information and confirm your participation via phone call or email and allocate your square in the festival.

Come celebrate the arts and help the Pan Mass Challenge and Dana Farber Institute while painting the streets of Somerville!


Lots of cool shows coming up this Summer and Fall, including some great fundraisers and benefits.

Part of my evolving mission as a performer and small business (staff of 1) is to help raise "spirits, funds, and awareness for non-profits, charities and progressive social causes."

The working title of this new idea is:

Tingle! More than Entertainment

Our Mission is Your Mission

If you're looking to do a fundraiser -- no matter how big or small -- we may be able to help on a "sliding scale basis."

This year we have helped meet or exceed fundraising goals for several organizations, including Mount Auborn Hospital, Fenway Health, Mass Homeless Coalition, Boston Harbor Association, Women's Bar Association, Cambridge Community Services, and many more.

Just fill out the booking form and we'll get back to you ASAP.

Hope to see you soon, and in the words of Steve Jobs in his legendary commencement address at Stanford University, "stay hungry, stay foolish."

Hungry? Foolish? I'm already there. Yesterday I biked 10 miles and swam for 30 minutes, then ate like a horse and gained 3 pounds. Hungry, foolish, it's me!

Upcoming Shows
20 Jul 2014 "There's a Comedian in the Church" - Fundraiser for Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Wellfleet, MA Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall Buy ticket
21 Jul 2014 "Making Comic Sense" Nantucket, MA Bennett Hall - The Theater Workshop of Nantucket Buy ticket
23 Jul 2014 "Making Comic Sense" - Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore Gala Fundraiser Truro, MA Payomet Performing Arts Center Buy ticket
27 Jul 2014 36th Annual Possible Dreams Auction for Martha's Vineyard Community Services Edgartown, MA Winnetu Oceanside Resort on Martha's Vineyard Buy ticket
02 Aug 2014 2014 Summer Cocktails and Auction Event to Benefit Rising Tide Therapeutic Equestrian Center West Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard, MA The Grange Hall Buy ticket
16 Aug 2014 "Making Comic Sense" - An Evening of Comedy, Commentary, and Conversation Truro, MA Payomet Performing Arts Center Buy ticket
06 Sep 2014 "Making Comic Sense" Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall Buy ticket
13 Sep 2014 "Making Comic Sense" Fundraiser for Weymouth Democratic Town Committee Weymouth, MA Weymouth Elks Club Buy ticket
20 Sep 2014 "Making Comic Sense" - Fundraiser for the Chelmsford Center for the Arts Chelmsford, MA Chelmsford Center for the Arts Buy ticket
27 Sep 2014 "Making Comic Sense" - An Evening of Comedy, Commentary, and Conversation Natick, MA The Center for Arts in Natick Buy ticket


We are currently accepting submissions from artists of all media in the first five years of their career who are not enrolled full-time in an academic program. The artist-in-residence will be awarded a 132 square foot studio with a shared lobby space, and will have the opportunity to live rent-free in a single bedroom cottage within walking distance of The Umbrella. Application fee.



Come to SCATV tonight at 7pm for the next Potluck & Lecture Series with Arlington International Film Festival.

This is co-organized by our colleagues at Arlington Community Media, Inc..


Come mingle and network with other media & film geeks. Tour the HD studios at Somerville Community Access TV and get to know others in the industry.

Learn how you can utilize SCATV as a media and film resource and get involved at a widely popular state of the art multi-media center.

Our guest speakers are the organizers of the Arlington International Film Festival. They will share with us some insiders tips about organizing this very popular festival, the challenges & successes, and they will also screen some of previous festival’s film submissions!

The event’s layout:

7:00pm-7:30pm: Mingle and network with other peers in the industry while indulging in tasty refreshments and people’s special dishes!
7:30pm-8:30pm: Hear from our presenters about AIFF along with film screenings and a Q & A.
8:30pm-9:00pm: Close out the night with any additional mingling and networking.

Please RSVP to this event. We hope to see many of you there!

Erica Jones


I need to get this giant gallery display table out of our gallery and would love to find it a good home. If you want it, I can deliver it on Monday morning.

It’s roughly 14 feet long x4 feet wide, very, very heavy, and has a plexi hood. It’s really well built (we got it from the GSD at Harvard). It needs a new coat of paint.

E-mail if you’re interested.

Jeremy Gaucher
Public Art Administrator
Cambridge Arts Council
344 Broadway, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617/349-4388
Fax: 617/349-4669



Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Saturday, August 2, 10-6 PM & Sunday, August 3, 10-5 PM
The 19th Annual Arts Affair returns to Marina Bay
Corporate Park, 500 Victory Rd., Quincy MA
Rain or Shine

Every first week-end in August, The Arts Affair is hosted at Marina Bay. The Corporate Park lobby and cafeteria is transformed into a sprawling 6,000 sq. ft. art gallery, displaying hundreds of original oils, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, photography, and sculpture. Arts Affair Judge’s select prize winners in six categories.

The two day exhibition showcases Boston and South Shore independent and art association members that includes Braintree, Brockton Council on Aging, Canton, Hull Artists Studio Connection, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Massasoit Community College, Milton Art Museum, Needham, Newburyport, Norwood, Quincy, Randolph, South Boston, South Shore Art Center, West Roxbury, and Weymouth Art Associations.

All artwork is for sale, reasonably priced. Free parking, free admission, art demonstrations, and raffles. Awards presentation Saturday, 2:00 PM in the cafeteria.

Come and enjoy what has become one the most prestigious annual exhibitions South of Boston.
For more information visit


In conjunction with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), the Somerville, Medford and Cambridge Arts Councils will commission multiple artists to design an integrated art program for the Green Line Extension stations.

View the Request for Qualifications

View the MBTA's Architecturally Integrated Art Policy/Program

All RFQ submissions must be made using our Online Submission Process

Current Procurement Schedule:

July 29, 2014, 5:30 PM - Prequalification/information session
August 6, 2014 - Due date for questions on the RFQ
August 15, 2014, 11:59 PM - Application deadline
August-September 2014 - Application review and finalists notified
September 2014 - Community dialogues/neighborhood forums
September 2014 - Artists selection finalized
September-December 2014 - Artist engagement and design process
TBD - Execution and installation

Monday, July 14, 2014


I'm looking for volunteer artists to street-paint squares measuring 4' x 6' during Artbeat ( on Saturday, July 19th starting at 9am. These squares have been sponsored by individuals to benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute through donations made to the Pan Mass Challenge, which raises money for life-saving cancer research through an annual bike-a-thon.

During the Street Painting Festival Fundraiser, street painters will transform sections of DAVIS SQUARE using chalk-pastels on pavement to create vibrant and colorful, large scale images.

I am looking for interested individuals/artists design and chalk-paint the square with a hatch-themed image. The sponsors' name will be showcased at the top and artists are highly encouraged to sign their work.

If interested please contact me directly at or (805) 458-2649. I can provide more information and confirm your participation via phone call or email and allocate your square in the festival.

Come celebrate the arts and help the Pan Mass Challenge and Dana Farber Institute while painting the streets of Somerville!

Thank you for your time,
Helen Bresler

Saturday, July 12, 2014


Enjoy local cooking with a night out in Somerville…

Enter to win the raffle


SCATV is curious what your favorite spots are in Somerville and we invite you to submit a picture of your favorite place, restaurant, statue, tiny museum, or hidden gem in one of Somerville’s Squares! Winners will be entered into a drawing for dinner for two at La Brasa Somerville and two Somerville Theatre tickets (a huge high five to those two fine Somerville establishments for donating those gift certificates!). The winner will be announced on SCATV Ch. 3 during Somerville Neighborhood News at 7pm (which also airs online at All pictures submitted will also be edited into a slideshow video that will broadcast on Ch. 3 daily til the end of August.

Deadline: July 25th & winner to be announced on Somerville Neighborhood News on July 29th at 7pm on SCATV Ch. 3 or online!

Friday, July 11, 2014


Join us July 17 at 7 pm when Boston University historian Linda Heywood discusses the book Prince Among Slaves, the true story of Abdul-Rahman, a Muslim prince kidnapped and sold into slavery in antebellum Mississippi.
A chance encounter with a physician who had known Abdul-Rahman's father
in Africa led to a national campaign for Abdul-Rahman's emancipation. After being freed Abdul became a celebrity speaker on the abolitionist circuit. His literacy in Arabic and his royal origins challenged contemporary stereotypes about Africans.

Linda Heywood is Professor of African-American Studies and History at Boston University. She is theco-author of Central Africans, Atlantic Creoles and the Foundation of America. She served as a consultant for the Smithsonian Institution exhibit African Voices and the PBS series African American Lives.

This program is made possible by a Muslim Journeys grant awarded to the Library by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. We are grateful for their generosity!

GALLERY 90 EXHIBITION - July 8-30, 2014

ENTITIES: MIXED MEDIA and PAINTINGS by Nancy Wood will be on exhibit at the SCATV Gallery from July 8 – 30, 2014. Her work reflects her background in and passion for the sciences and mathematics. Nancy Wood easily combines traditional painting techniques with technology to create intricate images that seem move on her canvases. The sources of her artistic inspiration include Eastern Art, Chaos Theory and Geometry.

Nancy Wood’s interview with Janet Cormier, ART AT SCATV Host and Gallery Curator, can be seen on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 PM on Channel 3 or online at The SCATV Gallery is located at 90 Union Square, Somerville, MA. The SCATV Gallery is open during SCATV hours of operation: Monday – Thursday Noon to 10:00 PM, Friday & Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and closed Sunday and Holidays.

Somerville artists interested in appearing as guest on ART AT SCATV and exhibitor in the SCATV Gallery should contact Janet Cormier, Program Host and Gallery Curator or Wendy Blom, Executive Director of SCATV at (617) 628 – 8826.


Historic Somerville ( a local non-profit) and the City of Somerville's Historic Preservation Commission are looking for additional volunteers to open up the 1804 Milk Row Cemetery to the public for a couple of times during the seasonal months, August through November (weather permitting). The very compact Cemetery is located on the periphery of Union Square , on Somerville Ave. next to Demoulas Market Basket.

The goal is to enable folks to come inside the normally locked gates (due to the fragility of the site) and answer questions or lead short tours. The Docent Program times are one Sunday afternoon (1-4PM) and one weekday evening (6-8pm during daylight hours) per month. The tour duty of each volunteer is less than this as it is spread out over the entire volunteer group. Volunteers are given public information brochures to distribute about the Cemetery, and will initially learn about the history of the site via an informative DVD as well as training by other docents. Docents are encouraged to wear clothing (which may be supplied by HS) appropriate to the time period of the Cemetery, late 18th or 19th century. Two volunteers act as docents at each opening of the cemetery and should be 18 years old or older. Prior experience is not required, but volunteers should have a strong interest in Somerville history and be sociable.

If you are interested, please submit your contact information to along with a brief statement of why you would like to become a docent and any background experience you have in this area. Please include your dates of availability for Sunday afternoons or a weekday eve. from August through November to the best of your knowledge. Thank you!

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