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Friday, October 24, 2014


I typically write you to tell you about an upcoming event at the Cambridge Art Association or to ask you for a contribution to support our work. Today I write to you with a different message - but one that is important to not just the Cambridge Art Association, but to the regional creative community.

Today, October 24th is Arts Matter Day. I hope you will do two things to voice your support of the arts in Massachusetts, and the importance of the arts in your life.

First, I hope you will please sign the Arts Matter pledge

to show the candidates that arts matter to you and should matter in this election.

Second - We want to hear from you why the #ArtsMatter! I hope you will Tweet @cambridgeartorg with why the #ArtsMatter to you and/or tag Cambridge Art Association on Facebook with why the #ArtsMatter to you. Our favorite Tweet and Facebook post will each win a 2015 Cambridge Art Association Calendar, featuring work by local and regional artists who are members of the Cambridge Art Association.

Thank you for supporting the Arts - and the Cambridge Art Association. It is because of YOU that the #ArtsMatter to ME.


Erin Becker
Norma Jean Calderwood Director
Cambridge Art Association


Members Prize Show - juried by Al Miner (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
Through November 15, at University Place Gallery

Time Travelers
Small Group Show featuring work by Stephen Martin, Conny Goelz-Schmitt and Lorraine Sullivan
Through October 30, at Kathryn Schultz Gallery

See our upcoming shows on our website ...


The Somerville Arts Council and Parts and Crafts announces a MUSCRAT Kids Maker series

Come out and check out our Multi Use Somerville Community Roaming Art Transport vehicle as she hosts Parts and Crafts for a series of kids maker workshops. Learn more about electronics, woodworking and craft projects with Parks and Crafts staff.

We’re bring the MUSCRAT bus into the neighborhoods for this FREE series.

All workshops will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Sat. Oct. 25, Mystic Activity Center parking lot, 530 Mystic Ave.
Sat. Nov. 1, Mystic Activity Center parking lot, 530 Mystic Ave.
Sat. Nov. 8, Capuano School, 150 Glenn Street
Sat. Nov. 15, Clarendon Hill parking lot, 268 Powerhouse Blvd.
Sat. Nov. 22, Clarendon Hill parking lot, 268 Powerhouse Blvd.

For more information about the MUSCRAT and this series go to:
For more information about Parts and Crafts go to:

Thanks to Somerville Housing Authority, Mystic Learning Center, Welcome Project, Haitian Coalition, & City DPW and Traffic and Parking.


We have a big weekend at the Nave. This will be the last weekend for Bibliophilia, a show about book art curated by Hannah Verlin at the Nave Annex in Davis Square. There will be an artist talk on Sunday.

Also, we're excited to have Scott Ainslie, a well-know blues activist, play at the Nave Gallery in Teele Square on Sunday. There will be a reception at 5:00 pm, with a concert at 6:00 pm.

October 2-26, 2014
Curated by: Hannah Verlin

Artist Talk: Sunday, October 26; 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Nave Annex, Davis Square, 53 Chester St, Somerville

Directions Exhibition Artist Talk

Artists: Caroline Bagenal, Kate Barber, Ana Campos, Cathy Durso, Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer, Ann Forbush, Rebekah Lord Gardiner, Conny Goelz-Schmitt, Liz Hilt, Sarah Hulsey, Jenn Libby, Kathy Lobo, Claire Marcus, Joyce McDaniel, Leighton McWilliams, Abbie Read, Ian Sampson, Susan Schmidt

Truth Telling: Art in Search of Social Justice
October 5 - November 2, 2014
Curated by: Karl Gufstason

Blues as Truth-Telling, featuring Scott Ainslie: Sunday, October 26; 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
Nave Gallery, Teele Square; 155 Powder House Blvd, Somerville

Directions Exhibition Blues as Truth-Telling

Artists: Nancy Hall Brooks, Chantal Bruchez-Hall, Nancy Crasco, David Feingold, Helena Gijsbers van Wijk, Karen Gutfreund, Neil Horsky, Lou Jones, Shaun Lynch, Claire Marcus, Claire Roll, Adrienne Sloane, Michael Spencer, Steven Stark, Taryn Wells

In May, 2014, the Nave Gallery marked its 10 year anniversary at The Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church.
Truth Telling: Art in Search of Social Justice, is a celebration of this partnership and an assertion that art is a vehicle through which conversations on social change can be held, compelling people to action.

SpaceFinder Mass IS HERE!

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston (A&BC) is excited to announce the launch of SpaceFinder Mass: A free online platform that enables artists and creative spaces to connect with one another

Created by Fractured Atlas and established in numerous cities nationwide, the A&BC is bringing this service to our area with the support of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and in collaboration with StageSource and Boston Dance Alliance

SpaceFinder's advanced search function enables venues to promote their space based on technical specifications, pricing, availability, the type of events suitable for their space and more. These filter capabilities assure that organizations receive inquiries from renters serious and educated about what their space has to offer. For example, SpaceFinder New York has achieved a 73% match rate!

Creating your listing on SpaceFinder Mass is simple:

Visit click "List Your Space" to sign up for your free organization account and complete your organization profile.

Fill out your organization info and create a space listing. After completing your organization profile and space listings, the A&BC will review and publish your listing. Your listing will be online and available for potential renters to find you within three to four business days!

Questions? Please contact us at:

Or, for technical assistance, contact:
Heather Balchunas
Office Manager
Somerville Arts Council
617.625.6600 ext. 2985

CALL FOR SMALL Text And Image THEMED ARTWORK – February 15, 2015

Open to all Boston area artists and all proceeds will benefit our endowment for scholarships at Maud Morgan Arts. The exhibition will take place in the Spring of 2015, juried by Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons,distinguished artist and long time Professor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Entry fee.


Thursday, October 23, 2014


Care to try your hand at being Somerville’s first ever Poet Laureate? Now is the time to take the plunge.

By Tom Bannister

The City of Somerville has announced that it will be creating the position of Poet Laureate for the City of Somerville. Candidates for the lofty appointment are being sought now.

Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene
Doug Holder CV
Ibbetson Street Press
Ibbetson Street Online Bookstore
Poet to Poet/Writer to Writer
Doug Holder's Column in The Somerville Times ( Online and Print)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


I write to let you know of exciting staffing changes at Barr Foundation in the arts and culture program. We will have two open positions in the Arts & Culture Program: Program Assistant and a newly created position of Program Officer.

Program Assistant
Lauren Woody, our great Program Assistant, will be leaving Barr Foundation to take a wonderful new position at Pilot House Family Philanthropy Office. If you have interacted with Lauren, you can appreciate how her gracious professionalism and astute insights have contributed mightily to our team and the Foundation.

Attached is the Program Assistant job announcement which has a deadline of November 7th. I ask you to quickly and thoughtfully reach out to your networks and help us find qualified candidates. You'll see that the position requires a minimum of two years working in arts and culture, so your contacts will be invaluable.

Please note that all inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to: Denise Gillespie, Director of Human Resources,

Program Officer
As our portfolio has greatly grown, we are creating a Arts & Culture Program Officer position. We will be conducting a national search - the job announcement and search details will be released soon.

In the meanwhile, I also ask for your patience through this transition.
Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Warm regards,
San San

LEARN TO PLAY MUSIC - October 26, 2014

Want to play lively street music all year long?

Join our band!

WHO: Anyone, of any age or musical experience, who wants to have fun playing loud and lively music, mostly outside, to support our community. Families encouraged to join.

WHAT: Bring any acoustic instrument you like (or we can find one for you). We’ll play all musical genres, drawing especially from world street band traditions as well as American popular music.

WHEN: Every Sunday afternoon, 3-5 pm, beginning October 26.

WHERE: sprout at 339R Summer St. in Somerville.

COST: No fee - donations of any amount accepted.

QUESTIONS: / 617-977-4894


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

Saturday, November 1 – Purple Loosestrife Fall Data Collection – led by Kirsten Lindquist

Sunday, November 2 – Knowing Trees by their Buds – led by Ranger Jean Rogers

Monday, November 3 – A Tour of the Water Purification Facility – led by CWD Staff

Thursday mornings through November 20 – Wake Up and Weed – led by Kirsten Lindquist

Saturday, November 8 – Autumn Bird Walk – led by Nancy Guppy

Sunday, November 9 – Grow Your Own Wildflowers – led by Elizabeth Wylde

Monday, November 10 – Volunteer Adventure – Led by Ranger Jean Rogers

Saturday, November 22 – First Annual Fresh Pond Great Gobble Give-Back – led by Kirsten Lindquist

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.

Susan and Elizabeth

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


SCAAAARRRRRY Tea cozies & fuzzy sweaters OMG it's HALLOWEEN

MAKE OUT! with us Monday, Rocktober 27th from 6:30 - 9:30 pm at the Somerville Armory Cafe.
Dress-up is highly recommended although absolutely NOT mandatory :)
Fiber inspired costumes anyone?

Everyone and all crafts are welcome :)
All food & drink preferences can partake in the bounty of drink & delicacy at the Arts at the Armory Cafe:

We can't wait to see what you are making!
Xo Amylou

knit crochet spin embroider felt bead draw quilt weave paste podge or just hang & chill

SOMERVILLE SPIDERS will be spinning bring your wheel and join us!

Please join the Ravelry Group or FB page


Somerville Community Access Television is excited to announce and spread the word about two upcoming media events hosted at SCATV. We are a community media center trying to best serve the Somerville community by creating opportunities and a space for people to meet and greet.

Next Monday, October 27th at 7pm, we are happy to bring back for its fourth time, Rough Cut Media Screening. This is a fun event, where media-makers from all walks of life can share their video work in progress to be screened for feedback. You can take it or leave it but nonetheless it is an opportunity to pitch your work, watch other people's videos and to network! RSVP here!

In the spirit of collaboration & community, you are invited to the FREE SCATV Potluck and Lecture Series with Boston Indie Mafia on Thursday, November 13th at 7pm. Boston Indie Mafia is a A group of regional production pros, performers, and creatives who provide a venue that helps connect filmmakers & foster support for local independents. RSVP here!

All the best,
Erica Jones

Membership & Outreach Coordinator
"connect. create. communicate."

Somerville Community Access TV
SCATV Facebook

Somerville Neighborhood News
SNN Facebook

Boston Free Radio
BFR Facebook


We are looking for about 250 old hardcover books to be turned into a sculptural element for a theatrical project (they will get parts cut out and glue together, so they wouldn't be returnable). If anyone has old hardcover books to be given away, we'd be happy to take them off your hands. Project is for a registered non-profit ( Lyric Stage Company of Boston), so your donation wold be tax deductible, at least to thrift store value of the books. Please e-mail us if you have any to spare.


Richard Wood
Wooden Kiwi Productions LLC
343 Medford St, second floor
Somerville, MA 02145
617-625-9663 • 617-388-4151 (cell)• 617-812-5360 (fax)
Visit us on FaceBook at

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Shawn Carey and I are running a fundraiser to help out Norman Smith with the Snowy Owl Project.
The event will be held at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum on Saturday, November 15th starting at 4:30pm (detailed in the picture/flier below.) Norman will have a live Barn Owl (yes - Barn, not Barred), which I'm really looking forward to seeing.

An RSVP is requires as we need to know how much food to get... If you plan on going contact Shawn Carey at
I'm fairly sure that Norman broke his record last year when capturing (and relocating) the snowies from Logan Airport. If you want to read more about the Snowy Owl Project, you can go here:

This webpage has a lot of information about GPS tracked Snowy Owls from around North America, including several that Norman has released:

We (Shawn and I) are doing this in place of our usual November Photo Share. So if you've been to that, you have some idea of what is involved. Fun people with a passion for nature combined with great photos (often from around the world!)
I hope you can make it, I expect it will be an interesting and fun evening - along with helping out a great project.


Eric Smith

Friday, October 17, 2014


Hello. Somerville Arts community.

I’d like to let you know there is an space opportunity that looks pretty good and we were told by the landlord that they would welcome studio artists.

The unit is 8-12 Main Street in Winter Hill. Here is more of a description:

The unit occupies the entire front above a liquor store and has great lighting. The unit consists of the larger, tiled room that is about 500 square feet plus two smaller rooms which are about 200 square feet each.

Unit also has a working kitchen, bathroom, and HVAC is all up to date. It is accessible by the front through a stairwell and a back second stairwell. As for abutters, no major issue with retail tenants on the ground floor. The other residential tenants on the second floor have Bible study three days a week, but nothing too major.

In terms of leasing, the owner is flexible with leasing. Ideally, would like $1000 a month gross and a longer-term lease. Utilities are all negotiable.

The unit is available now.

If you are interested in this unit please contact me and Maxwell MacCarthy, cced above. Max is a new member of our City team and is a Urban Revitalization Specialist, within the Mayor's Office of Strategic Planning & Community Development.

Thank you. And hope you all are doing well.

Gregory Jenkins
Executive Director
Somerville Arts Council
617.625.6600 ext. 2985
City of Somerville
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone


Hello Artists,

Spaces are available for the Saturday, October 25th SLAM Halloween Artist Market.

SLAM is in its fifth year and offers local artists a place to show and sell their work, as well as an opportunity for local residents to find a wide variety of art and handmade goods in one location.

If you would like to exhibit your work at SLAM Email Me:

for more information or go to: Exhibit @ SLAM

All media is considered.

For more market information and exhibit details, check out the SLAM Website.


The Boston International Kids Film Festival takes place over the weekend of November 7-9 at the Somerville Theatre and at Tufts University. The aim of the festival is to showcase great films from around the world that were all made for, by or about kids (ages 10 and up), and to link professional filmmakers with their next generation counterparts, through films and workshops on filmmaking and media literacy skills.

Come meet some great LOCAL filmmakers and take a workshop! See you there!


Sunday, October 26th, 3-5PM – Artists Reception Riverside Gallery: Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender Street, Cambridge MA 02139. We are honored to have as jurors for this year’s exhibit James Montford, Laura L. Montgomery, and Gilda Sharp-Etteh. The media in our 2014 show include some familiar materials, but with innovative and compelling methods and perspectives.


SONGS ABOUT PARENTS & CHILDREN - October 17-18, 2014

Don't miss these seasoned cabaret artists in an all new show:

Songs About Parents and Children
A joyful mosaic of songs and stories about being a parent. . .and being a child.

Friday, October 17
Saturday, October 18

“Few singers captivate an audience as quickly and convincingly as MccMillan can.
He presents his repertoire with a beguilingly intimate approach all his own.”
— Jules Becker, New England Entertainment Digest

Will and Doug breathe new life into a wide variety of songs including "I Can't Give You
Anything But Love" (from The Blackbirds of 1928), "William Wants a Doll" (from Free
To Be You And Me), "Plant A Radish" (from The Fantasticks), "Carefully Taught"
(from South Pacific), "Easier to Love" (from Baby), and "Not While I’m Around"
(from Sweeney Todd) as well as pop songs such as “That’s The Way I’ve Always
Heard It Would Be” by Carly Simon and “The Circle Game” by Joni Mitchell.

$15 in advance (available until 2pm the day of each show)
$20 (cash only) at the door
For 10/17 advance tickets,
For 10/18 advance tickets,
For more info: 617-628-0916

“By the end of the show, audience members were wiping tears and clapping madly.
Now that’s amore.” — Aiden Fitzgerald, Boston Herald

Listen at A Musical Life On Planet Earth
To see Will on YouTube:

THIRD LIFE STUDIO, 33 Union Square, Somerville, MA
(Almost at the heart of Union Square, on the segment of
Somerville Ave. coming into Union Square from Porter Square--
next to G&T Tailoring, three doors away from Somerville Grooves,
across Somerville Ave. from the new East Boston Savings Bank
at the head of Bow Street, and across the intersection from Citizens Bank)
For detailed directions and parking information:!directions/cbkx

Thursday, October 16, 2014

ACTON OPEN STUDIOS - October 19-20, 2014

Somerville bead & fiber artist Pat Iverson and the other members of the Beads Without End cooperative will be participating in Acton Open Studios this weekend.

Crocheted beadwork, jewelry, origami, rug hooking, ethnic embroidery, and other wonderful things at *our* location.
Luscious other artwork at other locations in Acton, MA

Beads Without End:
Pat Iverson, Martha Forsyth, & Kathryn Black
237 Central St, Acton Ma
October 19 -20,2014 noon-6pm (we stay open later than "official" hours of noon-5)

further information at
click on "map" for the brochure & map

-Pat Iverson


Hello. Listserve members, come out and support your local El Sistema music program. A great program, staff, and kids.

And if you have a desire, make a donation today.


Dear Sistema Somerville Supporter,

I hope this finds you well and enjoying the fall weather. We have lots in store and much to share with you here at El Sistema Somerville.

Our first concert of the 2014-2015 season will take place on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 7PM in the East Somerville Community School. Works to be performed include fiddle, fun, and folk pieces to celebrate the Harvest Season. Please come out and enjoy performances by El Sistema Somerville students, mentors, community ensemble, and faculty.

Harvest Concert Flier by El Sistema Somerville violist, Zia Halawa.

We are excited to announce the generous support of the Mifflin Memorial Fund in the foundation of “Musicians with a Mission,” an initiative that places skilled professional musicians with outstanding young student musicians for weekly private lessons. El Sistema Somerville will accept applications and hire ten professional musicians to provide weekly private lessons throughout the 2014-2015 school year. Interested musicians are invited to send a letter of inquiry to Diane Cline. The deadline for application is November 15, 2014.

On Saturday, September 20th, 2014, two El Sistema Somerville students performed with the Longy Side-by-Side orchestra, in honor of Maestro José Antonio Abreu at Bard College. During the event, Maestro Abreu was awarded an honorary doctorate and addressed the students with caring, inspiring remarks.

​Briselda Matias Ramirez, El Sistema Somerville student, meets and performs for the founder of El Sistema.

Thank you for your on-going support and enthusiasm. We hope you'll join us soon and help us spread the word!

Musically yours,


Diane E. Cline, Director

El Sistema Somerville
creating citizens, artists, teachers, and scholars

East Somerville Community School
50 Cross Street
Somerville, MA 02145
617-629-5400 X 3716

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