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Monday, January 23, 2017

JOB POSTING: Director of Development

Director of Development
The Umbrella Community Arts Center seeks an energetic and highly innovative professional to round out our team and to fill the open full-time position of Director of Development.  The successful candidate will assume a leadership role in all aspects of our fundraising efforts.
The Umbrella is growing and expanding; attracting more and more people to the Arts through our five programs.  Our Arts Education program registers over 1,600 students per year. 1,300 people participate in our Arts & Environment celebrations, and last year we sold 16,000 tickets to Performing Arts events. In addition, Open Studio weekends, which celebrate our 56 studio artists, bring in over 2,000 community members, and we are proud to have over 275 volunteers who contributed over 3,500 hours of service last year.
Our annual giving goals are projected to increase over the next five years as we grow programs and continue to work towards a major renovation and reconstruction of our space.  We are in the midst of a major capital campaign and have successfully achieved 60% of the goal through gifts and pledges.
The selected candidate can expect the full support of the Board and staff.  S/He will be working most closely with the Executive Director and Development Committee Chair, and will supervise a Director of Annual Giving and a Development Associate.  
Development Responsibilities
Major categories of responsibility will include:
Leading the Development staff to strategize and implement all fundraising initiatives, including:
Events to include:
Working with Board and Staff, capital campaign responsibilities to include donor relations, prospect research, and solicitation planning.
Work with the Development Committee and others to identify, cultivate, and solicit individuals, private foundations, government, and corporate sources, including sponsorships for various programs.
Annual budgeting for Development office.
Ensure accurate and up-to-date tracking of annual giving and campaign information and goals; provide progress reports on a regular basis.
Integrate Capital Campaign activities with Annual Appeal and other fundraising events to achieve a successful campaign.
Support the work of relevant Board committees and other staff and artists to plan, promote, and execute a variety of special events designed to attract contributions or raise the organization’s profile and/or expand fundraising capacity.
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Please e-mail a single PDF document to include cover letter, resume and professional references to:
Jerry Wedge
Executive Director

Friday, January 20, 2017

NEEDED : Studio space in Somerville / Cambridge Area

I am a painter looking for a studio space. I am clean, quiet, and responsible. 

If you looking for a studio mate or know a space that's available, please contact me at

To learn about me and my work, see my website: http://www.

Winter Programs at Cambridge Art Association

Fun with Letterpress | Hands-On DemoDate: Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 6:30 – 9:00pm
Location: 523 Medford St, Charlestown, on the second floor
Fee: $20 for members, $25 for not-yet members
Click here to learn more and register: CAA Members Not-Yet Members

Fundamentals of Egg Tempera Painting | Hands-On Demo
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | 6:30-9:00pm

Location: Kathryn Schultz Gallery, 25 Lowell Street, Cambridge MA

Max Number: 20

Fee: $20 for members, $25 for not-yet members

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Strathmore: Essentials of Paper | Hands-On Demo

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017  | 10:30am-noon

Location: Kathryn Schultz Gallery, 25 Lowell Street, Cambridge MA

Max number: 50

Fee: $10 for members, $15 for not-yet members

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This presentation is presented by Strathmore paper.

Attendees will receive FREE Strathmore papers & literature packet, and drawing materials (pencils, markers, eraser, pastel, brush)

(Programs header image courtesy of Deidre Tao)
Presented at our Kathryn Schultz Gallery 

Artist Talk | Saturday, February 18th 1-2pm
Musical Performance | Wednesday, February 22nd7-9pm

RSVP to by February 16.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Cervena Barva Press Reading Series, Thursday, January 26th


At The Arts for the Armory
Basement, Room B8
191 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA

Cervena Barva Press Reading Series
Reading and Book Launch
January 26, 2017 at 7:00PM

On Broad Sound by Rusty Barnes (Nixes Mate Books, 2016)
Grand Slam: A Coming of Eggs Story by Timothy Gager (Big Table Publishing, 2016)

Featuring: Rusty Barnes | Timothy Gager

Rusty Barnes grew up in rural northern Appalachia. He received his B.A. from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and his M.F.A. from Emerson College. His poetry, fiction and nonfiction have appeared in over two hundred journals and anthologies. His flash fiction appears in Best Small Fictions 2015, edited by Tara Masih and Robert Olen Butler. Ridgerunner is his last novel. On Broad Sound, his book of poetry, is published by Nixes Mate Press.
Timothy Gager is the author of twelve books of short fiction and poetry. His latest Grand Slam: A Coming of Eggs Story (Big Table Publishing) is his second novel. He's hosted the successful Dire Literary Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts since 2001 and was the co-founder of Somerville News Writers Festival. He has had over 400 works of fiction and poetry published and of which eleven have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work has been read on National Public Radio. Timothy is the Fiction Editor of The Wilderness House Literary Review, the founding co-editor of The Heat City Literary Review and has edited the book, Out of the Blue Writers Unite: A Book of Poetry and Prose from the Out of the Blue Art Gallery. A graduate of the University of Delaware, Timothy lives in Dedham, Massachusetts and is employed as a social worker.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is seeking a Program Officer to provide leadership in the administration of the MCC’s Local Cultural Council (LCC)

Program Officer: Communities
The Massachusetts Cultural Council is seeking a Program Officer to provide leadership in the administration of the MCC’s Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program, a program that supports cultural activities in all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. This is the largest grassroots programs of its kind in the United States. The LCC program distributes $3 million to 329 local cultural councils annually to support programming in the arts, interpretive sciences, and humanities for the purpose of providing cultural access to all segments of the state’s population.
The Program Officer will also play a part in reshaping the way the MCC serves cities and towns through all of its community focused programs including Cultural Districts, Festivals, Adams Arts Program, and others. 

Primary responsibilities: The Program Officer, who will report to the Program Manager for LCCs and Festivals, will serve as the primary contact for approximately 100 Local Cultural Councils. In working with these councils, the Program Officer must be able to communicate clearly and effectively, successfully build relationships with constituents, offer high levels of customer service, handle sensitive situations diplomatically, and respond to constituent requests while meeting other important deadlines. The Program Officer will: 
 Assist in the development and administration of services and programs for LCC’s.
 Respond to inquiries from LCC volunteers, applicants, and municipal officials.
 Encourage smooth administration of the LCC Program on the local level.
 Support each LCC in their role as grantmaker.
 Support the development of councils from grant makers to civically engaged partners within their communities.
 Create new resources for councils to strengthen relationships with municipal officials.
 Collaborate with other Massachusetts Cultural Council programs that support communities, such as Cultural Districts.
 Other responsibilities as assigned.

Five or more years relevant work experience required. Occasional nights and weekends required; willingness to travel in state (driver’s license required).
Required Skills:
· Demonstrated success providing customer or constituent support
· Strong communication skills - writing, public speaking, interpersonal, diplomacy, and negotiation
· Strong administrative, organizational, and time management skills
· Strong work ethic, sense of humor, and team attitude all essential
· Strategic thinking and leadership skills
· Ability to manage detail under deadline pressure
· Strong financial and budgetary knowledge (municipal or organizational)
· Proficiency in Microsoft Word/Excel/Access
Required Experience:
Applicants must have five years of experience in some combination of the following areas:· Experience working with, or within, municipal government. Preferably from, but not limited to, an arts and cultural perspective. 
· Main Streets, Cultural District, or Chambers of Commerce work
· Urban planning
· Community development
· Community organizing
· Cultural tourism 

How To Apply:
Applicants who applied to the original posting for two Program Officer positions in the Communities department do not need to reapply. Your materials are still under consideration. 

How To Apply: Applicants should provide: 1. A letter of interest 2. A résumé Email materials to with the subject line “Communities Program Officer Search”. Please attach letter of interest and resume as one Word or PDF document. Do not send materials as text within an email. You may address your letter of interest to “Communities Search Committee”. 

Apply by: Open until filled. This posting will be removed once applications are no longer being accepted. 

Commensurate with experience; excellent benefits package. Union position. 

FAMILY CONCERT: Carnival of the Animals at the Armory

Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Cynthia Woods, Music Director, presents: 
Family Concert: Carnival of the Animals
The Center for Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143
Sunday, January 22, 2017 
TWO Performances: 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Bring children of all ages to our annual Family Concert, a wonderful introduction to the varied musical sounds and styles of the orchestra. Carnival of the Animals, with the talented young pianists Jacob Kline and Nicholas Kniesche, introduces families to musical depictions of many animals, from lions and elephants to kangaroos and swans.
Then savor the excitement of Dvořák’s Carnival Overture, the spine-tingling delight of Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King, and our annual audience sing-along.
After the concert, children are invited to our instrument petting zoo, where they can greet orchestra musicians and try out string, woodwind, percussion and brass instruments for the first time!  
Cambridge Trust Company has generously provided underwriting for youth tickets. Instruments for the petting zoo supplied by Rayburn Music.  

Tickets are available now at Prices are $15 (adult general seating) and $5 (children, students and seniors).To avoid disappointment, we strongly encourage advance ticket purchases.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Art for One, Art for All: Bringing Creativity to the Masses, public art discussion, Tues. January 17

Art for One, Art for All:
Bringing Creativity to the Masses, public art discussion!

Tuesday, January 17th7-9PM
Artisan’s Asylum
10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143

Event Description:

Art is an expression of our humanity, culture, and social commentary. Museums and galleries provide sanctuary to some of our greatest cultural treasures; however, it is the accessibility of public art that administers the biggest impact, giving people from all walks of life a chance to enjoy art. In recent years, the Greater Boston area has been home to many evocative art-related initiatives. Join the Somerville Arts Council and the Artisan’s Asylum for an evening with some of the area’s most dynamic public art creators. 

Ann Hirsch
Bill Turville
Drew Van Zandt
Freedom Baird
Liz LaManche
Michael Dewberry

Topics of discussion:
Starting out. What is the inspiration for doing public work? Why do it?
Once you decide to move forward how do you go about discussing your proposal with municipalities/city governments and then work with them with the permitting, and logistical challenges during the planning process.
Temporary vs. Permanent work
Community engagement and public perception- How much of this is a factor in your work? Is inspired by social change?  
Funding/ granting options/ residences opportunities

About the Artisan’s Asylum:
Artisan’s Asylum, Inc., a non-profit community fabrication center located in Somerville, Massachusetts. Our mission is to support and promote the teaching, learning and practice of fabrication. They occupy a 40,000 square foot warehouse in the old Ames Safety Envelope facility at 10 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA.

Artisan’s Asylum is run by staff and a large number of dedicated volunteers. Our Board of Directors is responsible for keeping Artisan’s Asylum fiscally and legally sound and true to its stated mission.

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