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Sunday, September 02, 2007


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CAI NewsNotes September, 2007

UPCOMING MEETINGS & Announcements:

CAI Board of Directors Meeting, Mon., Sept. 10 at 7:00 PM

CAI Annual Yard Sale Fundraiser, Sat., Sept. 15 from 10:00 AM
(Rain Date, 9/16)

If you have cleaned out your attic or cellar during the summer, WE CAN
USE YOUR STUFF for our Annual Yard Sale Fundraiser! Drop offs can be
made the week of September 10. We also need VOLUNTEERS to help the day
of the yard sale with setting up and clean up. Call Susan ( at
617-524-6378) if you'd like to volunteer, or to arrange a time for
dropping stuff off. Last year's yard sale was a great success thanks
to your help, and we're hoping to top our success with another
fabulous, fun yard sale this year.

Tribal Rhythms Celebrations is gearing up again this fall to travel to
schools, community centers and housing developments across Eastern MA
bringing fun, music, stories and an appreciation of the meaning of
community to people of all ages. For detailed information on TR
offerings, go to If
you would like to preview a Celebration performance, or if your school,
after-school, church group, or network of friends that needs a fun
filled, community-building, hands-on arts experience, call CAI at

The Peace Drum Project wrapped up last season with a wonderful Awards
Ceremony at Julia Martin House in Jamaica Plain. Bielka Liriano,
graduate of East Boston High School was awarded the Charles M. Holley
Memorial Scholarship for her achievements during the year. She will be
attending Wheelock College this fall.

The Peace Drum Project is looking for a new home for when we start up
again in October. Because of changes in space-use and a new school-day
schedule at English High School, the project will not be meeting there
this year. We are looking for space close to the T Orange Line so
that teens from various high schools have an easy time getting to and
from sessions. We need a large well-lit room with a sink, access to
rest rooms, and some storage space. If you have ideas or contacts,
call Susan at 617-524-6378.

The Jamaica Plain Gazette ran a nice article on the Peace Drum in
their Senior Life Issue published on July 20. Check out the wonderful
elder's stories and the teen and elder drums from last year's Peace
Drum Project at
We are looking forward to plenty of exciting adventures and leadership
development with the teens, and rewarding encounters with a new group
of local elders in this our eighth year of the Peace Drum Project.

Special thanks to our generous Peace Drum benefactors — Nancy Doherty,
Mary Higgins, Kyra Montagu, Ginny O'Neill, Judy Steinbergh, and Maida
Williams — who helped several individual Peace Drum youth accomplish
important goals last year.

News from The Partnership will be coming soon in another newsletter.

Volunteer Opportunities & Internships:
CAI needs volunteers to help with office, grants development, and
program support activities. If you have a few hours a week or a day
you'd like to help out with short term tasks such as on-line research,
data entry, promotional mailings, or program support call us at

CAI Internships are available for Fall and Winter semesters to work in
The Peace Drum Project, Tribal Rhythms Touring program, Partnership for
Whole School Change, Marketing & Public Relations, and Grants
Development For more information check out CAI's website under
Internships, or call Susan at 617-524-6378.

CAI is in process with a three-year strategic plan for a transition to
new leadership for the organization. This will help us expand and
broaden the reach of current programs as well as developing new
programs and projects for the future. The plan includes additional
personnel to increase the organization's development and grants
writing, administrative efficiency, and marketing expertise. It also
includes more training for younger program artists who can then move
into leadership positions in CAI programs such as Tribal Rhythms and
The Peace Drum Project. We've received a grant from Bank of America to
start the process, and plan to submit more proposals this fall seeking
support from other foundations to help implement the plan fully over
the next three years. Current founders and Senior Staff will continue
to provide organizational stability by training and supporting new
staff, and continuing the development of new program materials and
publications as part of the CAI Team. If you have friends or good
contacts in the local foundation community, we would love to talk with
you. Nothing helps more than people from outside the organization
advocating on CAI's behalf. Call Curtis or Susan at 617-524-6378 if you
have ideas and/or contacts.

CAI is part of CommunityWorks , an independent cooperative partnership
of 27 grass roots organizations working for social and economic
justice. CW supports a part of CAI's operating expenses and organizes
collaborative fundraising activities throughout the year, including the
workplace campaign in September and October. CW is always looking for
new opportunities to approach employers and/or work sites to introduce
employees to CW members as possible recipients of payroll
contributions. Call Pam or Gail at 617-423-9555 or check out the CW

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