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Saturday, August 30, 2008


On two Thursday afternoons, September 11 and 18, from 2 to 5 pm, people who care about the wetland at Danehy Park in North Cambridge will have an opportunity to help eradicate the invasive grass known as Common Reed (Phragmites australis) that is proliferating there.

Volunteers with garden pruners will cut the tops off of the plants, then professional pesticide applicators will drip a small amount of a wetland-approved herbicide (glyphosate) into each hollow stem. The herbicide will travel down to the roots of the plant and kill it without harming any other plants or animals. This work will be done with the support of the Danehy Park management and under a permit issued by the Cambridge Conservation Commission.

Anyone over 18 years old who can use garden pruners and doesn’t mind getting muddy feet is welcome to participate! Volunteers will have no contact with the herbicide and will not need to wear protective clothing, although long pants and boots or old shoes are recommended. Pruners, gloves, water and refreshments will be provided.

You can come for the first half (2 to 3:30), the second half (3:30 to 5), or for the while time. Please let me know if you are interested even if you are not sure when you can come.

Volunteers can park in the Danehy lot at 99 Sherman Street. To register and for details, e-mail Elizabeth Wylde at or call 617-959-7157 and leave your name and number.

Friday, August 29, 2008


Saturday, September 13, 8 to 10 am
Neville Place Driveway, 650 Concord Avenue

Many birds stop at Fresh Pond to rest and eat while heading south for the winter. In September we often see warblers in their non-breeding plumage, herons, and Ring-necked Ducks. There will also be birds that have spent the summer here and will soon be leaving, and birds like woodpeckers, that stay year-round. Beginners are Welcome. We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them.

Please register for each event that you plan to attend: Important information on location and parking will be given to you when you register. E-mail Elizabeth Wylde at:

These events are FREE and open to the public. Children are welcome in the company of an adult.

Thursday, August 28, 2008


Cambridge, MA... At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "raising a glass" can have agricultural overtones. Over 1,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins, squashes and gourds in all sizes, shapes, colors and designs will transform a grassy court at MIT into a colorful “Great Glass Pumpkin Patch” on Friday and Saturday, September 26-27 in front of MIT’s Kresge Auditorium at 48 Massachusetts Avenue.

Visitors of all ages are invited to stroll through the "pumpkin patch" on MIT’s Kresge Oval and choose their favorite autumnal orb Prices range from $20-$200, depending on the piece’s size and complexity. Many of the works feature not only vivid colors, but swirls, stripes, spots, curlicues and unusual stems.

The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch begins with a preview reception (no sales) on Friday, September 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. On Saturday, September 27, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., shoppers and browsers are invited to stroll through the "pumpkin patch" and purchase their favorite autumnal orb.

(Rain date is Sunday, September 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

The glass pumpkins were created by students and instructors in MIT's Glass Lab, where members of the MIT community learn and practice the art of glassblowing. Proceeds from this event benefit the Lab, an art program connected with MIT's Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Materials Processing Center. Pumpkin-making is overseen by glass artist Peter Houk, director of the the MIT Glass Lab.

The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch came to MIT in 2001 after a residency in the Glass Lab by 14 members of the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI). The Bay Area Glass Institute (a non-profit corporation located in San Jose, CA), was founded in 1995 by San Jose State graduate Bobby Bowes and MIT alumnus Mike Binnard.

Every week or so, beginning, intermediate, and advanced students work together for a few hours in teams of six or seven to produce pumpkins for the sale. Production for the October event continues steadily throughout the year in order to achieve the goal of 1,000-1,200 pumpkins.

For more information--including an illustrated step-by-step description of "How To Make a Pumpkin," see:, or call (617) 253-5309.

Color images are available.

Lynn Heinemann, MIT Office of the Arts
(617) 253-5351, e-mail

Monday, August 25, 2008


Using the Arts to Solve Problems Since 1970

CAI NewsNotes is a quarterly e-communication to let CAI Core Community members and friends know about news, program successes, and upcoming activities. Please let us know if your e-mail address changes so we can keep you up-to-date on our list.
Phone: 617-524-6378 E-mail:
Fax: 617-522-7122 Website:

CAI News Notes August/September, 2008
Upcoming meetings & Announcements:

• CAI Annual Yard Sale Fundraiser
Sat., Sept. 6 (Rain Date Sunday, Sept. 7) (Details below)

• Jamaica Plain Open Studios @ CAI
Sat. Sept. 27 and Sun. Sept. 28 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Details below)

• CAI Annual Board of Directors Meeting
Weds., October 15, 2008 7:00 PM at CAI

CAI Yard Sale Fundraiser Sat. September 6, 10 AM - 4 PM
CAI's annual YARD SALE helps to support our ongoing programs like Tribal Rhythms and The Peace Drum Project, AND, it's a way for members of the CAI community to support programs while cleaning out the cellar and the attic once a year! We need more volunteers and would love more STUFF for the sale this year, but here's what we have so far: clothing, gadgets, books, CDs, art stuff, knick knacks, clothing, frames, some drums, furniture, and — Siberian Iris and daylilies in pots! Call Susan if you can help, or if you have good stuff to donate. 617-524-6378.

Tribal Rhythms® Touring & Residency Programs:
The Tribal Rhythms Touring Company is starting off the year with a 'bang' this fall with programs already planned for much of the coming year. Both the Tribal Rhythms Celebration and The Story of The Weakest and The Strongest help schools and OST programs strengthen their sense of community and help children learn the values of caring, cooperation and respect. Activities use the Arts to help schools address issues such as bullying, with creative strategies for reducing cliques and other forms of isolation, and empowering children with critical thinking and problem-solving skills. TR is great fun, but it is also one of CAI's key tools for addressing some of today's most urgent problems created by family and community fragmentation. In the coming months, TR artists will be working with schools in Braintree, Cambridge, Chelsea, Norwood, Reading, Sterling, Tyngsboro, Weymouth and Woburn. To learn more, call CAI at 617-524-6378, or go to

The Tribal Rhythms Community Partnership provides professional development, curriculum workshops, and residency programs to 16 Boston area after-school programs. The project helps after-school staff use the Tribal Rhythms curriculum as a thematic framework for organizing activities and techniques that help children develop positive behavior. The project provides an early intervention violence prevention strategy that helps children (ages 5-12) build self-esteem and confidence, resolve conflicts peacefully, develop leadership and critical-thinking skills, and learn to express themselves through performing and visual arts. For more information about TRCP, call CAI at 617-524-6378 or go to

JP Open Studios:
CAI hasn't hosted Jamaica Plain Open Studios for a couple of years, but this year we are taking part again! Come by 311 Forest Hills Street to see Belinda Lyons' beautiful art dolls and books and collages by Susan Porter, or, just come by to visit. Open Studios happens Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, rain or shine. Call Susan for more information at 617-524-6378.

The Peace Drum Project:
If you missed The Peace Drum Project Celebration and Awards Event in June, you missed a chance to meet the charming cast of elders and teens who took part in the project last year! But you can still see the photos and read the stories on CAI's website at The website also gives you a chance to read all 70 stories about the lives of the elders we have worked with in The Peace Drum since 2000.

Each year, every teen who participates in Peace Drum gets recognition for their individual achievements, and five teens are selected to receive special leadership awards for their exceptional accomplishments. Last year the leadership awards went to: Katherine Colon who received the Artistic Achievement Award for her willingness to take artistic risks and for her overall ability to express a strong personal vision through her art. Jhonathan Garcia received the Personal Challenge Award for his ability to change his outlook and develop a more positive attitude about himself and peers. Jessica Harris received the Creative Leadership Award as the teen who showed the most imagination and initiative in bringing new ideas and enthusiasm to group activities. Marjourie Jimenez and Nancy Cardona split the Community Service Award for their compassion, understanding and enthusiasm in their work with the elders. And, Aboubakar "Rashied" Sheriff received the Group Leadership Award for his continued work to maintain a positive attitude himself, and to promote harmony and support among his peers in the group. The Charles M. Holley Memorial Scholarship went to Peace Drum graduate Bielka Liriano who is in her Sophomore year at Wheelock College.

We thank the elders who worked with the teens last year for their wonderful warmth and humor. Residents of Bromley Apartments, Farnsworth House and Julia Martin House all took part. Their character and stories had a powerful impact on the teens, and all kinds of friendships were launched as a result. Thanks to Susan Thompson, Belinda Lyons, Matt Meyers, Curtis Jones, Linda Cohen and other artists who worked with us last year. Thank you also to the foundations and others who supported the project last year. They include: Boston After-School and Beyond, the Foley-Hoag Foundation, The Janey Fund, Robbins-deBeaumont Foundation, and many generous individual donors.

In October we will begin another wonderful year of the project. It's always exciting to meet the new young people and elders, and all of the fabulous artists who will be working with us during the year. If you would like to volunteer or sponsor a youth in the project this year, please call Susan at 617-524-6378.

The Partnership to Achieve Whole School Change:
During FY '08, grants from the Boston Public Schools' Office of Student Support Services funded the Partnership's work with classroom teachers and their students at the Louis Agassiz, Charles Taylor, Denis C. Haley, and Charles Sumner Elementary Schools in Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, and Roslindale. Through in-classroom sessions, teachers and Partnership staff focused on implementing strategies to foster "Cognitive Affective Coupling — integrating what the child feels, enjoys, and knows — into his or her academic life. To accomplish this, classroom teachers teamed up with artist/educators to create engaging experiences connecting what students need to learn with their emotional world. One strategy for helping students constructively work with their emotions and learn empathy, was to have each team lead drum-making and music making lessons. As artist/educators modeled how to present activities that engage the students emotionally, teachers learned that they could simultaneously teach social skills, arts, science, and speaking and writing skills in one seamless lesson. Teachers also saw that the learning achieved by integrating subjects is superior to the learning achieved by teaching one disconnected subject at a time. For more information about the Partnership, call Curtis at 617-524-6378.

CAI is part of CommunityWorks, an independent partnership of 32 grass roots organizations working for social and economic justice in the Boston area. Supporting CommunityWorks through workplace payroll contributions is like investing in a whole portfolio of social justice and economic change. Check out the CW site to see if you are connected to
any of the work sites or universities that have CW campaigns this fall.

CAI Most Wanted List:
CAI still needs a Mac G4 laptop to use for programs, and someone who knows how to get our IBM Selectric typewriter going again. It's not broken, but we don't have a manual, and are stumped! If you have a Mac compatible Zip Drive that uses Iomega 100 or 250 zip discs, we'd love to take it off you hands. We would even trade the box of 750MB discs we bought by mistake for 100 or 250MB discs! If you have any of these and would like to make a tax-deductible donation, call CAI at 617-524-6378.

Volunteer Opportunities & Internships:
CAI needs volunteers to help with office work, grants development, and program support activities. If you have a few hours a week or a day, and 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 617-524-6378. CAI Internships are still available for Fall semester to work in the 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.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


A special group in Atlanta, Ga. at the Emory University Global Health Institute are launching a request for design proposals (RFP) worldwide. The request is for design/concept of a smallpox eradication monument/statue to be erected on the grounds of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. We will select 5 finalists with the winning designer getting a substantial prize.


Jean A. Roy
SEC2010 (Smallpox Eradication Commemoration 2010)
Emory Global Health Institute
1599 Clifton Rd NE
Atlanta GA 30332




Monday, Aug 18, 6 to 7:30 pm
Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Learn where our Cambridge drinking water comes from, and how it is purified and piped throughout the City. Tim MacDonald, Manager of Water Operations for the Cambridge Water Department, will describe the process, answer your questions, and give you a tour of the building. Future Monday Evening Tour dates: Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17.

These events are FREE and open to the public. Children are welcome in the company of an adult.

Please register for each event that you plan to attend: Important information on parking will be given to you.

E-mail Elizabeth Wylde at:

Offered by Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation:

For a listing of spring and summer programs offered by the Cambridge Water Department please go to:

PANOPTICON GALLERY EXHIBITIONS - October 2 - November 17, 2008

October 2-November 17, 2008: "Miniatures " by Mara Brod. Color images sized at 3 x 2 inches present an intimate view of the Boston suburban landscape.

Note: This exhibit runs concurrently with "Later That Night...", a show consisting of nocturnal color images by Christian Waeber.

Reception for both shows: Thursday, October 30th from 5-7 PM.

Panopticon Gallery specializes in 20th Century American photography and emerging contemporary photography.

Hours: Tues.-Fri. 10 AM-6PM; Sat. 11 AM-5 PM

Panopticon Gallery
Hotel Commonwealth
502c Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
phone: 617-267-8929

Tuesday, August 05, 2008


Saturday, August 9, 1 to 3 pm
Meet at the Ranger Station (door with clock over it)
Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility

Bring a lawn chair and join Fresh Pond Ranger Jean Rogers on Kingsley Park hillside, as she tells tales of Fresh Pond during its days of private ownership in the 1800’s. We will sit at the site of the famous Fresh Pond Hotel where visitors once lounged watching sailboats and swimmers using the Pond. This program is offered in cooperation with the Historic Cambridge Collaborative as part of Cambridge Discovery Days ( No dogs, please. Indoor presentation if weather is inclement. RSVP or see below.

These events are FREE and open to the public. Children are welcome in the company of an adult.

Please register for each event that you plan to attend: Important information on parking will be given to you.

E-mail Elizabeth Wylde at:

Offered by Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation:

For a listing of spring and summer programs offered by the Cambridge Water Department please go to:

BROOKLINE ART GALLERY EXHIBITION - September 5 - October 7, 2008


(BROOKLINE, MA AUGUST 6, 2008) – Award-winning artist Judy Kramer will be exhibiting her latest work, “Bloomsbury Tea Trays” at the Brookline Arts Center from Friday, September 5 through Tuesday, October 7, 2008. The exhibition contains elaborately decorated wooden trays that depict birds, flowers, trees and fanciful designs on a colorful ground.

Kramer was inspired to create these trays after reading a critique of one of her favorite artists, Howard Hodgkin, that described the British abstract artist as “The penultimate painter of Bloomsbury tea trays.” Offended by what she characterizes as a “snarky put-down”, Kramer thought nothing could be more beautiful than Bloomsbury tea trays. Since they didn’t exist, she decided she must make them herself.

“I am a great admirer of the Bloomsbury Group and their delightfully iconoclastic and intimate work,” says Kramer. “They inspired me to create the works in this show at the Brookline Arts Center.” They trays are intricate and decorative, reminding one of Matisse, of Indian art and Swedish art all at once.

Judy Kramer, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a widely known artist. In recent years, her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Soprafina Gallery, MacKeen Gallery and Gallery Naga. Her work has been collected by the Addison Gallery of American Art, Allentown Art Museum and Woodmere Museum of Philadelphia. In 2005, she presented the solo show “Souvenir de Provence” at the Brookline Arts Center gallery, and was featured in a televised program, “Souvenir de Provence” created by Let It Be Productions.

An opening reception will be held Friday, September 19, 2008, from 6 – 8 p.m. and is free to the public. The Brookline Arts Center is located at 86 Monmouth St. in Brookline. For more information, call 617-566-5715 or visit . The Brookline Arts Center is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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