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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Parts and Crafts is hiring!

Parts and Crafts is hiring!
What is Parts and Crafts?   Parts and Crafts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit family makerspace and community workshop in Somerville, Massachusetts. We encourage kids to think and make and learn and do through the exploration of the arts, science, computer programming, and engineering, a cluster we refer to as “the creative application of technical skills.”
About our Programs:   We run a variety of programming for kids ages 7-13, including summer and school-vacation camps, afterschool programs, a full-time school-alternative/homeschooling resource center, drop-in community open-shop hours, travelling programs, professional development workshops and trainings, and a small retail program for DIY/educational project kits.

We are currently hiring for the following positions:

  • Office Manager:  We are looking for a capable and well-organized administrator to help us keep the ship afloat.  This person will be responsible for supporting core functions across all Parts and Crafts programs, including administrative and billing infrastructure, bookkeeping, compliance with state and local regulations and human resources support.  Part-time with potential to expand to full-time.
  • Project Lead:  STEM and STEAM Coordinator:  Do you love tinkering, developing new projects, and interacting with MA Curriculum Standards?  Parts and Crafts is excited to announce a full time position for individuals interested in helping us develop STEM and STEAM workshops — camp, afterschool, CSCL, and open shop — and to assist in developing school partnerships for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Project Lead:  Center for Semiconducted Learning:  Free school meets a makerspace!  Parts and Crafts is excited to announce a full time position for people looking to help us grow the Center for Semiconducted Learning, our year-round school alternative program.

About Us:  Parts and Crafts is a small, flexible organization with lots of opportunities for leadership and creativity and where everyone involved has to do a little bit of everything.  The bulk of what we do involves working directly with children in these programs, as well as administration, cleaning, organizing, and inventing new and exciting things to do.   The fundamental job is to help grow and support our community and make the organization a warm, creative, awesome, and inclusive space to be in.  
All applicants should possess the following:
  • Curiosity, creativity and playfulness, especially around technical and craft skills
  • Commitment to equity, inclusion, and widening access across all areas of STEM and STEAM programming
  • A desire to help children direct and control their own educational experiences
  • Passion for building and making things of all kinds — computer programming, sewing, woodworking, sculpture
  • Familiarity with and willingness to learn and use a wide variety of office, productivity, and organizational software (word processing, sharing and collaboration, spreadsheets, databases, etc)
  • Exceptional time-management and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • A love of learning and teaching
Parts and Crafts is an equal opportunity employer; we strongly encourage people of different ages, ability sets, people of color, and people of all sexual orientations, gender expressions, and identities to apply!  
If interested, please forward a resume and cover letter to bAugust 15.  
Details at  No phone calls please. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

SAC and the Inside-OUT Gallery featured exhibit, Visualizing Voice: a community art project

Visualize Voice: Out of Many, One
Voice can express many things-- a sound, a feeling, or moment in time. It can be a rally cry or a soft gentle whisper. Visualizing Voice is a community art project initiated by the Somerville Arts Council and a band of dedicated volunteers, devised to visualize this concept. In honor of this year’s ArtBeat theme: Voice, this project was designed to reflect the many voices in our community. During the weeks leading up to the festival, we held series of public workshops at the How to Fix the World Festival, SomerStreets’ Carnval, MudFlat Pottery School, WorkBar Artist Networking event, and the Somerville Homeless Coalition’s Come to the Table.

At first glance, the exhibit may appear to be an abstract installation. However, as you look closer, you will find much more. Behind each tube is a miniature piece of art created by people from all walks of life. From school-aged children to artists to folks who make the streets of Davis Square their home, each individual used their own unique lens to illustrate their visual depiction of voice. And for those who that enjoyed the pen rather that the brush, thoughts, poems, stories, and words of inspiration were shared on a community textile. 

It was a labor of love that truly took a village to complete. Many thanks to following individuals and organizations this helped make this project possible.

Emily Abramovich
Chloe Wilwerding
Andrea Schmaderer
Ashleigh Bartlett
Somerville Media Center
Somerville Veteran’s Affairs
Somerville Homeless Coalition
East Somerville Main Streets
Randi Freundlich and the Children of the World Project

About the Inside-Out Gallery

Initiated in 2009, The Inside-Out Gallery is located in the CVS Window in Davis Square, a unique space that allows the public to view an eclectic array of works from artists and local organizations each month. The mission of the Somerville Arts Council is to cultivate and celebrate the creative expressions of the Somerville community. Through innovative collaborations and quality programming we work to make the arts an integral part of life reflective of our diverse city.

Heather Balchunas
Somerville Arts Council
Office Manager

Thursday, July 20, 2017

THIS WEEK: Paintings from our Summer at CAA exhibits!

THIS WEEK: Paintings from our Summer at CAA exhibits!

Kevin Lucey 

A Way Of Saying Goodbye When You Don't Want To 

$1,000 | Acrylic on paper (framed)

On view in our Summer Emerging Artists exhibit at Kathryn Schultz Gallery, through July 28
Alexandria Nazar 

Surface Representation 

$450 | Acrylic on wood panel 

On view in our Summer Emerging Artists exhibit at Kathryn Schultz Gallery, through July 28
Jane Sherrill


$2,000 | Diptych, Acrylic on Wood Panel

On view in SCAPES, at University Place Gallery, through August 31 

Tanya Hayes Lee 

Wheat Fields in Spring

$290 | Oil on Canvas

On view in SCAPES, at University Place Gallery, through August 31 
Diane Nelson

To the Sky

$225.00 | Acrylic on board (framed)

On view in SCAPES, at University Place Gallery, through August 31 
Wilson Hunt

Strange Landscape of the Mind

$900 | Acrylic gouache on yup (framed)

On view in SCAPES, at University Place Gallery, through August 31 

Interested in purchasing? 
All works are available for purchase online, 
or by contacting Erin Becker or Cory Shea at 617-876-0246 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Deadline approaching: 2017 Somerville Toy Camera Festival

DEADLINE: August 1, 2017
JURIED BY: Michael Kirchoff
The Somerville Toy Camera Festival seeks entries for its fifth annual celebration of toy and lo-fi photography.

Images of any subject matter, made with a "toy" camera - any low-tech camera with no or very limited exposure control, such as pinhole, Holga, Diana/Diana clones, Brownie, Ansco, disposable cameras - are eligible. The key criteria are plastic lenses and a lack of reliable exposure control. Straight Polaroid-type images, or images made with cell phones, digital cameras, or film cameras with full exposure control (such as the Lomo LC series), will not be considered. 


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Call for Artwork: TRANSIT group exhibition

Call for Artworks
Pop-Up Group Exhibition Oct 6 -8
StoveFactory Gallery, Charlestown, MA

I'm seeking artworks on the theme of Transit—images about the experience of travel in its many forms: by plane, by train, and on the road.

The pop-up group exhibition at the StoveFactory Gallery in Charlestown will be on view from Friday, October 6 - Sunday, October 8. StoveFactory Gallery is a white-walled, 1000 square-foot exhibition space.

There is no entry fee, but the group of 4-6 artists will split the $350 rental fee and help with installing and gallery sitting if possible. I am curating the exhibition.

I will be showing photos from my "No Man's Land" series taken in airports.

If you are interested, send me 5-10 jpgs or a link to artwork on your website, along with a statement and bio or CV. The images may be representative and not necessarily the work shown. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Jonah Parzen-Johnson // Ryan Dugre (Fri) ~~ Leap of Faith Orchestra (Sat); This Weekend @ Third Life Studio!

Mandorla Music Series continues with

Jonah Parzen-Johnson // Ryan Dugre

       Friday July 21, 8pm
       $15; advance tix
       FB event

Mandorla Music is very pleased to have baritone sax and analog synth player Jonah Parzen-Johnson & guitarist Ryan Dugre coming to us from Brooklyn for a return Mandorla engagement, one of the last few dates on Jonah's nationwide tour in support of his new release 'I Try To Remember Where I Come From,' out 7/7 on Clean Feed Records. Expect solo sets of unique original instrumental music and perhaps some collaborative exploration.  Read an article about Jonah's unique style and hear a track from the new record here.  Watch a beautiful video for 'Mute Swan' from Ryan's 2016 record 'Gardens' here.


Leap of Faith Orchestra & Sub-Units

       Saturday July 22, 8pm
       $10 at the door

PEK - clarinets, saxophones, double reeds
Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice
Yuri Zbitnov - drums, percussion
Bob Moores - trumpet
Steve Provizer - trumpet, baritone
Charlie Kohlhase - saxophones
Zack Bartolomei - saxophones, clarinet
Eden Rayz - cello
Drew Wesely - guitar
Grant Beale - guitar
Silvain Castellano - bass
Kevin Dacey - drums, percussion
Others TBD

The third set at our new venue (Third Life Studios) for this part of the overall Evil Clown project. A smaller orchestra of about 12-15 people perform a pure improvisation of 50 minutes duration. To open the show, we play 4 shorter (15 minute) quartets by different Sub-Units...

We get two critical kinds of prep for the full orchestra performances of PEK scores: Concise improvisations by sometimes unique small cross sections of players from the roster and pure improvisations by the largest versions of Leap of Faith to perform without a score directing the development of the work. The only direction is for each player to lay out for about 1/3 of the total duration.

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 Union Square Tailoring, three doors away from 
Grooves, across Somerville Ave. from the new East Boston Savings Bank 
at the head of Bow Street, and across the intersection from 
Citizens Bank--and next to the new Workbar location).

For detailed directions and parking information:!directions/cbkx

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