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Monday, November 27, 2017

Playwrights! FirstWorks seeks new scripts

Theatre@First seeks new, unproduced plays from local playwrights for its workshopping program, FirstWorks. Playwrights will have the opportunity to gain feedback on their work from experienced directors and actors during the revision process. Revision sessions include a closed roundtable reading with actors, and culminate in a performed staged reading with feedback from our enthusiastic and insightful audience.

One full-length play will be selected. Due to logistical constraints, only shows able to be performed by a maximum of six actors will be considered. Roles may be doubled to accommodate the six actor limit within reason. Work submitted will be subject to extensive feedback with the expectation that revisions respective of deadlines will be performed by the playwright throughout this process. There are no subject matter criteria--we hope to be surprised and delighted.

Submissions are due by Dec. 29, 2017
Performance date is May 17, 2018

To submit, please send an email to with the playwright’s name, email, phone, mailing address, bio (250 words or less), play title, # of characters in the play (plays will be performed by a maximum of six actors), a brief synopsis, and ten-page sample of the play. Submissions are due by December 29, 2017.

FirstWorks encourages submissions from playwrights regardless of race, color, religion, ethnicity, ancestry, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, body type, age, disability or any other identity factor. Women, LGBT and POC are particularly encouraged to submit. This program aims to engage with Boston-area playwrights and support new works. Playwrights not residing within local travel distance of the Boston-area will not be chosen.

For more information please email or go to

Singing into the Heart of the Dark ~ A Winter Solstice Sing for Women with Susan Robbins: Tuesday, 12/19


with Susan Robbins, Founder and Artistic Director of Libana (
and Director of Third Life Studio in Somerville (

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
7- 9:15pm 

Come honor the shortest day in circle and song. Bring your sisters, mothers, daughters, 
friends to share in this special communal musical event, as we sing easily learnable rounds 
and chants-- summoning the light to shine into these dark days and bearing witness to the
cycles and spirit of our Earth. No special musical experience is necessary; I look forward to 
gathering and singing with you as the darkest night of the Winter Solstice draws near. 

This annual Solstice Sing has filled to capacity for the last several years, so please purchase 
your ticket in advance to be assured of being able to join the circle. Please forward to friends 
who might want to come sing; my apologies if you receive this email more than once.

And...come early to do some holiday shopping from 6-7pm! All Libana CDs and songbooks
will be for sale, as well as beautiful fairtrade crafts from India, Nepal, and Ghana-- bird totas, 
baskets, decorative pillow covers, cards, scarves, prayer flags, and more! 

Where: Third Life Studio, 33 Union Square, Somerville, MA 
(Girls 12 and older who love to sing and can maintain focus are welcome!)

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED; further details provided upon registration.

Cost: $28 in advance, $32 at the door
          Click here to purchase advance tickets  
           or mail in a check (see bottom of this email)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Two great job opportunities: Regional Arts & Culture Planner and Arts & Culture Intern

I hope this message finds you well! I wanted to ask for your help in disseminating two exciting job opportunities to your networks. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is hiring for a Regional Arts and Culture Planner and a spring 2018 Arts & Culture Intern. We are looking to fill both positions by early 2018.
Position descriptions are attached and the online application links will be posted to our NEOGov jobs page by the end of the day:
MAPC's Arts & Culture Division is currently a three-person team and includes a regional Arts & Culture Planner, an Artist-in-Residence, and me. Our Division's mission is to stimulate a creative shift in the planning culture at MAPC and in our region in ways that accelerate smart growth and livability while also fostering policy and planning conditions that allow the arts and culture sector to thrive. Our work is interdisciplinary and involves collaboration with city and town planning and community development departments, other MAPC departments including Public Health, Land Use, Environment, and Clean Energy, and partners in other sectors including arts organizations and educational institutions. We are in an exciting phase of growth and have a roster of projects starting up in the spring and are looking for two dynamic people to join us!
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. We will begin review of applications in early December with a goal of filling these positions within the next three months.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and thank you again for helping to spread the word through your networks!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mass Cultural Council has recently announce these grant opportunities.

Artist Fellowships
Applications in Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Painting open Dec. 15, 2017Deadline: Jan. 29, 2018.
Big Yellow School Bus
Grants to help schools meet transportation costs of student educational field trips to non-profit cultural institutions across Massachusetts. Rolling deadline.
Creative Youth Development
Three-year grants to programs that infuse the arts, sciences, and humanities with principles of youth development. Deadline: Jan. 19, 2018 (YouthReach) and Feb. 15, 2018 (SerHacer).
Cultural Facilities Fund
Capital, Feasibility & Technical Assistance, and Systems Replacement Plan Grants Available. Deadline: Jan. 12, 2018.
Cultural Investment Portfolio - Gateway
Two-year operating support grant, designed to be the entry, or gateway, into the Portfolio Program. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Live Arts Boston grants and technical assistance for Somerville artists

Hello.  Somerville artists and performers.   Another reminder of a great opportunity to support your work through the Boston Foundation’s LAB grant program.

In addition, Somerville resident Eva Rosenberg will be hosting technical assistant office hours in town.  If you need help thinking through your proposal or have specific questions about the application process Eva will be available to help. 

Check out the office hours and grant deadline, Nov. 30, below. 

Apply.   And if you are thinking about an outdoor event or wish to engage the larger Somerville public,  know that the Arts Council is here to assist and advise with planning, permitting, and production.  

Take care.


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

Clear Audience at Third Life Studio, Sat 11/18 / Mandorla Music Series 4th anniversary

Third Life Studio, 33 Union Sq, Somerville
8pm Sat 11/18 / $15
Tix   FB event page 
The Saturday before Thanksgiving with Clear Audience - Steve Fell (guitar), Andy Voelker (saxophones), Jef Charland (bass) & Luther Gray (drums) - seems to be on its way to becoming an annual Mandorla tradition.  This year saw the release of their latest CD, Closer and Further.  In 2015, their Medicine Ball earned a place on the Globe's year-end list of best local albums. Boston jazz fans know these ubiquitous four individually - they're everywhere - and if you haven't experienced the synergy that happens when they're together, now's the time. 

"beautiful sound and full-on adventure" - Jon Garelick, The Boston Globe

Listen:  Talking Circles  //  On The Horizon 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Hiring Teaching Artists for Spring Opportunities in Boston with VSA MA!

 Calling all Teaching Artists!
The COOL Schools Program has the following openings for the upcoming spring semester:
·  Music TA -- semester-long, daily; K-12th grade
·  Visual Arts TA -- 6 weeks, twice per week; 11th grade
·  Drama TA -- 12 weeks, once per week; grade K0-K2
If these openings match with your skill set and availability, we invite you to read over the attached job description and submit a cover letter and resume to us by November 27, 2017 to 

Save the Paper Towels, a Rockumentary, Nov 25, 7 PM Somerville

World Premiere of the Rockumentary Video
“Save the Paper Towels” on Saturday, November 25, 7:00 PM
at the Somerville Theatre MicroCinema
Event includes a retrospective of von Roesgen/Margarita music videos with Margarita performing live
SOMERVILLE, MA—The latest music video collaboration from producer/director Claude von Roesgen and satirist/actor/musician Dan Margarita, "Save the Paper Towels," premiers on Saturday, November 25, from 7:00-8:30 PM at the Somerville Theatre MicroCinema (55 Davis Square). The video portrays a germaphobe custodian who writes a song in support of his most ardent cause, and then convinces a retired band to regroup to perform it. The evening also includes a retrospective of several music videos the two have produced together.
A product of the legendary Boston comedy scene of the 1980's, Stoneham native Dan Margarita has worked with such notable comics as Sam Kinison, Judy Tenuta, Louie CK, Marc Maron, as well as political satirists Jimmy Tingle and Barry Crimmins. He currently defines himself as a "standup-singer-songwriter," to reflect his unique combination of humor and love of music. His three CDs, "Kill the Messenger,"  "Kinda Pregnant," and "Put it on the Vinyl," promote his mostly satirical view of the modern world. He has also collaborated with von Roesgen to produce over a dozen music videos.
Von Roesgen is an MIT graduate with passions for creating and producing video and film projects and for finding alternative energy and simple living solutions. He is also the director of Jimi Sir: An American Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal, which chronicles his friend’s quest to finish both a water quality and an educational development project in the Himalayas before his term in the Peace Corps ended.
The $10 admission ($8.00 in advance) includes pizza. The theatre cash bar is also available. Seating is limited to 27. For advanced reservations, go to Remaining tickets will be available at the door, downstairs in the Somerville Theatre MicroCinema, on a first-come, first-served basis, at 7:00 PM on the night of the event.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Spots Left for Grant Writing Workshops

Grant Seeking & Writing Workshops w/ Ellen Gugel

Somerville Media Center is offering two workshops with experienced grant writer and educator Ellen Gugel.

The workshops are geared to non-profit professionals, artists and community members who are interested in learning how to research applicable grants and create successful proposals. The classes will be held at the The Parenting Journey, 366 Somerville Avenue, Somerville on: Friday, October 6th and Friday, October 13 from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

The first workshop will cover grant-seeking, and the second grant writing. Each workshop is $75 and $125 for both (this can be split up between two different employees as well. 

More information about the class, instructor and registration is found online at For any additional questions about these workshops, please contact Somerville Media Center Membership & Outreach Director, Erica Jones at

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Now Accepting Donations for Wrap Around

Knitted, Crocheted and Sewn Donations Wanted to Benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition
November 1-17, 2017
The Nave Gallery is seeking knitted, crocheted, and sewn donations for the 10th annual Wrap Around, our sale of affordable handmade goods to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition (SHC).

Each year, through the generosity of our community, we raise approximately $3,000 for the Somerville Homeless Coalition. We are looking for donations of gloves, hats, scarves, toys or anything else that you have fun making!

Learn more
Contributions can be dropped off from November 1-17, 2017 at the following locations:

Nave Annex53 Chester St, Somerville, MA (you can leave it in the vestibule if the gallery is not open)
Workbar Union31 Union Square, Somerville, MA (Monday-Friday8:30 am-5:30 pm)

Join us for the opening of Restructured

RestructuredNovember 17-December 16, 2017
Curated by: Boriana Kantcheva and Micah Eglinton-Woods
Opening Reception
Friday, November 17
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Nave Annex, Davis Square
The history of feminist art starting in the 1970's up until now has been filled with controversy, turbulence, progress and backlashes against women, women's art, and its place in art history. A question emerges: What is feminist art? And more accurately what is feminist art today?


Ashleigh Bartlett
Rachelle Beaudoin
Kimberly Becker
Kyra Berman-Gestring
Pamela Bower-Basso
Emily Brodrick
Brynne Capps
Angela Carbone
Emily Cobb
Jodi Colella
Yael Dresdner
Melissa Scheid Frantz
Joanne Fusegni
Kate Gartrell
Ella Hilsenrath
Sarah Hirneisen
Katie Hovencamp
Emily Hracho
Margaret Kauffmann
Blythe King
Kathleen Kneeland
Barbara Glee Lucas
Tessa Martinez
Carissa Melillo
Elizabeth Menges
Rosemary Meza
Laura Mongiovi
Ellen Mullane
Duygu Aytac Mullin
Jennifer Murphy
Mary Murphy
Leah Oates

Alexandra Opie
Yvonne Petkus
Megan Potoma
Susan Richards
Shelby Richardson
Kristine Roan
Deb Schmill
Tatyana Scott
Brittany Severance
Catherine Siller
Erick Soricelli
Gray Swartzel
Jennifer Weigel
Ellen Wolfe
Harry Yu
Alexandra Zevin
Gallery hours: Thursday & Friday6:00 pm-8:00 pmSaturday2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Closed Thanksgiving weekend:  11/23; 11/24; 11/25
Image credit (left to right): Duygu Aytac, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, Tessa Martinez

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