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Friday, December 15, 2017

Seeking company for my students to do design work for.

I am seeking interesting new companies/businesses that are willing to work with a design student from Suffolk University. Science, not-for-profit or arts organization preferred.

Interesting Means: a company selling or promoting a product or information that 18-20 year olds will be interested in. I.e., Space, Hip Hop, etc. related.

Please contact me at with 
• information/description about company
• list of possible design projects - i.e. branding, app, ad, poster design, packaging, print, book, motion work such as title sequences, etc. 

Note: these projects will be for our spring semester so due dates should be after May 15.

Thanks. Jen

Two Calls for Artists and Curators - Chandler Gallery

 1st call: 

Small Works Salon 2018

A juried exhibition of artwork at the Chandler Gallery
Juror: Heidi Whitman
Entry deadline: February 2, 2018
March 26 to April 20, 2018
Reception: Thursday, March 29, 6:00 – 8:00 pm


The Chandler Gallery invites artists to submit work inspired by mapping. Artists may interpret mapping in many ways and make work that is not necessarily literal but uses the idea of mapping metaphorically. Personal maps of mind, body, daily routine, experience and memories as well as maps of the city, sky, or ocean are all possibilities; any 2D or 3D techniques including works on paper, prints, drawings, photographs, collages, books, paintings, and sculpture are eligible.
Open to artists in the greater Boston area.
More information:

2nd call: 
Call for Curators: 
Deadline: May 1, 2018
Chandler Gallery is inviting a curator or curators to propose a show for 2019 exhibition roaster. If the show is an open call to artists, the call must include a small fee of $15 paid to the gallery. Alternatively, curator/s can invite a group of artists whose work supports the theme of the show in which case no fee will be charged.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Jason Anderson presents the 11th Annual Good Cheer Fest this Saturday

Nave Music Series
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Jason Anderson presents the 11th Annual Good Cheer Fest

This Saturday, December 16th at 7 p.m.
Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church

Now in its eleventh year, the Good Cheer Fest is a celebration for the whole family.

Carols, stories, and surprises are in store on Saturday, December 16 at the beautiful Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church in Somerville, MA.

There will be live jazz, cookies, cider, and nog, and lots of smiles. Come ready to sing, and please dress the part. Sweaters not mandatory but deeply encouraged. 

$10 suggested donation benefits the Somerville Homeless Coalition. Canned food donations accepted for the church. There will also be a sale of knitted and crocheted items in the gallery.

Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church
155 Powderhouse Blvd., Somerville, MA 02144 visit-nave-gallery/

From Davis Square take Bus 87 or 88 - Clarendon Hill. Exit at Broadway and Curtis St. and walk 3 (short) blocks north on Curtis Street. We are on the corner of Curtis Street and Powderhouse Blvd.

Parking is available in the West Somerville Neighborhood School after 5:00 and on weekends. The parking lot is located on Raymond St. Turn a thet intersection of Powderhouse and Curtis onto Curtis, then take the first left onto Raymond St. The lot is located about 1 block down. Street parking is also available one block away on Packard Avenue from Powderhouse on the hill bordering the Tufts University campus. Please take note of all street signs relating to parking!

Somerville Artist of the Month Nominations now being accepted

Last week we held our Artist of the Month celebrating our 2017 folks.    A grand time.

It’s now time to get your help to nominate Somerville artists for our 2018 season.    If you know of a special artist (meaning all genres of art not just visual art), please nominate them here   Nomination process should only take a minute of time.   We’ll be review the nominations over the next few weeks until mid-January.

For more information about the program go here

And a big shout out to Gilmore Tamny and Matt Kaliner for their work on this program in 2017 and continued work in 2018, with a new volunteer, Kerrie Kemperman.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Harvard Ed Portal - Looking for Teaching Artists for Youth

I’m reaching out because we are looking for teaching artists who would be interested in teaching a one-time two-hour Saturday arts workshop to youth between grades K-12. We’re looking for a diversity of activities and artists, and have partnered with artists who have engaged our community with photography, ceramics, beatboxing, printmaking, and more. This is a paid opportunity with provided materials and compensated preparation and planning time. More details and a workshop proposal can be found here at our Submittable posting.

Would you be willing to share this posting with artists in your community who would be a good fit? Please feel free to let me know, or directly forward this information or my contact information to artists in Somerville. We would love to schedule some artists for the coming months soon.

Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or recommendations, and thank you!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Please join us for an art show opening on Sun. Dec. 17th from 3:00-5:00 pm

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Journeys in Sound experimental sound event this Sunday afternoon

Sound Walls
Paul Roth & Ian Douglas-Moore Duo
with special guest Eric Hofbauer

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Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 4pm
Arts at the Armory Cafe  191 Highland Ave. Somerville

Ian Douglas-Moore is a NYC-based musician and sound artist whose work utilizes guitar, electronic sounds, and field recordings. His main interest is in examining the textures of resonant sounds as they engage with acoustic space through an approach to sound-making on the guitar that is largely self-taught and highly original. These directions take the form of recorded works, concerts both solo and in collaboration with others, and sound installations - generally following a curiosity about the way sounds are perceived and understood. He currently studies just intonation tuning systems with renowned microtonal guitarist David First and co-organizes a biweekly experimental music series WOrK, with founder and acclaimed guitarist/bagpiper David Watson.

Paul N. Roth is an improviser, composer, musicologist, writer, theorist, Roth works through a variety of means for the less-conventional, sometimes surprising declaration of sound and its organization in time, space, etc. His solo work in particular re-conceives accepted roles for the saxophone, disguising much of the instrument's long improvising history for an approach that is somehow unique and original. He has also more- recently directed his focus towards the personal, normal, and everyday - through an on-going series of audio books, text pieces, and radio works.
Roth has traveled widely with his music, including throughout the United States and Europe, but also in Russia, Japan, Mexico, India, Australia, North Africa, and the Middle East. He has published works on SNP Records (USA), Oak Editions (IT), AUT Records (IT), Creative Source (PT), Hail Ants (IT), Honor Roll (USA), along with a forthcoming release on Emitter Micro (DE). He additionally co-directs Earwash records (between NYC and Berlin), and serves on the curatorial team for Ausland-Berlin, one of Europe's most important venues for experimental music. For more

Douglas-Moore & Roth's collaborative output may best be described as sonic adventures in a land of textural tamperings, microtonal manipulation, meandering sound walls, and other ear curiosities.

Eric Hofbauer has been an integral member of Boston's jazz scene as a musician, bandleader, organizer and educator for the past twenty years. He has performed and recorded alongside such notable collaborators as Han Bennink, Roy Campbell, Jr., John Tchicai, Garrison Fewell, Cecil McBee, Steve Swell and Matt Wilson.

Hofbauer is perhaps best known for his solo guitar work featured in a trilogy of solo guitar recordings (American Vanity, American Fear and American Grace). Of the trilogy, Andrew Gilbert of The Boston Globe writes, "No other guitarist in jazz has developed a solo approach as rigorous, evocative, and thoughtful as Hofbauer."

Eric will be performing a short solo set, a combination of pieces from his latest solo release "Ghost Frets" and a couple of improvisations.. Here is a track from that the "Ghost Frets" release ...

make a reservation on link below ...
$13 with reservation, $10 for students & those on a fixed income

You're Invited to: El Sistema Somerville's Winter Concert Tuesday December 12th 7pm East Somerville Community School's Auditorium

   Please join us for our annual El Sistema Somerville Winter Concert.  Come and experience the power of daily music instruction.  Our students appreciate your presence and support!
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Winter Concert
“Viva la Musica”
December 12th

East Somerville Community School auditorium

Come out to celebrate our 2017 Artist of the Month.

Please join us to celebrate these artists;  enjoy some good cheer and comradery, short presentations, and free food.  

When:   Thursday, Dec. 7th, 7 p.m.
Where:  Arts at the Armory, Mezzanine 
               191 Highland Ave.           

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

The Somerville Arts Council is pleased to announce the December Artist of the Month, Pier Gustafson.

The Somerville Arts Council is pleased to announce the December Artist of the Month, Pier Gustafson. 

For the full interview by Matt Kaliner and photography by Lee Kilpatrick go to:

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 

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