Community Stuff 4/26/14

Meeting on Friday, May 2 at Cape Ann Giclee, 20 Maplewood Ave, Gloucester

Hi Everyone,

Happy Spring!

Our next Cape Ann Painter and Photographer Group will meet on Friday, May 2,  from 9-10:30 AM at Cape Ann Giclee on 20 Maplewood Avenue in Gloucester. Parking is on the far right of Shaw’s Market.

James Eves , who owns Cape Ann Giclee with his wife Anna, will demonstrate Studio Photography and Lighting. It should be a very interesting program.
Thank you James and Anna for this upcoming program and for offering your space for our meetings!

We will also be discussing ideas for future programs and social events.

The group was founded almost three years ago with the aim to give Cape Ann Artists and Photographers an opportunity to meet each other, offer support, share ideas and ongoing work, and have a good time.

Hope to see you there. All are welcome.

Alice Gardner


Patti Amaral chimes in-

Hello Joey, thanks so much for helping me spread the word about Sidewalk Sweeping Day and Earth Day. I did forget to mention my wonderful friend Patty Philbrick’s business Two Sisters that also donates to our Earth Day cleanup donating fruits and veggies every year. Also the city does get out and spruce up the beaches before Memorial Day, sorry didn’t know this. Thank you to everyone who loves and respects our city enough to clean it and keep it clean.  Hope to see ya at Earth Day on Saturday.    Patti Amaral Clean City Initiative


CULTURAL FACILITIES FUND SUPPORTS REPAIRS AT GLOUCESTER’S SARGENT HOUSE MUSEUM

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MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council have provided a $20,875 Cultural Facilities Fund grant to the Sargent Murray Gilman Hough House Association Inc., which operates the Sargent House Museum in Gloucester. The Museum is using grant funds to repair the building’s structure, including replacing beams; repointing and repairing foundation and chimney masonry; replacing a structural pier; and rebuilding basement windows.

“The Sargent House showcases the Revolutionary War history of Gloucester and the values of the new republic.” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones. “We are pleased to provide this grant to help to preserve Cape Ann’s rich cultural history.”

The Sargent House Museum, at 49 Middle Street in Gloucester, was built in 1782 for Judith Sargent Stevens Murray (1751-1820), a philosopher, writer, and early advocate of women’s equality. For more than 100 years, the Sargent House was home to sea merchants, patriots, and community leaders. Today, the Museum tells the story of Judith Sargent Murray, and her husbands, sea Captain John Stevens and the Rev. John Murray, founder of Universalism in America. Museum visitors can view a collection of original works by the great portrait painter John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), Judith’s great-great nephew. The Museum collections include Robert Sheraton furniture, a small but exquisite number of decorative arts and paintings, and major pieces of other American furniture from centers like Boston, Salem, and New Orleans. 

“We are thrilled that MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council awarded this substantial grant that will ensure the long-term preservation of this iconic Gloucester building that continues to provide meaning to local residents today,” said Daniel Sargent Weir, President of the Sargent Murray Gilman Hough House Association.

MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council administer the Cultural Facilities Fund, an initiative of the Commonwealth to increase public and private investment in cultural facilities throughout the state. Created by the Massachusetts Legislature in 2006, the Fund offers capital, feasibility, technical assistance, and systems replacement grants for eligible nonprofits engaged in the arts, humanities, or interpretive sciences. The Fund has awarded more than $55 million in grants to cultural organizations across Massachusetts. For more information, visit the MassDevelopment and Massachusetts Cultural Council websites.

MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2013, MassDevelopment financed or managed 350 projects generating investment of more than $2.4 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are projected to create more than 7,000 jobs and build or rehabilitate 800 residential units.

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