Dear Members of the Rocky Neck Art Colony,
Five pieces of important news:
1. Artist Member of the Board: The survey results are in by a quorum of the Art Colony members, and Ruth Mordecai is officially an Artist Member of the Rocky Neck Art Colony Board of Trustees, to finish out Gordon Goetemann’s term until November 2014. We will have an election at that time for the two Artist members of the Board, as Kathy Archer’s two-year term will also expire (or be renewed). Congratulations Ruth, and welcome to the Board of Trustees!
2. Mortgage Burning: As we have succeeded in raising all the funds necessary to pay off the Cultural Center building, the mortgage burning will commence in true Rocky Neck fashion at a party next Friday, May 23, from 7-10 at the Center. Music, food, spirits – a bit of a ceremony at8PM – all members are invited — you made it happen, don’t miss it!!
3. Cape Ann Cultural Districts Mobile Phone app has launched! You can now download the Cape Ann Cultural District mobile phone app from your Apple or Android App Store. This is an excellent marketing and way-finding device developed in partnership with the four Cape Ann Cultural Districts and with funding from the City of Gloucester and Massachusetts Cultural Council. We will be featured in the Globe & other outlets this week. Check out the press release below and download the free app from the App Store!
4. Personnel: Our first part-time aid staffer, the new RNAC/Cultural Center coordinator is Suzanne Gilbert Lee. Please welcome her when you see her around the Neck. And the fabulous, multi-talented, spreadsheet-loving Pat Conant is now our part-time paid bookkeeper, yay!
5. Openings! The Cultural Center Gallery’s Pixel Revolution, curated by Otto Laske, opens this Saturday, May 18, 3-6PM. The Rocky Neck Gallery with featured artist Ken Beck is opening on May 24, 6-8PM. And the Center renovations are cranking along – we should have bathrooms by June 1…fingers crossed!
For Immediate Release
May 15th, 2014
Four Cape Ann Cultural Districts Launch Mobile Application
App Helps Visitors, Residents Pinpoint Destinations within Essex, Gloucester and Rockport
Cape Ann, MA – The four Cape Ann Cultural Districts, seARTS and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce today announced the launch of a mobile application that will enable Cape Ann visitors and residents to use their mobile devices to explore the area’s four cultural districts.
The new “Cape Ann Cultural Districts” mobile app is now available in the Apple and Android apps stores and can be downloaded free on these sites. The QR code for mobile app is at the bottom of the page for scanning.
The project seeks to increase awareness of Cape Ann’s creative communities, individual artists, museums, recreational attractions, historic sites, restaurants, lodgings and businesses. The mobile app provides a free, consolidated, flexible platform to access information and way-finding for each of the four state-designated Cape Ann cultural districts – Essex River, Gloucester’s Harbor town, Gloucester’s Rocky Neck and Rockport.
Each cultural district has its own page and directory listing of cultural offerings and businesses that will include a description, location, phone number, directions and links to web sites and other associated social media sites.
With the help of the project partners the mobile app is expected to open up new opportunities for tourists and residents to discover and experience the beauty and vibrant cultural scene across Cape Ann.
The mobile app project is funded in part through an Adams Art Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Matching funds were provided by the City of Gloucester, the Essex Merchants Group, the Town of Rockport Economic Development Committee and the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (seARTS). Additional support was provided by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and the Rocky Neck Art Colony. The application was created in cooperation with TapWalk, a Boston-based mobile app developer.