Read dishy brief updates from downtown, marketing opportunities from MOTT, and trending topics from across the state. The arts scene in Gloucester and Cape Ann has so much going on and sets such a high, high bar for the state. We needed a calendar and GMG did it! Reminder: If organizations want to be featured on the essential GMG calendar and weekly arts round-up, they should email their listings to James Eves! Triple check the calendar before planning any major scheduling dates.
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The City of Beverly and The Cabot hosted a Massachusetts Cultural Council north shore cultural district meeting today. The theater was getting ready for tonight’s sold out Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan and they still made time for the districts. Mayor Cahill welcomed the group. The current exhibition installed in this sunny space is a solo show by fine artist and commercial sign maker, Andrew Bablo.
Cultural districts and organizations coming together for this meeting included the following: Beverly Main Streets and the BAD district; Montserrat College of Art; Chris Sicuranza, Gloucester’s Director of Communications & Constituent Services,Office of the Mayor; the two Gloucester cultural districts, and local cultural council; Rockport’s cultural district; Essex Historic Society and Shipbuilding Museum and district; Historic New England and Cogswell’s Grant; Lynn’s district; Haverhill’s; and Concord’s. Concord will be hosting their regional meeting tomorrow. Currently there are 35 cultural districts across Massachusetts with 40 possible by the end of June. Salem may come on next year. Interactive MA cultural districts as Google map.
OUR HOSTS photo L-R: Kevin Harutunian, Chief of Staff, Beverly; Aaron Clausen, City Planning Director, Community Development, City of Beverly; Gin Wallace, Director Beverly Main Streets; Meri Jenkins, MCC; J Casey Soward, The Cabot, Beverly; Steve Immerman Montserrat College of Art, Beverly; Annie Houston, MCC
Cosgwell’s and Historic New England;Lee Spence Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum, Essex Cultural District; Suzanne Rocky Neck Cultural District; Rose Sheehan Gloucester local cultural council; Jenny Arndt Haverhill Cultural District
Fine artist and commerical sign business: Andrew Bablo exhibit at Cabot contact steezdesign.com or instagram @steezmagazine
Cabot director – J Casey Soward generous on a busy day!
Readying for Celtic Sojourn tonight at Cabot
Mayor Beverly welcomes MCC and North Shore districts
Chris Sicuranza, Meri Jenkins, Annie Houston
Suzanne and Rose
Here’s a google map of the towns in Massachusetts with cultural districts designated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as of 2014. Besides Gloucester, Barnstable now has 2 cultural districts.
If you’re traveling in MA–or anywhere across the US that has cultural district designations–they’re a good place to investigate ahead of time for planning.
The summer Butterflies exhibit at the Berkshire Museum that includes Kim Smith’s work is nearby 5 western ma cultural districts and ideally situated for visiting Tanglewood or whatever Berkshire art and trail you envision.
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Whether you fall on the side of these commercials are a prime example of greenwashing, this is SUCH a landmark PSA, let’s make another parody, or hey wait a minute Iron Eyes Cody was Sicilian?—people of a certain age remember seeing the Ad Council’s Keep America Beautiful ads. Lassie and Lady Bird Johnson were helping the campaign, too. Wildflowers and THE dog.
I was a kid. This tv spot was memorable and effective.
And this one. William Conrad voice over.
The Rozalia Project lecture at Maritime Gloucester for the kick-off event of the first Harbor community clean up reminded me of these ads. In a positive way! Highways look better. Now on to our shoreline and ocean floors. There was a photo of a crab trying to maneuver past sunglasses and various beverage cans in Newport that specifically brought those commercials back to me. Oh, and check your toothpaste and skin polishers – no poly anything ingredient. Trust me.
The next day following that lecture, clean up happened all around the harbor, right at the water’s edge, different neighborhoods, and even by boat. Kudos to Maritime Gloucester for organizing and Harbortown and Rocky Neck Cultural Districts and other partners and volunteers.
At Maritime Gloucester, the Rozalia Project robot, Hector the Collector, went to work while Audie Tarr and others set out in boats for some surface retrieval. Gig Rowers in action, too.
Brenda Malloy’s Imagine Gallery on Rocky Neck has a fresh, new look this season. While you’ll still find the cool, funky jewelry, bags and clothing she carries, she is focusing her gallery more on the great new work she created this winter. Don’t miss a chance to experience the ever positive, bubbly Brenda and her innovative work.
This is the “don’t miss” of spring. Opening Reception Saturday, April 6th, 4:00-6:00 pm.