Grants 2023

FY23-LCC-28976   CITY OF FRAMINGHAM PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT: FRAMINGHAM FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT SERIES

The 2022 Friday Night Concert Series will include eight weeks of musical entertainment; Oldie's Rock & Roll, Big Bands, R&B, Country, and every genre in-between. The Concert Series will be held on Friday evenings from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Center Common on Edgell Road in Framingham. Crowds vary in age from families with very young children to 55+ senior citizens. Depending on the evening, there could be up to 1000 spectators on the Common!

Details about Concerts on the Centre Common:

https://www.framinghamma.gov/2791/Summer-Concerts

FY23-LCC-29068 KEVIN DRISCOLL: PAUL REVERE & FRIENDS

Tuesday, August 15 11:00 AM

McAuliffe Library, Community Room

As documented on Page 56 at www.doe.mass.edu/frameworks/hss/2018-12.pdf

"Topic 6. Massachusetts in the 18th century through the American Revolution [3. T6] Supporting Questions: Why is Massachusetts important to the nation’s history? How did different views about the fairness of taxes and government lead to the American Revolution?"

The INTERACTIVE learning experience includes "the beginning of the Revolution at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts (April 1775) … and the roles of Revolutionary leaders such as Paul Revere..."

"Kevin Driscoll... ventriloquism, education, and music... so much fun” The Boston Globe

www.DriscollProductions.com

www.facebook.com/driscollproductions

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRpb9F-O7IcApSzgMeR_NgA

FY23-LCC-29333 BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF METROWEST: SUMMER BRAIN GAIN

Summer Camp

June 26 to August 18 -- 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM

The Framingham Clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest is hosting an enriching, fun, and educational camp this summer! Starting June 26 through August 18, 2023 – youth can attend our program from 8 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday, for $170 per week. Breakfast and lunch are provided by Project Bread and Framingham Public Schools. Groups will go on field trips – such as the Discovery Museum in Acton and Legoland in Boston, learn from fun guest speakers, and participate in a variety of other activities! Visit bgcmetrowest.org to learn more or register.

http://bgcmetrowest.org

FY23-LCC-29390 MATT YORK: THE HIGHWAYMEN SONGS & STORIES

https://mattyorksongsandstories.com/

http://www.facebook.com/mattyorkboston

FY23-LCC-30787 Eve Costarelli: I Am: Yoga, Creativity and Community

Eve Costarelli along with the Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham presents: I Am: Yoga, Creativity and Community- Yoga+: Dance, Movement, Song, and Story parent and child lessons focused on self-regulation, mindfulness, dance, self-care, literacy, and calming techniques provided in a developmentally appropriate way in a play-based setting. Classes will be held within the ECAF's weekly Learn and Grow Together schedule.   

Eve Costarelli: http://uniquelyeve.com

Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham:  

http://www.framingham.k12.ma.us/domain/72


The Performing Arts Center of MetroWest, known informally as PAC and serving Framingham and surrounding towns, creates a welcoming community that provides high quality, affordable, and accessible education, and performance opportunities in Music, Theater, and Dance for students of all ages and all stages of artistic development. PAC strives to strengthen its position as a valuable resource in the community for cultural development through the performing arts.

Looking for an experience that's personal and meaningful... not more busyness and an over-commitment? Our Summer Intensive Program programs are just that - intensives. Young artists are looking to hone their skills, talents, and interests, and PAC - unlike most other programs - delivers that without an expensive, multi-week commitment. Receive in-depth, small-group instruction amongst like-minded peers in programs that are five to eight days in length. Give us a try. You'll be glad you did.

https://pacmetrowest.org/

pac@pacmetrowest.org

FY23-LCC-36522 CALLAHAN CENTER: 2023 CULTURAL ARTS SERIES

The Callahan Center’s 2023 Cultural Arts Series will entertain, educate, and inspire older adults in the areas of music, art, and theatre. Offering a variety of free cultural arts experiences for ages 55+ will expand cultural opportunities within our community, promote lifelong learning and engagement in the arts, as well as support Framingham's Age & Dementia Friendly Initiative, Age Well.

https://www.framinghamma.gov/360/Council-on-AgingCallahan-Center

Cultural Arts Series

RAYMOND J. CALLAHAN CENTER

535 Union Avenue, Framingham

FY23-LCC-36526 THE RAYMOND J. CALLAHAN CENTER:  OUR HISTORY, OUR WORLD 2023

Our History, Our World 2023 will engage participants in understanding the past, examining events that have shaped our world, and exploring the world we live in. These free programs – for ages 55+ – will foster intellectual growth and curiosity, while promoting thoughtful discussion and personal reflection. The Callahan Center provides a unique environment for older adults to attend educational programs together and share their rich knowledge and experiences.

https://www.framinghamma.gov/360/Council-on-AgingCallahan-Center

OUR HISTORY, OUR WORLD 2023

RAYMOND J. CALLAHAN CENTER

535 Union Avenue, Framingham

FY23-LCC-36780 MASSACHUSETTS EDUCATIONAL THEATER GUILD, INC.:  THE MASSACHUSETTS HIGH SCHOOL & MIDDLE SCHOOL DRAMA FESTIVALS

Framingham High School Festival March 13th, 9 AM - 5 PM

Walsh Middle School Festival May 6th, 9 AM - 5 PM

Mass Educational Theatre Guild is the umbrella organization for theatre education. Each year for over 90 years the METG has sponsored a festival of one act. This year Framingham has been asked to host both the Middle School Drama Festival at Walsh MS and the Semi-Final round of the High School festival. With COVID practices in place, we will safely bring students from surrounding towns as well as Framingham to once again share their passion for theatre. The performances are also open to live audiences. The high school festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 13th, and the middle school festival for Saturday, May 6th. We hope to use this festival to bring theatre to our kids and our community and to share the theatre from across the state with our students and families.

https://metg.org

FY23-LCC-40124 FRAMINGHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY:  SUMMER READING: FIND YOUR VOICE! / ¡ENCUENTRA TU VOZ!

Framingham Public Library, 49 Lexington St. Framingham, MA 01702

June 24 to August 19

We have about 7-8 weeks of stimulating and fun cultural programs that take place on the Library property. This year we have many multicultural programs lined up, some in English, and Spanish, and one bilingual in Portuguese and English to better serve our community demographic. We also will provide weekly trivia and guess jar contests, themed t-shirts, and free incentives for reading over the summer. These efforts are all aimed at keeping children engaged with reading and coming to the library to avoid boredom or falling behind in the skills they worked hard on throughout the school year and to also enrich the summers of children who don't or cannot go to a camp or travel.

https://heritagechorale.org/

FY23-LCC-40888  MOSESIAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS:  ASL-INTERPRETED  STORYTIME & WORKSHOP

March 3 @ 10:30 AM at the Framingham McAuliffe Library

March 29, 10:30 AM at the Framingham Main Library

The Mosesian Center for the Arts is excited to present Watertown Children’s Theatre’s ASL Storytime Project. Each ASL-interpreted story is accompanied by an interactive workshop for participants of all ages, led by long-time MCA collaborator and Special Education teacher Arlene Velleman. Our ASL Storytimes and Workshops are free and open to the public, and each session is recorded to be accessible online.  

https://www.mosesianarts.org/classes/asl-storytime

FY23-LCC-43039 RONA LEVENTHAL, STORYTELLER:  IT'S YOUR STORY - TELL IT

Rona Leventhal will facilitate a workshop for adults on finding and crafting personal stories. Rona will guide participants in finding “story seeds” from their lives. Choosing one of these kernels, we will shape them into stories for telling by looking at details such as sensory information, people, objects, influences, turning points lessons, etc. In pairs and individually, through writing and speaking, we will look at stories, brainstorm memories, share ideas, and start to thread together the pearls that make up a story. Rona is known as a workshop leader who creates a safe place to explore and take risks...and prides herself on it!  The workshop is 100% participatory and experiential. Many people don't think they have stories worth telling, but they are often surprised! These stories are both personal and universal. It is a very interesting journey! This workshop is 1.5 hours long.

Where:  McAuliffe Branch Library, 746 Water St, Framingham, MA

When:  Saturday, November 4, 2023, 10:00 - 11:30 AM with refreshments afterward

Links to Videos of Rona’s Work

Cracking Open: A personal story (told here at a “story slam” as a 5-minute version; usually a 10-minute story)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6ImxoWJtd4&t=1s

My Mother’s Hands: A Personal Story

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbyIzuQ9T6o&t=3s

“Why Storytelling”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEopzMncMYU

rona@ronatales.com

http://www.ronatales.com/

FY23-LCC-44572 FRAMINGHAM GARDEN CLUB: GARDENING TO SUPPORT NATURE

In honor of the Framingham Garden Club’s 90th Anniversary Gardening to Support Nature by Dave Epstein, meteorologist and horticulturalists

Wednesday, March 29, 7 pm

Main Library, Costin Room:   Click to register for the in-person event

YouTube Live:  youtube.com/FraminghamPublicLibrary

Dave Epstein explains how important it is not only to use native plants but also other ways to help mitigate a changing climate. By making small changes in everything from how we use compost when we clean our gardens, and how we water, gardeners can become an integral part of the fight against climate change and encourage others to make those decisions. This talk also helps gardeners know which plants can be helpful to pollinators and other fauna that may benefit from modifying horticultural practices.

FY23-LCC-39840 SMOC COMMUNITY KILN FCC ARTS PROGRAM

SMOC will expand its Community Kiln program, which offers high-quality ceramics classes to students of all ages, to provide free pottery-making workshops to children in SMOC’s childcare programs. Through the Community Kiln FCC Arts Program, one teacher and two volunteers will go to the nearby Framingham Community Center (FCC), where SMOC children are enrolled in daycare, to give a 2-hour ceramics workshop six times per year. At the workshop, SMOC children will be taught the valuable art of pottery creation, molding, and creating shapes out of clay. Parents of the children will be invited to participate in the program with their children. Once the workshop is concluded, the teacher/volunteers will complete the glazing and firing process back at the Community Kiln Center and then return the finished art piece to the children at the FCC.

http://www.brickstack.org/home.html

https://www.smoc.org/child-care.php

FY23-LCC-30938 SMOC:  MINI WALNUTS PROGRAM AT THE FRAMINGHAM COMMUNITY CENTER

Framingham Community & Cultural Center, 10 Roxanna Street, Framingham

The Mini Walnuts project is a collaboration between the Walnut Hill School for the Arts (WHS) and SMOC’s Framingham Community Center (FCC), which introduces ballet, music, and movement to children (aged 3-6) in SMOC’s childcare programs. Mini Walnuts is an equalizer, allowing students from low-income backgrounds to have an education in the arts. The program introduces ballet, music, and movement to children who would otherwise not be able to afford private lessons. Classes are held three days a week, two classes per day, in two eight-week sessions and one six-week session per year.  

Framingham Community & Cultural Center:

https://www.facebook.com/FraminghamCCC/

Walnut Hill School for the Arts:

https://www.walnuthillarts.org/

FY23-LCC-45480 A COMMON THREAD THEATRE COMPANY:  TICK TICK BOOM!

A Common Thread Theatre (ACTTC) is partnering with ATAC to present the musical "tick, tick...Boom". atac is providing rehearsal and performance space for ACTTC to prepare and present this musical in Spring 2023. This musical is the autobiography of Jonathan Larson, the author of the Tony award-winning musical "Rent". It is the story of the composer living in New York while writing "Rent" and about the professional and life choices he made and his personal loves and friendships. Larson wrote about what he knew - poverty, paying rent, facing rejection, protesting for justice, HIV - similar to issues we deal with today. Through this partnership, we plan to emphasize that these issues are still relevant today and give a voice to those who want to be heard.

https://www.acommonthreadtheatre.org/

info@acommonthreadtheatre.org

508-834-4682

FY23-LCC-43176 AMAZING THINGS ARTS CENTER:  FIREHOUSE DINNER AND MOVIE NIGHTS

Free and open to the public, Firehouse Dinner and Movie Nights is an outdoor family-friendly film series providing entertainment and nourishment to our community. ātac will screen popular kids’ movies in Spanish with English subtitles or in English with Spanish subtitles.  We will be collaborating with local restaurants, grocery stores, and direct service organizations to provide meals for our audience to enjoy during the show.

ATAC (Amazing Things Art Center):

https://www.atac160.org/

FY23-LCC-29601 BARBIERI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:  HONK! JR. PRESENTED BY BARBIERI DRAMA CLUB

The Barbieri Drama Club is a program that is run by the PTO (parent-teacher organization) and is open to all students at the Elementary school regardless of grade or ability. Each year, the Drama Club puts together a bilingual performance that is open to the public. It is also presented to every student in the school during the school day. For the 2022-23 school year, the Drama Club will be performing Honk! Jr. (a musical adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's The Ugly Duckling). Students may audition for a lead role or sign up for the general cast (no auditions). There are typically 150 students that perform in the play, which consists of two casts. Each cast will perform twice to the general public and once to the student body.

https://www.facebook.com/BarbieriDrama/

FY23-LCC-39740 BROPHY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:  MULTICULTURAL FAIR

The Multicultural Fair at Brophy Elementary School is a treasured event for students, parents, and teachers. It is an opportunity to come together and celebrate the diversity of our community. Tables will be set up representing different countries with educational material, games, and food (provided by families). Additionally, a schedule of performances highlighting dance, music, and art from around the world will be featured.  

FY23-LCC-40279 SUMMER READING: FIND YOUR VOICE! / ¡ENCUENTRA TU VOZ!

Christa McAuliffe Branch Library

746 Water Street, Framingham

We encourage and promote reading for ages 4-12 through a reading adventure co-sponsored by the Mass Library Association. As the school year ends, we visit the elementary schools to talk about our programs and then host a kick-off party. We then have about 7-8 weeks of stimulating and fun cultural programs that take place on Library property. We also provide weekly trivia and guess jar contests, themed t-shirts, and free incentives for reading over the summer. These efforts are all aimed at keeping children engaged with reading and coming to the library to avoid boredom or falling behind in the skills they worked hard on throughout the school year (that dreaded summer slide!) and to also enrich the summers of children who don't or cannot go to a camp or travel.

McAuliffe Branch Framingham Public Library:

https://framinghamlibrary.org/mcauliffe-branch

FY23-LCC-40349 FRAMINGHAM CENTRE COMMON CULTURAL DISTRICT:  MANY CULTURES ONE HEART MARKETING CAMPAIGN & SCAVENGER HUNT

“Many Cultures, One Heart” is a public art project designed to highlight the artistic and ethnic diversity of Framingham through a series of heart sculptures painted by local artists and placed around the Cultural District and the City of Framingham. The artists on this project represent the many communities that call Framingham home and include Black, Indigenous, Asian, Brazilian, Latino, white, multiracial, Jewish, LGBTQ+, and disabled artists from all walks of life, ranging from teens to seniors. After the unveiling of the heart sculptures at a festival last June, they are now installed in the designated locations around the city of Framingham. We are launching a strategic marketing campaign to engage the community in finding and visiting the hearts which includes a scavenger hunt and social media ads. Marketing efforts will help to gain momentum to add additional hearts.

https://www.framinghamcentrecommon.org/many-cultures-one-heart-2/

FY23-LCC-33283 FRAMINGHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY:  FPL CONCERTS 2023

Cultural enrichment provides our community with inspiration, education, and connection. Framingham Public Library (FPL) has always been dedicated to bringing the finest performers to our community, with a special focus on celebrating local professional musicians, and we seek to continue that tradition of excellence in musical programming with our series FPL Concerts 2023, offering an eclectic variety of musical performances with a special focus on expanding musical programs to continue to serve our Portuguese and Spanish-speaking community members. Our goal is to provide a rich tapestry of musical experiences that celebrates the diversity of our community and introduces audiences to new musical experiences. With the Cultural Council's support, we will continue to offer the finest in a series that includes our popular jazz concerts and continues to build in world music experiences. 

https://framinghamlibrary.org/

FY23-LCC-39979 FRAMINGHAM STATE UNIVERSITY:  ADVENTURES IN LIFELONG LEARNING

Now in its tenth year, the Adventures in Lifelong Learning (ALL) program is a successful collaboration between Framingham State University (FSU) and the Framingham Public Library (FPL). The program provides MetroWest residents aged 60 and older with the opportunity to take courses in a variety of subject areas including but not limited to art, history, literature, science, political science, and music. FSU faculty and other experts will teach courses online on four Fridays in January 2023, four Tuesdays in May 2023, and four Tuesdays in October 2023. ALL is conducting outreach to Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking elders in Framingham and intends to implement programming for these two language groups by October 2023.

Course Descriptions and Schedule:

https://www.framingham.edu/academics/continuing-education/community-education/adventures-in-lifelong-learning-course-descriptions.html

FY23-LCC-45113 HOOPS AND HOMEWORK:  MUSIC AT HOOPS

Hoops and Homework will continue its piano lesson program offering piano for free for economically challenged children, in partnership with the Performing Arts Center of Metrowest.

See the video to the left of the recital in 2022.

View the video!:  https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMolKXxai7N0p6JBJ3oQDssKA1FepGUZtYEE2KB5yvc72MGg9Z3QnwqsekSmiRqvw?key=bENVUWsxUnFuNjUyT3VldE5pUXR2WlRQUUNjQlBB

www.hoopsandhomeworkinc.com/

FY23-LCC-47304 MAGIC SHOW BY SCOTT MARTELL

June 29, 2023,  1:30 PM Callahan Senior Center

Scott Martell presents his original brand of magical entertainment. Two shows are offered.

A family-themed magic show at the Framingham Public Library encourages child empowerment and features original comedy and surprises for all ages. Attendees will discover they can do magic too. Enjoy new and classic magic routines and of course, Stella the Rabbit steals the show!

An additional magic show at the Callahan Center catered for seniors and highlights participation and relatable themes such as music, artists, and cultural icons past and present. Seniors enjoy reminiscing about a youthful past while losing themselves in an hour of comedy, surprises, and magic. Scott's Magic style is enjoyed by all ages.

FY23-LCC-27152 MUSIC DANCE.EDU:   HIP HOP CHAIR DANCE FOR SENIORS!

Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors!

We will teach four dance classes at two different senior facilities. The dance class is about an hour. Elders do a complete chair, dance, warm-up, and hip-hop class that begins and ends in the chairs. We travel through time on the “Soul Train” and chair dance to clean-cut hip-hop and R&B songs. We use creative props such as smiley faces and the African maracas to help make our soul-train journey come to life. Senior participants will leave feeling more limber.

FY23-LCC-27164 MUSIC DANCE.EDU:   I AM AUTISTIC   I AM FANTASTIC

I am Autistic, I am Fantastic—The Musical at the Carlyle House in Framingham

*Presented by the MUSIC Dance.edu youth performing arts company

Using musical instruments, creative movement, poetry, and problem-solving activities, this presentation will inspire, uplift, and educate autistic children, families, and the community at large. In 1970, the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and ensure that all affected can achieve the highest quality of life.

The musical selections in this presentation are inspirational and include contemporary jazz songs, 70’s music, soft rock, hip hop, and selections from popular Broadway musicals. The presentation is about an hour long and includes a (10) minute intermission.

https://musicdanceedu.weebly.com/

FY23-LCC-29900 NATIVE PLANT TRUST:   PLANT COMMUNITIES OF MASSACHUSETTS

Native Plant Trust, the nation’s first and only plant conservation organization focused solely on New England’s native plants, will offer a plant conservation lecture at the Framingham Public Library. The program, entitled, “Plant Communities of Massachusetts,” will provide an overview of the extraordinary diversity of native plant communities in the state, with examples of the plants and environmental features. The goal is to raise awareness and appreciation of the area’s habitats, to educate about plant communities’ current status, and to encourage ways to conserve local natural resources. This program was piloted in 2019 with five towns throughout the state and has continued to run across Massachusetts through 2022. The program in Framingham will be part of a larger state-wide initiative called the Plant Conservation Lecture Series.

https://www.nativeplanttrust.org/

FY23-LCC-45488 SCHARE, SUSAN:   THE FRAMINGHAM BRAIN FOOD PROJECT

The Framingham Brainfood Project, also known as Crafts for Communities

Crafts for Communities' mission is to enhance access to craft supplies for children in Framingham and promote their creativity, expression, and joy! Together with The Framingham Public Library Bookmobile, this project will create take-and-make craft kits for children K-12 using feedback from children in the community and use these as an avenue to promote further engagement.

Distributions will take place this spring in select communities that The Framingham Public Library Bookmobile visits.

FY23-LCC-42539 VOICES OF METROWEST: TRIAL EDUCATIONAL TOOL - CHORALTRACKS

Our choir is still feeling participatory effects and new educational challenges in this COVID age. Members with the slightest of sniffles are encouraged to stay home versus attend rehearsals in person. While all rehearsals are dually offered on Zoom, this live+zoom model is a taxing time challenge for our director, who cannot rely on members' ability to read music to make progress in preparing repertoire (we accept singers of all abilities). We've identified a potential teaching resource in isolated tracks and believe that implementing the use of the tracks will create better program accessibility by reducing skill barriers while allowing members to rehearse on their own with high-level instruction. The project is to trial member use of the tracks for all of 2023 with grant funds, to avoid increasing member dues in an inflationary economy.

http://voicesofmetrowest.com/about/

FY23-LCC-43127 WALSH MIDDLE SCHOOL:   MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS 8TH GRADE FIELD TRIP

8th-grade students will visit the Museum of Fine Arts to experience in person some of the important works from all over the globe, with a special focus on artists from the countries represented in the world language/bilingual curriculum, including but not limited to Spain, France, and China.

FY23-LCC-46173 Zaino, Nick:  100 Years of Boston Comedy

Live presentation with PowerPoint. There is a long history of humor in Boston and New England - a young Fred Allen finding inspiration at the Boston Public Library, Norm Crosby and Bill Dana playing swinging hotspots, Bob and Ray starting on local radio, Jay Leno playing strip clubs before the sense blossomed, the comedy boom in the 80s that spawned Steven Wright, Paula Poundstone, Denis Leary, Janeane Garofalo, and others, the 90s scene with Patrice O’Neal, Bill Burr, and Dane Cook, through some contemporary names like Eugene Mirman, Mike Birbiglia, and Bo Burnham. I’ll also include people from the area who didn’t perform in Boston but were born or educated here, like Conan O’Brien, who worked his comic muscles at the Harvard Lampoon, and Ziwe, whose childhood in Lawrence and education at Phillips Academy contributed to her outlook on race relations, part of the basis of her comedy.