Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Voice

Last night I was at the presentation of the LPS art show at LynnArts. At that show, a representative from the MCC was in the audience. He looked at the Charlie Brown set behind him and remarked that funding the arts is sometimes like Charlie Brown trying to kick a football. One thing is for certain though, we do keep trying. With every try we get closer and closer to actually punting the damn thing.

In the Globe North today, you will find an article about the artist lofts being built by the EDIC. You remember Zee Mah and the adventures of 33 Central right? Well if not, let me remind you by pointing you to the many articles here. The same timeframe where Jim Cowdell and the EDIC board stepped up in a big way and said let's do something about this.

It is amazing how far we've come in from then to now. We are now designated as one of the state's first Arts and Cultural Districts.  It didn't take any one organization or one individual, it took us all. If anything has been proven, it's that we all have a voice and I would say we're being listened to in a big way.

There was another thing said at that meeting last night. It was one word, "Momentum." I'd say a truer word has never been spoken. Let the naysayers play on, let the jealousy rage, we know and can see what's happening. Hell... we're making it happen ourselves. Keep yelling. Keep digging. It's happening.


World Folk Festival Fundraiser May 31st at Olympic Gardens

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Building Bridges Through Music - Prom for Senior Citizens

I was lucky enough to witness some of this event last year (during tech for our show) and I will honestly tell you, I have never ever seen happier seniors in my life. Add to that, how fulfilled the kids seemed on their mission to provide a wonderful night for our elders and it was something to observe. If you can, take part this year.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

LynnArts presents Mural and a 3-gallery Exhibition of Lynn Public Schools K-12 artists

Lynn’s artistic community has a lot to celebrate, and LynnArts is hosting just the event to do so. Celebrating the Arts” is a three-gallery exhibition featuring the artwork of K-12 students from all 24 of Lynn’s public schools. Each school selected 15 – 20 pieces of student artwork that aligned with the National Common Core standards. Works include painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, digital art, folk art, crafts, and more. This same event will also serve as a celebration of Lynn’s designation by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as a Massachusetts Cutural Center. Finally, this evening is also the perfect chance to admire the newly completed mosaic mural installed on the Lynn Arts building. Lynn Secondary Students completed the mosaic in collaboration with LynnArts resident artists David Fitcher, Yetti Frankel, and Joshua Winer.

Please join the artists on Tuesday, May 29th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm to celebrate all three of these fantastic achievements. All events are free and open to the public and take place at the Lynn Arts building, located at 25 Exchange Street, Lynn. for more information.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Nice Weather is Here - Come Enjoy Your Downtown!

MAY 24 - June 9  - You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown - Come check out Arts After Hours next musical, which opens on Thursday May 24th, 2012. You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown features Charlie, Lucy, Snoopy, Linus, Schroeder, and Sally Brown as they work their way through a typical day in the life of a six year old. Adorable, nostalgic, and full of great music. These adult actors will impress the hell out of you while leaving a smile permanently etched on your face! Tickets are $25 Adults and $20 for kids. You can use code "SNOOPY" for $5 off from now through May 24th.

JUNE 16th - Sinful BBQ  - "You Never Come Out, The Way You Went In" - Arts After Hours is hosting its' 1st Annual Gay Pride event at the Lynn Museum. Set outdoors in the Lynn Museum's park, beer will be flowing and grills will be going. Tons of great raffle prizes from The Blue Ox, Cirque at 47 Central, Northern Nights, Manhunt, Liberty Hotel, and more to come. Going to be a lot of fun for all. Come celebrate gay pride this June in Downtown Lynn! 590 Washington Street, Lynn, MA June 16th 12-4PM $10 advance, $15 door

JUNE 23rd - I think the city is on to something. Every time they cancel an event (Third Thursday) or move an event out of Downtown (Meet Me Downtown), the residents, arts orgs, and businesses come together and replace them. I mean hell, Arts After Hours was founded as an organization because of Third Thursday's going away. Now, we have openDTL, from the brilliant minds of Seth Albaum and Soraya Cacici of the Downtown Lynn Neighborhood Association. If you're not aware of this yet, check out the article on openDTL at Also, make sure to like the Facebook fan page for openDTL. It's going to be a great day in Downtown Lynn.

Also, Arts After Hours signed on to be the official after-party. That night join AAH on the roofdeck of the newest Downtown building, All Care VNA on the corner of Market and Broad for The Meet Ball. AAH will be joined by one of the greatest and most creative bands in the Boston music scene today, Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling. Also playing that night will be Darling Pet Munkee. Not to be missed. AAH will have food from some of the greatest restaurants around Lynn and plenty of beer, wine, and sangria to go around (cash bar). Proceeds go towards creating more theatre in Downtown Lynn to consistently bring people in to our downtown to promote activity, economy, and culture.  The Meet Ball is $25 and includes food and entertainment. Cash bar. Dress to impress!

JULY 14th - The 3rd Annual Back Yard Bash! - This year is going to be a concert to remember. From 7-8, take in some music in the Museum courtyard while purchasing some great items from Lynn's local artisans. At 8PM, the park opens up and we welcome OldJack and Kingsley Flood to Lynn. Some amazing rock/Americana that you all are going to LOVE!  Enjoy some great food, drink up and party all night with Arts After Hours. The Back Yard Bash is $10 Advance, $15 door. Food for sale and cash bar. Use code "ADVANCE" at time of purchase for the discount.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Artist Loft Progress

The EDIC is making progress on the 33 Central plot formerly owned by Zee Mah in Central Square. With a design in place they are now planning the funding and bid process to get the right people to build this. It's going to be a great addition to the Downtown area and right in the heart of the Arts and Cultural District.


Just caught this article in the Lynn Journal.

Could this be the beginning of opening the books on residency in this city? I know how you all feel on this. You should know how I feel from previous posts. I'm very much with the court on this decision.

I want this extended in to City Hall. Open up the possibilities for Lynn to hire highly skilled transformers of city functions. People who have taken similar places and brought them to life. Whether it be parking lots that are clean, plans that make sense,  permitting that is clear and easy, budgets that get spent correctly, schools that improve, a city clerks office that doesn't feel like the most miserable place on earth. I'll take any and all and I think we need to look within and outside our borders to get the right people in the right jobs citywide!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Street Sweeping to Begin Downtown on Tuesday May 15th - Pay Attention to Signs

If it's to be done right, we can't have our cars in the way. Please watch for signs on this. I have asked why Oxford street isn't targeted on this map and why they would leave out Broad from Market to Silsbee (probably the dirtiest street in all of Downtown and the area a lot of outsiders drive through to get their first impression of Lynn).

For more info, see today's story in the Lynn Item.


They are including Oxford Street and Broad street all the way to Newhall. The Item messed up the map a bit.

Odd Numbered sides of the streets on Monday/Wed/Friday
Even Numbered Side of Streets on Tues/Thurs/ Saturday

Lynn City Farm Fest

Lynn City Farm Fest
Come celebrate spring with The Food Project! The Food Project will be holding its annual City Farm Fests in Lynn this Saturday, May 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All members of the community are invited to join us for gardening workshops; plant, seed, and gardening supplies sales; children’s activities; food; and more. Come learn how to start your garden, get expert tips on maintaining your garden, buy essential garden supplies, or simply enjoy the festivities!
WHERE: TFP's Munroe Street Garden, 100 Munroe Street, Lynn, Mass.
WHEN: Saturday, May 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Gardening Workshops: "Planning and Planting Your Raised-Bed Garden" and "Pests, Diseases, and Harvesting Tips"
  • 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Plant and Seed Sale; Gardening Supplies Sale; Children’s Acvities; Food; and More

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