Wednesday, April 26, 2017

You're invited to ACTION & IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day (May 20, 2017)

You are invited to the following event:
ACTION & IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day
Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 8:15 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)
Franklin Senior Center
10 Daniel McCahill Street
Franklin, MA 02038

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Action & IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day is a multi-town event bringing together artists, art advocates, cultural organizations, and local businesses to participate in a morning of grassroots activism and education supporting the importance of arts and arts education in our culture.

Action & IMPACT is a FREE program of the Franklin Cultural Council, with additional support from the Norfolk Cultural Council, Cultural Alliance of Medfield, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and MASSCreative.

8:15 - 9:00:            Registration, Breakfast & Networking

9:00-9:15:              Welcome Address

9:15-9:30:               Why Advocate?...the economic and cultural impact of the arts and what advocacy can achieve

9:30-9:50:              Your Arts Story "Elevator Pitch"…using your personal story to advocate for change

9:50-10:10:            Creative Break to Advocate…grassroots advocacy activities

10:15-11:00:          Educational Workshop Session 1

11:00-11:45:          Educational Workshop Session 2

11:45-12:00:          Wrap up & Social Media Call to Action…one last advocacy action!


Tips for Successful Grant WritingBarb Gardner, Franklin Cultural Council & Lillian Gould, MFA
Barb, a grant writer for Tufts University, and Lillian, a grant writer for the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, will offer specific tips and information on ways to improve your future Cultural Council grant applications, as well as resources for finding other grants and suggestions on ways to write a successful grant app.

Leveraging PR & Email MarketingTamara Starr, Franklin Cultural Council
Tamara is a former Content Producer for the Boston Globe and former editor of and knows what it takes to grab the attention of the press. This workshop will focus on how to write a great press release, managing relationships with editors, examples of impactful "letters to the editor" that support your arts and advocacy message, and more!

Community Engagement through Social MediaCharity Stolarz & Taylor McVay, Norfolk Cultural Council
Learn to leverage the power of social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to connect to your community and amplify your message. Charity and Taylor will give you a crash course in the basic usage of the most popular social media platforms, along with tips and advice on which platforms are best suited for use in various circumstances. You'll get tools and techniques to boost your reach and maximize engagement with your target audience, and a chance to practice posting, liking, sharing and retweeting in real time with a workshop full of new social media followers. No social media experience necessary! 

Lobbying Your Town for Arts FundingJean Mineo, Cultural Alliance of Medfield
Jean successfully lobbied the town of Medfield 3 years ago to match Mass Cultural Council funding. She, in conjunction with the MCC, developed a Toolkit and Webinar on the topic outlining the successful strategies to use as well as pitfalls to avoid when approaching your town for funding.

The Ins and Outs of How to AdvocateMA Representative Jeff Roy & Andre Green, MASSCreative
Representative Roy will talk to us about the issues he faces regarding State arts funding budgeting, the objections his colleagues might have to supporting the arts, and how to successfully address those objections when advocating. Andre, Political Director at MASSCreative, will then expand on our earlier elevator pitch activity to guide people in coming up with talking points and "scripts" for advocacy meetings with legislators, giving time to role play these meetings with Rep Roy and others.

Art Builds Business Builds Art: Creating Symbiotic Corporate/Arts Relationships
Local businesses and arts organizations can create mutually beneficial, symbiotic relationships. Corporations offer sponsorship and funding for the arts, while the arts foster a desirable work environment, increased efficiency and morale, and build competitive advantages for businesses. This workshop will explore those relationships and how to create them within your community.


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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

FSPA All Access Pass For Prospective Students To Feature Complimentary Spring Concert Tickets And May Open Houses

Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) is pleased to provide prospective students with complimentary tickets to FSPA Spring Concert performances as part of the school’s All Access Pass program. Families are invited to learn more about FSPA programs in music, dance and drama. 

The Spring Concert shows provide a dynamic way to experience what the school has to offer across many dance disciplines, voice, acting, instrumental music, and musical theater programming. Spring Concert performances will be presented on Saturday, May 20 at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, May 21 at 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. at the Franklin High School Auditorium, located at 218 Oak Street. Featuring FSPA students of many ages and levels, Spring Concert is presented in an audience-friendly, 90-minute format.

FSPA will also host spring Open Houses on Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 24 from 4-8 p.m. at 38 Main Street in downtown Franklin. The community is invited to tour the facilities, observe classes and rehearsals, speak with faculty and staff, and learn more about FSPA programs.
Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) - annual Spring Concert - May 20 and May 21
Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) - annual Spring Concert - May 20 and May 21

Founded in 1985 by Director Raye Lynn Mercer, FSPA has been dedicated to the enjoyment of the arts for all ages and to the artistic growth and development of young people. The school offers classes in all dance disciplines, acting, musical theater, voice, and instrumental instruction, whether for recreational enjoyment or serious study. 

FSPA is also home to the Little Music School, an innovative program that teaches children as young as 18 months to play the piano. An unparalleled calendar of performing opportunities features musicals, plays, ballets, voice and instrumental recitals, opera scenes, acoustic coffee houses, musical theater and dance company showcases, and more. Many FSPA students are also cast, by audition, in the affiliated Franklin Performing Arts Company’s annual season of shows. FSPA TALENT offers management services for young performers who elect to pursue professional opportunities.

FSPA is also pleased to offer FSPA Academy, an academic alternative for students seeking a challenging curriculum in a supportive, flexible environment that encourages their creative goals. Provided Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in collaboration with the Massachusetts Virtual Academy (MAVA), the program builds upon MAVA’s state-approved online curriculum and features an enhanced emphasis on arts, language, and culture, including Music Theory, foreign language conversation classes, field trips and more. 

In addition, a new FSPA AfterSchool enrichment program offers supervised recreational experiences, including games, crafts and other creative arts activities, for students in grades K-5. The program begins at the close of the regular school day, with transportation available from Franklin and Medway schools.

Prospective students and families should call FSPA at 508-528-8668 to reserve their complimentary tickets and schedule a trial class or tour of the facilities. Classes continue at FSPA through June 19 and the summer session begins on June 26. Registration for summer and fall is ongoing. Visit for more information, including the FSPA catalogue, summer brochure and fall class schedule.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Franklin Cultural District Provides a Full Weekend of Choices

A full weekend of choices in the arts and cultural events for Franklin:

Franklin Art Association

Annual Gala Art Show and Sale takes place Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23 at THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central Street, Franklin.

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse

Livingston Taylor with Chelsea Berry
April 22nd 8PM $35

Dean College

The Dean College production of Five Women Wearing the Same Dress will take place in the PAS Stage located on School Street in Franklin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $22, Seniors $12 and Children $7


Clarinet Trio featuring Bruce Creditor, clarinet; Donald Krishnaswami, viola; and Lorena Tecu, piano performing music by Schumann, Bruch, Ben-Haim, Mozart, and Vaughan Williams. Sunday, Apr 23
Full Weekend of Choices for the Franklin Cultural District
Full Weekend of Choices for the Franklin Cultural District

Franklin Cultural District Formation Continues

A small and dedicated group met to review the following agenda items.

The next meeting is scheduled for May 18, 7:00 PM at the Franklin TV studios on Hutchinson St.

almost 70% of the survey responses chose "Franklin Cultural District"
almost 70% of the survey responses chose "Franklin Cultural District"