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Tina Z. 🎋 parked here … WE HOPE TINA RUNS FOR CITY COUNCIL! – nice showing last election cycle, Tina!🎉🎉

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Artists: Joan Baldwin, Nina Bellucci, Joan Benotti, Jennifer Day, Jenna DeLuca, Matthew Dickey, Erin Diebboll, Gary Duehr, Kevin Frances, Jan Johnson, Kelly Anona Kerrigan, Carol McMahon, Evan Morse, Chelsea Revelle, Soha Saghazadeh, Brittany Severance, Dawn Southworth

Exhibition Dates: January 17 – February 26, 2017

Exhibition locations: Schiltkamp Gallery, Traina Center for the Arts,

Clark University – 92 Downing St.

Gallery Hours: Monday -Thursday, 9-9 / Friday, 9-4 / Saturday & Sunday, 12-5

Opening reception: Wednesday January 25, 4:30 – 6

Gallery Talk with Artists:Thursday, February 9, 12-1

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The word “home” can have myriad associations for each person, but on a broad archetypal level, home conjures the realm of domestic life, a household with various members, a secure dwelling, private space, and a place of sanctuary and refuge.

Home also can be seen as existing in concentric circles – the initial ring being that which encircles the individual and members of a household most closely – whether it be a private house, communal residence, apartment, dormitory, or temporary shelter – followed by larger circles of “hometown” and ever expanding associations with region, nationality, and identity.

To “feel at home” suggests a sense of belonging and comfort. But, of course, it is quite possible not to feel at home in one’s actual domicile or physical location and the concept of home may feel elusive or precarious depending on life circumstances, geography, and politics. The artists in this exhibition offer various perspectives on this universal longing for “home” – the quest for a sense of safety, peace, acceptance, and well-being.

Some of the work confronts issues of displacement and loss, while other pieces depict the simple pleasures of domestic life and the careful construction of personal space.

The potency of everyday objects and the memories they trigger are also a focus of investigation. And a few of these artists play on sentimental or cliché associations of home. Though the stories are often personal, the themes are universal.

This was a juried show in response to an open call. The artists included come from all over New England and range from graduate student to well-established and renowned professional.

This exhibition was curated and installed by the students in ARTS 296 Gallery Culture and Practice, a “problems of practice” course, in which students explore opportunities to connect what they learn in the classroom with issues and matters faced by professionals working beyond the campus.

Those students are: Madison Boardman, Maria Escobar Pardo, Katlyn Greger, Grant Henry, Celine Hunt, Autumn Perez, Aliyah Rawat, F. N. U. Rouran, Andrea Schuster, Andre Toribio, and Amy Yeager.

Just when you think Worcester is cutting-edge, brilliant, city leaders disappoint

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Bank of America parking lot mural. pic:R.T.

By Rosalie Tirella

Have you seen our downtown murals? They’re GLORIOUS! Global, edgy, multi-voiced…They’re all over the place! Their politics … their young-ness … their yearning … LOVELY! They depict a complex, often challenging world; people of many races, especially the young (cuz the ARTISTS ARE GIFTED and YOUNG!); they show me the Worcester, the global community of TODAY! WOW! So atypical for my city – a city that typically contemplates the hair in its ear canals. “This is what you’d see in San Fran,” I think to myself as I drive around, soaking in all our new, fab public art. “Never in Worcester! Not in four score and seven centuries!”

Of course, my instincts are on point. After only four days of the art event’s final celebration: The same old depressing Wusta crap: Tuesday, tomorrow, night City Councilor Konnie Lukes – one of Worcester’s preeminent slumlords – is gonna rain all over our mural parade. At the City Council meeting she’ll basically call them ugo. A la Trump, she will give voice to all the racist, xenophobic, close-minded fatheads who’ve whined (to her?) about the murals’ themes while manifesting her own personal, foggy, out-of-touch, whack-doodley world view. She will grill the city manager, whose office spearheaded the art-scapade! Who, she’ll demand, decided what was going up?, who was vetted and how?, why all the outsider artists?, how long are these danged murals gonna stay up?, are they bummers? and do we have to up-keep them? Plus: THIS HAPPENED SO FAST, WITHOUT ME KNOWING A THING ABOUT IT! IT’S A LEFTY … CONSPIRACY!!!!!

Pathetic.

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YWCA mural…pic:R.T.

Then this…

Our very cool public health head honcho, Mattie Castiel, a physician, medical school professor, public policy pro, COMPASSIONATE community leader with years of experience making life better, HEALTHIER, for thousands of Worcester folks – especially those at society’s fringe – suggests a city-sanctioned homeless camp with toilets, outreach workers, even a police presence. So that the city can better serve its homeless folks. Grapple with a serious public health issue.

She says a camp is a more efficient, BETTER WAY to CARE FOR our city’s homeless, rather than have them living in 80+ makeshift encampments across the city – woods, parks etc. These hidden, often lonely corners of our community are where our homeless neighbors, many struggling with mental illness, sleep/live/suffer. Matilde asks: Why not have a central place for them to get the help they need? Especially with winter coming on?

Well, from the press release Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus fired off, FREAKING OUT BIG TIME over her suggestion, you’d think Matilde, the city’s relatively new (and naive to the Woo political bs?) Commissioner of Health and Human Services, was a crack pot! A cuckoo! From Ed: “To be clear, the city of Worcester does not plan to establish any kind of homeless camp. We are not considering it, and I would not be in support of it. … My administration remains committed to taking a common sense approach to addressing the issue of homelessness.”

Like having 20+ beds for the chronically homeless in a city of 180,000+?

Thank you Ebeneezer Scrooge!: Better they die and decrease the surplus population!

What does Dr. Mattie Castiel know?

Here’s her resume:

Commissioner of Health & Human Services
City of Worcester
September 2015 – Present (1 year 1 month)

UMass Medical School
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, & Family Medicine
UMass Medical School
2009 – Present (7 years)

Latin American Health Alliance
Executive Director
Latin American Health Alliance
2004 – Present (12 years)

UMass Memorial Medical Center
Internal Medicine Physician
UMass Memorial Medical Center
2001 – Present (15 years)

Education:

University of California, San Francisco – School of Medicine

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Medicine
1977 – 1981

California State University-Northridge

California State University-Northridge
Bachelors Cellular & Molecular Biology, Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
1972 – 1976

The know-nothings on the Worcester City Council will ride this pony hard (see the blood-encrusted lash?), for easy, cheap publicity (the homeless have zero clout).

When will our “leaders” realize: Events are in the saddle, and once again they are riding the Worcester City Council!

A Worcester Public Library card – always in style!

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A Library Card is the Coolest Card! See the “cool cats” across the street from our library when you get your library card! pics:R.T.

The YWCA, right next door, has more public art that will WOW! you! CHECK OUT THE AMAZINGLY LOVELY MURALS!

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Near the library’s front entrance, the City of Worcester is puttin’ in benches, trees, flowers! Pow! Wow!

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

The Worcester Public Library celebrates Library Card Sign-Up Month during the month of September! Stop by and get your free library card and see all the things it can do for you!

For one month only, the library will also be giving out replacement library cards. If you have misplaced your library card and would like a new one just visit any branch during the month of September, and we will replace it free of charge.

Today’s libraries are about more than books. They are creative educational spaces for learners from birth to high school and beyond. This annual observance occurs at the start of the school year.

During this Library Card Sign-up Month, the Worcester Public Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card.

Librarians provide important resources to families whose children are at the earliest stages of development, by teaching parents and caregivers the components of early literacy, which help children develop the basic tools for school readiness. In 2015, the One City, One Library Branches held 1,760 class visits through its partnership with the Worcester Public Schools. These visits helped students access the library and the educational materials available right in their own schools.

Older students can access high-speed Internet, digital tools, and the opportunity to work with trained professionals on how to use them.

Librarians provide guided training in digital media and help to grow digital literacy skills. Libraries also provide equity of access to digital tools and media, which has become increasingly important in high-poverty areas where students are less likely to have a computer or internet access in the home.

Libraries are also a training ground for students of all ages to expand their knowledge and explore creative pursuits. Resources at the Worcester Public Library are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement, including book clubs, STEM related programs, and summer reading activities.

“Our library provides access and programs for students of all ages,” said Geoffrey Dickinson, Head Librarian. “For preschool age children we offer early literacy and storytimes to encourage school readiness, for older children and teens we supplement education with hands-on programs and fun activities, and for nontraditional students we offer language and citizenship resources, resume help, and so much more. There’s really something for everyone, and it’s all free with a library card.”

Throughout this month, the library will host a number of activities, including:

Maker Mondays with the Learning Hub

Cooking classes

A volunteer fair

Cultural performances

… and much more!

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Worcester Public Library in person or visit the library online at mywpl.org.

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P.S. Spotted yesterday afternoon at the Peace Park Piano Playground in Piedmont!:

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pic: R.T.

Worcester! City of murals! City of artists! … and …

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Love her eyebrows! pic: R.T.

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Law, Anna, Constitution Day lecturer
Professor Anna Law

FREE! At Clark University

950 Main St.

Immigration law the focus of lecture on Constitution Day, Sept. 14

Clark University will host “Immigration Law: Does the Constitution Trump Building a Wall and Mass Deportations?” a lecture by Anna Law, Hebert Kurz Chair in Constitutional Rights at Brooklyn College, at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, in Tilton Hall, 2nd floor of the Higgins University Center, 950 Main St.

This event is a part of Clark’s official observance of Constitution Day.

Professor Law investigates the interactions of law, legal institutions, and politics. She is author of “The Immigration Battle in American Courts,” which examines the role of the federal judiciary in U.S. immigration policy, and the institutional evolution of the Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeals.

Professor Law is a former program analyst at the bipartisan, blue-ribbon United States Commission on Immigration Reform.

She has shared her expertise with the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

She has received funding from the NSF for her current research, which focuses on immigration, federalism and slavery in American history.

This lecture is sponsored by Clark’s Law & Society Program, Pre-Law Advising, the Political Science Department, and the office of the Provost. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

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TOMORROW!

EVERY SATURDAY MORNING!

FREE vegetables and fruits!

Free fresh fruits and vegetables will now be available from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday mornings …

…. at St. John’s Church, at the St. Francis Xavier Center soup kitchen.

20 Temple St.

The St. Francis Xavier Center also has a food pantry and serves hot breakfasts, Mon. – Fri.

For you and your family!

At St. John’s!!

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A reminder… tomorrow:

Farmers Market 1-1-2

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Parents for a Better Worcester and
Families of the Worcester East Middle Neighborhood…

Invite you to…

A ‘Community Unity’ Event
And Resource Fair

FREE

Thursday September 15

5-7pm

at Mulcahy Field (right next to East Middle School), 15 Dorchester St.

We are Working to Make Our Community Safer!

Come and be part of the solution and
Find out What We All Can Do!

Together We Can Make A Difference!!

There will be a Resource Fair in the Cafeteria of Worcester East Middle School right after the program with information on after school programs, crime watches and programs for youth.

Be there!

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More murals, please!

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pics:R.T.

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Help us END THE STIGMA – Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day at UMass Medical School!

As part of National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Week, September 5 – 11, and World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10, UMass Medical School and the Department of Psychiatry will host a day to raise awareness and provide education about suicide prevention.

Please join us Wednesday September 7th from 9:00-12:00, Medical school lobby and from 1:00 – 5:00, Sherman Building lobby.

There will be a short program beginning at 11:30.

Displays will include information tables and awareness ribbons to be distributed.

Each year, 42,773 Americans die by suicide, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.

Of those, more than 6,000 are military veterans.

For every suicide there are ~ 25 attempts, resulting in over one million attempts annually.

Suicide has lasting impacts on individuals, families, friends and communities.

Estimates indicate the number of survivors of suicide loss in the U.S. is 15.09 million (1 of every 21 Americans in 2014).

Please stop by to express your support and to share your thoughts!

This Saturday! Fete the murals!!! Pow! Wow! Worcester Music Festival and Block Party!!

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On the side of Mechanics Hall. pics: Rose T.

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Beauty at the bank!!!!

This Saturday! September 3!!

FREE FOR ALL AGES!!

Pow! Wow! Worcester mural extravaganza…

Music Festival/Block Party!!!

On the Worcester Common (behind City Hall)

3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Food Trucks!

Beer Garden!

Giveaways!

FREE LIVE MUSIC!!!

The bands:

3 pm – Gold Chain Baby

4 pm- Rodney Hazard

5 pm – Oxymorrons

6 pm – Blue Light Bandit

Be there!!!!

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Across from the library!

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The Peace Park piano in Piedmont will not be downtown, but check out her sis outside City Hall!

WOW…Driving around Downtown Worcester right now and thinking:

Pinch me! Our downtown murals are AMAZING! They’re multi-cultural, political … mind-blowing! Worcester in the 21st century! HERE AND NOW! Today! WOW. Fuck! MONUMENTAL!

This is what you’d see happening in NYC – in any first-rate global metropolis. This is radical! This is art! This is intellectual! This is community! This is Worcester! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! … IT’S ALL OURS!!!! To share with the world. Art for “The people!” Pinch me, babe.

text+photos: Rosalie Tirella

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And the early birds…

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