Sunday, January 20, 2013
A look at the top headlines around the area for the week of Jan. 13, 2013
Mother Brook Arts and Community Center Will Move into The Old Avery School in March Since 2008 there were talks about building an arts center for the community. But it will now become a reality. The Dedham Board of Selectmen signed the Old Avery School lease over to the Mother Brook Arts and Community Center for Mar. 1, during their meeting Thursday night. "This is a night many of us have waited for, for a long time," Vice Chairman, Mike Butler said. "I support the lease as written and I think that we are keeping our promise from town meeting." Read more by clicking here. *** Norwood Market Robbed at Gunpoint At approximately 10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, an unknown suspect robbed AJ’s Market at gunpoint, Norwood Police said in a …
Friday, January 18, 2013
The Dedham Board of Selectmen signed over the lease for the Old Avery School to the Mother Brook Arts and Community Center Thursday night.
Since 2008 there were talks about building an arts center for the community. But it will now become a reality. The Dedham Board of Selectmen signed the Old Avery School lease over to the Mother Brook Arts and Community Center for Mar. 1, during their meeting Thursday night. "This is a night many of us have waited for, for a long time," Vice Chairman, Mike Butler said. "I support the lease as written and I think that we are keeping our promise from town meeting." The center is expected to provide artist work spaces, broadcasting labs, a gallery, a shop and several studios that will offer multi-generational classes. "The highlight point for me is that there will be a community center with the old gym," chairman Carmen DelloIacono said. "…
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The newly formed organization will hold a public informational meeting Tuesday at the former Avery School.
The newly formed Mother Brook Arts and Community Center [MBACC] board will hold an informational meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the former Avery Elementary School at 123 High St. The group, which has filed for non-profit status, is preparing to launch its inaugural outreach and fundraising campaign, according to the organization’s co-chairmen. “We are building a foundation of support among like-minded individuals and community organizations committed to helping us to reach our goal of leasing the site, rehabilitating the facility, and creating a unique cultural resource that local artists, residents and the community all can use,” co-chair Robert Miller said in a statement. The organization will serve as the non-profit vehicle to raise the…
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Lisa Houck, a Dedham artist, painted the newest rabbit.
A new bunny is completed as another artist finished yet another rabbit as part of the Dedham Public Art Project to raise money for Dedham charities. Lisa Houck, of Dedham, painted the newest fiber glass rabbits - one of 15 that will be auctioned off later this year. These rabbits will be placed in high visibility areas throughout Dedham to drive attention to the project and the community center. Each bunny is being painted by a local artist and sponsored by local businesses.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
The Mother Brook Community Group donated $500 for the arts and community center.
About a month after receiving approval from the Dedham Board of Selectmen, the Mother Brook Arts and Community Center received its first boost from neighbors. The Mother Brook Community Group donated $500 for the arts center, proposed to open in the current Avery Elementary School, a cornerstone of East Dedham. "[MBCG] is the perfect outfit to kick off this effort," said Bob Miller, chairman of the arts and community center. "They represent the neighborhood, and the support and the input from East Dedham is primarily why it has been decided to convert this school into an arts and community center." Other fundraisers are underway to help the arts center, including the Dedham Public Art Project, which is the reason residents soon will …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Supporters will now try to form a non-profit group and sign a lease for the building with the town.
As expected, the Dedham Board of Selectmen unanimously accepted a plan to turn the current Avery Elementary School into a community and arts center, paving way for a non-profit organization to form to step up to the task of readying the school for its new use. The Avery Re-Use Committee spent nearly a year debating a proper use for the 1920s school, and recommended that it be used as studio, gallery and meeting space for artists and community groups. "It was a lot of work - a labor of work," said Avery Re-Use Committee chairman Joe Heisler. "Many [other ideas], while great, were not feasible." Heisler told selectmen Thursday that the project is "value added" and something that Dedham has not offered before, making it a unique challenge …
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Artists will help raise money for the new center with 20 painted rabbit sculptures.
The arts will be hopping this spring – all around Dedham. Modeled after nearly 300 successful public art projects around the country, the Dedham Public Art Project has been unveiled this month, which will result in 20 artist-painted fiberglass rabbit sculptures placed across town in high-visibility locations starting in spring 2012. Each 5-foot-high rabbit will be painted by a juried selection of local artists – and each sponsored by local businesses, individuals and organizations. At the conclusion of the public display over several months, the completed sculptures will be auctioned off to support the proposed Mother Brook Arts & Community Center being considered as a new use for the current Avery Elementary School. As part of the project…