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Rediscovering an American Community of Color: The Photographs of William Bullard
Saturday, 10/14/2017 - Sunday, 2/25/2018
Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA - Free with Museum admission
Itinerant photographer William Bullard left behind a trove of over 5,400 glass negatives at the time of his death in 1918. Among these negatives are over 230 portraits of African Americans and Native Americans mostly from the Beaver Brook community in Worcester, Massachusetts. Rediscovering an American Community of Color features eighty of these unprinted and heretofore unpublished photographs that otherwise may have been lost to history. Bullard identified over 80% of his sitters in his logbook, making this collection especially rare among extant photographic collections of people of color taken before World War I and enables this exhibition to tell specific stories about individuals and recreate a more accurate historical context. Moreover, Bullards portraits examine the role of photography as the vehicle for a new Black identity during the nascent years of the New Negro movement. Offering a photographic narrative of migration and resettlement in the aftermath of Emancipation and Reconstruction, Bullards portraits address larger themes involving race in American history, many of which remain relevant today, notably, the story of people of color claiming their rightful place in society as well as the fundamentally American story of migration, immigration, and the creation of a community in new surroundings.

Opening Reception
Thursday, October 19, 5:30 to 8pm; Free with Museum admission.

Rediscovering an American Community of Color: The Photographs of William Bullard, 1897-1917 has been organized at the Worcester Art Museum by Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Nancy Kathryn Burns and Janette Thomas Greenwood, Professor of History at Clark University, working together with Frank Morrill, collector, researcher, and steward of William Bullard's remarkable negatives. A partnership with Clark University has made an accompanying illustrated catalogue, website, and interactive map possible.

This exhibition is generously supported in part by grants from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and the McMillan-Stewart Foundation. Additional funds provided by the Worcester Educational Development Foundation will facilitate high school visits to the exhibition from students throughout the city of Worcester.

Image: William Bullard, James & Jennie Johnson Family, 1894-1918; printed 2016, E.132.16.10


For more information, e-mail information@worcesterart.org or call 508-799-4406.

BFF: Be a Friend First
Mondays, 11/13/2017 - 1/22/2018 5:00 PM-6:30 PM
YWCA of Central Massachusetts, 1 Salem Square, Worcester, MA - No cost to girls in Worcester in grades 5 through 8
Thanks to the Women's Initiative of Central Massachusetts The Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts are proud to offer, at no cost, BFF: Be a Friend First, to 5th through 8th grade girls in Worcester, no matter if theyre a Girl Scout.
Join us for this eight-session series at the YWCA Central Massachusetts, Mondays 5-6:30 pm, beginning November 13th.
Did you know that every day 160,000 students miss school out of fear of being bullied? Additionally, six out of 10 teens witness bullying at least once a day. 85 percent of the time, when a girl is being bullied, no one intervenes. 38 percent of girls worry about their emotional safety when spending time with their peers.
However, 57 percent of the time, when peers intervene, the bullying stops within 30 seconds.
If you want to give your daughter the tools to prevent bully behavior, develop healthy relationships and leadership skills, and become peacemakers in their school and community, join us for BFF: Be a Friend First, by contacting Kerry OBrien to register. Call 508-749-3633 or email kobrien@gscwm.org.
Girls will learn how to avoid bullying, cliques, peer pressure, stereotyping, and gossip by developing healthy relationships, leading through friendship, resolving conflict, and cultivating a strong sense of self.

Sponsored by: United Way of Central Massachusetts Women's Initiative
For more information, e-mail kobrien@gscwm.org or call 508-749-3633.

BFF: Be a Friend First
Mondays, 11/13/2017 - 1/22/2018 5:00 PM-6:30 PM
YWCA of Central Massachusetts, 1 Salem Square, Worcester, MA - No cost to girls in Worcester in grades 5 through 8
Thanks to the Women's Initiative of Central Massachusetts The Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts are proud to offer, at no cost, BFF: Be a Friend First, to 5th through 8th grade girls in Worcester, no matter if theyre a Girl Scout.
Join us for this eight-session series at the YWCA Central Massachusetts, Mondays 5-6:30 pm, beginning November 13th.
Did you know that every day 160,000 students miss school out of fear of being bullied? Additionally, six out of 10 teens witness bullying at least once a day. 85 percent of the time, when a girl is being bullied, no one intervenes. 38 percent of girls worry about their emotional safety when spending time with their peers.
However, 57 percent of the time, when peers intervene, the bullying stops within 30 seconds.
If you want to give your daughter the tools to prevent bully behavior, develop healthy relationships and leadership skills, and become peacemakers in their school and community, join us for BFF: Be a Friend First, by contacting Kerry OBrien to register. Call 508-749-3633 or email kobrien@gscwm.org.
Girls will learn how to avoid bullying, cliques, peer pressure, stereotyping, and gossip by developing healthy relationships, leading through friendship, resolving conflict, and cultivating a strong sense of self.

Sponsored by: United Way of Central Massachusetts Women's Initiative
For more information, e-mail kobrien@gscwm.org or call 508-749-3633.

November 2017

Holiday Wreath Workshop Fundraiser with the Junior League of Worcester
Thursday, 11/30/2017 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Preservation Worcester Park View Room, 230 Park Avenue, Worcester, MA - 40.00
Join the Junior League of Worcester for their Holiday Wreath Workshop Fundraiser with Jeff French Designs.
Jeff French, of Jeff French Designs, will help us to decorate some lovely, fresh wreaths and teach us how to make the perfect bow, just in time for the holidays! Don't worry if you don't have a green thumb, Jeff will teach you everything you need to know to make your wreath stand out this holiday season.
Light snacks will be provided and drinks are BYOB. The first 10 non-league members to purchase a ticket will receive a free ornament. There will also be a special door prize for one lucky attendee!
Sponsored by: Jeff French Designs
For more information, e-mail drelynn2000@yahoo.com.

December 2017

Immigrant & Refugee Stories by WWOHP
Tuesday, 12/5/2017 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA - Free
Everyone has a story to tell. The Worcester Womens Oral History Project collects, preserves, and shares the stories of Worcester women including the stories of immigrants who have lived in Worcester for many years and have established themselves as doctors, entrepreneurs, teachers, and directors of nonprofit organizations. This year WWOHP has collaborated with five Worcester organizations that work with immigrants and refugees in order to gather stories of women who have more recently emigrated from a variety of countries, including Colombia, Algeria, Brazil, China, and Burma.

The Clemente Course in the Humanities is a free 6-credit set of yearlong, college-level seminars in U.S. history, moral philosophy, art history, literature, critical thinking, and writing for adults marginalized by economic hardship. Through rigorous study in a respectful environment, Clemente students gain the tools to improve their own lives as well as the lives of their children and communities.

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester was established in 1973 and now educates over 600 ESL and ABE adult students annually with English language skills in both individual and group instruction. Over 150 Volunteer Tutors and 8 part-time specialized ESL Teachers educate immigrants, refugees, and adult basic literacy students to speak, read, and write the English language.

The Educational Bridge Center at Notre Dame Health Care is a lifeline supporting adult learners psychologically and financially, and helping them to overcome overwhelming challenges. Health care skills classes, adult basic education, tutoring, career and life coaching, and citizenship services enable people to earn certifications and degrees, and obtain family-sustaining wages.

Refugee Artisans of Worcester is a unique non-profit project that works to support refugees in the city through recognizing the beauty of their traditional artwork. RAW was created in order to embrace the cultures and skill sets of Worcester refugees while working to financially support these new Americans.

Worcester Refugee Assistance Project is committed to assisting local refugees from Burma achieve sustainable selfreliance through mentoring, advocacy, and providing material support as needed.

For more information, e-mail info@wwhp.org.

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