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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 Rediscovering an American Community of Color features eighty of these unprinted and heretofore unpublished photographs that otherwise may have been lost to history.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.

January 2018

Special Author Event
Saturday, 1/20/2018 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
Barnes & Noble, Shoppers World, 1 Worcester Rd (Route 9), Framingham, MA - Free
Join Diane for a very special author event!

Diane will be introducing my new book From Psychic to Soul. From Psychic to Soul is a reveal of how every person is psychic. How we already, knowing or not, use our abilities and how we can expand on them with easy to understand real life examples.

As a very special bonus, Diane will connect with one lucky guest to convey messages from a loved one in spirit.

Snow date January 27th, 4pm-6pm
Sponsored by: Barnes & Noble
For more information, e-mail reading@dianelewis.us.com or call 617-645-6415.

Isabel Stover ive at Nick's
Saturday, 1/20/2018 8:30 PM-2:00 AM
Nick's Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury Street, Worcester, MA - No Cover
http://www.isabelstover.com/index/

“Jazz is my go-to music; my comfort food,” says Isabel Stover. “As vocal artists there is a need to bear our souls to the world, but at the same time make our music accessible to people. Which is why all these other musical influences that I bring to the table must inform what I do, from my choice in songs to how I sing a particular lyric.” Anyone who listens to Stover’s recording, Her Own Sweet World, released in 2012 would agree. The debut CD is a carousel of jazz standards serving up original arrangements of samba, swing and waltz with a side of blues and pop. Stover’s perfectly balanced tone and mastery of phrasing is the icing. In fearlessly deconstructing musical compositions to their emotional core, Stover’s indelible presence shines through regardless of genre or style.

Her willingness to explore and pursue the various offshoots of traditional jazz is a reflection of her own personal journey, which led her from musical theater performance and a funk/r&b band to classical opera study. Her passion for jazz was ignited after landing a spot in the Oakland Jazz Choir, a 30-voice vocal big band in the San Francisco Bay Area, with whom she regularly performed at the venerable Yoshi’s San Francisco, and many California jazz festivals. She began taking classes at the Jazzschool in Berkeley, and from there had the opportunity to study with many acclaimed vocalists and educators such as Madeline Eastman, Kitty Margolis, Art Lande, and Ledisi, to name a few. Her steadily developing chops took her to many of the great San Francisco music venues such as Anna’s Jazz Island and Avonova. Stover’s musical skills were carefully honed under the direct mentoring of Laurie Antonioli, Pamela Rose and jazz vocalist and composer Stephanie Bruce. Of Stover’s music Bruce says, “It is carefully crafted, and shows both the art and the craft of good singing.”

Technique became Stover’s focus after moving East to Boston where she studied at New England Conservatory’s continuing education program. She continues to perform in and around Boston channeling the natural, laid-back sound of her West Coast contemporaries, along with folk/pop influences such as Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones and Lyle Lovett. In addition to these artists, Stover's rich vocal tone has been compared to jazz artists, Jane Monheit and Diana Krall.

This confluence of influences brings forth Stover’s mastery of rhythm, improvisational flow and phrasing, as her music continues to draw the emotive thread between timeless jazz standards and the heartfelt delivery of classic blues, folk and pop. With her "tasty phrasing and spot-on intonation," (Taxi) Isabel Stover's Her Own Sweet World provides the intimate sound of a seasoned vocalist who will entertain and inspire listeners from East to West and beyond.
For more information, e-mail nwatson50@aol.com.

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