Posts Tagged ‘COOL’

Spring means better weather and also the start of many events through out the city! Check out some of these events for the month of April.

Quilts Japan – The 11th Quilt Nihon Exhibition
Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck St

The New England Quilt Museum is the only Northeast venue to showcase these award-winning quilts from the international competition of the Japanese Handicraft Instructors’ Association.

Whitewater Rafting on the Concord River
It’s been a cold and snowy winter, so this is going to be great season for whitewater rafting on the Concord. Be sure to call first.

Share Your Story in support of Our Marathon Digital Archive
APRIL 9, 4:30PM 
Pollard Memorial Library
401 Merrimack St.

Our Marathon is a crowd-sourced archive related to the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013; the subsequent search, capture, and trial of the individuals who planted the bombs; and the city’s healing process. Members of the Our Marathon team will be at the library to talk about the project and help you share your story (or photos, text messages, social media, etc.). Please stop by and add your story to the website.

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Celebrating the installation of Murkland Elementary School’s new moveable alphabet are (left to right) Lowell Public Schools Superintendent Jean M. Franco; PreK/Kindergarten Special Education Teacher Sarah McPhee; Middlesex Community College Professor of Art Jan Arabas, and Murkland School Principal Jason DiCarlo. MCC students designed the letters in the new teaching tool, incorporating images drawn by Murkland fourth-graders. The alphabet hangs in Murkland’s Early Childhood wing.

Middlesex Community College and Lowell’s Murkland Elementary School recently celebrated the installation of a colorful, moveable alphabet that combines English letters with multicultural images. Created last spring as a community-service project, the alphabet was designed by MCC students in Professor Jan Arabas’ Electronic Imaging course. The series of 52 upper- and lower-case letters incorporates graphic images of objects that start with each specific letter. (For example, images of a boat, banana and bubbles appear on the letter “B.”)

Murkland fourth-grade students, under the direction of Preschool/Kindergarten Special Education Teacher Sarah McPhee, created drawings of objects that MCC students also incorporated into some of the alphabet’s letters. This Middlesex-Murkland collaboration grew out of a trip to Cambodia made by Arabas and McPhee in the summer of 2010.

They were among the 13 MCC and Lowell Public Schools teachers who took part in a U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad, designed to promote communication between American and Cambodian educators. The alphabet is installed in Murkland’s Early Childhood wing. The letters were professionally printed by ProForma Graphics. Printing costs were funded by the Cambodian Opera Fund, which is administered by the Cultural Council of Lowell.

This program is another great example of what can be accomplished by forging partnerships and tapping into the rich cultural and educational resources available to us here in Lowell.

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Ever thought about designing public art that travels?  The Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) is offering such an opportunity with an artist design competition for the recently acquired Lowell Mobile (official name TBD). Beginning this summer COOL will unveil the Lowell Mobile, a mini-bus that will travel around the region as a mobile marketing experience promoting the City of Lowell as a destination to Live, Play, Work and Learn.

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Once designed and painted or wrapped, the Lowell Mobile will promote the City at various Lowell events (such as Lowell Folk Festival, 4th of July Fireworks Celebration, City of Lights, Winterfest) and celebrations in neighboring communities; bring cultural programs and city services into the city’s neighborhoods; and coordinate tours with the Department of Planning & Development for prospective businesses and developers.

 “The Lowell Mobile will symbolize visibly the vitality of Lowell’s cultural and artistic communities and celebrate the City’s 175th and COOL’s 10th year anniversaries” commented John Wooding, COOL Chair and UML Professor.  COOL is delighted to engage artists and designers’ creative energy to be part of this exciting new project.  (more…)

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The Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) would like to announce the receiving of $30,000 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) to fund the Discover Lowell program and bolster the creative sector’s role as a driver of revitalized commercial enterprise in downtown Lowell.

 “The MCC grant for the Discover Lowell program shows just how important partnerships are to this city.  Our track record of working together has, once again, brought recognition and funding for another year of vital community events and activities. The Lowell community will benefit enormously from the upcoming activities of the discover Lowell Program…This is great news for COOL and the city,” said John Wooding, Chair for the COOL Board of Directors.

The grant from MCC’s Adams Arts Program for the Creative Economy will fund seven major city-wide cultural events, a capacity building program for creative entrepreneurs, and a year-long film series at local businesses and arts venues. The Adams Arts Program is a matching grant program, so Discover Lowell partners will seek matching funds from local sponsors to ensure the success of the program.

 Senator Eileen Donoghue of Lowell, Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development, said, “I am excited to see the MCC award COOL with funding from the Adams Arts Program…Not only is this financial support critical to the success of the organization, but it is also extremely beneficial to the city of Lowell, especially during these tough economic times. By investing in the creative sector, we are also making an investment in the economic development of our community.”

The City of Lowell City Manager Bernard F. Lynch was thrilled to hear of MCC’s decision, “COOL is integral to the city’s economic development and creative sector. This grant will allow COOL and Discover Lowell partners to continue their work by escalating and sustaining the development of Lowell’s artists and arts organizations as well as branding the City of Lowell as the region’s epicenter for culture and the arts.”

 About the Cultural Organization of Lowell

The mission of the Cultural Organization of Lowell is to create a vibrant cultural environment in the city, one that offers increasingly appealing experiences to a diverse population and champions those who make, present, enjoy, and preserve Lowell’s culture.  COOL is a non-profit organization that collaborates with the City of Lowell’s Office of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and the Lowell Cultural Council to coordinate cultural development policy; plan and implement cultural initiatives; provide information, services, and resources to individuals, organizations, institutions, and agencies involved with the local creative economy; and promote Lowell as a cultural destination.

Discover Lowell partners include:

The Cultural Organization of Lowell

The City of Lowell

Lowell National Historic Park

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Middlesex Community College

92.5 The River

Arts League of Lowell

Brush Art Gallery

Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce

Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau

Lowell Celebrates Kerouac!

Lowell Film Collaborative

Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust

Merrimack Repertory Theatre

New England Quilt Museum

The Lowell Plan

The Revolving Museum

United Teen Equality Center

Western Avenue Studios

Lowell Public Schools


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This  fall, The Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) will launch the City’s first-ever Creative Economy Census. All working artists, creative businesses, cultural organizations, and contributors to the City’s creative industry are invited to make themselves count by filling out a brief survey which will be available online and in paper format from Friday, October 1 – Friday, November 5. To promote visibility of the Census and to encourage community participation, an informational kick-off event will take place at Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus, 67 Market Street, on Thursday, October 14, from 6:30 – 8 p.m.  

Aimed specifically at Lowell’s growing arts community, the Creative Economy Census will collect data that will enable COOL and the City of Lowell to track the impact of creative sector businesses in the local economy.  Additionally, key outcomes of the project include increasing visibility of Lowell’s arts and culture sector  with regard to economic development and planning, and, generating ideas for workshop and assistance programs that will improve, strengthen, and support local artists and creative entrepreneurs.

“The City of Lowell has experienced a marked growth in its creative and cultural sectors,” said Lowell’s City Manager Bernie Lynch. “The Creative Economy Census will not only help us implement programs to support our arts community, but will also lay the foundation for benchmarking the rise of our creative sector. We’re extremely proud to be launching this groundbreaking effort.”

Another way Census data will benefit the arts community is through the development of a creative industry database which will house contact information for the City’s artists and creative entrepreneurs. By connecting artist-to-artist and artist-to-consumer, the database will help facilitate networking opportunities, inform the creative community of news and opportunities, and connect sellers and service providers with those seeking creative goods or services. An optional “opt in” to the database will be available in both the online and paper-based Census formats. 

The Creative Economy Census will be available online starting Friday, October 1, at the project’s website, www.CountMeInLowell.org. Pick-up and drop-off locations for the paper-based censuses will include local art galleries and select city-wide locations. All locations will be listed on the project website.

For more information, please visit www.CountMeInLowell.org or contact Suzzanne Cromwell at 978-674-1483 or scromwell@lowellma.gov.

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by the City of Lowell; the Cultural Organization of Lowell; Community Teamwork, Inc. & the New Entry Sustainable Farm Project; Lowell National Historical Park; Lowell Telecommunications Corporation; Middlesex Community College; the Merrimack Valley Food Bank; ONE Lowell; and the University of Massachusetts/Lowell.

Filmed entirely on location in the remote, picturesque village of Fondwa, “The Road to Fondwa” tells the compelling story of a strong community that among other things, forged the building of The University of Fondwa (UNIF), Haiti’s first rural university. The 40-minute documentary captures the perseverance of Fondwa’s citizens and their struggle against centuries of oppression, a decentralized government, and decimated natural resources. “We hope that the film will inspire people to learn more about Haiti and to become active in supporting the redevelopment of Fondwa and the entire country of Haiti,” said the film’s Director, Dan Schnorr.
Information on top Haiti relief organizations will also be provided to attendees.



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