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Jean Mineo, Medfield Foundation 2017 volunteer of the year

Jean Mineo

Jean Mineo – 2017 Medfield Foundation Volunteer of the Year

Jean Mineo was selected as the 2017 Medfield Foundation volunteer of the year just last month by the judges.  Jean was nominated by both Chris McCue Potts and Minta Hissong, a first having the same person nominated more than once in one year.  Jean and all the remarkable eight other Medfield volunteers who were nominated this year will be celebrated at the reception next Sunday, March 19 at 3PM at The Center. The public is invited to attend.

Brothers Marketplace generously sponsored the 2017 Medfield Foundation volunteer awards and support was also received from the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation.

Below in the order they were received are the nominations first by Chris McCue Potts, and then the one by Minta Hissong.


 

It is no secret that Jean Mineo is the “chief cultural Officer” for the town of Medfield — past, present and future! Her past work includes making possible innovative and visually interesting community art, including a sculpture trail at MSH site, power boxes painted with historical or other images relative to Medfield, and outdoor pianos for all to enjoy. Additionally, Jean founded the Cultural Alliance of Medfield so that the town would have an active cultural projects/events/advocacy organization to supplement the grant-making role of the Medfield Cultural Council. Her current work involves a number of initiatives, from making the vision of the Straw Hat Park and Holiday Stroll both a reality — and highly successful ones indeed evidenced by Town Meeting support for park funding, and the enormous turnout and positive feedback on the 2nd annual Stroll!  For both endeavors, Jean had to oversee all aspects — from fundraising, volunteer and partner recruitment, political navigation, logistical details, publicity and so much more.  Through it all, Jean always does it thoughtfully, with a calm and focused demeanor, and in a way that inspires others to get involved. Rarely does Jean get frustrated when confronted with a hurdle or challenge (which is sure to happen) — she just focuses on what needs to get done to keep things moving forward.

A hugely beneficial initiative that Jean led was the town matching initiative for Medfield Cultural Council funding for local nonprofits. For very little money (but big impact), Jean successfully made the case for the match, rallied residents to turn out for the Town Meeting vote (and speak up), and then played a role in making sure residents knew what kind of impact the doubling of available funding could have on local cultural groups and projects, including Zullo Gallery, Gazebo Players, Medfield Music Association, Medfield Public Library, and others.

Jean’s current efforts serving on the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee, have the potential to provide future payoff with expansion of the town’s cultural offerings. She has spent countless hours pulling together local cultural groups and representatives who have a shared vision for the huge impact cultural initiatives/a cultural focus could have at the MSH site. Her work has required endless meetings, bringing in unpaid expertise for a visioning session, rallying the community to support the hiring of a paid consultant to conduct and report back on a feasibility study, and building relationships and navigating all levels of town politics, and the work is ongoing. Jean even launched an artistic competition for the creative reuse of the old waterworks gears from the MSH site!

Jean’s commitment to Medfield’s cultural vitality and overall town character, and the impact her time and energy has made on our community, is nothing short of amazing.

In terms of impact and results, consider this:

1) The thousands of people who have visited and enjoyed the Straw Hat Park so far…including all of the attractions that were in place prior to the official ribbon-cutting in the fall of 2016. This includes piano players, sidewalk chalk art viewers, and so many others wanting to envision the possibilities!

2) The thousands of people who have taken part in the Holiday Stroll for the past two years – whether volunteers, residents, out of town visitors, or artisans selling their works or providing services. The Stroll helped deepen the sense of community that is so strong in Medfield, and helped to lift so many spirits. The community-wide event also helps to support the livelihood of many artists, and also showcase Medfield’s own
artistic talents, including visual and musical.

3) The thousands of people who drive or walk by and appreciate all of the various community art Jean has made possible through the Art in Public Places initiative (via Medfield Foundation).

4) The tens of thousands of people who will benefit if MSH redevelopment includes one or more cultural components – this would include residents, visitors and contributing artists.

As a testament to Jean’s work as former head of the Medfield Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council awarded her with a Leadership Circle Award in 2015, and the town recognized her contributions with a special event at the Zullo Gallery. https://www.mass-culture.org/lca_honorees.aspx

In addition to all of Jean’s cultural work, she served on the MAP board (including president) and has also been actively volunteering with community projects sponsored by United Church of Christ in Medfield (prior to and separate from working there).

Jean Mineo is long overdue for the Volunteer of the Year Award. Let’s make 2017 her year!

 


 

I am nominating Jean Mineo for the volunteer of the year award. Jean serves on many boards, organizations, and donates hours of her time to our town. I will focus on one of her big accomplishments of 2016, the Straw Hat Park. This park would not have been created but for Jean’s vision, drive, patience, knowledge and fortitude. I was lucky enough to be on the Straw Hat Park committee with Jean from the beginning when we first started meeting in December of 2013! Jean worked tirelessly from the beginning when in the summer of 2013 she started gathering ideas for the park with public art in the space. From there the selectman gave her permission to gather a team and see what could be done with the pocket park. Jean spent hours and hours on administration, attending meetings, meeting with key players in town, surveys, PR, social media guru, fundraising, speaking at town meetings, and finally working with the tradesman to get the work done. It was her project and she kept plugging away when politics and obstacles got in the way. I watched her work from behind the scenes and her dedication to our town is second to none. She always had a way to make it work. The Straw Hat Park is a beautiful new space in our town that is already getting a lot of use. This creation of this space from dirt/grass to our new park is because of Jean’s work and she deserves to be formally recognized. Thank you for the consideration.
-Minta Hissong

Holiday Stroll Dec. 2, 4-9PM

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(Medfield MA) The Cultural Alliance of Medfield (CAM) announces its second annual Holiday Stroll on Dec. 2, 2016 from 4 – 9 pm in downtown Medfield. This is a festive family event that takes place at seven locations along Main Street (use 468 Main Street for your GPS). The Holiday Stroll includes cookie decorating, an outdoor ice sculpture, 40 juried artisans, roaming carolers and M.E.M.O.’s outdoor tree lighting ceremony. All events are within walking distance, free parking nearby at the Montrose School (29 North Street) and free admission. For complete details and a list of artisans, visit www.MedfieldCulture.org

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Praise for COA

Email received from renown Medfield basketball player Jerry Cianciolo –

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An Open Letter to the Medfield Selectmen

 

It may be the best kept secret in Medfield.  Certainly to many under the age of 65 it’s something unknown.

 

But more than nine-hundred older people and their families who use the facility daily, weekly, or monthly will tell you what a gem the town has in The Center at Medfield.

 

As one who offers a workshop for those with a touch of gray, I’m familiar with senior centers throughout the area.  To their credit many are good, but only a handful are great. Ours falls into the latter category.

 

Walk into One Ice House Road, home to the Medfield Council on Aging, and what you feel at once is warmth.  There’s not a bureaucrat in sight.  Not only are you immediately at ease but intuitively you sense your needs will be addressed and your questions answered.  What permeates is an atmosphere of competence and conviviality.

 

What I find equally striking about The Center is the bustle inside.  I’ve visited senior centers in the early afternoon and found many to be strangely empty and quiet.  In Medfield it’s the opposite.  On any given day, The Center teems with exercise groups, enrichment classes, fashion shows, 12-piece swing bands, retirement seminars, ballroom dancing, card games, respite care activities, and a friendly gent or two eyeing the topography of a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle.

 

Many deserve credit for the success of The Center, among them Susan Bernstein, Cheryl Lavallee, Bill Pardi, Kathy Powers, and the unfailingly friendly receptionists at the front desk.

 

But it is director Roberta Lynch who is The Center’s fulcrum, the magnet that pulls everyone and everything together.  I’ve known Roberta for only a short time, but up-close I’ve observed her unerring instincts for hiring the right people, setting the perfect tone, and experimenting with different, even novel approaches.  All the while she makes the complexity of her job seem deceptively easy.

 

Oh yes, and Roberta listens.  Walk in The Center and you’ll find her door always open – whether you simply want to share a funny story or need a compassionate ear to help you navigate a crisis.

 

Many older people have a bias against senior centers.  I did.  But take a step or two into The Center at Medfield and you’ll have that notion completely dispelled.

 

Jerry Cianciolo

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Medfield

 

 

Cultural re-use study of MSH

From the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee –

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Photo taken at night by Vic Cevoli


Cultural Grant Received to Study Re-Use

The Master Planning Committee is excited to announce that the Town of Medfield has been approved for a Feasibility & Technical Assistance grant from the MA Cultural Facilities Fund in the amount of $17,400 to study cultural re-use of some buildings at the State Hospital. The required 1:1 match was approved at Town Meeting in April, 2016.

 

This grant will hire two collaborating teams. ArtsMarket will conduct a market analysis of needs and opportunities in the region to identify the best mix and scale of a variety of cultural programs. These could include visual, performing or culinary arts, arts education or presentation venues, residency programs, and more. We are happy to have Louise Stevens on board, one of the nation’s leading thinkers on arts-based economic development. Stevens will connect the dots on attracting world-class arts based institutions, responding to community interest in quality cultural experiences. She will also develop the business and financial models for capital financing and funding as well as annual operational financial support to ensure long-term sustainability.

 

Durkee, Brown, Viveiros & Werenfels Architects brings experience in historic preservation, historic tax credit applications, adaptive re-use studies, condition assessments, phasing recommendations and cost estimates. They will investigate up to three buildings appropriate for programs identified by ArtsMarket, prepare conceptual floor plans, and preliminary estimates of probable construction costs. The Durkee Brown study informs ArtsMarket’s business plan and recommendations for the most viable operating model and approach.

 

We expect the combined studies to take five to six months. The consultants are prepared to begin as soon as the state funds can be released, hopefully in June. We look forward to a presentation on their findings before year end. We expect that by integrating cultural initiatives, the Master Plan will generate the kind of environment that attracts private sector investment and generates long-term value for the Town.

Attend & volunteer at Friday’s Holiday Stroll

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  Medfield Cultural Alliance seeking just four more Art & Craft Stroll Greeter volunteers- Click on link below to sign up today!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4bada62ea75-greeter

The First Annual ‘Stroll’  takes place this Friday December 4th, from 4-9 pm, with over 30 artists booths in three locations; the Zullo Gallery, Medfield Library, and the United Church of Christ (UCC). We have over 20 volunteers helping, but still need the following 2-hour shifts filled: Library 6-8pm, Library 8-10pm, Zullo Gallery 6-8pm, Main Street Floater 6-8pm.

Still have questions? Email Kirsten D’Abate at kk@dab8.net to learn more about volunteering to greet visitors at this very special holiday event.

Holiday Art & Craft Stroll 12/4

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Buy Handmade for the Holidays….

Please save the date and join us for the first annual Holiday Stroll in Medfield on Dec. 4 from 4 – 9 pm. We’re so excited to bring some terrific artists to town (including an outdoor ice sculptor!) in conjunction with M.E.M.O’s Joy to the World Singing contest and tree lighting. The artists will be at the United Church of Christ, the Library and Zullo Gallery.

In addition, you’ll find live music, activities for kids, photos with Santa, caroling, and holiday food samples from Brothers Marketplace. The complete schedule can be found at www.MedfieldCulture.org.

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On behalf of the Cultural Alliance, we wish you all a joyous, healthy and happy Thanksgiving week.

See you on Dec. 4!

MSH night photos

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The photographer, Edmund Prescottano, took these wonderous looking photos of MSH at night, with really long exposures.    Click here to see all the photos.   The photos were shared by David Temple, the explanation below is from Ed. –


 

How Ed Prescottano took these unusual pictures:

These were all taken between 7 pm and 11 pm. Exposure were all around 5 minutes. I light painted all the buildings with a flash light. The horizon light or brightness is from the light pollution from Sherborn or even  Natick when facing north or any other town in the distance when facing other directions. The streaks in the sky was due to the clouds moving during the long exposure. Later in the evening the clouds became very thick so there is less streaking and fewer startrails to be seen if any.

I hope to do more up there at night but will need to get permission from someone.

It really is a fascinating place and I would love to document it before much is gone or changed

Edmund