Category Archives: Cultural

Holiday Art & Craft Stroll 12/4

Holiday Stroll

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

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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!

Volunteer for 12/4 Holiday Stroll 4-9pm

From the Cultural Alliance of Medfield –


The Cultural Alliance of Medfield is seeking December 4th Holiday Art and Craft Stroll Volunteers. Please click on link to sign up:

The First Annual Holiday Stroll takes place on Friday December 4th, from 4-9 pm, with over 25 artists booths in three locations; the Zullo Gallery, Medfield Library, and the United Church of Christ (UCC).

We need volunteers to help in 2 hour shifts to greet and direct visitors to artists booths, and event locations going on in town that evening.

The Baxter Park Holiday tree lighting takes place at 6:30, and Brothers Marketplace, the Library, and Park Street Books will all be hosting FREE family events. There will be caroling, hot cocoa, an ice sculptor and photos with Santa at The Dwight Derby House.

Visit for complete details about this very special holiday event, and thanks for helping to promote art and culture in Medfield.

MHS Theatre Society 10/24 & 25

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Medfield Cultural Council


Local Cultural Council Grant applications are due October 15, 2015.
Medfield: The Medfield Cultural Council is now accepting grants from organizations, schools, and individuals to support cultural activities in the community. The postmark deadline is October 15, 2015. Programs occurring between now and December 31, 2016 are eligible.

This is our second year of receiving support from both the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Town of Medfield. So far this year we have given out over $7710 to local artists and organizations, with more to come.
According to Council Chair Ron Gustavson, these grants “aim to enrich the downtown area, and bring attention to the cultural potential inherent in Medfield’s purchase of the former Medfield State Hospital. Especially relevant this year was our support of Catherine Evans’ Thistle public art project at MSH. We also welcome Medfield Cultural Alliance as an umbrella organization for promoting arts and culture in and around town.” Look for our Community Input Survey this year to give us feedback on what types of activities you would like to see funded.

The Medfield Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCC) serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

The application and information about the Medfield Cultural Council is available online at

For more information, contact Ron Gustavson, Chair at 508-359-8490 or

For a listing of local cultural events visit us at

LCC Program Information – About Your LCC

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Cultural & arts at MSH

There has been a lot of information developed about possible inclusion of arts and/or cultural aspects at the MSH site.  Early on there was a highly polished, thoughtful, and well developed Cultural Visioning Presentation made to the MSH-MPC (see copy here).  There is also the nearby example of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, which seems to be doing extremely interesting things in a town with similar demographics.

Earlier this month I asked one of the foremost proponents of integrating cultural and arts at the MSH site, Jean Mineo, about the issues, and she shared with me the following email:

Hi Pete,

Thanks for asking!

Louise Stevens, the consultant who met with us in December suggested the following to support our efforts considering where we were at the time:

  • Work with the Medfield and surrounding arts and cultural organizations and individual creative sector entrepreneurs to determine the ways in which the facility(ies) can meet needs and growth plans/opportunities:
  • Review of other prospective users from the creative sector within New England, done through on-line surveying distributed broadly to the cultural sector through available list serves, to determine if organizations and entrepreneurs from outside the Medfield area might potentially move to the campus.
  • Review of the facility in the context of space needs to determine viability and fit.
  • Comparison analysis of similar facilities (adaptive reuse of church buildings) and campuses (historic campuses) for the purpose of developing budgetary models as well as models of annual visitation/use, revenue sources, programming, and impacts on tourism and local economy.
  • Market analysis and competitive analysis to determine the geographic service area and niche for the proposed cultural center.
  • Gap analysis within a market area (size to be determined) to evaluate what could best fit into the facilities/grounds.
  • Partnership analysis to determine other potential synergistic user groups/uses.
  • Programming, financial, operating, staffing and governance modeling.
  • (Potentially) essential cost estimates for capital planning purposes.

This estimate at the time was $24,000 but she already did part of this when she met with us for the full day, and we’ve done some of this on our own. In addition, we’d now collaborate with VHB who could be helpful in the cost estimates. I’ve had follow up conversations with Louise about our progress. That’s where my estimate of $10-20k comes from. I think we’d be closer to the $10k if we are able to coordinate with VHB. If this happens after they are done with their analysis part, the price may get closer to the $15-20 range.

Gil and I read her work / plan she completed with the Hopkinton Center for the Arts and were both very impressed. The plan is the reason why they were able to raise $450k from the MA Cultural Facilities Fund. I’d say that’s a sound investment. The issue with funders (I’ve spoken to three about funding this) is that they have no commitment that culture will be included at this time.

If the preferred plan indicates SOME area / portion of MSH for culture, we (or the town) could apply for a grant from MA Cultural Facilities Fund (2014 deadline was Nov. 21), grants are announced the following March. Timing is definitely an issue when working with funding agencies. I’m not entirely comfortable with that strategy however, without some back up like the proposed market analysis. Louise also has a track record of finding partners on these projects – a valuable skill for us. However, I am open to using another consultant.

I know it’s not chump change – but it also seems like a small investment if we sincerely want something different from the MSH project and for our town.

I appreciate your helping to think about this and I’m happy to talk to anyone or present to anyone –





Cultural Alliance newsletter

You should subscribe to the Cultural Alliance’s monthly newsletter, which came out today.

Cultural Alliance of Medfield

Cultural Alliance of Medfield

May 15, 2015
of Medfield

Dear Medfield Board of Selectmen (and Town Departments),

We wanted to bring to your attention, the current initiative of the Cultural Alliance of Medfield.  We are reaching out to multiple organizations throughout town as a way of understanding how best to connect with these groups as integral members in the Cultural Alliance of Medfield.

This new organization grew out of an initiative of the Medfield Cultural District when the committee chose to adopt a larger vision of including all of Medfield’s cultural activities in a comprehensive platform, not just the ones defined by the District’s downtown boundaries.  Thus, the Alliance welcomes under its umbrella many organizations and its town-wide public programs while the District continues a more localized approach.

How can local organizations benefit fully in the new Cultural Alliance of Medfield?
• Regularly email program calendars including graphics to
•Submit newsworthy articles by the 20th of each month for publication in the Alliance’s free monthly newsletter
•Subscribe to the Alliance’s newsletter (Keep up with Medfield Culture!)
•Adopt a link to the Cultural Alliance in other organization’s newsletter and promotions

Please share this information about inclusion in the Cultural Alliance of Medfield with the various Town departments as we all develop a stronger and more dynamic community presence.

Diane Borrelli
Kristen Chin
Kirtsen D’ Abate
Rob Gregg
Jean Mineo
Bill Pope
Sarah Raposa
(Steering Committee)

The Alliance has applied to the IRS for Section 501 © (3) status as a charitable organization; approval is pending.