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Issue 17 • July 2019 •



Supporting Local Arts and Culture

Yuko Oda

the intersection of technology and fine art

Bittersweet – Goodbye TV Show

by Janice Williams, Editor and Publisher

Last show Monday July 1, 2019

It was only supposed to be for three months. Now over 900 weekly shows and 22 years later we bring It’s All About Arts TV show to its end, a very bittersweet ending. Glenn Williams, the “Consummate Host and I, the “Super Producer” have had the pleasure of meeting thousands of creative people who took the time to share their talents, aspirations and events with us and our audience. Always entertaining, Glenn said it best, “Every week I learn something new from my guests”.

The TV show was born out of a sense that artists need to be seen and heard. To that end we invited musicians, dancers, writers, painters, sculptors, actors, local politicians and heads of art organizations, to share their story with us and our audience. We always tried to accommodate anyone who wanted to be a guest – always able to put an ART spin to any event or topic. Our message has always been clear – art is vital to life itself. And while we sincerely thank all our family, guests, guest recruiters and all our amazing co-hosts. Major kudos go to BNN Media and community access It’s All About Arts Magazine July 2019

for their tremendous support via a first-rate TV studio, cablecast, helpful and supportive personnel and interns, marketing and promotion and the opportunity to do what we loved week after week. We also thank Boston Main Streets our sponsor for many years. We have not given up our passion of supporting local arts and culture. It is just being executed in different ways. We will continue to promote the local arts scene through this E magazine and we are aggressively fundraising for our Youth Art Scholarship Program. We also curate art exhibits whenever possible. Thank You All!

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Yuko Oda – Inspired by Nature by Janice Williams

“A delicate flower explodes like a bomb; a swarm of golden butterflies departs from a dark landscape and colorful hummingbirds escape from an apocalyptic explosion”. This quote from artist Yuko Oda absolutely sums up the beauty of her art. Oda’s art flows, reveals and excites. Oda’s art ranges from sculpture, to installation, animation, and drawing. Her art explores the intersection of technology and fine art. Born in Japan, Oda always knew she wanted to be an artist. Today she creates art at her home studio in Roslindale, MA. She majored in Visual Arts and Philosophy at Duke University (1993-1997) and received an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2002. A School of Visual Arts painting residency in 1999 helped set her on her current course. One of her favorite art venues was when she spent one month at the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester. (continued)

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Yuko Oda – Inspired by Nature by Janice Williams (continued) Oda is a passionate teacher. Her teaching career began as a kindergarten art teacher in Japan in 1997-1999, then after graduate school she taught at Albright College (2002-2006), followed by eleven years of teaching at the New York Institute of Technology, from 2006-2017. Currently, she teaches in the Art and Design Department at University of Massachusetts Lowell, specializing in Sculpture, Expanded Media, and 3D. Oda’s artwork has been exhibited at a variety of international venues such as SIGGRAPH Asia Art Gallery 2016 in Macao, China, Boston Cyberarts Gallery, Beijing Today Art Museum, in Beijing, China, Dumbo Arts Festival and Cavin-Morris Gallery in New York, Maki Fine Arts Gallery in Tokyo, Annemarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center in Maryland, and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. Her animation, “Take Off” was a finalist in the international animation competition “Artport: Cool Stories for When the Planet Gets Hot” and screened in Art Basel (Switzerland) and the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York, among other venues. In 2018, she received the Teaching Excellence Award from the Art and Design Department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Oda’s art is currently on view through August 29th, 2019. Personal Ecologies: Yuko Oda and Allison Maria Rodriguez, Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston. Curated by Caitlin Foley, as part of the MCCA Community Arts Program. More about Oda Instagram at @yukooda75

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Roslindale rockers Bird Mancini perform diverse mix at the MAC and beyond

By Mary Ellen Gambon

The one word that Ruby Bird and Billy Carl Mancini, the duo who comprises the Bird Mancini Band’s core, would agree that describes their musical style is “eclectic.” Over the span of their career, the pair in music and marriage has created a style all their own. They have combined their influences of rock, Latin, jazz and blues into a tapestry of virtuosity, complete with Bird’s accordion accompaniment. Whether performing as a duo, or as The Bird Mancini Band with bassist Joel White and Joe Jaworski on drums, knows how to bring a crowd to its feet. The Bird Mancini Band did just that at an intimate concert at Hyde Park’s Menino Arts Center last month. “We certainly do cover a lot of ground,” Bird said at an interview before the June 8th show. “With some of the bands that are out nowadays, every song sounds the same,” added Mancini. The pair has covered a lot of ground, both physically and musically, over their career. They met in Tucson, Arizona and decided to base their career on the East Coast. In recent years, they have toured the West Coast and performed for the International Pop Overthrow Festival in Boston, and also rocked New York City and Liverpool UK at The Cavern Club. The band was nominated for a 2017 and It’s All About Arts Magazine July 2019

2018 New England Music Award in the “Best in State – Massachusetts” category. They first released an album together in 1996 in a band called The Sky Blues. “There was a big blues movement at that time,” Mancini explained. The two later decided to play together, influenced by some of their idols. “Some of my biggest influences are the Beatles, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, XTC, Johnny Winter and Eric Clapton,” Mancini said. “I just love the Latin influence of Carlos Santana and Jose Feliciano. I also love Phoebe Snow and B.B. King. I see our influences as very eclectic.” Bird also credits gospel and Motown influences on their songwriting and style. “It all kind of works its way into our songwriting process. Stevie Wonder is a huge influence on both of us. He’s just the master of songwriting.” “Billy is a more prolific songwriter than I am,” Bird said, “but I can immediately see where I can fit in. Very often he already has the ideas in his head, I like them, and we bounce things off each other.” Their songs are spiced with a variety of bells, percussion instruments and a cajon. The guitar riffs are intricate, with Mancini’s fingers gliding over the strings at a fever pitch. Bird has a vocal versatility that is second to none. She can be sultry or sassy, (continued)

Roslindale rockers Bird Mancini perform diverse mix at the MAC and beyond By Mary Ellen Gambon (continued) soulful or sunny, depending on the tune. The MAC performance offered a taste of everything. A perfect example of this was the band’s cover of “Message in a Bottle,” a classic by The Police. Bird took it to another level, her passion and desperation crescendoing like the waves that she hoped would propel her from the lonely island. The band climaxed behind her, rising to match her intensity. Bird took the crowd to church – and its feet – on “Gotta Serve Somebody.” Her gospel-tinged performance was powerful. The band loves to sing about love as well, in all its forms. “Congratulations,” from their most recent album, “Dreams and Illusion,” is a fun, sly song about rejection. “It’s an Illusion” has a smooth, dreamy quality. “One Mistake,” with Mancini singing lead, has a Beatles feel to it. Their classic “Tuning in/Tuning Out” has wonderful blues, Latin and rock overtones. It was well received by the audience, many who wore blue “Tuning in/Tuning Out” t-shirts. Bird and Mancini said they were excited to have their debut performance of “Tomorrow Never Knows,” a cover from a forthcoming Beatles anthology, in front of their fan base at the MAC. “We’re really psyched,” said Bird. “The song has an east Indian influence. Billy really went to town on it.” Mancini added that the album will be released later this year on the compilation with other artists on the Lowbudget Records label. They both love working with and promoting local artists. “For example, all of the artwork on our album covers is done by local artists, such as Charles Goss, Jane Smaldone and photographer Bobbi Lane,” Bird said. “The latest one, done by Alan DeMola, reminds us of our living room, in a dreamy, surrealistic way,” added Mancini. Mancini also thanked the MAC’s Erik Gehring and Mr. Curt for making the concert series a reality. “Erik is the man that makes it all happen,” he said, “and the series was curated by Mr. Curt. It seems like every local act that has been successful for the past 30 years has been It’s All About Arts Magazine July 2019

connected to Mr. Curt in some way. We want to thank him and Ms. Donna for all of their support.” As for the history of the accordion, Bird divulged her secret. “I went into Mr. Music in Allston one day and said, ‘That’s it for me!’ she said with her characteristic enthusiasm. “It’s a happy-sounding thing. You can’t listen to it without smiling.” “It doesn’t get old,” Mancini said of performing. “We can play in school auditoriums or small venues or concert halls. We just love what we do.” The Bird Mancini Band will be performing at 753 South in Roslindale, MA on August 7 from 8 to 10 p.m. For more information, go to

The Local Music Corner Summer’s Here!!!!!!!!!!


- by Perry Persoff

When we last met, I mentioned that Dave Westner was working on a new album by Tim Gearan and band. Well, the album is now out. It is called I Thought You Were Somebody Else. Where his previous album was stripped down (2017’s moving and very excellent Mostly Love), this one’s got a little bit of everything. Besides being more of a full band effort, some different musical and sonic flavors are incorporated. While a few songs cover a familiar vibe, others have a little funk. And some studio technology comes into the sound picture. But fear not, they have not made an album of Tim’s voice in auto-tune with songs that rip off backing tracks of 40 year old pop hits. >> Some sample takes: “Trouble Again” would be absolutely great for a summer drive. “I Want to Disappoint You (One More Time)” has Tim’s dry sense of humor in high gear. It features one of the great lyrics of the year, “I’m living proof there ain’t no Intelligent Design/I Want To Disappoint You One More Time.” There is a little too much synthesizer for my taste on “Durango Way”, which otherwise is one of my favorites on the album. While the title sounds like Southwest, the general vibe of the track makes me think of Jack Keouac’s “Big Sur” with members of the Grateful Dead joining you on a hike through the woods. “Funky Mama” has that peppy Chris Smither rhythm. The acoustic slay factor - as in, an acoustic song that slays you - is evident in “Better Ways”. The gentle guitar picking of the intro got my ear. Then the early lyric about “what was going on with Marvin Gaye…if there were better ways…convinced that there’s a better way to go” just had me locked in. I had to see

how the rest of the song played out before I did anything else. The song is a “parking lot moment” waiting to happen. You’ll understand what I mean if the song starts just as you park the car. You won’t be able to get out until the song ends….Good work, Tim & band. < i-thought-you-were-somebody-else>


The benefit to not being up on an artist/ band for a while is seeing them live - either for the first time or for the first time in a long while - and getting blown away. In a nutshell, that was my experience seeing the band Billy Wylder at The Burren last June 20th. The band is led by Avi Solloway. His name has been in the Boston and New England music scene for years. Perhaps you remember Avi & Celia, his duo with Celia Woodsmith from way before her Della Mae days. Billy Wylder were absolutely tremendous. Wonderful musical rhythms, along with great performance energy. Their latest album is called Strike The Match. If you missed the show, I highly recommend you catch them. They’ll be on the road in New England from July 3rd to 12th, hitting Vermont, NH, MA, and Connecticut. Check in: <>


Avi’s musical foil in Billy Wylder for seven years on violin is Rob Flax. Rob also has a recent solo CD, called Distractible Boy. Rob’s musical background is almost as impressive as his musical talent. He is one multi-talented, multi-stringed instrumental cat (lots of picked fiddle and mandolin on this album). That includes his singing voice. The first thing you notice about the CD is its very clear and bright sound. Even more so on headphones. The album really starts to take off for me about three songs in. Rob’s got clever takes on romantic problems in “Cease Fire” (“throw down your arms and armor, let’s call a cease

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fire”), and on how those things we are supposed to deal with pile up in wait in “Procrastinator’s Blues” (you’ll be singing along with the “ooh, I’ll do it later” part). “Up Up And Away” will bring back your childhood dreams of becoming a super hero. And Jackson Browne should cover “Angle”. I think he would do the song very well; and it would make Rob a bunch of money. <>


I’m looking forward to what Kevin So is up to these days. He’s just come out with his first album in five years, “S.O.U.L. (Speaking of Universal Language)”. On stage, Kevin’s always been a musical triple threat. I am anxious to check him out soon.


Sam Margolis contributes to quite a number of musicians - beyond his own band. One of Sam’s fine credits from 2018 was engineering Malcom Holcombe’s Come Hell Or High Water. Sam’s got a studio in Waltham called Riverview Sound. When not producing, mixing, and/or engineering out of Riverview, he does a fair amount of work with Marco Giovino at Marco’s studio. Sam is working on album number five for his own band Comanchero (imagine a band that feels like the 1850’s of the Old West with traces of The Band, Country Joe McDonald, and actor Sam Elliot all on running horses). Besides Comanchero, his dance card is quite full.

Danberries. This was produced at Marco Giovino’s studio. Marco and Duke Levine play on it. Sam engineered the record. >> And if you are a fan of Olde British Isles lore and balladry, steel yourself for this one. Sam is in studio with Molly Pinto Madigan, recording her forthcoming album - a concept album around the legend of Tam Lin. Excuse me for a moment while I run for some Fairport Convention and Anais Mitchell/Jefferson Hamer. Jenee Halstead, Mark Erelli, Vance Gilbert, and Jay Psaros are among the guest contributors. Wow? WOW! That’s a nice dance card. >> Oh, and Sam, thanks also for getting one of my favorite buskers in Mike Hastings back into the recording studio.


July is a big month for festivals, of course: New Bedford Folk Festival - The Green River Festival - Newport Folk (and Jazz) Festival - The Lowell Folk Festival. Congratulations to all the many area artists who are playing these great music events. On the smaller scale, there is another Porchfest this month. Follow your ears around Jamaica Plain on July 13th. Keep up with the Porchfests at


Until next time - get out and experience some live music with local artists!


Here are some of Sam Margolis’s other projects in the pipeline to watch out for: a new Vance Gilbert album which Sam engineered and mixed. Sam promises some amazing guests. >> The debut fulllength album by Pretty Saro, a progressive Bluegrass band out of Berklee which Sam produced, engineered, and mixed. >> Also due out this year, the latest album from Nashville husband & wife duo The

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[I recently learned about the passing of mentor and poet extraordinaire, Thomas Lux. We met while both in college and worked together for several years. We exchanged our efforts and set out on different literary paths. It was the beginning of his illustrious career of writing and teaching poetry beginning in 1972. He won numerous awards and NEA grants, taught for twenty seven years at Sarah Lawrence College, at many other universities throughout the USA, and became the Director-Professor of Poetry at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta until his death. He published twelve collections of poetry and a fascinating non-fiction journalistic novel, “From the Southland”. Here are a few of his thoughts. - Curt N.]



God explodes, supernovas, and down upon the whole planet

a tender rain of Him falls

on every cow, ladle, leaf, human, ax handle, swing set.

We rush from our houses,

farmers standing, saved, in the rain after years of drouth.

Like snowflakes, each God parcel is different,

though unlike snowflakes,

are warm and do not melt

but are absorbed by the skin.

Every human, every creature, rock, tomato on earth

is absorbing God!

Who just asked: Why did God explode?

(And why ask this far into the story?)

I believe He did it to Himself: nobody

walks into God’s house, His real house, on a hill

in Beulah Land, nobody

walks into His house wearing a suicide belt.

No plane flies high enough to drop a bomb on His house.

No one will trespass

to plant an IED in His driveway.

Why did God do it?

Guilt because He sent His son

to do a job He should have done Himself?

I don’t think so. God knows,

there’s no reason for God to feel guilt.

I think he was downhearted, weary, too weary

to be angry anymore, or vengeful,

or even forgiving, and He wanted each of us,

and all the things we touch

and are touched by,

to have a tiny piece of Him,

though we are unqualified

for even the crumb of a crumb.

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I have thought much upon

who might be my ilk,

and that I am ilk myself if I have ilk.

Is one of my ilk, or me, the barber

who cuts the hair of the blind?

And the man crushed by cruelties

for which we can’t imagine sorrow,

who would be his ilk?

And whose ilk was it

standing around, hands in pockets, May 1933,

when 2,242 tons of books were burned?

So, what makes my ilkness my

ilkness? No answers, none obtainable.

To be one of the ilks, that’s all

I hoped for; to say hello to the mailman,

nod to my neighbors, watch

my children climb the stairs of a big yellow bus

that takes them to a place

where they learn to read

and write and eat their lunches

from puzzle trays - all around them, amid

the clatter and the din,

amid bananas, bread, and milk,

all around them: them and their ilk.

! - Thomas Lux


(1970 - from his debut chapbook)


Horses wander across

an abandoned airstrip at dusk.

I drive an ancient jeep down the runway

at break-neck speeds…



Land must be taken literally:

it is where we put our feet,

where we will be folded

knees-to-chest, our breaths forming large hands

over our faces.


- Thomas Lux


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Kyia Watkins: Bringing Creativity and Peace together with At Peace Arts By Mary Ellen Gambon

Zakyia “Kyia” Watkins has one strong belief that motivates her to inspire others. “When kids are young, they are placed into two groups ...those who are creative and those that are not. As adults, the ‘non-creatives’ stay in those groups and tend to be afraid to create.” Watkins is one of the creative ones that feels like the “non-creatives” really can be creative, they just need a little bit of peace-filled encouragement and a safe space to get there! Watkins has made it her mission to spread her enthusiasm for creativity to others seeking a means of expressing themselves through her business, At Peace Arts. After taking art at Sharon High School from 1992 to 1996, Watkins enrolled in additional art classes at the Art Institute of Boston in 1993 and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) the following year. “SMFA was my first experience with nude painting... that was the heavy-duty art realm. I will never forget that place,” she said. “I met fellow students from all over the world. That’s when I realized, ‘Wow! I could really be an artist.’” There she was taught to see the figure and objects as shapes, a concept she employs in her It’s All About Arts Magazine July 2019

paint parties to make the concept less intimidating for “non-creative” artists. Watkins loves drawing and studied animation at the Art Institute of Boston. At one time, she had aspirations of becoming a cartoonist for Disney, but she dreaded the idea of having to draw Mickey over and over again. Watkins then moved to Texas, where she studied graphic design and drawing at Central Texas College. Here she learned the importance of celebrating HER personal creativity and refusing to compare herself to others. Upon returning to Massachusetts, Watkins received an amazing opportunity to work with Raw Artworks, a center for art therapy in Lynn, where she helped facilitate the Adventures in Fine Arts program with Lynn’s youth and worked with Raw staff to curate their annual fundraiser. Here she lived the truth of Raw’s mantra, “No Mistakes. Just Art.” as she learned to let go of the fear of making mistakes and just create. “They took me out of my comfort zone,” Watkins said. “They taught me all these other modalities. It showed me where art could go, and how to create an event infusing art therapy.” “So much of my approach to teaching painting is based on my experiences at Raw Artworks,” she added. “No mistakes. Just Art” is literally in her paint party intro! In 2000, At Peace Arts started with cards and prints featuring stick figures donning bright red sneakers in very detailed backgrounds. “The thought process behind them is that although we live in a complicated and complex world,” Watkins continued “We need to be simple and enjoy the little things. That is where the Peace is. But.. the red sneakers represent the need to stand out and remind us that you still need to be cute!” The cards became popular, and she began selling them at open studios, online, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the former New England Medical Center and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, where she also had her first solo gallery showing. (continued)

Kyia Watkins: Bringing Creativity and Peace together with At Peace Arts By Mary Ellen Gambon (continued)

“After personalizing some wine glasses I had an idea to teach other people to paint them and reached out to a friend,” she explained. “Eighteen friends later in her little apartment, the paint parties were born!” Since that time thousands of people have enjoyed painting canvases, sneakers, jackets, beach bags and flower pots. And Kyia is always on the hunt for new experiences to excite her artists. “It can be really scary to put that first stroke on a canvas,” she said. “But then you can see the pure joy on their faces when they complete their masterPEACE, because they didn’t think they could do it. That’s what brings me the most joy.” Sometimes people have wanted to quit. Watkins says, “I hold them in the most delicate space and let them know it’s OK to take a break.” Then they almost always come back, finish and are so proud of their progress!” Her other “labor of love” has been the Own Your Peace daily planner. She created it because she couldn’t find one that fit her planning needs. “It is a planner for anyone who wants to be organized, but doesn’t want to be bored with planning or isn’t really good at it... I know I’m not,” she joked. It is filled with her artwork, affirmations, room for notes shopping lists, and It’s All About Arts Magazine July 2019

customizable calendars. In the future, Watkins hopes to incorporate more art therapy techniques and modalities into her paint parties, including music and affirmations. She also wants to schedule online paint parties and retreats. All in all, Watkins hopes her artwork will bring happiness and healing to people. “I hope that, when I leave the earth, people will say that I brought people together to love, heal and find peace as they learn to express themselves creatively,” she said. You can find her at her monthly public paint parties at Hyde Park’s Fairmount Grille, traveling to homes and businesses like Bright Horizons, Boston University and Genzyme or painting in her home studio alongside her family. For more information, go to To book Kyia for YOUR paint party at your home or organization, email her at


ess’s July To-Do List

Do Something Artful Today

Do Something Artful Today

Boston Harborfest Monday, July 1st through Thursday, July 4th Throughout Downtown Boston, MA With hundreds of activities over a 4-day period at Boston’s best landmarks, this family- friendly event is the country’s largest Fourth of July festival. Activities include the annual opening ceremony at Faneuil Hall, historical reenactments, Freedom Trail walks, Boat Tours, live musical entertainment, fireworks, an art fair, and much more! Learn more & view the event schedule on their website:

Do Something Artful Today RVMS Farmers Market Open Mic Saturday, July 6th from 11:00am-1:00pm Adams Park, Roslindale, MA 02131 The RVMS Summer Farmers Market is in full swing on Saturdays in Adams Park from 9:00am-1:30pm now through mid-November. Saturday, July 6th is the second of Roslindale Village Main Street’s Open Mic opportunities at the RVMS Summer Farmers Market! This opportunity is open to solo musicians or duos and is brought to you by Roslindale Open Mike & Roslindale Arts Alliance. Sign up in person at the market on Saturday to perform. There will be a featured performer each month during the Farmers Market Open Mic who will play from 11:30am-12:00pm.

98th Annual Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow July 5th, 6th & 7th -- Doors open at 10am each day 483 Great Neck South, Mashpee, MA 02649 The 98th annual Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow takes place on traditional tribal lands on Cape Cod. Dancers, drummers, and other participants celebrate Mashpee Wampanoag culture during this 3-day historical festival with dancing, drumming, games, food, art, jewelry, and crafts. Learn more on the Mashpee Wamponoag Tribe’s website:

Boston Pizza Festival Saturday, July 13th & Sunday, July 14th City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA 02203

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Enjoy slices from 30 pizza vendors at the 3rd Annual Boston Pizza Festival! The two-day festival will include live entertainment, games, and a whole lot of pizza pie! Learn more & buy tickets on their website:

Tess’s July To-Do List (continued)

Do Something Artful Today

Festival Betances Saturday, July 20th at 4:00pm - Sunday, July 21st at 7:00pm Plaza Betances, 100 W Dedham Street, Boston, MA 02118 Festival Betances has become a staple in New England’s Latinx community. Be one of the 3,000 people in the crowd at the longest-running festival in New England! This family-friendly weekend includes a parade, internationally acclaimed Latin musicians, traditional cuisine, arts and crafts, a greased pole competition, children’s activities like face painting and inflatables, and other treats that highlight the diversity of Latinx culture. Buy tickets here:

Summer Eats in Boston Mid-July through August Meal Sites can be found throughout Massachusetts Summer Eats is a program facilitated by Project Bread that works to fill the gap of meals provided to members of the youth community in the months that school lunches are not available. Meals are available for people 18 years and under and meal sites can be found throughout the state. The RVMS Farmers Market will have a Summer Eats stand on Saturdays starting in mid-July through August. Learn more about the Summer Eats program here: Find Meal Sites and Schedules here:

Tess McColgan comes from a big family full of artists and has always enjoyed embracing local talent. She’s lived in many places throughout New England including York, ME and Dover, NH, and moved to Boston at age 14. In 2015 she moved to Roslindale where she found a sense of community that resonated with her. She started as the Program Manager for Roslindale Village Main Street in April 2018 and loves being a part of the volunteer-driven organization that works so hard to support local businesses and to make Roslindale Village a destination where everyone wants to eat, shop, play and collaborate. Tess’s background includes customer service, clinical research, volunteer management & recruitment and Human Resources. In her free time, she doodles and plays with acrylic paints on canvases, writes in her journal, attends yoga classes, and gets out in nature as often as possible. Tess is the co-host for It’s All About Arts TV Show. Photo: Bruce Spero Photography at

Roslindale Village Main Street

RVMS was established in 1985 as one of the first urban Main Street Programs in the nation, with the help of then City Councilor Thomas M. Menino and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Today, Roslindale Village is a thriving commercial hub, with free public wifi in Adams Park, and a fabulous Farmers Market. And, there are now 20 Main Street Districts in the City of Boston. We are proud to have been the first one! It’s All About Arts Magazine July 2019

The Little Lending Art Library at Art Studio 99 in Roslindale Looking for donations of art books (especially for kids), art magazines, poetry, etc. Drop by at 99 Belgrade Ave., Roslindale or email: f or pickup.

ROSLINDALE PORCH FEST Saturday September 14, 2019 - 1:30-5:30pm Deadline to sign up as a performer or location is August 1st. Fun, family friendly event!

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Artists of Note

Big, Bold and Colorful Art Reception at the Square Root in Roslindale. l to r Janice Williams, Roslindale Arts Alliance Artists: Stephen Levin, Richard Pepp, Jamie Kendrioski and Lyasya Sinkovski

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The Arts, the Artists and Arts Administrators, a Long-Standing Successful Partnership How old is art? A very tricky question, and there is a plethora of hypothesis. Seventeen thousand years ago, humans painted realistic images of bulls, bison, horses, and other animals on the walls of the caves in Lascaux, France. Recent discoveries revealed that the oldest known cave paintings are over 40,000 years old. Theater and performances date back to 4th century B.C. in Greece. Opera dates back to Italy in the 14th Century. Moreover, poetry as an art form predates written text. Without having to be very persuasive, one would agree that we cannot possibly imagine the world without the arts. Bringing that idea down to earth, would the Super Bowl have the same impact without the creative advertisement during commercials or halftime show? Remove books from our libraries, or from your digital realm, silence the bands and choirs of our communities, erase the street festivals that bring vibrancy to our neighborhoods, cancel 4th of July fireworks, and delete the collective memories from our museums. What would be left for us if we can no longer access our identity, learn our history, or engage with each other, our past, present or future? The arts help us to grieve, heal, and cope with daily struggles. The arts facilitate conversations, bring people together, promote civic engagement, self-expression, and increase empathy and collaboration among individuals. School age students exposed to the arts develop crucial skills across disciplines, while improving lifelong learning. The arts beautify the world and make communities healthier and happier places to live. Today we have evidence of the direct impact of the arts in our lives. Art is all around us and these are only a few results of the impact of the arts in our lives. But the arts have to be produced, Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s All About Arts Magazine July 2019

generated, prepared, invented, and even recreated. And then we have the artists. Although the role of the artist in a society is controversial for some people, the arts do not exist without the artist. They make statements metaphorically, inviting us to engage in various personal rituals and levels. This is what defines the artist as an artist. The maker and the viewer, or the engagement generated from the artwork. According to The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) there are 2.2 million artists in the United States working in the private for profit, non-profit and/or self-employed sectors. The arts have an intrinsic value, but statistically, the arts have a remarkable business presence in our communities. The arts play an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy. According to the American for the Arts, 673,656 businesses nationally are involved in the creation or distribution of the arts, and they employ 3.48 million people. And then we have the arts administrators. The art exists, the art is made, and the art needs to be seen, enjoyed, shared, touched, loved or hated. Naturally, the art also has to be implemented, placed, performed, tickets have to be sold, promotion has to be made, facilities have to be maintained, payroll must be done, stages must be ready, rent must be paid, and accessibility and safety must be in place. Lights must be on, lights must be out. Arts Administrators make it all happen. We are specialized in non- profit policy, arts marketing, fundraising and other topics critical to the business of art. We understand both the arts and how to run institutions. Arts administrators working in the creative industry, occupy 5.7 million jobs nationally. There are nearly 310,000 people employed by the creative economy of New England. The creative industry includes film, music, design and software, TV and radio, video gaming, fashion, visual arts, performing arts, creative writing, and architecture. According to a report from American for the Arts, there are over 100,000 non-profit arts groups and 550,000 for-profit arts businesses

The Arts, the Artists and Arts Administrators, a Long-Standing Successful Partnership in the U.S today. The report says that arts and cultural events attract roughly 21 million people every year, more than four times the combined attendance at Bruins, Celtics, Patriots, and Red Sox games. According to findings from a report conducted by the non-profit group ArtsBoston, the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arts and culture sector contribute about $2 billion annually to the Greater Boston economy. There has been an increase in local cities having cultural plans and analysis of the impact of the arts on their economies. These fields are growing in new ways and as arts administrators we need to be prepared to deal with challenges and opportunities of an expanding career. We arts administrators share our passions and celebrate our accomplishments daily. We are moved by the power of the arts, by ingenious artists, creative minds and entrepreneurs that surround us daily with innovative solutions to improve our lives. We have the ability to organize and transform environments, overcome challenges, conflicts, oppressions, and inequality. Following social and historical transformations, we must be dynamically diverse and responsible for the continuous promotion of inclusion, tolerance and respect among all people. Our main vehicles are the arts and culture. Culture can be defined as a compilation of traditions that describe the existence of any nation, people or groups. We bring hope, we are creative and resourceful. These are skills that we have inherited, acquired and/or learned. And then there is the Arts Administration Association New England, AAANE. I have been an arts administrator for over 20 years working nationally and internationally in arts- based non-profit organizations. I am committed and passionate about my job, about the opportunities that I have to meet so many creative and bold people who are always ready to go the extra mile to accomplish their jobs. This career is gaining recognition in the US and we have a lot to do to continue to raise our flag. I am the founder of the AAANE. I invite all arts administrators, full-time Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s All About Arts Magazine July 2019

and part-time, in a professional or volunteer capacity, to please join me. The AAANE mission is to support professional practitioners of all levels of the arts and culture sector, offering resources to contribute to career advancement, knowledge exchange, and networking opportunities. The AAANE aims to provide a platform for art administrators from all areas of the arts and culture industry, business, government and civil society, to create a forum to generate productive and ongoing dialogue. AAANE will create pathways and nurture a space where diverging views are not just tolerated but welcomed. We aspire to foster a culture of continuing learning and self-reflection, while striving to identify and to effectively respond to the present needs of arts administrators. AAANE is an invitation to inspire and to encourage thought-provoking ideas to amplify arts administratorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; voices, raise professional standards and the understanding of the complexity of this career. The AAANE inaugural event happened on June 20 at The Makery in Brookline. The event brought together 52 arts administrators, including artists, board members, gallery owners, higher education faculty, podcast hosts, and marketing and development officers from non-profit, government and private industry. Richard Maloney and Victoria Jones lead a conversation that included career growth, the impact of community art centers in our lives, the path that leads to sustainability, public and private funding, national and international cultural policy and emerging industry trends. Although we just scratched the surface of each topic, participants shared their opinions in an introspective evening of a philosophical discussions about this fascinating career that allows us to connect with the deepest realities of our daily lives sometimes while Quixotically working towards a more inclusive, diverse and just society. If you would like to learn more about the AAANE and future events contact Claudia Fiks at

About the speakers: Victoria Jones, Executive Vice President and Fundraising Practice Leader at Development Guild DDI with more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and management. She leads a variety of organizational strategy, fundraising and executive search engagements, with focus on campaigns and major gift initiatives, systems design, and building complex fundraising teams and practices. Prior to joining Development Guild/ DDI, Victoria held several staff campaign roles in the positions of Director of Major Gifts, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Campaign Director, and Vice President for Development and Public Affairs. In these roles, Victoria provided senior staff leadership for three campaigns, large signature fundraising events, board recruitment and development, and communications. Richard G Maloney, PhD is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Performing Arts Administration graduate program at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University (NYU) where he teaches courses in managing

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performing arts organizations and cultural policy. Previously, from 2002-2016, he worked as Assistant Professor of Arts Administration and Assistant Director of the Arts Administration Graduate program at Boston University. Richard is currently the Secretary of the Board of Directors of ENCATC, the European Network on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education and a Board Director at MASSCreative. About The Makery The Makery is a design lab, creative co-working and makerspace in the heart of Coolidge Corner. The Makery is a creative space for working, making, and collaborating. The goal is to be a hub for ideas, design, innovation, and implementation as well as an enriching center for learning, art, culture, and social interaction. It strives to provide a collaborative, community workspace with the essential tools and expertise for people to develop their ideas, designs, products, and businesses.

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