I’m pleased to let you know that a panel of trustees has selected designLAB architects to create a feasibility study to explore the possibility of renovating and expanding the Eliot School. A panel of trustees chose designLAB from a pool of nearly 30 interested firms. Selection criteria included experience creating spaces for making and learning, additions to historic structures, innovation, thoughtful landscape design, environmental sustainability and an inclusive visioning process. The firm will develop a range of scenarios for the Eliot Street site and possible alternative locations. Each option will include cost estimates and plans for phasing construction to accommodate ongoing programming. This is the first step in what will be an extensive process that we hope will lead to more adequate space for the school, including access for the disabled.
Jamaica Plain's Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts has been awarded two grants from the Mass Cultural Council. The first, an operating grant of $10,900, allows the organization to continue its work inspiring lifelong learning in craft and creativity for people of all ages and from all walks of life. This grant supports the Eliot School’s work bringing art and woodworking classes to over 2,000 children this year in public schools and community centers across Boston, and offering craft classes for adults and children at its schoolhouse on Eliot Street. The second grant, of $30,000, will help pay for a feasibility study to determine how the Eliot School might renovate and expand space at its schoolhouse or within alternate space elsewhere. The Mass Cultural Council, which is a state agency, provides funds to every community in the Commonwealth.
Thread Ensemble performs a day of interactive, free, public performances throughout Jamaica Plain, featuring a moving musical feast of pieces improvised by vibraphone and violins. Thread Ensemble will give five performances in public spaces throughout Jamaica Plain in the course of one afternoon, culminating in an early evening concert on the lawn of the Eliot School. In each performance spot, Thread Ensemble will draw in passersby by inviting them to participate in the creation of new music. In between performances, Thread will roll the vibraphone from place to place and travel with the two violins, filling outdoor spaces with music. Venues: Arnold Arboretum (1pm), Curtis Hall steps (2pm), Belle's Park on Centre Street near JP Licks (3pm), Jamaica Pond pathway (4pm), Eliot School lawn (5pm and 6pm). *times of first five performances are approximate*
This year's JP Open Studios had perfect weather for strolling and taking in all the art. Here's a quick video of woodworker Heather Dawson turning a block of wood into art. Dawson, who is on the faculty at The Eliot School, had her booth just outside the entrance of the historic school. For more on her work, check out her web site. Other Jamaica Plain News coverage of Open Studios:
A long exposure shows car light trails at the Hyde Square rotary. This photo was taken for a street photography class at Jamaica Plain's Eliot School. Each weekday we post a “Photo of the Day” from around the neighborhood. If you have a photo that screams (or even whispers) "Jamaica Plain," here are four ways to nominate it:
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