Inbox [June 29]: Exhibit opens at Worcester PopUp, city leaders to attend gun control rally, RMV opens low plate-number lottery, Assumption launches new program

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New exhibit at Worcester PopUp, 20 Franklin St.

A new art exhibit, “Splash of Rhythm and Color,” is on display at Worcester PopUp art gallery, 20 Franklin St. The exhibit is an homage to Pow! Wow! Worcester, the 10-day mural festival set for Aug. 26-Sept. 4.

Andre Toribibo Worcester PopUp

Courtesy Louis Despres and city of Worcester

Andre Toribibo works on his piece at the Worcester PopUp, 20 Franklin St.

The exhibit showcases works by seven artists: Mark Thomas, Sharrina Travieso, Ryan Rios, Andre Toribibo, Ferdinand Nazario, Linnette Rivera, and Nick Mangra. It features an array of murals created on large canvas, paper and on the walls.

The exhibition runs through July 15.

“The Worcester PopUp location is a unique space where artists and entrepreneurs can bring creativity to life through rotating art exhibitions, live performances, and inspiring hands on activities,” says Erin Williams, executive director of the Worcester Cultural Coalition.

Read more about the Worcester PopUp on its website or Facebook page. Read more about Pow! Wow! Worcester on its website or Facebook page.


Gun violence prevention event tonight

Congressman Jim McGovern, City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr., Mayor Joseph M. Petty and Dr. Michael Hirsh are scheduled to attend A National Day of Action to Prevent Gun Violence event at 7 tonight at Peace Park, Pleasant and Winslow streets.

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern

Office of Congressman Jim McGovern

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern

Others scheduled to attend are Central Mass. Moms Demand Action, Center for Non-Violent Solutions, St. Francis & St. Theresa Catholic Worker House Hospitality, LGBT leaders, local elected officials, and community and faith-based leaders.

See the event’s Facebook page.


Mass. Low Number Plate Lottery applications now being accepted

MassDOT Registrar of Motor Vehicles Erin Deveney announced that applications for the Low Number Plate Lottery are now being accepted online or by U.S. mail.

Starting this year, for the first time, customers will be able to enter the lottery online by visiting: https://secure.rmv.state.ma.us/myPlateLotto/. Mail-in applications are available for download at www.MassRMV.com, or at Registry branches across the Commonwealth. Applications must be received online or postmarked by August 26.

“The low plate lottery is our customers’ favorite time of the year at the RMV,” Deveney said.

This year, there are 183 plates that are part of the low plate lottery, surpassing the large pool of plates offered in 2015. Annually, about 6,800 applications are received. With the addition of the new online entry form, an increase of applications is expected. Applicants for the low number lottery should note that there is no fee to apply, however should the applicant be selected as a winner, there is a fee to receive the license plate and there is a standard registration fee.

Available low plate numbers for this year’s lottery include 1H, 7J41Z, Q49, X77, 1972, and 2007.

Low number plates must be renewed every two years.

For more information, visit the Mass. Registry of Motor Vehicles website


Assumption College launches Applied Behavior Analysis Programs

Assumption College is launching Master of Arts and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) programs in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), beginning this fall. Upon completion of the degree program, graduates can apply for ABA licensure in Massachusetts and sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam — a credential that is in most demand among behavior analyst positions.

Behavior analysis is a field with an increasingly growing demand. According to a 2015 study conducted by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), the demand for behavior analyst jobs more than doubled between 2012-14. Though this is a national trend, the increase was most heavily concentrated in Massachusetts, California and New Jersey.

ABA is the science of learning and behavior used in order to solve socially significant problems (to influence changes in behavior that are meaningful to individuals and those around them). ABA emphasizes the influence of the environment in behavior change and involves direct observation of behavior, data collection and analysis, and systematic changes to the environment in order to understand the cause of socially-significant behavior and improve that behavior. By first understanding the cause, analysts are able to develop more effective, long-lasting and socially acceptable methods of changing our own behavior and the behavior of others.

Read the entire story on the Assumption College website

— Cindy Henderson

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