September 9, 2017

Inbox [Sept. 10-16]: News and notes from Worcester Arts Council, Worcester Fire Fighters Local 1009, Clark, Assumption and Seven Hills Foundation

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Institute Park is set to host the third annual Seven Hills Foundation AbilityFest.

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Worcester Arts Council accepting grant applications

The Worcester Arts Council is accepting grant applications for its 2018 funding cycle. The deadline for all grant applications is Oct. 16.

Based on community input received during 2017, WAC will give preference to community projects in the following categories: Public Art (murals, monuments, street art, etc.); Children’s Programs; and Visual Art (ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography and video), However, all projects within the realm of arts, sciences and humanities will be considered. WAC will accept grant applications from the following: individuals, nonprofit organizations, associations that can establish a nonprofit objective, schools, libraries and other public agencies.

WAC will be offering two types of competitive grants in 2018: Project Grants and Fellowship Grants.

Fellowship Grants are awarded to assist artists, scholars and literary persons in developing and exploring their work outside the structure of a specific project or presentation. Two Fellowship grants will be awarded in 2018 in the amount of $5,000.Through these grants, WAC intends to honor innovative individuals who demonstrate excellence in their field and represent the best of Worcester’s creative community. Fellowship applicants must maintain a residential, commercial or studio address in the city of Worcester.

Project Grants are offered to encourage Worcester County individuals or organizations to develop projects and programs that are innovative, collaborative in nature, provide a public benefit, reach under-served populations and demonstrate artistic excellence. All projects must occur within the city of Worcester within the 2018 calendar year.

Guidelines and applications are available on the city of Worcester website

Worcester Fire Fighters Union endorses Rose

Worcester Fire Fighters Local 1009, which represents firefighters in the Worcester Fire Department, has endorsed Sean M. Rose for the District 1 City Council seat.

In a letter to Rose, the union wrote: “We demand of ourselves hard work, professionalism and dedication to the thousands that call Worcester their home. Worcester Fire Fighters Local 1009 feels that you hold true the same values, ideals and work ethic of the more than 400 Worcester Fire Fighters.

Sean M. Rose

“It is with great pleasure that Worcester Fire Fighters Local 1009 endorses your candidacy for Worcester District 1 City Council.”

Read more about the endorsement on the union’s Facebook page

Clark to host panel on Paris Climate Accord

A faculty panel discussion and conversation on the status of the Paris Climate Accord will be open to the public beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Higgins Lounge in Dana Commons, Clark University.

“Forget Paris? The Climate Accord after U.S. Withdrawal” will feature discussion and diverse insights by Clark panelists Edward Carr (International Development, Community & Environment), Christopher Williams (geography) and Charles Agosta (physics). Biology Professor Deborah Robertson will moderate.

Assumption to host diabetes walk Sept. 24

On Sunday, Sept. 24, more than 1,000 people affected by diabetes from across Central Massachusetts will gather at Assumption College for the Step Out: Walk To Stop Diabetes, the American Diabetes Association’s signature fundraiser, which has set a Central Mass. funding goal of $250,000. In addition to the walk, the event promotes diabetes awareness and is a way to share important information, as well as enjoy some family fun.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet special guests from the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, New England Revolution, Worcester Bravehearts, Worcester Railers and local radio personalities.

“We are very excited about holding this event at Assumption College for the first time,” said Adam Webster, manager of the Central Mass. Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. “The money raised will go towards research and programs for prevention, better management and ultimately a cure.”

“Assumption College is proud to host this year’s Walk to Stop Diabetes,” Assumption President Francesco C. Cesareo said. “A cornerstone of the Assumption mission is to help those in need while making our community a better place. Providing a venue for more than a thousand individuals to unite in their commitment to end diabetes is a movement we are excited to be a part of.”

More information is available on the American Diabetes Association website

Third annual AbilityFest Oct. 1

The third annual AbilityFest, Seven Hills Foundation’s community festival to celebrate the abilities of children and adults with significant life challenges, is scheduled from 10 a.m-2 p.m. Oct. 1 at Institute Park.

“Every person deserves a community that sees the possibilities, believes in their abilities and lends a helping hand to make sure each of us can achieve,” said Dr. David R. Jordan, Seven Hills president. “At Seven Hills, we work to help people reach their dreams, and events like AbilityFest help accelerate this journey!”

Festival admission is free. Highlighting the festivities are the AbilityFest 5K road race and 1-mile Murphy Mile Walk through neighborhoods of Worcester’s West Side. The walk honors the memory of beloved Seven Hills Community Services staff member Alice Murphy. The Central Mass Striders will officiate the 5K race.

The fun starts at 10 a.m., with Zumba warmups at 10:30, the race and walk starting at 11, and fun, games, food trucks, clowns, exhibits by dozens of local organizations, and lots more throughout the day. Some of the runners will have completed “Couch to 5K,” a fantastic free program designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers, or 30 minutes, in just five weeks.

More information, including race and walk information, is available on the Seven Hills Foundation website

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